Long-term session jams at BSMRSTU scare general students

Kazi Ahsan Ahmed, BSMRSTU

Students at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU), Gopalganj, are usually expected to graduate in four years, but due to a variety of issues, including Covid-19 pandemic situations, their education will not finish on time. Students of some departments are currently facing one-year or two-year sessions delay.

Session jams actually began after Khandaker Nasiruddin (Former Vice-Chancellor) resigned in the face of widespread student protests in 2019, and also student class boycott movement arose in various departments, each with its own set of demands. After that, the educational activities of the entire University were obstructed for some time.Again the administration and academic buildings were locked down due to the history department movement.

The threat of a session jam has become a reality in the university as one movement follows another. The Corona outbreak has exacerbated the session jam at BSMRSTU, as well as in all other educational institutions. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, BSMRSTU has been closed since March 16 of last year.

To prevent session jams, the administration naturally taken steps  to start online classes. While some departments online classes were fully functional, while some of other departments online class activities were not fully functional. Owing to the university teachers' association's strike, the online class has also been canceled. Both academic and administrative operations will be suspended beginning April 8. 

Many students from various departments at the university were seen on social media making frustrated comment about the session jam. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. A.Q.M Mahbub commented on the situation, saying, "Online classes are in a balance of closed and open situation. 

I talked with the teachers. All will be fine in a couple of days."