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Chairpersons of 4 BSMRSTU departments, 3 provosts step down

  • Published at 11:56 am October 16th, 2019
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The university administration appointed six assistant provosts on the same day

Chairpersons of four departments, alongside two provosts, and an assistant provost, of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) in Gopalganj have resigned from their posts. 

They submitted their resignation letters to the university authorities citing personal reasons on Tuesday, said BSMRSTU acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Shahjahan.

The four chairpersons are Md Abdul Kuddus Miah of the law department, Dr Nazmul Haque Shahin of the food and agro process engineering department, Dr MA Sattar of agriculture department, and Md Shafiquzzaman of livestock science and veterinary medicine department.

Md Robi Ullah, provost of Shadhinota Dibos Hall, Rabiul Islam, provost of Sheikh Russel Hall, and Murad Hossain, assistant provost of Sheikh Russel Hall, also resigned.

Meanwhile, the university administration appointed six assistant provosts on the same day.

They are: Assistant Professor Mansura Khanam, of law department, Assistant Professor Md Nesarul Hoque, of computer science and engineering (CSE) department, Lecturer Nasiruddin, of chemistry department, Lecturer Chayon Mondal, of Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, Lecturer Md Humayun Kabir, of Social Sciences department,  Lecturer SAM Mehedi Hasan, CSE department.

Earlier on Monday, Student Advisor Prof Dr Abdur Rahman Khan resigned from his post, and was replaced by Assistant Professor of English department, Kazi Moshiur Rahman, on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier on Sunday, BSMRSTU students filed a memorandum to the university registrar demanding their resignation.

What caused the protests?

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 supposedly 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, and sparked severe criticism about the university.

On September 20, university authorities shut down the university until October 3. They also asked students to vacate the halls.

On September 21, at least 20 students of BSMRSTU in Gopalganj were injured in attacks by the vice-chancellor’s supporters.

Outraged by the incident, students strengthened their protest against the vice-chancellor, and demanded his resignation.

On September 30, VC Prof Dr Khondoker Md Nasiruddin resigned.