Students of CU Facing Acute Session Jam
The students of Chittagong University (CU) are facing severe session jam. Vast numbers of students have been caught in session jam for long time. It has a strong negative impact on the student’s academic and professional life.
About 6500 students of Chittagong University of 13 departments among 37 can’t close their study in due time for acute session jam. Especially, the students of 2004-2005 to 2006-2007 sessions are in bottomless problem. Three to four years degree takes six to seven years due to lengthy unscheduled closures caused by political violence. Moreover, political factors are also an important issue for increasing session jam.
In 26th July 2010, CU students went berserk to withdrawal of enhanced tuition fees. Around 2,000 students joined the demonstration ignoring a ban on political programmes on the campus. 260 students were arrested on clashing with the police and damaging property during demonstration at Chittagong University, which prompted the authorities to shut down the institution for one month.
On 18th march 2012, The Chittagong University (CU) administration scheduled to open after 38 days long vacation following the brutal death of two CU shibir men in clashes with Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) on 7th February. Meanwhile CU shibir staged strike till 5th April in a four-point charter of demands.
Above all, in last two years Chittagong University was 145 days unscheduled closed which prompts the academic year one and half year back.
The teachers also do not show any interests about it as most of them are busy doing personal job outside. Education leave, irregularity, negligence to teach, delay submission of answer scripts, students demand to delay exam and unscheduled closure of the university are the majors for severe session jam.
Nargis Abedin, a 7th semester student of management studies department said `We got the result of last semester after six months which prompts to delay all academic activities. Teachers do not show any concentrations about it, though if chairman wishes, he can bring change in the department. `
According to university ordinance, it is mandatory to publish result within three months after finishing examinations.
The students of 2004-2005 session of Bangla department are still studying in masters. `We don`t know when will complete our masters. Our batch mates of different universities and different departments are busy in job but sill we are here`, a student of Bangla department expressed it in deep frustration.
A university teacher, willing to be unnamed said `If teachers take classes properly and submit their answer scripts within three months then it is very easy to remove session jam, unfortunately most of the teachers are not doing the right job.`
Department of Bangla, English and Islamic Studies of Arts & Humanities Faculty, Department of Finance &Banking, Management Studies of BBA Faculty, Department of Chemistry, Physics, Statistics of Science Faculty, Department of Zoology, Psychology of Biological Science Faculty, Department of Sociology, Economics of Social Science Faculty and Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) are suffering session jam mostly.
There are three years sessions jam in Bangla, two years jam in English, Islamic Studies & fine Arts. Department of Communication & Journalism, International Relations, Philosophy, Islamic History & Culture, History etc are also robustly trying to eradicate session jam form their departments.
AKM Fazlul Haq Deputy Controller of Examinations said, `We can only urge to submit answer scripts within due time to the relevant departments. `
Prof. Dr. Alauddin, Pro-VC of Chittagong University said, `We are sincerely trying to remove session jam from the university. But it needs time. We believe session jam will be completely eradicated within this year`.
Therefore, most of the students in public University are from lower middle class family. Lengthening academic year increases educational expenditure which causes a great burden on their family.
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