Govt decides to classify polytechnic graduates as diploma engineers
Polytechnic students postpone protestStaff Correspondent
Agitating polytechnic students on Monday postponed their protest for 15 days as the government decided to classify graduates from polytechnic institutes as diploma engineers instead of supervisors.
As a result of the decision, the entry-level post of the diploma engineers will be sub-assistant engineers, instead of the previous post of supervisor.
The agitating students were pressing home their two-point demands — ensuring timely promotion in jobs and withdrawal of the 2008 government provision that classified entry-level positions held by diploma engineers as supervisors.
Students of the polytechnic institutes have been on the streets agitating, sometimes violently, for realizing their demands for the last several days.
The agitating students postponed their protest programmes for 15 days coming out of a meeting with education secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury at the ministry on Monday afternoon.
Bangladesh Polytechnic Students Association convener Jakir Hossain said that as the government assured us about meeting all our demands we are postponing our agitation programme for 15 days.
Earlier, the public works secretary Khandakar Showkat Hossain said on Monday after a joint meeting of housing and education ministries that the major demand of the diploma engineers had already been accepted by the government.
The meeting was held at Public Works and Housing Ministry to resolve the ongoing crisis in some polytechnic institutes across the country.
Showkat said, ‘The ongoing agitation by polytechnic students is an outcome of misunderstanding.’
‘We have already drafted the building code 2013 by updating the code framed in 2008,’ he told reporters after the meeting with representative of Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB).
‘In the new draft, the entry post of the diploma engineer is sub-assistant engineer, instead of the previous post of supervisor,’ the secretary added.
IDEB secretary general Shamsur Rahman said the government took much time to amend the code creating the confusion and mistrust among the students.
Diploma engineering students continued the rampage under the banner of vocational student council and Peshajibi Sangram Parishad.
Meanwhile, the agitating students of Bogra Polytechnic Institute breached Section 144 on Monday. The police fired 4 rounds of rubber bullets that wounded a woman.
The local administration of Bogra district on Sunday imposed curfew from 9:00am to 5.00pm from Thontonia bus stand to Banani area, as the Bogra Polytechnic Institute students locked in clashes with law enforcers, as part of their nationwide demonstration to press home their demands.
Students of Patukhali Polytechnic Instutute set fire to a BRTC bus at Karamjatola area of the district on the day which left at least 15 injured.
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between police and students at Rajshahi Polytechnic institute when students came on Rajshahi-Naogaon highway and police fired 20-30 rounds of tear shells and two hundreds rubber bullets to bring the situation under control.
Clashes between angry students of Khulna Polytechnic Institute and police left over 50 persons including two policemen and two photo journalists injured. Ten students were taken into custody for attacking law enforces during sporadic clashes.
Angry students also vandalised eight vehicles and torched two others while demonstrating on Khulna-Jessore highway near Baikali Cinema hall.
Diploma engineering students went on the rampage on Sunday vandalising vehicles and fighting pitched battles with the police in the capital and across the country demanding increment and scaling up their status in government jobs.
The violence that forced the administration to call in Border Guard Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion at places left several hundred students injured.
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