Students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology on Wednesday formed a human chain and submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor, demanding immediate withdrawal of the new grading system.
Several hundred students participated in the human chain held in front of the central library building on the campus at noon to protest at the authorities’ decision to introduce grading system of evaluation, campus sources said.
Activists of cultural, voluntary and political organisations also participate in the protest programme expressing their solidarity with the demand, campus sources said.
After the human chain, the students also brought out a procession on the campus and held a rally in front of the vice-chancellor’s office.
Speakers at the rally said the syndicate meeting of the university on August 17 approved the grading system which, in implemented, would create difficulties for the students in the job market.
They also threatened to launch a tough movement if their demand was not met immediately.
The authorities have fixed the accumulative grade point average 3.5 as equivalent to first class for any sort of recruitment in the university.
Earlier, the university authorities count CGPA 3 as equivalent to first class, sources in the university said.
The authorities also have defined CGPA bellow 3.25 as third class and between 3.25 and 3.49 as second class under the new system.
Among others, Mehedi, Kapil Roy, Sattyajit Datta, Salah Uddin, Mehdi Hasan, Shah Jamal, and Suben Kumar, among others, addressed the rally.
The student later in the afternoon submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor to press their demand.
Being contacted, SUST vice-chancellor Md Saleh Uddin said the students’ demand would be considered in the next syndicate meeting scheduled to be held on October 5.
Courtesy: New Age