Post-graduate students from the Department of History of Art under the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Dhaka University (DU) have accused the chairperson of tampering with the grades of students to favour a particular student.
According to the allegations, Sabrina Shahnaj, the chairperson of the department, wanted to recruit Sumaiya Islam as a member of the faculty. As a number of the students were also vying for the position, Sabrina allegedly lowered their grades to favour Sumaiya.
While other students found their CGPA under 3.50 on a scale of 4.0, which is the minimum requirement to be a member of the Dhaka University faculty, Sumaiya had a 3.77 CGPA.
Although the allegation may smack of envy, the students offered their explanation during a press conference on Friday.
Mukta Khanom, one of the students, said their semester results showed Sumaiya ahead of everyone else, whereas there were several other students who consistently scored higher than her.
She said the university policy stipulated the results of the final exams are to be published within 60 days. But the department took 92 days to check the paper of only nine students. When Sabrina was asked about the delay, she refused to discuss the topic.
Furthermore, the results were published without being reviewed by exam committee member Sanjoy Chakraborty and other teachers of the department. When the students demanded to see the exam papers for themselves, the department did not cooperate.
Sabrina Shahnaj, when asked about the allegations, said: “The accusations against me are false and fabricated. I was occupied with work, which is why it took a little longer to publish the results. As far as showing the scripts to the students concerned, there are no rules for it.”