A demonstration procession has been organized by Rangpur District Committee of Bangladesh Diploma Engineering Student Teacher Professional Struggle Parishad in Rangpur.
Engineers said the main purpose of the protest was to oppose the discussion on the validity of the post of engineer and change of the post of Deputy Assistant Engineer in front of the names of diploma engineers at the 623rd meeting of the Executive Committee of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) on September 19.
The protest procession started from Rangpur District Education Office at 11 am on Tuesday and ended in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.
Students of all government-run government engineering colleges in Rangpur, including Rangpur Polytechnic, took part in the protest procession.
Officials from various government offices also participated in the procession and presented their demands.
The demands of diploma engineers are;
1 .Based on the recommendations of multiple national committees, the decision to reduce the current four-year Diploma Engineering course approved by the Prime Minister to three years should be scrapped.
2 .In the light of the directives of the Prime Minister and the recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee, the gazette has to be published by amending the sections of Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) -2020 and Dhaka Building Construction Rules-2006.
3 .Provide special increments to Diploma Engineers, increase the promotion quota to 50%, formulate organograms as per engineering team concept in government, semi-government, autonomous agencies, petrobangla and power companies, promotion on the basis of seniority in power companiesDiploma Engineers have to determine the minimum salary and rank.4.Promotion of Polytechnic, TSC, SSC (Voc) and TSC education including solution of teacher shortage, classroom, lab, workshop crisis in Polytechnic and TSC, payment of second shift honorarium, regularization of STEP education and payment of student scholarships and 29 imaging technologiesNeed to arrange employment.Meanwhile, Faizul Islam Raju, member secretary of Rangpur district committee of Bangladesh Diploma Engineering Student Teachers Professors, said in his speech, “I strongly condemn and protest against the conspiracy being carried out by IEB, an organization of degree engineers against diploma engineers.I am requesting the government to accept our four point demand.
Also addressing the procession were IVEB Rangpur District General Secretary Abdul Ali, Central Committee Vice-President (Rangpur Region) and President Mahbubar Rahman and Concluding Speech Convener Saifur Rahman.
It may be mentioned that a week ago, Bangladesh Diploma Engineering Student Teacher Professional Struggle Council presented a four-point demand and handed over a memorandum to the Rangpur Deputy Commissioner.