Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005  

Nepotism to recruit JU teacher?

Authorities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) and the Archaeology department there have allegedly initiated some illegal means to appoint teachers in three posts of Lecturer in the department.

Selection of the teachers will be finalised today, sources said yesterday.

The university authorities had circulated a notice on September 12 last year inviting applications for the posts, recommended by a committee formed by the Syndicate in 2003.

The three posts are among new posts which the Syndicate had recommended for 24 departments.

"The recommendation made by the committee to create new posts at the Archaeology department is out of its (Committee) authority and illegal. It was done to appoint a teacher selected on basis of nepotism," said Prof Mustafizur Rahman Lal of the department.

He also alleged that the department's chairman had suggested the university authorities to recruit some teachers in his department.

Md Masud Imran is one of the applicants for the post of Lecturer in the Archaeology department.

Earlier, five students of Archaeology who got first class in in 1999 had submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor last year seeking re-examining of the thesis paper submitted by Md Masud Imran. It was titled 'Landscape Archaeology of Wari-Bateshwar:

A critical understanding of past human land relationship using GIS and remote sensing'.

The thesis paper contains "very few references, distorted and fake quotations of archeologists and wrong information about Wari-Bateshwar", a teacher claimed seeking anonymity. The thesis scored 178 out of 200 marks.

When contacted, Prof Mozammel Huq, Chairman of the department, declined to comment.

When asked about re-examination of the thesis, VC Prof Khandaker Mustahidur Rahman said "All procedures have been done legally and the thesis paper was examined by examiners selected by the department. I have nothing to do".