Bangladesh: VCs ask for release of students, minister says no

Published on: August 9, 2018

Nurul Islam Nahid, however, said no innocent student will be punished


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Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid holds an emergency meeting with private university vice-chancellors Focus Bangla
 
The education minister has dismissed a plea from private university vice-chancellors (VCs) demanding release of students arrested during Monday's demonstrations, saying actions will be taken as per law against those committed crimes.

Nurul Islam Nahid, however, said no innocent student will be punished, reports UNB.

Nahid urged the VCs to keep their students away from any kind of movement, adding they should be held accountable for the activities of the students.

He made the call while addressing an emergency views-exchange meeting on Wednesday with the VCs and pro-VCs of all private universities at the International Mother Language Institute in the city.

Saying the government has already accepted all the nine demands of the students and they will be met gradually, Nahid asked why the private university students staged demonstrations on Monday.

“After my meeting with the heads of all educational institutions on Sunday, students went back to classes. I wonder why students of some private universities staged demonstrations on Monday. I cannot understand the reason behind their grievances,” he said.
The education minister asked whether the students were being instigated by 'evil forces.'

As per the demand of the students, he said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will soon open work on constructing underpasses in front of educational institutions in crowded areas in the city. 

“Their other demands will be fulfilled gradually.”

Nahid urged the heads of the private universities to make the students understand not to pay heed to any rumour.

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan chaired the program, jointly organised by the Education Ministry and UGC.

First published on Dhaka Tribune