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RUET credit system: Students boycott classes

RUET Correspondent

A section of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) students today

boycotted classes and examinations demanding withdrawal of “33 credit system”.

University authorities introduced the “33 credit system” in 2013, where if a student fails to get 33 out of 40 credits, She or he will not be allowed to move up to next session and will have to retake the whole year again.

Whereas previously, a student could move on to the next session even if they passed less than 33 credits and were allowed retake the subjects at a later date.

Around 150 students of 2014-2015 batches of different departments have been protesting the credit system by boycotting classes and examinations from 8:00am.

They also submitted a memorandum to the university vice chancellor in the morning.

When asked, Vice Chancellor Prof Rafiqul Alam Beg said the system was introduced in 2013 for the students’ own good and their demand for withdrawing it is illogical, reports our RUET correspondent.

However, the students had not consulted him regarding the matter before starting the movement, says the VC.

“Decision on the next course of action will be made after a meeting of academic council”, he added.

A section of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) students this morning boycotted classes and examinations demanding the withdrawal of ‘33 credit system’.

Around 150 students of 2014-2015 batches of different departments have been protesting the credit system by boycotting classes and examinations from 8:00 am. They also submitted a memorandum to the University vice chancellor today.

When asked, the Vice Chancellor Prof Rafiqul Alam Beg said the system was introduced in 2013 for the students’ own good and their demand for withdrawing it is illogical, reports our RUET correspondent.

However, the students had not consulted him regarding the matter before they started their movement, says the VC.

“The next decision can be made after a meeting of academic council”, he added.

Campus sources said, the university authority introduced the credit system according to which, a student has to attain 33 credits out of 40, otherwise he/she will be dropped out of the year.

Students alleged, around 150 students of ’13 and ’14 batches have failed to earn the necessary amount of credits to pass till now.

Tamim, one of the agitating students, said under the new system if a student cannot manage to secure 33 credits out of 40 in one year, he or she has to repeat the year with junior students.

He said, before the ‘33 credit system’ was introduced, students who fell short of the required credits, used to get them by completing short courses in their final year.

Another student alleged that, there is no such type of credit system in any other engineering and technology university in the country.

Though a University official anonymously said that, the RUET Chhatra League is behind this movement, the agitating students denied the allegations.

They said, they are protesting the credit system for the general students, there is no political connection to it.

RUET BCL General Secretary Topu said, “we have no connection with this movement”.

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