The VC demanded the prime minister’s direct intervention in resolving the issue
Rajshahi University (RU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Abdus Sobhan has called for a judicial enquiry into the allegations brought against him by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
He termed the enquiry carried out by the statutory apex body for higher education as “one-sided and biased.”
“I am ready to face all the 25-point allegations if they are brought following the existing rules of business,” he said while addressing a jam-packed press conference at RU’s senate building on Sunday.
The VC outright rejected the media reports that had been published based on the UGC findings over the past few weeks.
Prof Sobhan also pointed out the allegations of various irregularities by the previous administrations of the university and said that there is a need for proper and neutral investigations into all sorts of corruption.
He also demanded the prime minister’s direct intervention in resolving the issue.
“My stance is very clear in this regard,” he said, adding that the public university is run on public money so there is the need for an independent body to free it from any sort of corruption and irregularity.
“The investigation report by a probe body of the UGC one-sided and partial, and that is why I am demanding a judicial enquiry into the allegations,” he added.
“A group involved in evil politics has brought up such allegations against me. I found out from the newspapers that it has been recommended to probe the source of my income. Let any organization in Bangladesh do that as I have the courage,” he added.
He said: “Some corrupt teachers, with the help of the anti-government and anti-liberation forces, under the banner of progressive teachers' society have raised the false allegations against.
“They did this to cover up their own misdeeds.”
Commenting on the corruption allegations over the university’s teacher recruitment process, he said: “The recruitment of my daughter and son-in-law were done as per the policies put in place by the former VC of the university, Mizan Uddin. Besides, many departments got new teachers under the new policy but no one raised a question about that then.”
Earlier in January, more than 60 teachers of RU wrote to the PMO, UGC, Education Ministry, and ACC. In the letter, the teachers alleged the VC and Pro VC Choudhury M Zakaria were engaged in graft, nepotism, and various other irregularities. The UGC opened the inquiry in August.
The inquiry found that RU VC Prof M Abdus Sobhan tweaked the recruitment policy of the university to appoint his daughter and son-in-law as teachers. A total of more than 30 underqualified candidates were recruited as teachers under VC Abdus Sobhan’s administration.
The UGC inquiry found evidence of 25 allegations against the VC and other senior officials.