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JU teachers lay siege to VC office

  • Published at 07:06 am June 21st, 2013
JU teachers lay siege to VC office

Administrative activities at the Jahangirnagar University came to a halt as the teachers’ union Thursday laid siege to the office of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr M Anwar Hossain, a day after they declared him unwanted on the campus.

Members of the JU Teachers’ Association (Juta) besieged the administrative office from the morning till 5pm Thursday demanding the VC’s resignation. They also foiled a special syndicate meeting in a bid to prevent the VC from discharging his duties.

However, the classes and other educational activities were underway as JUTA on Wednesday decided not to boycott classes and examinations.

JUTA members prevented university’s officials from unlocking the gates of the administrative office. They staged a demonstration before the office and threatened to foil the senate meeting that was supposed to be held Thursday.

Two Pro-Vice Chancellors Prof Dr M A Matin (Education) and Prof Dr Afsar Ahmed (Authorities), Registrar Abu Bakr Siddique and other officers of the university failed to enter their offices because of JUTA’s resistance.

JUTA president Prof Dr Ajit Kumar Mazumder told Dhaka Tribune, “VC Prof Anwar Hossain has been declared unwanted in the campus. JUTA general meeting also decided not to allow any administrative and academic activities of the university to be held under his supervision.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the members of JUTA declared incumbent VC Prof Anwar Hossain as persona non grata on the campus for not taking appropriate measure against JU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League general secretary Rajib Ahmed Russell.

Russell allegedly assaulted Nurul Haque, a lecturer of Economics department and syndicate member, on April 6.

Juta had also decided not to allow administrative activities, including senate, syndicate and academic council meetings, to be held under the incumbent VC.

In the face of the teachers’ agitation the authorities were forced to cancel the Syndicate meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Classes in many departments were held on Wednesday and Thursday after the reopening of the university following the teachers’ month-long work abstention.

Additional police forces have been deployed on the campus.