Rokeya Varsity teachers continue fast-unto-death programmeNew Age Online
The teachers of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur on Wednesday laid siege the vice-chancellor’s office and continued their fast-unto-death programme for the second consecutive day, demanding the payment of outstanding salaries accumulated in the last five months.
The agitated teachers demonstrated, confining the vice-chancellor from Tuesday morning in his office and disconnected power supply.
University Employees union president, Atiquzzaman Suman said, ‘We are supporting the teachers’ movement to realise the demand.’
Member Secretary of Sammilitto Shikhok Samaj of the university Dr Tuhin Wadud said, ‘We had been performing our academic duties without having any salary for the last five months. We talked several times with Vice Chancellor in this regard. But he failed to take any measures. So we went on the fast unto-death programme, finding no alternative.’
A Member of Progressive Teachers Alliance Tabibur Rhaman said, ‘We have also started a sit-in program before the VC office pressing campus authority to meet the demand.’
According to officials, some 674 teachers and employees are employed in the university against 260 approved posts. Of them, 92 teachers were working against 82 posts approved by the University Grants Commission.
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