Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Four members of a syndicate involved in scamming people with fake question papers of various examinations were arrested by police’s Detective Branch in the city on Wednesday.
The men, arrested in a special drive from Fakirapool, were named as Md Abdullah Fahim, Md Shamim Ahmed, Md Sohel Rana, and Md Nabin Ali. A case has been filed at Motijheel Police Station against them.
Fahim was also arrested last year for question paper leak.
“Deputy Police Commissioner (DB North) Moshiur Rahman learnt during social media monitoring that members of the syndicate will meet in Dhaka,” DB Additional Commissioner Md Abdul Baten told the media.
A DB team conducted drives in parts of the city and arrested them with a laptop, smartphones and fake question papers of ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination.
The arrestees told investigators that they sold fake question papers of various recruitment tests and public examinations. “They earned their Facebook followers’ trust by providing tips and study materials,” Baten said.
“They took huge sums of money from people for changing exam results,” he said. “They have many groups on the social media where they leak the fake question papers.”
The police officer said each of the group had between 300 and 500 members. The scammers collected the mobile phone numbers of the examinees and their parents before contacting them.
“They took between Tk500 and Tk30,000 for the fake question papers,” Baten said.
Chattogram, Feb 19 (UNB) – Chittagong University (CU) authorities have taken punitive actions, including revoking studentship and withholding certificates, against 16 students on various charges.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Residence Health and Disciplinary Committee held on Tuesday with CU Vice-chancellor Prof Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury in the chair, said assistant proctor of the university Niaz Morshed Ripon.
He said the actions were taken against the students for various crimes, including their involvement in clashes and militancy.
Of the students, the studentship of Md Moin Newaj was revoked while the certificates of Md Jamshedul Kabir and Md Anwar Hossain were withheld.
Syed Fahim Jafari, Mosharraf Hossain Sikder, HM Hasanuzzaman, Mizanur Rahman Fakir and Md Sabbir Hossain were suspended for one year while Md Imran Nazir Emon, Ziaul Haque Majumdar, Dipayan Dev, Md Sabirul Islam, Arnab Barua, Jubayer Ahmed and Md Mamun-or-Rashid for six months.
Besides, Md Arshaf Hossain was suspended.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) - Ten meritorious students of various departments under Biological Sciences and Earth & Environmental Sciences faculties of Dhaka University (DU) have been awarded Japan’s “Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) Scholarship” for their outstanding academic results.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman distributed scholarships among the students as the chief guest at a function held at the VC’s lounge of the university on Monday.
The recipients of NEF Scholarship are Tanjima Binte Shoukot, Joy Prakash Nag, Prasenjit Roy (Botany), Tuhin Akter (Zoology), Anindita Biswas, Shanjida Akter (Fisheries), Lamia Tabassum (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Zinnat Sultana Subarna (Microbiology), Tamanna Jahan (Oceanography) and Romana Ibrahim (Disaster Science and Management).
Dean of the Earth & Environmental Sciences faculty Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, DU Representative of NEF Scholarship Committee Prof Dr Mohammad Zabed Hossain and chairmen of various departments were present on the occasion.
The DU vice-chancellor urged the students to play a pioneering role in creating awareness on environment among the people.
Jahangirnagar University (Savar), Feb 17 (UNB) - A group of teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Sunday demanded that the university authorities take steps to stop physical and mental harassment of newcomers in the name of ragging on the campus.
The teachers under the banner of ‘Sammilita Shikkhak Samaj’ made the demand at a press conference in front of the dean office of Mathematical and Physical Sciences faculty at noon.
The teachers’ group convener and JU Teachers’ Association (Juta) President Prof Ajit Kumar Majumder said mental and physical torture on freshers by some of their seniors in the name of ragging has become a serious problem at the male dormitories. “Although some hall provosts took initiatives against ragging earlier, they couldn’t succeed as the central authorities could not support them. “
He also said they have decided that a team formed by teachers will start visiting dormitories at night after the arrival of freshers on the campus.
The teachers’ group also denounced the recent clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League when various types of firearms were brandished.
Expressing deep concern, teachers’ group coordinator Prof Zamal Uddin Runu said, “The university authorities didn’t take any initiatives to seize arms from dormitories. If it continues, university will face anarchy in future.”
Juta General Secretary and Biochemistry department teacher Prof Sohel Rana, Chemistry teacher Prof Kaushik Shaha, Government and Politics teacher Prof Shamsul Alam, Geography and Environment teacher Prof Nurul Islam and Statistic department teacher Prof Alamgir Kabir were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) – Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Sunday claimed in parliament that no question paper of the ongoing SSC and equivalent examinations has so far leaked and there was no rumour either as her ministry has taken all possible measures to this end.
“No question paper of the ongoing SSC and its equivalent examinations 2019 has so far got leaked. Even there was no rumour,” she said replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Selim Altaf Gorge (Kushtia-4).
Dr Dipu Moni mentioned that her ministry has taken a number of measures to prevent the leak of question papers during public examinations.
Ensuring the presence of students at examination centres 30 minutes before the test and attachment of security tape on envelopes of question papers are among the measures.
No question paper of the JSC, SSC and HSC examinations leaked in 2018, too, said the education minister.
About the ‘Policy-2012 to Stop Teachers from Doing Coaching Business in Educational Institutions,’ she said it will be possible to take more effective measures against coaching business as the High Court has recently upheld the policy.
In reply to a supplementary question, Dipu Moni said some 9,000 educational institutions applied online to come under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) facilities.
During scrutiny, some 2,000 of them were found eligible for the MPO, she said, adding that the institutions will be brought under the MPO scheme in phases on condition of getting funds.
“I’ve already talked to the Finance Minister in this regard,” the education minister said expressing the hope that the process of bringing the institutions will start soon.