Rokeya Univ teachers begin fast-unto-death, confine VCOur Correspondent . Rangpur
The teachers of the Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur on Tuesday laid siege the vice-chancellor’s office as they began their fast-unto-death pressing for the payment of outstanding salaries for the last five months.
The agitated teachers demonstrated confining the vice-chancellor in his office and disconnecting the power supply to the office.
The teachers began their programme at around 11:30am and later the officials and employees also joined them at noon.
Addressing the programme, the demonstrators said that the teachers and employees were not getting salaries for the last five months.
They urged the vice-chancellor on several occasions earlier to resolve the crisis and the vice-chancellor had assured them, but failed to resolve the crisis, they said.
Teachers Rafiul Azam Khan, Abul Kalam, Apel Mahamood, Jahangir Alam, Taposh Kumar Goshshami and Atiqur Rhaman Sumon addressed the meeting.
The University Employees Union leader Abul Kalam Azad said, ‘We have supported the strike to realise the demands.’
Bengali department assistant professor Tuhin Wadud said, ‘We will continue the fast till the demand is met.’
According to officials, some 674 teachers and employees are working at the university against 260 approved posts. Of them, 92 teachers were working against 82 posts approved by the University Grants Commission.
The vice-chancellor, AKM Nurunnabi, said that they were trying to resolve the crisis.
The grants commission had sanctioned Tk 5.80 crore for the 2012- 2013 financial year for all expenditures of the university including the payment of 260 teachers and staff, although 674 teachers and staff were working at the university, he said.
‘Recently we got approval of 76 more posts by the grants commission raising at 336 the number of approved posts and the grants commission sanctioned Tk 8.47 crore for 2013-2014 financial year,’ he added.
He also said that they sought special allocations from the commission to pay the outstanding salaries of the teachers and employees.
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