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BSMRSTU CSE department chairman suspended over sexual harassment

  • Published at 02:15 am April 19th, 2019
Md Akkas Ali Goapalganj
Md Akkas Ali Collected

Two final year female students had brought up sexual harassment charges against him which sparked an institution-wide demonstration

The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department chairman at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science & Technology University (BSMRSTU) in Gopalganj was expelled from his position, on charge of sexual harassment.

The CSE department chairman Md Akkas Ali has also been temporarily relieved of all academic and administrative duties for the next eight semesters. However, during this period, he will receive salaries and other amenities. 

The notice was issued by BSMRSTU registrar’s office after Registrar Professor Nur Uddin Ahmed signed an order in this regard, on Thursday.

According to the office order, the university disciplinary board has taken such actions based on the probe committee’s report, which was formed to inquire into the allegations made by two students against the chairman of CSE department.

Two and a half month earlier, two final year female students had filed a written complaint with the university authorities, alleging being sexually harassed by the CSE department chairman.

On April 7, students started demonstrations demanding the expulsion of the teacher by boycotting all classes and examinations.

In the face of student movement, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Khondoker Nasiruddin expelled the teacher from the post of chairman after an emergency meeting with the university authorities. 

Also a four-member probe committee was formed to further look into the matter.

In this regard, the VC and Chairman of the disciplinary board Prof Khondoker Nasiruddin said: “The investigation report is confidential. The decision was taken based on the overall situation and environment of the university and on the report of the probe committee.”