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11 February, 2017 11:40:46 PM
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Teachers’ strike continues

No classes, exams at RUET since Feb 6
A Correspondent, RU
Teachers’ strike continues

The regular classes and examinations at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) came to a standstill as teachers continued their strike boycotting classes, demanding punishment of students who had confined them during a students protest on February 4.

Meanwhile, RUET authorities formed a five-member probe body to investigate the   incident. Scheduled classes and examinations were not held yesterday due to the ongoing teachers’ strike, campus sources said.
RUET vice-chancellor Prof Rafiqul Alam Beg said on February 8, a five-member probe body, headed by RUET information and computer science institute Prof Md Shahid-Uz-Zaman, was formed to investigate the complaint made by the teachers against the students who confined them during their demonstration for the cancellation of ‘33 Credit System’. The others members of committee are -- Prof Abbas Ali, Prof Mazedur Rahman, Prof Rabiul Islam and Prof Md Shahed Hasan Tusar. 
However, RUET Teacher’s Association president Prof Nirendranath Mustafi said they would continue their strike if their demand is not met.  He said they formed a 5-member monitoring committee yesterday at an emergency meeting to assist the RUET probe-body by giving information. He said they would call a meeting of teachers’ association next week to fix their further steps.
Probe body president and also director of Information and Computer Science (ICS) Dr Md Shahid-Uz-Zaman, said they could not start their investigation as Thursday and Friday were the university weekly holidays. They will start their investigation over the incident within a short time, he hoped.
Earlier, on February 4, a section of students of 2014-15 and 2015-16 sessions demonstrating for the cancellation of the credit system confined 26 teachers, including the vice-chancellor, for around 24 hours at vice-chancellor office.
In face students’ protest, which started on January 28 this year, the university authorities cancelled the credit system on February 5. 
Later, RUET Teachers’ Association President Nirendranath Mustafi after an emergency meeting on February 6 declared their strike and refrained from all kind of academic activities, including regular classes and examinations, demanding punishment of students for allegedly insulting them during the confinement on February 4.
According the 33 credit system, introduced the system in 2013-2014 academic sessions, if a student fails to get 33 out of 40 credits, he or she will not be allowed to move up to next session and will have to retake the whole year again.  Whereas previously, students were allowed to attend classes and examinations of the next session even if they got less than 33 credits. 
 They could obtain the credits by taking examinations later. According to the university sources, each course represents three to five credits.

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