Hasan Al Manjur
Double Masters’ students in regular courses, who are enrolled at the university through first year honours admission test and also under 30, can take part in the polls to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU).
DU syndicate members and constitutional amendment committee members confirmed the information.
DUCSU’ Constitution Amendment Committee member Prof Dr. Jinnat Huda said, “The double masters students can be voters and candidates in DUCSU polls.”
Earlier on January 29, DU authorities fixed the age limit at a meeting of university syndicate with VC Prof Dr Akhtaruzzaman in the chair. The syndicate decided that current students in undergraduate, postgraduate and M.Phil courses can participate in the elections.
The syndicate, however, rejected different student organisations’ demand for setting up polling stations outside the halls. The syndicate created some new positions and modified some existing positions in DUCSU and hall student unions following demands raised by different student organisations.
Earlier, the university authorities appointed International Business Department’s professor SM Mahfuzur Rahman as chief returning officer and formed a 15-member Advisory Council for the polls.
The university authorities made several futile promises to hold the elections since DUCSU was formally dissolved on May 28 in 1998.
DUCSU was formed in 1924 after the establishment of Dhaka University in 1921, and its first vice-president was nominated in the 1924-25 academic session. Since then, the vice-president used to be nominated until 1953 when the first elections to the student union were held.
The latest DUCSU elections were held in 1990. It was the sixth election after the independence of Bangladesh. Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal-backed panel led by Amanullah Aman and Khairul Kabir Khokan won that elections and they stayed the leaders of the student body until its dissolution.