Sources said the authorities in a syndicate meeting on Sunday appointed Abu Saif Mohammed Touhidul Alam, a former JU government and politics department student as a temporary lecturer in the department disregarding merits and results, as most of the first level candidates of the recruitment were trimmed down.
The newly appointed lecturer Abu Saif Mohammed Touhidul Alam, a non-thesis candidate who attained CGPA 3.54 in honours and 3.81 in masters programme while thesis group candidates along with better CGPA were disregarded by the authorities as Md Saidur Rahman, the chairman of the department reportedly favored him, source said.
Meanwhile, several newspapers and online portals have published news regarding the affiliation of Touhidul Alam with Islami Chhatra Shibir during his student life. Touhidul, however, rejected the allegation.
He said: “The allegation is absolutely false rather somebody is conspiring against me imposing such tag.”
However, JU Pro VC Prof Abul Hossain said they did not find any involvement of Touhidul with Chhatra Shibir activities.
The selection board of the recruitment presided by JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam recommended Touhidul Alam among a total of 14 candidates to be appointed as a temporary lecturer, source said.
Chairman of the department Md Saidur Rahman said the authorities had appointed him following the recommendation of the selection board.
He said: “If there is any rule that one has to score highest to be appointed then there would no necessity of the selection board in the recruitment process.”
Several candidates of this recruitment asking anonymity said they had been discriminated, as their merits and results were not valued properly while the selection board ignored a son of a freedom fighter who scored CGPA 3.81 in honours and 3.87 in masters programme.
JU VC Prof Farzana Islam was not available for her comment regarding the matter despite several attempts.