CUET shutdown for indefinite period, students asked to leave halls

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Chittagong, April 7: The authorities of the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) on Thursday shutdown it for indefinite period amid students’ protests pressing for an eight-point charter of demands.

The decision was taken in a meeting of department heads and hall provosts, convened by the vice chancellor.

The authority also postponed undergraduate classes for indefinite period.

Students have been asked to vacate the four residential halls by 3:00pm on Thursday, while the female students have to leave campus by 10:00am on Friday morning.

“Academic activities of undergraduate programmes have been postponed until further notice. However, post-graduate classes will continue,” said the university’s PR official Mohammad Fazlur Rahman.

Meanwhile, demonstrating students have defied the order and are continuing with their protests, that started six days ago.

“We are holding peaceful protests. There has been no untoward incident. We do not accept the order stopping academic activities,” Atal Bhaumik, spokesperson for the protestors, told reporters.

He said that a huge police posse has been deployed on the campus and they fear large-scale arrests anytime.

The protests began after a CUET student died in a road mishap on March 29.

They have been demonstrating ever since, bringing CUET’s academic activities to a standstill.

The students’ demands include the arrest of the driver responsible, BRTC bus shuttles between the campus and the city.

They also demand the removal of CUET’s Student Welfare Director Ashutosh Saha.

On Wednesday, a road accident near the campus left two CUET teachers and a student injured.

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