Over five thousand students of Rajshahi University gather at a protest rally at Shabash Bangladesh play grounds on the campus demanding immediate withdrawal of hiked fees and cancellation of evening master’s courses on Saturday.
The Rajshahi University authorities today postponed their fee hike decision in the face of students' demonstration programme.
Prof Muhammad Mizanuddin, the vice chancellor of RU, revealed the fresh decision during a press briefing held at 1:20pm on the university campus, reports our RU correspondent.
The RU students were observing a strike since Thursday demanding immediate withdrawal of the university authorities' decision to increase fees and cancellation of the evening masters programmes.
During the press briefing today, the VC however declared to continue with the evening courses.
Meanwhile, Prof Md Ansaruddin, dean of social science faculty of the university, told our correspondent that they decided not to take classes and examinations until punishment of some protesters.
He also urged the RU authorities to take action against the students who allegedly badmouthed the teachers during Thursday and today's demonstration.
On December 22 last year, the university syndicate made the decision to increase different fees of the university which was scheduled to come into effect from today.
Honours examination fee was increased from Tk 50 to Tk 100, course development fee from Tk 100 to Tk 500, certificate withdrawal fee from Tk 200 to Tk 500 and mark-sheet withdrawal fee from Tk 225 to Tk 600.
Earlier this month, the university authorities introduced evening courses at seven departments under the social science faculty.
Protesting the decision, a section of the university boycotted the classes and examinations on Thursday.
The strike took a new turn today as several thousand students joined it padlocking the administrative building of the university.
All academic activities came to a halt as general students from different dormitories and adjacent messes joined the strike this morning after yesterday's weekend holiday.
The agitating students padlocked the administrative buildings of the university around 7:00am.
Later around 11:00am, they held a rally on Shabash Bangladesh playground, criticising the authority’s decision.