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Protesters issue ultimatum for removal of JU VC

Our Correspondent, JU
Protesters issue ultimatum for removal of JU VC

The teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have issued a seven-day ultimatum for the removal of vice-chancellor (VC) Prof. Farzana Islam. The ultimatum was issued during a press conference at the new arts building on the JU campus last evening. Addressing the press, Ariful Islam Anik, secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra Union, presented the seven-day ultimatum demanding the VC’s removal.

“Within this time, the university authorities should open all dormitories and continue academic activities on the campus. But that is possible only if the VC resigns from her post willingly,” he said. “If the authorities do not reopen the university and remove the VC within seven days, we'll launch a strong movement after November 21,” he added.

Prior to the press meet, teachers and students had continued their protest on the campus yesterday. Holding banners which declared “Jahangirnagar Against Corruption”, the protestors began a procession at 1:00pm outside the new arts building on the JU campus. The procession ended at the old administrative building and was followed by a short rally.

Addressing the rally, Oliur Sun, vice-president of the JU unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, said: “Men from the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) attacked our peaceful movement. The authorities shut down the university and vacated the hall following the attack, but they could not stop our protest.”

He added that the VC needed to go not only because of corruption charges, but also owing to the campus stalemate. Describing the movement as an attempt to save the university from corruption, Prof. Kamrul Ahsan of the philosophy department said: “The VC and her cohorts don’t want the university to run smoothly. So, they shut down the university. We urge the government to investigate the matter and resolve the crisis.”

Expressing disappointment, Prof. Rayhan Rayine of the philosophy department said: “We have continued our movement for three months. We have already submitted all our documents. But the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the education ministry are yet to form an investigation committee.”

Prof. Sayed Ferdous of the anthropology department, Prof. Khabir Uddin and Prof. Jamal Uddin Runu of the environmental sciences department, Prof. Shamima Sultana and Tareq Reza of the Bangla department, and Prof. Khandakar Hasan Mahmud of the geography and environment department also addressed the protestors.    Following a two-day break owing to bad weather, the teachers and students resumed their protest movement on Tuesday with a solidarity rally on the campus premises.

 

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