Yangon University’s second student union, which was formed on March 1, is planning a survey to get the views of students on what they think of the rebuilding of the Student Union Building at campus.
Union chair Ko Min Set Paing said the plan to collect feedback was there but they have not decided when to start.
“The views of the students are important. We have to take them into consideration.
“So we plan to gather feedback and then present the students’ views. We just cannot confirm when we can start,” he said.
The new student union is currently made up of 15 members who support the policies of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) policies.
ABFSU has been objecting against government plans to rebuild the old student union building on its original site at the university.
The umbrella group had argued that the site should be preserved as a historical site to commemorate the 1962 Rangoon University protest, and the new building should be constructed elsewhere.
The reconstruction project has been halted, pending the forming of a building committee to oversee the rebuilding of the structure.
Last week, a meeting on forming the committee ended in an impasse when participants failed to agree on the terms of the panel.
On July 7, 1962, General Ne Win’s junta had suppressed a student demonstration at the university with military forces.
The incident led to the arrests of thousands of students and the deaths of over 100, although official government record stated that only 15 died.
On the following morning, the junta bombed the Rangoon University Student Union building that had been the symbol of the anti-colonial nationalism struggle since the 1920s.