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DU halves dev fees, decides to form tribunals over plagiarism issues

  • Published at 09:29 pm October 29th, 2020
Dhaka University DU- Syed Zakir Hossain/DT
A general view of the British Raj-era building, Curzon Hall, which is now used as the building for Faculty of Sciences of the Dhaka University Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

University also decides to curtail holidays for next academic year  to make up for academic losses caused by Covid-19

Considering the present financial hardship faced by students due to Covid-19, Dhaka University (DU) has decided to reduce its development fees by 50% for the current academic session.

The university has also decided to curtail its holidays for the next academic year 2020-21 to make up for the academic losses caused by the ongoing closure of the institution as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The winter vacation has been curtailed from 17 days to seven days and the summer vacation from 40 days to 20 days.

These decisions were made at a meeting of the DU syndicate, the highest governing body of the university, with Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair on Thursday.

The meeting, held at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate auditorium of the university, also formed two separate three-member tribunals to determine the punishment to be administered for three DU teachers accused of plagiarism.

Seeking anonymity, multiple syndicate members told Dhaka Tribune that the previous syndicate meeting had decided to form a tribunal regarding Samia Rahman, an associate professor of the university’s mass communication and journalism department, and Syed Mahfujul Haque Marjan, a lecturer of its criminology department, against whom plagiarism charges had already been proved.

However, the university syndicate could not conclude discussions about the tribunal members during the previous meeting.

But at today’s meeting, the syndicate made Prof Rahmat Ullah, acting dean of DU’s law faculty and a syndicate member, the chairman of this tribunal.

The syndicate members, regarding the other two members of this tribunal, said that one would be chosen from the DU senate body and the other would be a representative of the accused.

VC Prof M Akhtaruzzaman will finalize the selection of the other two members of this tribunal and give them a deadline -- a maximum of eight weeks -- to submit a report, they added.

The syndicate member also said that the PhD degree of Muhammad Omar Faruq, an assistant professor of the Islamic history and culture department of DU, was cancelled in 2018 following plagiarism charges but no academic action was taken against him.

To determine his punishment, another tribunal has been formed, with syndicate member AFM Mesbah Uddin as its chairman.

The names of the other members of the tribunal are yet to be announced.

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