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A girl’s studentship was cancelled by the Cox’s Bazar International University following media reports that she belongs to the Rohingya community, reports UNB.
Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Abul Kashem said that the authorities have decided to suspend the studentship of LLB (Hons) student Rahima Akhter alias Rahi Khushi following media reports identifying her as a Rohingya girl.
The VC added, on Saturday a three-member probe committee was formed asking it to submit a report within seven days.
Deutsche Welle (DW), a German international broadcaster released a 1.32-minute video showing Rahima taking interviews of Rohingya people and collecting data at a camp in Cox’s Bazar as an NGO worker.
Following the video released by DW, Rahima fled Myanmar to Bangladesh with her family in 1992 and was admitted to Baitush Sharaf Jobbaria Academy at Boilapara in Cox’s Bazar hiding her real identity as formal education of Rohingyas in Bangladeshi institutions is restricted.
Trustee of the Cox’s Bazar International University Mujibur Rahman said that Rahima passed SSC from Baitush Sharif Jabbaria Academy and HSC from Cox’s Bazar Government Women’s College.
After receiving SSC and HSC certificates and national ID, Rahima was admitted to the university.
Mujibur added, the probe body report will be submitted to University Grants Commission (UGC) to take the final decision regarding this.
Ibrahim Khalil, president of Prothom Alo Bondhushava, Cox’s Bazar district committee, said that Rahima was the finance secretary of the committee and was suspended from the post on September 5 and later expelled as she failed to prove her Bangladesh nationality.