Committed to PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW
Vol. 5 Num 60 Sun. July 25, 2004  
   
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DU teacher recruitment
Syndicate leaves it to chancellor


In the face of media criticisms, the committee assigned to short-list applicants for lecturer and assistant professor posts in population science at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday crossed out one of its two controversial selections.

But the DU Syndicate failed to approve the selection as its emergency meeting last night engaged in a heated debate and ended up seeking decision of chancellor of the university President Prof Iajuddin Ahmed.

The selection committee headed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof AFM Yusuf Haider decided to drop Mahabubul Anwar from the list of candidates for two posts of lecturer at a meeting convened after a number of newspaper reports had pointed out Anwar's lack of requisite qualifications.

The negative media coverage that also questioned the preference given to a less qualified applicant, Farhana Ferdous Luna, over a gold medallist scholar, irked the faculties and students of the university.

Anwar, an administrative/finance assistant of a population science departmental project, has only second class BSS and MSS degrees in sociology and scored GPA 3.61, which is equivalent to second class, in MSS in population science. His position was second class 75th in BSS and 143rd in MSS in sociology.

The committee passed over Samina Lutfa, who stood first class first both in BSS and MSS in sociology and was awarded the Dr Nazmul Karim Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding results.

DU classes, exams suspended
The Dhaka University authorities yesterday suspended all the classes and examinations till August 10 as flood situation across the country continued to grow worse.

An emergency meeting of the Syndicate, the highest decision making body of the university, took the decision last night with Vice Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz in the chair.

The classes and examinations will resume on August 11.