The VC has been accused of corruption in a major development project of the university
Jahangirnanar University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Farzana Islam has refused to resign from her post, citing the demand of the protesting students as “unreasonable.”
“The demonstrators have given me the burden of responsibility to conduct a judicial inquiry. However, it is not in my jurisdiction to do so. The decision [of resignation] sits on the probe committee or the government,” she said while speaking at a press conference at the university on Tuesday.
“But they are trying to pressurize me to quit over an unreasonable demand. I will not give in to such demands where there is no logic,” she added.
Mentioning the corruption allegations, the JU VC said: “I let the protesters know the legal experts’ opinions. I have talked with University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Education. If they deem an inquiry necessary, they will launch one. I will provide them support the best way I can.”
Meanwhile, the university students were continuing their protest from where they gave an ultimatum to the VC to voluntarily resign.
On Monday, the protestors said, if the VC does not resign by Tuesday, they would impose an all-out strike across the university on Wednesday and Thursday.
“We gave time to the VC to resign with dignity. Except for the teachers supporting her and the Chhatra League, everyone demanded the same,” Socialist Student Front (Marxist) President Mahatir Muhammad said while addressing a human chain protest on Monday.
Students and teachers of JU, renowned for its forestry, have been protesting a government-approved Tk1,445 crore, which involves the construction of 23 new buildings, for which 1,150 trees need to be felled.
An outrage broke out on August 25, when it came to light that JU VC Prof Farzana Islam was involved in corruption and distributed around Tk2 crore among three factions of Chhatra League’s JU unit from the project fund.