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DUCSU polls on March 11

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
DUCSU polls on March 11

The much-coveted Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) election is going to be held on March 11 this year. After a long hiatus of 28 years, the students' body in the country’s largest university will finally come into life.

Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, vice-chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU), yesterday announced the poll date.

The VC, who holds the position of the DUCSU president, declared the date after having two separate meetings with hall provosts and the advisory council of the DUCSU election.

On June 6, 1990, the students' body was functional for the last time. It was during the regime of the autocratic government of HM Earshad. Since then, there has been no election to the DUCSU administration under successive democratically elected governments.

According to the DUCSU constitution, the DUCSU election should be held every year. The Jatiyatabadi Chhatradal panel won the last election. Aman Ullah Aman was elected vice-president (VP) and

Kharul Kabir Khokon general secretary (GS) of the student body.  The DUCSU election was also held in 1989 when Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed was VP and Mustaq Ahmed GS.

The DUCSU polls were held seven times after 1971.

President Abdul Hamid, who is the ex-officio chancellor of DU, recently urged the university authorities to hold DUCSU election as soon as possible during convocation. Over the past 27 years, successive DU administrations and governments have shown a steady pattern of duplicity. They wholeheartedly praised and glorified the role of the student body in the nation’s history, but did nought to arrange an election.

DUCSU was formed in 1924 after the establishment of DU in 1921. Its leaders are entitled to sit in the senate, representing students’ interests.

Despite the long absence of a functional students’ body, DU still collects Tk. 120 as DUCSU charges from students every year. In the last 27 years, this money is supposed to have piled up to a whooping Tk. 10 crore by some estimates.

Earlier, on January 6, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) paved the way for holding the DUCSU election. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, vacated its chamber judge’s order that had stayed a High Court (HC) verdict directing the authorities concerned to hold the DUCSU election in six months’ time.

 

 

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