Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) continued their agitation for the fourth straight day yesterday, to press home their 16-point demand including infrastructural development of residential halls.
The aggrieved students boycotted all classes and examinations as part of their protest, and locked the main gate and classrooms of the university.
About 400 students started to gather at the base of the university Shaheed Minar around 11am. Afterwards, they also brought out a procession on the campus. The protesters then demonstrated till 2:30pm, blocking the road.
Talking to The Daily Star, Hasan Sarowar Shaikat, a student of mechanical engineering department, alleged that the authorities are not paying heed to their demands even though the students have notified them several times. “We will not attend classes and examinations until our demands are met. We do not want verbal assurance, but implementation of our demands.”
Buet Vice-Chancellor Prof Saiful Islam did not pick up his phone, despite repeated calls.
Students have been demonstrating since Saturday to realise demands, including formation of a special committee comprising teachers of civil engineering and architecture departments to build the Buet gate, introducing teacher evaluation system, digitalising students’ payment process and increasing allocation in research sector.