Dhaka University (DU) authorities have asked teachers and students for opinion on the development and extension of iconic Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of the university.
Earlier, news reports on demolition and renovation of the current structure of TSC sparked an outcry from students and teachers of the university.As per the instructions from DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, the university’s Acting Chief Engineer Abul Kalam Sikder sent a notice to the deans and the directors of the institutes on Thursday, seeking their recommendations of the matter.
The notice read that under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, former student of the university, initiatives have been taken for the overall development and expansion of TSC. Opinions and recommendations of teachers and students of the university regarding the matter are welcomed. Attaching a Google form weblink (https://forms.gle/GnfMKXKS1NBVZGND7), the notice asked to submit the opinion by January 2 next year.
Confirming the matter, Abul Kalam said they will submit the recommendations and opinions to the Public Works Department (PWD) of the government that will operate the development work.
TSC, a twentieth century establishment, will soon be demolished to be rebuilt in a modern style ahead of the university’s birth centenary celebrations in 2021.
The PWD came up with the move after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 2 called for modernising Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), TSC and Shahbagh’s Public Library.
Greek architect, planner and theoretician Constantinos Apostolos Doxiadis (1913-1975) designed TSC in the early 1960s and later the TSC building was built as part of the so-called Decade of Development (between 1958 and 1968) of the then Pakistani military government of General Ayub Khan.