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Incompetents occupying top posts in varsities, observes HC

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Expressing grave concern over the all-round erosion in public universities, the High Court yesterday observed that incompetent persons are occupying top posts of universities across the country. “Incompetent persons are occupying big posts of universities across the country, and this has resulted in the present erosion of the universities. None of them is qualified to do politics with Bangabandhu’s ideology. They were involved in creating the chaotic situation in the universities,” an HC bench, comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader, said while hearing a writ petition filed by Md Amdadul Haque, a candidate for the post of lecturer in the Zoology

Department of Chittagong University (CU). Amdadul could not attend the viva voce as some students of the university abducted and beat him up when he went to the university administration building for the viva voce on March 27. Later, Amdadul filed a writ petition before the HC, challenging the legality of the VC’s inaction to allow him to appear for the viva voce for the post.

After hearing on the petition, the HC bench yesterday issued an injunction on the recruitment to the post of lecturer in the Zoology Department of Chittagong University (CU). The injunction will remain in force till disposal of an application filed by Md Amdadul Haque, the HC said.

It also issued a rule, asking the authorities concerned to explain why their inaction to allow Amdadul to appear for the viva voce should not be declared illegal.

The HC bench also ordered the CU Vice-Chancellor (VC) to dispose of the application filed by Amdadul seeking permission to appear for the viva voce within two weeks.

During the hearing, Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, counsel for the petitioner, told the court that his client stood first in both honours and masters by securing 3.88 and 3.96 out of 4 in honours and masters. No one has been able to break his record result since the inception of the university.

Such a meritorious student could not attend the viva voce as some students of the university, claiming to be Chattra League activists, abducted and beat him up on the campus on the date of the viva voce.

The HC bench said the students claimed to be followers of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But they are not the real followers the Bangabandhu. They have no quality to follow the Father of the Nation, as they are involved in hooliganism and terrorism on the campus, which is very unfortunate.

The HC bench also said that when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is trying to get back meritorious students from abroad and appoint them in various sections to improve the image and increase the dignity of relevant sections, as well as the country, the BCL men beat up meritorious student Amdadul, which is not acceptable.

Later, Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al-Mahmud Bashar told the court that it is an unfortunate incident. The nation has to bow its head in shame because of some unruly students.

Jyotirmoy Barua told the court that after the incident Amdadul submitted an application to the VC, describing the incident and seeking a chance to appear for the viva voce. But the VC is yet to respond, he added.

Amdadul should not go to the university as he is a very qualified student and the university should have paid respect to him. But it did not do so, which is also unfortunate, the HC bench said.

After the HC order, Jyotirmoy Barua said the VC will have to dispose of the application within two weeks. The recruitment to the post will remain halted till disposal of the application, he added.

Amdadul, who received the Prime Minister’s gold medal for his academic achievements, was barred by some activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League on March 27 when he went to the university to attend the Zoology Department’s lecturer recruitment examination.

Talking to The Independent earlier, Amdadul had alleged that the BCL men demanded money from him and tried to brand him as an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist.

He claimed that as he did not comply with their demand, the BCL men beat him up. The BCL men then allegedly held him for around three hours till noon, and later handed him over to Hathazari police station, branding him as an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist.

Admitting the incident later, BCL leader Sharif Uddin claimed Amdadul was involved in Shibir politics. “Amdadul led the clash between Shibir and BCL in 2012. Many students and others witnessed the incident and told us about him. That’s why we beat him up,” he added.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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