Outsiders should decide what ‘necessary reasons’ are to enter DU: Proctor
Dhaka University Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani has not provided a definition of what the authority means by "necessary reasons" to be on DU campus.
On Tuesday, he said that outsiders should have "necessary reasons" if they want to enter DU campus.
He urged outsiders not to enter the campus without such reasons as the authority wants to ensure safety of students.
Many former students and general people have criticised the proctor's comment.
When asked what the proctor meant by "necessary reasons", he said, "If outsiders want to enter the campus, they have to determine themselves what their necessary reasons are. They are conscious people. We don't want to create any restrictions specifically. We just want help from citizens to keep the campus safe."
"We didn't ask anyone to not come to the campus. We have urged citizens not to come to the campus without any necessary reason," he added.
"The number of students has increased gradually but our open space has become limited. We have faced difficulty in ensuring the safety of students. Our main focus is to decrease the movement of vehicles on the campus. Proctorial teams are carrying out special raids on the campus over the last four days and evicting many illegal vendors," he added.
DU student leaders also criticised their proctor's comment.
"The university is running on public money. But university authorities seem to have forgotten that. Their speech contradicts the university's character. People come to the campus for learning," said Faiz Ullah, president of Bangladesh Chhatra Union.
DU Bangladesh Chhatra League General Secretary Saddam Hussain said, "University authorities should make creative decisions which will be acceptable by the public."
Three years ago, the DU authorities had decided that no outsider will be allowed to roam around the campus without their permission.
After facing widespread criticism, they backtracked at that time.