B'desh students say no to exams during World Cup
Students at a Bangladeshi university besieged the vice-chancellor's office demanding exams be postponed.india Updated: May 28, 2006 20:08 IST
More than three hundred students at a Bangladeshi engineering university besieged the office of their vice-chancellor on Sunday demanding exams be postponed during the World Cup, police said.
The students besieged the vice-chancellor's office at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology to demand that their final exams be put back till after the World Cup, local police chief Mahbubur Rahman said.
The university, the country's most prestigious academic institution, had earlier announced that finals would be held from June 3 to 29.
Chanting slogans in favour of the World Cup, the students said they would not break the siege unless the authorities defer the exams by more than a month.
"The World Cup is a big festival and it comes every four years. All the students at the university dormitories will wake up in the night to watch the matches," said student Tariq Ahsan.
"That's why we have asked the authorities to defer the World Cup so that students can prepare adequately for the final exams," he added.
Police said the students did not end the siege till Sunday evening. "The teachers were holding an emergency meeting to discuss the students' demand," Rahman said.
The month-long event beginning June 9 is expected to draw record television audiences in the sport-obsessed nation.