May 23, 2013 | 04:03 PM (BD Time)
23 May, 2013 Thursday
RU students face session jam
Teachers crisis at Bengali Dept acute
Sayeed Shuvo, RU:
The students of Bengali Department of Rajshahi University (RU) are facing session jam and the academic activities of the Department have been hampering seriously due to acute shortage of teachers.
Department sources said that a total of 14 posts of teachers have been lying vacant in the Department as the University authorities did not pay any heed to recruit any new teachers to resolve the crisis.
The classes and examinations of around 500 students of five academic years have become very tough to carry on by only 12 teachers of the Department, the teachers said to this correspondent.
Students of the Bengali Department told the New Nation that due to shortage of the teachers, the classes of different courses of different years could not be held regularly and every teacher has to take several courses in every batch.
The academic activities at the Department have been hampering gravely and the students are facing at least one and a half year session jam as the teachers could not complete the courses in due time, students alleged.
The students alleged that they were not getting a standard level education due to lack of teachers.
Though 12 teachers are existed in the department, all the teachers are very much busy with their personal matters.
The University authority as well as the Department authorities is not cordial to resolve this crisis.
In an investigation, the reporter found that the university authorities did not appoint any teacher for up to 14 years and during the long period many senior teachers went on retirement.
Dr Mizanur Rahman Khan, an associate professor of the department and also a provost of Syed Ameer Amir Ali hall said that teacher crisis took a turn for the worse as two teachers including him, are busy for holding charge as provost of two halls and another teacher as TSCC director among 12 teachers. Besides, a senior teacher will go on retirement from June 30 this year. After the resume of Awami League backed university administration, the authorities published an advertisement to appoint five lecturers at the department in 2009 and the authorities also issued viva cards to candidates but the appointment process had to stop as a court gave stay order on the appointment process.
The court's order came while Azizur Rahman Dipu, a candidate of the post filed a case with a lower court, as he was not issued viva card though the candidate has academic qualification of the post.
After the court's order, the university authorities appealed to judge court against the stay order but the court yet to hold any hearing about two years after the appeal. Prof Dr Safikunnabi Samadi, chairman of Bengali department told the reporter that they have been facing the teacher's crisis as the university authorities did not pay heeds cordially to resolve the crisis.
"The authorities did not take any steps to solve the crisis yet though I met with the vice chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan several times," he alleged. He also told that they have no end of trouble to carry on the academic activities of the department for acute teacher crisis and students are being gravely deprived of their necessary education.
Dr M Anisur Rahman, adviser of the university legal cell told that they appealed to a court of district judge against the lower court's order and the hearing of the appeal scheduled to be held on April 8 this year but the hearing was not held due to the death of a lawyer on that day. "Due to absence of judge of the court, the hearing of the appeal could not be held for long," he added. RU pro vice chancellor Prof Muhammad Nurullah told that they would take steps to resolve the problems of the Department as soon.
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