Former Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) vice-president Tofail Ahmed yesterday said campus environment will get better if students have love and respect for teachers.
The veteran politician made the remark while speaking as chief guest at an orientation programme for elected Ducsu and hall union leaders titled “Obhiggota Shuni, Somriddho Hoi” at the vice-chancellor's residence.
“The environment of the university campus becomes better if students love and respect teachers. I can say without hesitation that in our time, teachers were not involved in politics, so every student respected them. Nowadays some teachers belong to Bangabandhu Parishad and some to Zia Parishad,” said the former Ducsu vice president.
“The teachers sitting in front of me hold a specific ideology, but those of different ideologies aren't here,” he added.
He urged teachers to be more sympathetic and students to be respectful.
The Awami League lawmaker urged Ducsu leaders to serve students' interest.
"You were elected as representatives of every Dhaka University student, not for any particular group. Work for the sake of general students," Tofail told Ducsu and hall union leaders.
He also said he was disappointed that Ducsu leaders did not take any steps to protest Nusrat Jahan Rafi's killing.
Addressing the programme, former Ducsu GS Mostak Ahmed said that their panel members belonged to different student organisations, but that was not an obstacle for smooth operational activities.
DU VC professor Akhtaruzzaman presided over the programme.
PROBE COMMITTEE FOR VANDALISED CONCERT
DU authorities on Saturday formed a three-member probe committee to investigate into the incident of arson and vandalism at a concert the previous night.
Assistant Proctor Professor Mohammad Mainul Karim is heading the committee, with two other assistant proctors as members.
The concert to celebrate Pahela Baishakh and Chaitra Sankranti, sponsored by Akij Food and Beverage Limited, was postponed by the sponsor on Saturday after a faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists allegedly set fire to equipment and vandalised some 13 refrigerators of the company on Saturday. The same day, authorities cancelled their permission for the concert citing “unavoidable circumstances.”