Two universities with one name: love or contempt?


Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a name of love, a name of feeling, a name of emotion.  He is one of the best leader in world history and the father of our nation.  Never in the history of the Bengali nation has such a leader arrived.  That is why he is the best Bengali of a thousand years.  Every Bengali remembers this man with reverence.

As a Bengali, I am proud of myself. It hurts again when I see someone trying to take advantage of this name and the name of someone in this family.  From the cities of Bangladesh to the remote villages, many organizations have been formed in the name of Bangabandhu and his family members.  Many of these organizations have been formed for the purpose of profiteering in various fields.

After the Awami League came to power in 2009, organizations were started in the name of Bangabandhu and his family.  Hirik is going to be noticed in this issue with the subsequent victory of Awami League.  These organizations do not have any constitution, rules or full committee.

According to the rules, in order to establish or run an organization in the name of Bangabandhu and his family, approval has to be obtained from the 'Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust'.  But no approval was taken for the establishment of these ground-breaking organizations which were formed out of greed for positions.

fake organization in the name of Bangabandhu

These organizations formed without approval are clearly illegal.  According to the media, there are more than four hundred such organizations.  Again, as a result of self-interest and conflict, many people leave one organization and form a new one.  As a result, such organizations are growing uncontrollably.

A few days ago an incident went viral on social media Facebook;  Where the banner of an organization named after Sheikh Russell, the youngest son of Bangabandhu, was hung on the land as an attempt to seize the only land of a poor man.

Similarly, an organization called 'Bangabandhu Theme and Think Park' used Bangabandhu's name to organize scholarship competitions in forty schools and snatched several lakh taka.  We know many such incidents from newspapers and television.  Needless to say, many incidents are going on behind the scenes.

This issue came up for discussion again recently when the Ministry of Education sought the opinion on the law to establish a university named 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University' in Pirojpur.  The terrible thing is that there is an established university in Gopalganj, the birthplace of Bangabandhu with the same name.

UGC notice as Pirojpur Science and Technology University on March 23, 2020
UGC notice as Pirojpur Science and Technology University on March 23, 2020

UGC notice as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University on July 16, 2020
UGC notice as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University on July 16, 2020

In the UGC notice, the new university was shown as 'Pirojpur  Science and Technology University' on March 23, 2020, but in just four months, the name of the university, 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University', was shown on July 16, 2020.  It is necessary to find out if there is any special purpose behind changing the name overnight.

'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University' was established in Gopalganj in 2001 by passing a law in the National Parlament.  After 19 years of its establishment, the university has already gained nationwide recognition.  About 12,000 students are currently studying here.  Moreover, the alumni of this university are currently working with dignity at home and abroad.

In this situation, the decision to establish another university with the same name has caused a great deal of anger among teachers, students and the general public.  Students who started a movement against the Vice-Chancellor in September last year are preparing to start a movement again to defend their existence.  Which does not indicate anything good in this corona period.

Movement for VC resignation
Movement for VC resignation
Although schools and colleges are generally considered at the national level, universities are considered internationally.  Two universities of the same name will tarnish the image of Bangladesh in the world arena while ranking internationally on the basis of different criteria.

Moreover, as a result of the same name of two universities after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu, people will use the names of Gopalganj and Pirojpur instead of this name to distinguish them.  Which can be called an insult to the father of the nation.

People know Gopalganj by the name of 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University' established at the birthplace of Bangabandhu, they know the heritage of Gopalganj.  It can never be desirable to create a deficit in the interest of the people by establishing another university by this name.

We believe that the Leader of the Nation Sheikh Hasina will take stern action against the beneficiaries by using the name of someone in her family and will take necessary steps to preserve the uniqueness of 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman  Science and Technology University'.

Writer:
Md Jahid Hassan
Md Jahid Hassan
Student, Department of Pharmacy
Comilla University, Bangladesh.

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