Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013

QUOTA SYSTEM IN BCS EXAMS

Protests continue at RU, JU

Students of Rajshahi University demonstrate blocking Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of their campus in Rajshahi city Saturday demanding cancellation of quota system in BCS preliminary test. Photo: STAR

Students of Rajshahi University demonstrate blocking Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of their campus in Rajshahi city Saturday demanding cancellation of quota system in BCS preliminary test. Photo: STAR

The demonstration demanding cancellation of quota provision in public service recruitment continued at Rajshahi and Jahangirnagar universities on Saturday. Students of Rajshahi University (RU) blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway for 45 minutes, three days after the protest erupted from Shahbagh intersection in the capital. Meanwhile, the agitating students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) brought out a procession on their campus to protest the quota system in the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations.
RAJSHAHI
As part of their scheduled programme, over 1,000 RU students started the protest in front of the university’s main entrance around 11:00am, halting traffic movement on the highway, reported our correspondent. The agitators left the highway around 11:45am and said they will resume the demonstration at 10:00am Sunday and continue it until the government cancels the quota system.
JAHANGIRNAGAR
Agitating students of Jahangirnagar University marched through their campus, chanting slogans around 11:00am to press home their demand. At one stage, the students had to backtrack as the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of the university engaged in an altercation with them. Contacted, JU Proctor Muzibur Rahman told The Daily Star that students did not seek any permission from the authorities for holding a rally or procession on the campus. He however expressed his ignorance about the BCL’s activities against the demonstrators.
BACKGROUND
The protest began on Wednesday when several hundred students blocked the busy Shahbagh intersection in the capital for more than 11 hours demanding that the results of the 34th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary examinations be cancelled. Spearheaded by unsuccessful BCS examinees and Dhaka University students, the protest forced the Public Service Commission (PSC) to reconsider the results of the BCS preliminary exam. But on the following day, several hundred youths clashed with police for hours on the DU campus and adjoining areas, which left at least 30 people injured. The movement later spread to six other public universities including Rajshahi and Jahangirnagar universities. Dhaka University filed a case with Shahbagh Police Station Wednesday night in connection with violence while police filed another case against 1,200 more on Friday in connection with the clashes with the law enforcers and vandalism.