POST TIME: 10 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Teachers submit graft ‘proof’ against JU VC
Our Correspondent, JU

Teachers submit graft ‘proof’ against JU VC

Four teachers of Jahangirnagar University have submitted complaints of corruption and irregularities against the vice chancellor, Professor Farzana Islam, to the education ministry. The four complainants, who are representatives of ‘Jahangirnagar against Corruption’ group, gave the written complaint along with 70 pages of documentation to the personal secretary of Education Minister Dr Alim Khan on Friday night.

The complainants are Professor Tareq Reza, Associate Professor Hasan Mahmud, Professor Mostafizur Rahman Chayan and Professor Fazlul Karim Patwary. Their key allegations against the VC included giving huge amount of money to BCL from construction companies, irregularities in elections for the VC panel, senate, syndicate and dean, corruption by the VC’s husband, son and personal secretary, formation of unfair investigation committee on controversial issues and unfair appointments of teachers and officials among others.

They also submitted news cuttings related to the irregularities and corruption, some official proofs as well as reported of conversations with BCL leaders regarding the transaction of money. “We have submitted the documents of tender snatching of development projects, the corruption of the VC’s personal secretary, giving of money to the Chhatra League, awarding a PhD degree and scholarship to the VC’s husband, and other irregularities and nepotism indulged in by Professor Farzana Islam,” said Professor Reza. “We have also submitted the documents of conversations with BCL leaders about corruption. Many of them have confessed that they received money from the VC,” he added.

Earlier, the education minister and his deputy, Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, had told protesting JU teachers to submit the documents and written allegations against the VC to the education ministry. They said action would be taken against the VC if the allegations were proved to be true.

Reacting to the ministers’ demand, a protesting teacher, Professor Khondokar Hasan Mahmud, said, “Our documents are enough to prove that Professor Farzana is corrupt. The government must initiate a fair investigation in this regard as soon as possible.” Also yesterday, the protesting teachers brought out a rally with a scroll painting. The rally started from the new arts building and ended at the ‘VC removal Mancha’ adjacent to the old administration building. The protesters also demonstrated for some time on the Dhaka-Aricha highway. A faction of JU teachers and students has been demonstrating on campus since August 23, demanding the VC’s removal for alleged corruption.

The crisis on campus deepened on November 5 when members of the JU BCL unit led by Md. Jewel Rana attacked the protesters in front of the VC’s residence.

Later, the university authorities asked them to vacate the dormitories after an emergency syndicate meeting and issued a ban on mass gatherings on the campus.