June 20, 2013 | 08:31 AM (BD Time)
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Students victim of teachers’ politics
The academic atmosphere at Jahangirnagar University remains disrupted over the weeks due to movement of a section of the teachers for removal of the Vice Chancellor.
The teachers already divided sharply along political lines- one group supporting the ruling party and the other toeing the opposition - have taken contradictory position on the controvesrial issues relating to academic and disciplinary matters.
As a part of fresh five-day programme, a larger section of the teachers under the banner of "Sikkhok Samaj" (teachers community) on Monday observed a day-long hunger strike on the campus demanding implementation of their eight-point demands.
They demands include judicial probe into the recent killing of a student, Zubair Ahmed, bringing an end of the campus violence, cancellation of mass appointment of teachers without requisite qualifications, withdrawal of measures to commercialise the education by enhancing various academic fees and awarding punishment to former proctor Prof Arzu Mia who had publicly assaulted Teachers Association President Professor AA Mamun. The demand also include cancellation of all elections held for selecting VC panel, deans, senate and syndicate members.
The teachers continued their movement from January 11 protesting undue favour to ruling party supporting teachers and students, corruption in academic and financial matters and irregularities in appointing teachers and officials in the university.
Convener of the Sikkhak Samaj, Prof. Dr Nasim Akhter Hossain, the Vice Chancellor being a supporter of the ruling party has lost moral right to hold the prestigious position by downgrading the image of the university making the appointment teachers having lower academic calibers but mere political tag of the ruling party.
In 38 years of Jahangirnagar Univeristy, a total of 350 new teachers were recruited while the president regime recruited 195 teachers in three years. But this time the new teachers were found to be of less caliber and ruling party loyalist. Teachers were recruited in larger number ahead of the elections of different academic and administrative bodies, alleged the Prof. Dr Nasim Akhter.
She threatened to launch tougher programme if the authorities failed to meet their eight-point demand.
The agitating teachers are also demanding return of 200 students who had been ousted from the campus by the rival groups.
However, the pro-government group of teachers stood in support of the Vice Chancellor urging him to go for action against the trouble makers.
Meanwhile, the university authorities appealed to the teachers community to help restore congenial academic atmosphere accusing a section of the teachers of trying to create volatile situation on the campus.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir said some teachers were trying to derive political benefit out of the killing of Zubair Ahmed, a student of English Department on January 9.
He also challenged his opponents to show proof that he had one something wrongfully or in irregular manner opr in violation of the university rules and regulations.
However, the opponents are holding demonstration by installing a "Upachasrya Prattyakkhan Monch" ( Vice-chancellor rejection platform" since April 1. They put the VC's office under lock and key on Monday.
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