The committee to give recommendations for the amendment to the constitution of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) held a meeting with the student organisations at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university on Thursday.
The committee convener, Professor Dr Mizanur Rahman, chaired the meeting with participation of its other members - Professor Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, Professor Dr Md Rahmat Ullah, Professor Dr Zeenat Huda and Professor Dr Supriya Saha- and leaders of the student organisations working actively on the campus.
Because of time constraint, the committee asked the representatives of the student organisations to give their proposals in writing for the necessary amendment to the constitution, if there are any.
After the discussion, Prof Mizanur Rahman told the reporters that representatives of different organisations placed their suggestions in the meeting.
"We've extended the deadline till next Monday to submit written recommendations to the committee. Then we will place their suggestions before the vice chancellor which would be finalised later in the Syndicate meeting."
DU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) president Sanjit Chandra Das, general secretary Saddam Hussein, DU JCD president Al Mehdi Talukder, general secretary Abul Bashar Siddiqi, DU Chhatra Union president Fayez Ullah, general secretary Rajiv Das, DU Chhatra Front president Salman Siddiqui, general secretary Toma Barman and Chhatra Federation president Umm Habiba Benjir, among others, were present.
BCL recommended adding three new posts (Liberation War affairs secretary, research affairs secretary and secretary for information technology) to the organisational structure of DUCSU.
Saddam Hussein said, "First of all, we demanded writing the DUCSU constitution in Bengali instead of English. Secondly, we suggested including a provision for ensuring the representation of female students in the organisational structure of DUCSU. Thirdly, we wanted a ban on the anti-liberation, fundamentalist and religion-based student organisations through the constitution of DUCSU."
Al Mehedi Talukder said, "Our recommendations will be submitted to the committee in written form by next Monday. Before the election, the university administration has to ensure coexistence of all organisations."
Bangladesh Student Federation (BSF) recommended adding two new posts to the organisational structure - student rights affairs secretary and a secretary for cultural affairs.
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 were held.
The latest DUCSU elections were held in 1990. It was the sixth election after the coutnry's independence.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal-backed Aman-Khokon (AmanullahAman and Khairul KabirKhokan) panel won the election and they remained leaders of the student body for a protracted period, until its dissolution in 1998.