He is the chairman of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Department (ETE) of the university
Professor Dr Md Shahjahan has been appointed the acting vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) in Gopalganj.
He was given the responsibility of carrying out the routine tasks of a vice-chancellor on Monday, Sohrab Hossain, senior secretary to the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) under the Ministry of Education, told Dhaka Tribune.
He said: "No new vice chancellor has been appointed for the university yet, which is why Prof Shahjahan was given the responsibility."
Prof Shahjahan is chairman of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Department (ETE) of the university.
Responding to query, Prof Shahjahan said told Dhaka Tribune: "The Education Ministry has informed me of the matter through text message. I will probably receive an official appointment letter on Wednesday."
Meanwhile, students of the university have expressed satisfaction over this new appointment of the vice chancellor.
Kollyan Kumar Mitra, a student of the university (BSMRSTU) said: "Dr Shahjahan's must be responsible for ensuring the rights of general students, as well as identifying any lingering problems of the university and taking initiative to solve those.”
What caused the protests in BSMRSTU?
The students started their protests when the BSMRSTU authorities issued an order to suspend second-year law student Fatema-tuz-Zinia earlier this month, for her objectionable comments about BSMRSTU on Facebook on September 10.
However, the university lifted the suspension order on September 18 after the news went viral on social media, sparking severe criticism about the university.
On September 20, authorities shut down the university until October 3, and also asked its students to evacuate the halls.
On September 21, at least 20 students were injured in attacks by the vice chancellor’s supporters.
Terrified by the incident, the students strengthened their protest against the vice-chancellor and the demands for his resignation.
However, the students called off their protest on October 1, following the resignation of the former vice chancellor Prof Dr Khondoker Md Nasiruddin.