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What’s happening at Comilla University?

  • Instability at university for the last 15 years 
  • VC under pressure for taking strict measures against corruption
Update : 16 Mar 2024, 12:26 AM

There has been instability at Comilla University for the last 15 years. 

Vice Chancellor Dr AFM Abdul Moeen recently came under pressure after he took strict measures against irregularities and corruption in the institution. The previous two VCs faced similar adverse situations, local sources said.

The teachers’ group assaulted a university official on February 19 this year. The deputy registrar and president of the university’s Officers’ Association, Mohammad Zakir Hossain, filed a general diary at the local police station against seven people, including Teacher’s Association President Prof Md Abu Taher and General Secretary Mehedi Hasan.

Moreover, chaos erupted among teachers during the observance of International Mother Language Day on February 21. Later, allegations of irregularities surfaced in the teacher’s entry test held on March 6. Prof Abu Taher earlier faced allegations of corruption in a solar panel project on the campus in 2011.

In 2017, the-then chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Professor Abdul Mannan, came to the university to attend the 65th syndicate meeting. But he was barred from entering the university premises by a section of the teachers. 

The-then president of the teacher's association, Prof Abu Taher, General Secretary Mehedi Hasan and several others were served show cause notices by the UGC. The same year, this group put the VC office under lock and key. 

Regarding teachers’ politics on the campus, Dr Swapan Chandra Majumder, a professor of economics, said: “Professor Dr Abu Taher was the president of the teachers’ association and the university registrar back then. But at that time, he was engaged in activities that went against the interests of the teachers. Now the same group is trying to exploit the sentiments of general teachers to realize their own interests.”

Rashidul Islam, a professor of public administration, said that if there is any issue, it can be solved through discussion. But there is no point in assaulting anyone. 

Kazi Omor Siddiqui, president of Bangabandhu Parishad and associate professor of management, said: “A group has been destabilising the university to make the government questionable.”

Mehdi Hasan, the general secretary of the Teachers’ Association, could not be reached for comments as he is out of the country. 

Refuting all allegations, Prof Abu Taher said the VC is resorting to discrimination in the recruitment of teachers. The applications of teachers for promotion to Grade-1 and Grade-2 are pending. 

He alleged that the VC has also resorted to nepotism and enjoys the benefits that he is not entitled to as a retired teacher of Dhaka University. 

Contacted, VC Prof Moeen said: “After taking charge, I stopped corrupt practices. Therefore, a quarter is opposing me. The registrar has resorted to corruption in teachers’ recruitment. He has appointed 12 staff members without any posts on an ad hoc basis. I don’t know why they are blaming me.”

The VC said that he would accept any punishment if the allegations brought against him were proven. 

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