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19 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Graft in JU mega project

Protesters ask VC to step down

Our Correspondent, JU
Protesters ask VC to step down

A section of teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday (Wednesday) asked the vice-chancellor, Prof. Farzana Islam, to resign from her post "respectfully", saying she had morally lost the post. They issued an ultimatum till October 1, during the admission test for the 2019-20 session which is scheduled to be held from September 22 to October 1.

They declared the VC persona-non-grata in exam halls during the test and decided to boycott her, adding that they will continue regular protests. Prof. Raihan Rhyne of the philosophy department, also the coordinator of the university, confirmed it at a press briefing at the New Arts Building around 7.30pm.

The decision came after a meeting between the protesters and administration was left "unfinished". The meeting was held with the lone demand of holding a judicial enquiry. They also vowed to launch a tougher movement if their demand was not met by the issued time.

A total of 22 protesters, including some teachers, took part in the discussion with the top administrative body of the university. However, Prof. Farzana Islam said: “The protesters asked me about my moral stand. There are many stakeholders of the university out of the protesters. If all of them think that I have lost morally, that is different issue. No way of discussion is now open as they demanded my resignation. I informed the incident to the UGC and ministry. The Prime Minister has already been informed. So, I will resign from my post if those who have given me the responsibility want it.”

Earlier, the JU authorities accepted the two-point demands of the protesters, including relocation of dormitories from the Bishwakabi Rabidranath Tagore hall and review of the master plan of the mega project.

The JU VC took three working days' time to decide the demand of the protesters that a judicial inquiry be held regarding the corruption. The time ended on Tuesday.

The JU students have been demonstrating on the campus since August 23, demanding relocation of three male students’ dormitories that the authorities planned to construct near the Rabindranath Hall, and a judicial probe into the allegations of corruption and irregularities that took place before the approval of the mega project.

The students and teachers also protested against the corruption of the authorities and unplanned development work that would endanger the biodiversity on the campus.

 

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