A number of students of Dhaka University (DU) are giving private tuition to their juniors inside the DU Central Library causing disturbance to other students, but the library authorities are helpless to control the situation.
Sources said many of the students are engaged in private coaching inside the library with the active support of influential student organisations.
"That's why I am afraid to take any action against this illegal practice," said a library official. "But we try our best to maintain congenial environment in the library," he added.
Another library official said it is very difficult to identify those who are engaged in such activities. "We cannot take action unless we get evidence. It is impossible to force a student to confess that he or she is involved in it."
When asked, a student teaching others on the second floor of the library told this correspondent, "It's none of your business and why is it a problem to you anyway?"
Another student said they were studying in groups. They demanded that there should be a separate room for group discussion.
The library rules do not allow more than four students to sit together but it is often seen that six to eight students sit around a single table for holding coaching 'class'.
"As a student of the university I have the right to sit wherever I want. Question can arise if outsiders do it," said Mamun, a third-year student of Economics who was teaching a few first-year students.
The students from Economics department claimed to be a member of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of ruling BNP.
According to the sources, general students, especially examinees, suffer due to this practice.
A library official who has been working for about 25 years said there is no alternative to increasing awareness of the students. The students must be conscious of discharging their responsibilities, he added.
"The central library should be used only for reading and research work. Private tuition cannot be allowed here as already there is a serious lack of adequate sitting arrangements," said another library official.
"Now only a few students are holding private tuition classes inside the library. We will take steps to improve the situation," said Dr Md Sirajul Islam, the librarian