The minister made the announcement at a meeting with a delegation from JnU Teachers’ Association led by its president Dr Kazi Saifuddin at the seminar hall of the Education Ministry.
Secretary of Education Ministry and General Secretary of JnUTA Noor Alom Abdullah were present at the meeting with the education minister.
Raisul Islam Nayon, JnU student movement representative said: “The education minister has said the same thing back in 2014 and his promise never materialised, we want a direct statement from the prime minister herself about our housing crisis.”
“We will continue our movement until she confirms publicly that our housing will be located in the vacated premise of the old central jail,” he added.
He also said that they want accommodations for the entire student population which is more than 20,000 students while the proposed plans for the housing crisis only addresses about 1000 students which he hopes the PM will confirm.
The students on Saturday gave the ultimatum to government and university authorities that they want a direct announcement from the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about solving their housing crisis otherwise they will stage a tougher movement from September 19.
As the part of their movement a human chain will be organized across the country on September 15.
JnU representative of agitating students Imrul Shahed Badhan read out a written statement at a roundtable meeting at Reporters Unity with civil society, on Saturday.
Dhaka University Professor Tanjim Uddin Khan, Economist Anu Mohammad, Barrister Jotirmoy Barua, Educationist A N Rasheda, Dr Mostaque Ahmed, Journalist Rabin Ahsan and Obaidul Al Noman amongst others were also present at the meeting.
Earlier, students of the university staged demonstration boycotting classes and examinations in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 demanding the authorities solve their accommodation crisis after the college turned into a public university in 2005 by passing Jagannath University Act in the parliament.
The proposed project by the education minister is over Tk274 crore.
It is said to be completed by 2020 consisting of a 10 storey dormitory for 1000 students on 25 bigha of land, the minister also said.
The proposed project will also include a teachers’ housing project, a 17 storey hostel for female students and new land is being sought in Jhilmil and Purbachal area to solve the accommodation crisis.
On August 1 JnU students were again staging demonstrations, boycotting classes and exams demanding their accommodation crisis be solved.
The university authorities had sent a letter to the ministries concerned with a proposal for a multi-storey dormitory, a cultural centre, a research centre and a museum to be constructed at the site of the old jail if the land is allotted to JnU.