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The magnetic pull of TSC

Tazmia Islam Nion

AH! TSC! The hub of all activities outside the Dhaka University academic schedule. Every afternoon you get drawn to the magnetic pull of the place. The ambience both inside and outside is superb. The green lawn inside is still green and the tall trees always whisper something to one another. And its beauty has been enhanced by the magnificent sculpture "Aparajay Bangladesh." No doubt, TSC is the ideal rendezvous for all DU and Charukala students. The cool breeze in the late afternoon brings the poet out in everyone. And the poetic mood gets enhanced by the fantastic tea from the canteen nearby.

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I came to learn that even this was the same place where our parents used to hangout in their time. Ok, it's time I talked a little about the history of the place.

TSC (Teachers Students Centre) of Dhaka University was established in 1966 with the financial support from the then Ford Foundation with the objective of creating a centre where teachers and students would be able to interact outside classroom.

When built, there was a cafeteria, an auditorium, a rehearsal room, a film lab, a library, a reading room, an audio centre, art and music room, a swimming pool, a provision store, a bookshop and a bank.

But with the passing of time many of these facilities have disappeared from TSC. Now, there is no existence of the film lab, audio centre, swimming pool and the bookshop. The existing facilities are also not in great shape. The film lab was to introduce the students to the technical sides of photography. But now it does not exist anymore.

"TSC had started with a very modern concept of teaching and learning. It was supposed to get modern every year adding new facilities. But unfortunately it is even losing some of the existing ones", lamented Leena, a student of DU. Visibly disturbed, I went to meet TSC director Mr. Alamgir Hossain in his office. In reply to my question he said, "We wanted to increase the facilities as the number of students has increased but we could not even keep the existing facilities in good condition because of low budget." Not a very encouraging answer.

I looked at the swimming pool and sighed. I heard so much about this from my elders. Today, it is out of commission. The bookshop has also disappeared. The authorities however said they were trying to increase the facilities in TSC. They have undertaken a project to establish a multi-storied building to add more facilities.

But, I must say before going, in spite of its existing problems and limitations it is still one of the most attractive, meeting and recreational centers for teachers and students of Dhaka University. So do go there and get the taste of campus life!

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