Published: Monday, May 6, 2013

Teachers’ Ultimatum

JU VC refuses to resign

Prof Anwar Hossain yesterday refused to resign from his position as an elected vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (JU).
The VC organised a press conference at JU Senate Hall to address JU Teachers’ Association’s demand for his resignation.
Juta demanded resignation of the VC for not suspending an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League JU unit who allegedly assaulted a teacher.
The association on Saturday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the VC to step down.
Prof Anwar Hossain yesterday formally apologised to Juta for failing to keep his promise of suspending the BCL activist.
He further said teachers are misinterpreting an audio record of his speech to BCL JU unit activists on April 6. “I asked BCL to be ready to act against Hefajat-e Islam not the teachers,” said Prof Anwar.
He urged the agitating teachers, who are observing work abstention, to resume classes.
The teachers began work abstention on April 27 and it will end today. The association will hold a meeting tomorrow to decide what course of action to take.
Meanwhile, at another press conference, Prof Sharif Uddin, Juta general secretary, said the VC assured us on April 6 that he would suspend Razib Ahmed Rasel, the BCL activist, but later he told BCL activists that Razib had no relation with the assault.
Razib allegedly attacked Nurul Haque, lecturer in economics, on April 6. The BCL denied the allegation.