POST TIME: 5 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Conflict between teachers troubles JU geography students
Body formed to end JU ragging problem
JU Correspondent

Conflict between teachers troubles 
JU geography students

Academic activities of geography and environment department at Jahangirnagar University (JU) have been hampered as a faction of teachers of the department have boycotted classes and examinations with a demand for holding an academic council meeting. A group of teachers loyal to Professor Shahedur Rashid enforced the  strike for indefinite period from Monday demanding academic council meeting.

They alleged that the chairman of the department Professor Manzurul Hasan earlier filed a writ petition before the High Court on some controversial issues that had gone against the department.

Professor Hasan said that he did not get any official announcement of boycotting classes and examinations.

He also assured that he will call academic meeting very soon.

Mohammad Dider, a masters’ student of the department, said “Our academic activities are hampering due to the strike. Conflict between teachers is very regrettable.”

He also urged the teachers to meet their internal problems as early as possible and give attention to their academic activities.

UNB adds: Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities will form a committee to find out a solution to the ragging problem on its campus, reports UNB.

A resolution in this regard was adopted at a meeting between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the JU authorities in this regard on Tuesday.

A UGC sub-committee, headed by its member Prof Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, placed its report over the ragging problem on the JU campus at the meeting held at the UGC auditorium in the capital.

Presided over UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan, the meeting was attended by JU VC, Pro-VCs, proctorial bodies, deans and provosts of the residential halls were present, said a UGC press release.

Earlier, the UGC formed the three-member subcommittee as the Prime Minister's Office asked to investigate the ragging and other incidents on the JU campus after Mizanur Rahman , a first semester student of JU Computer Science and Engineering Department, fell sick after being victim to ragging by senior students of the same department in February 2018.

Placing the report of the sub-committee, Prof Mollah said the ragging is a serious issue that the JU and other universities are facing today. He stressed the need for collective efforts of the university authorities to remove the problem.

The UGC Chairman said the university should be a hub of free thinking and knowledge, and everybody associated with university administration should be alert so that their successes cannot be tarnished by some evil forces.

JU VC Prof Farzana Islam said everybody is against ragging and her administration will work to stop it and other unlawful activities on the campus. UGC members Prof Dil Afroza Begum and Dr M Shah Nowaz Ali and UGC Secretary Dr Md Khaled were also present at the meeting.