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Students panicked as part of BM College hostel collapses

  • Published at 02:50 pm August 22nd, 2016
  • Last updated at 02:55 pm August 22nd, 2016
Students panicked as part of BM College hostel collapses

However, no causality was reported, as there was nobody in the collapsed portion of the hostel building.

Babul Dutta, a residential student of English department at the hostel, said a large portion of the roof of the building suddenly collapsed on the road adjacent to tin-shed portion of the hostel with a big bang around 6am.

We immediately informed the college principal and hostel superintendent about the incident. Panic created among the residents of the adjacent portions of the hostel and residents of neighbouring dormitories,” he said.

Forty-two students are now residing at temporary tin-shed building adjacent to the abandoned century-old two-storied main building of the hostel,” said Alamin Sarwar, teacher of Islamic Studies and superintendent in-charge of the hostel.

Prof Imanul Hakim, principal of the college, said recent downpour had triggered the collapse of the portion of the century-old building.

One decade ago century old building of the hostel was declared as abandoned by Barisal City Corporation and Public Works Department.

Then, residential students were accommodated in a two tin-shed houses constructed adjacent to the Surrender Bhavan in 2010, he said.

We could not start construction of new building by demolishing the abandoned old one, as a case remains pending over ownership of the land,” said principal of the case.

Renowned Barisal Government Brojo Mohun College, the largest and century-old higher educational institution of the division, was established in 1886 and nationalised in 1964.

There are about 25,000 students in HSC, 19 honours and masters level departments.

The college has two halls and two hostels for male students with capacity of 1,300 seats and two halls for female students with capacity of 320 seats while more than 60% students of the college came from out side the city and district.

Due to accommodation crisis, many students of the rural areas, specially the female students of the division, became deprived of higher education, said students of the college.

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