Several hundred students of Government BM College yesterday blocked the road in front of the campus for half-an-hour, protesting “exorbitant” fees and charges for honours students.
Students of different departments first gathered in front of the administrative building around noon. Then they held a human chain on the campus before taking to the street.
Seeking anonymity, a student of political science said they have to pay around Tk 5,000 annually as exam, tuition and other fees. “It's very difficult for us to pay this excessive amount.”
Following the students' blockade, a long tailback was created on the road. Later, police came to the spot and requested them to clear it, said Officer-in-Charge of Barishal Kotwali Model Station Nurul Islam.
Md Safiqul Islam Shikder, principal of the college, told The Daily Star that the National University (NU) authorities increased the fees in 2016. Out of the total amount, NU takes about Tk 2,335, while the college charges around Tk 2,150, he said.
In response to the students' demand, he said, “We also requested the NU authorities to reduce some of the fees and charges.”