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Memorials left to decay

Memorials left to decay

  The metal chains fencing the memorial have long gone. Empty chips packets, ice-cream covers, soft drink cans, disposable plastic cups, banana peels and paper waste lay strewn all over the floor. Weeds have grown on the boundary wall and at the edge of the stairs. Dry leaves and dead branches cover the entire concrete...

Was this the Oxford of the East?

THE University of Dhaka was established in 1921. The faculty of the university included some of the renowned scholars of the sub-continent, including Prof.  S.N. Bose after whose name a sub-atomic particle was named Boson. Because of its academic excellence and residential character, it was once known as the Oxford of the East! The students of the university earned the admiration of the people for their historic roles during the Language Movement of 1952 and the War of Liberation...

RMP chief removed after RU teacher murder

RMP chief removed after RU teacher murder

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman was withdrawn today, two days after the murder of Rajshahi University sociology teacher AKM Shafiul Islam. Mahbubur Rahman has been deputed as an additional commissioner to Dhaka Metropolitan Police, our Rajshahi correspondent reports quoting Tanvir Haider, deputy commissioner of Rajshahi police. The home ministry issued an order to...

Ex-envoys of Dhaka, Delhi meet today

The first India-Bangladesh High Commissioners' Summit which aims to broaden the two nation's bilateral ties further will be held in the capital today. The summit will begin at 9:00am at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University. The university's Department of International Relations and India-Bangladesh Foundation are jointly organising the programme. The event will bring together former high commissioners of Bangladesh and India who will share their mutual experiences on the current state of India-Bangladesh relations. Indian High Commission sources said...

The fall from prestige

The fall from prestige

ON the fifth of November an incident occurred on the campus of Dhaka University that elicited an outrage among many. Renowned photographer Imtiaz Alam Beg and his two nieces were brutally assaulted by a group of students, later identified as members of the Chhatra League. They were on a visit to the campus,...

DU admission seekers on hunger strike

DU admission seekers on hunger strike

Admission seekers went on a hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka demanding withdrawal of the new rules that bars candidates a second try at Dhaka University’s entrance tests. Before beginning the hunger strike around 3:30pm, they submitted a memorandum containing their demands to the president, also chancellor of the university. The...

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University admission test: Hasty decision will not help

THE decision of the Dhaka University (DU) authorities to ban admission seekers from sitting for admission test for the second time is a pragmatic one considering the situation. But it has put the admission seekers of 2014 batch in a quandary because they were caught unprepared by the abrupt decision. There is no denying that allowing the students to sit for the test a second time forces first time admission seekers to face unequal competition. Students passing the HSC...

Secularism, State Religion in Constitution

Parallel existence enigmatic

Pointing out that secularism returned with the reinstatement of the four fundamental principles while Islam remained as the state religion, Prof Emeritus at Dhaka University Anisuzzaman yesterday said it was difficult to understand how both could simultaneously exist in the constitution. Addressing as chief guest a discussion in the capital's Bangla Academy celebrating Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad's 25th founding anniversary, the eminent educationalist also condemned recent attacks on minority communities, especially Hindus. “The administration sometimes fails to perform its due role...

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ENTER THE DREAM

ENTER THE DREAM

When Asif Arman wakes up just half an hour before his class at 8 in the morning, his heart skips a beat. He is going to be a laughing stock in the class again. Yesterday after missing the roll call he requested the professor to mark him for a late attendance and the...

Almost all secondary schools on track

Almost all secondary schools on track

Amid criticism over abysmal results in the Dhaka University admission tests, a nationwide assessment survey report has drawn a rosy picture of secondary education with findings that nearly half of the secondary schools are performing well. Of the 18,425 institutions surveyed, 1,020 are listed as top-performing, 9,098 as well-performing and 7,319 as moderate-performing in...

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