His frequent absence from office has broken the chain of command in the university
Since March this year, students of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur demanded the resignation of VC Nazmul Ahsan Kalim Ullah because of his reported irregularities, negligence of duty, corruption, and abuse of power.
His frequent absence from office has broken the chain of command in the university.
VC Nazmul was appointed on June 14, 2017 on three specific conditions, the first one being that he stays in the university premises permanently.
But within two months from the commencement of his duty, the VC started staying in Dhaka and skipping office on a regular basis.
In 2018, the VC was present only for 70 days in the university. Even on the 70 days he attended office, he came via flight from Dhaka and took a return flight in the afternoon, most of the days.
So far this year, the VC attended office for only about four days and took a return flight on the same day.
Despite the media reports that highlighted his abuse of power, no official action has been taken against the VC yet.
The VC, since his joining, has never attended the syndicate meeting of the university on the campus, but organized all these meetings at his liaison office in Dhaka where only a handful of members, mostly his favorite ones, attended.
In the last two years, the VC had appointed about 150 teachers, staff, and employees, which has also been criticized by the University Grants Commission.
A number of teachers, wishing anonymity, said his irregularities can be seen clearly if the documents representing the number of applicants to university jobs and the number of people called for interviews is analyzed.
The VC also allegedly withdrew several crores of taka as advance for organizing programs and for development work.
Dhaka Tribune tried to contact VC Nazmul Ahsan Kalim Ullah over the phone but to no avail.