Amid protests demanding the VC’s removal, authorities last month had shut the university down and vacated dormitories indefinitely
All educational activities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will resume from Sunday, and the dormitories will be reopened at 10am today.
Abdus Salam Miah, director of the university’s Public Relations Department, made the announcement in a press release yesterday, saying the decisions were taken at a meeting of the JU Syndicate earlier in the day.
The development came after JU authorities last month closed the university and vacated the residential halls for an indefinite period, that had taken place amid demonstrations that started in August demanding the removal of Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam, for her alleged involvement in misappropriation of around Tk1.6 crore from a Tk1,445-crore development project, in collusion with Chhatra League leaders.
On November 5, the situation spiralled out of control when a group of protesting students and teachers were attacked by leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s JU unit, outside the VC’s residence on campus, which the demonstrators had laid a siege a day before.
Afterwards, the university shut down all academic activities and had the students vacate the dormitories, fuelling the demonstrations further.
Later, protesters submitted their complaints against the VC to the Education Ministry. The ministry then launched an investigation, the findings of which are yet to be known.
The protesters have since been demonstrating on campus, demanding the reopening of dormitories and resumption of educational activities — apart from their original demands that include investigation into the VC’s alleged involvement in corruption and her removal from her post.
Meanwhile, on November 20, 26 and 28, a group of students advocating for resumption of classes had presented their demands to VC Farzana.
Before them, on November 14, a group of teachers and officers had submitted a memorandum to the VC, urging her to reopen the halls and resume classes.
On Tuesday, even Chhatra League submitted another memorandum to the VC, making the same requests.