instead of borrowing
A few days ago, I came to Dhaka with my uncle to visit my
cousin who studies at a private university here. My cousin
asked for money from my uncle. When my uncle asked him why
he needed it, my cousin said he had to buy books. My uncle
got mad at my cousin for having to buy books each semester.
Didn't the university have a library, he asked? My cousin
said that they did but that it did not have enough books and
that teachers suggest that students buy most of their books.
My uncle said that it is not possible for students to buy
all their books. My cousin pays a 500 taka library fee each
semester and the library should have a good collection, my
uncle said. Or else students should inform the authorities
about the shortage in and lack of good books so that they
could do something about it.
are stores of knowledge and I don't understand how it is possible
for a renowned university to not have a good library. All
universities should have good libraries and not force their
students -- most of them from middle-class families with modest
means -- to buy too many books that they cannot afford.
A couple of days ago, while I was eating at our canteen, a
student commented on the food, saying it was not fit for humans
but dogs and foxes. This is exactly how I have felt ever since
becoming a resident of this dormitory and I think most other
students feel the same about the food served at Dhaka University.
But being a resident of Mohsin Hall, I'll limit my comments
to this particular dormitory. The quality as well as quantity
of the food is extremely poor and very unhygienic. Most of
the canteen boys are under 15. Many students suffer from jaundice
and stomach diseases because of the unhygienic food. But the
hall authorities take no initiative to improve the quality
of the food or the environment of the canteen. And if general
students complain to the canteen manager about the food, he
says that students belonging to the various political parties
don't pay for the food and so these losses must be offset.
Provosts come and provosts go but there is no change. Meanwhile,
we continue to eat the food of dogs and foxes.
Mohsin Hall Dhaka University
home for Vagabonds
We are proud of our big library, which is a great place to
study. People from around the city visit our library. But
it has many problems. Many drug addicts, vagabonds and troublemakers
come to the library regularly and disturb the students by
making noise. A couple of days ago, when I went to the washroom,
I saw a man injecting himself with drugs. I was offended and
asked him to leave. He got very angry and started shouting
and swearing at me. I complained to the library authorities
but with no effect. Some vagabonds even pass their nights
inside the library as if it is their home. If this continues,
the library will cease to be a library and be a home for vagabonds
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