JU VC confined to office
Requests chancellor to form probe bodyMohiuddin Alamgir and Bachchu Shekh
A section of Jahangirnagar University teachers kept vice-chancellor Anwar Hossain confined to his office for the second day on Thursday pressing for his resignation, while another group of teachers termed the demand illogical.
Anwar sent a faxed message to the chancellor, Abdul Hamid, also the president, requesting him to form a probe committee on the matter.
Anwar said he would not resign as the vice-chancellor. He also denied all the allegations against him.
Anwar has been staying in his office and having homemade foods. A physician has been kept all time for his health check-up.
About 20-25 teachers kept Anwar confined to his office since 11:00am on Wednesday. They were sitting blocking both the gates of the office and did not let the vice-chancellor get out of his office, witnesses said.
The agitating teachers under the banner of Shadharan Sikkhak Forum said that their programme of besieging the vice-chancellor’s office would continue until Anwar resigned as the vice-chancellor.
They also called a three day strike on the campus from August 24.
A group of teacher under the banner of Sikkhak Mancha, however, at a briefing criticised the agitating teachers and termed their demand illogical.
Another group of teachers under the banner of Shadharan Sikkhak Parishad at a briefing urged all to save the university.
No classes or exams were held for the second straight day and the transport services of the university remained suspended.
On July 24, the High Court, in response to a petition filed by four teachers and a student, had directed the university authorities to take immediately necessary steps for the uninterrupted continuation of day-to-day functions of the university.
Since April 27, Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association had been demanding resignation of the vice-chancellor, accusing him of not taking punitive measures against Bangladesh Chhatra League university unit general secretary Razib Ahmed Rasel for assaulting economics department lecturer Nurul Haqu, also a syndicate member, on April 6.
They also accused Anwar of being involved in anomalies in the admission process and teachers’ appointments, ruining the campus environment by taking up unnecessary projects and misusing university funds.
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association, however, withdrew its agitation programmes on July 30 following the July 24 High Court order, but the Sadharan Shikkhak Forum was formed and the agitation continued.
The forum convener, Hanif Ali, said that they would not stop the besieging until their demands were met. ‘The crisis can only be resolved through the resignation of the vice-chancellor,’ he said.
Sikkhak Manch, a platform of the left-leaning teachers, sought immediate step from the university chancellor to resolve the crisis.
The Sikkhak Manch convenor, Nasim Akthar Hussein, said at a briefing that a portion of teachers were rallying against the vice-chancellor to create chaos on the campus.
Jahangirnagar University experienced several rounds of movement over the last three years which caused disruption of academic activities.
Anwar took charge of the university after his predecessor Sharif Enamul Kabir resigned as the vice-chancellor in the face of protests by students and teachers over ‘irregularities’ and ‘nepotism’ in the appointment of teachers on May 17, 2012.
Later, Anwar was elected as the vice-chancellor through the university senate.
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