Vol. 5 Num 498 Wed. October 19, 2005  

CU teachers’ strike begins today

Chittagong University Progotishil Shikkhak Samaj, a forum of progressive teachers, will go on an indefinite strike from today to realise their seven-point demand.

Their demands include immediate removal of AJM Nooruddin, vice-chancellor of the university, for appointing 100 teachers on "political consideration instead of merit".

They also accused the vice-chancellor of appointing 35 employees illegally.

The teachers alleged the university authorities are buying time to declare schedule for election of deans although three months have already elapsed.

Prof Helaluddin Nizami, former general secretary of the forum, said they had placed their demands to the university authorities on September 17 and enforced an indefinite strike on Sept 27 as their demands went unheeded.

The strike was called off on Sept 28 at the request of the university authorities and the Shikkhak Samaj give them until Oct 17 to meet their demands. "As our demands went unheard, we are going to enforce the strike tomorrow," said Prof Helaluddin.