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JU students demand VC’s resignation

  • Published at 11:27 pm September 18th, 2019
Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam-ju
File photo of Jahangirnagar University Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam Collected

Students declared her persona non grata during the university admission tests

Jahangirnagar University (JU) students have demanded the resignation of the university’s Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam.

The protesting students said this at a press briefing after a meeting with the university administration on on Wednesday.

The university’s Philosophy Department Associate Professor Rayhan Rhyne, also the spokesperson of "Jahangirnagar Against Corruption," read out a written statement at the press briefing.

They gave her till October 1 to submit her resignation.

The protesting students also declared the VC as persona non grata during the admission test which will start from September 22. 

Allegations against JU VC

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved Tk1,445 crore on October 23, last year, for further development of Jahangirnagar University.

In the first phase of the project, the university administration called for tenders on May 1 this year, for the construction of six residential halls. The cost of constructing these halls was estimated to be around Tk400 crore.

However, there was an outrage on August 25, as news spread that the university VC Prof Farzana Islam was involved in corruption, and was accused of distributing around Tk2 crore among three factions of the Chhatra League’s unit of the university from the project fund.

Students and teachers of the university, which is renowned for its forestry, were also protesting the government-approved development project, for which 1,150 trees need to be felled.

Prof Rayhan said:  "If the allegations are proved to be true, then the accused must be brought to justice and the project has to be adjusted to meet all the requirements of the master plan."

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