The teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have launched a five-day agitation programme demanding the vice chancellor’s (VC) resignation and the expulsion of the JU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) secretary, who allegedly assaulted a syndicate member and teacher.
The teachers, under the banner of JU Teachers’ Association (JUTA), declared the agitation at the association’s general meeting on Saturday. Their action was prompted by the fact that VC M Anwar Hossain had failed to take action within the stipulated deadline against the BCL secretary Razib Ahmed Rasel for allegedly harassing a teacher.
The association distributed leaflets and met the teachers of different departments of the university as part of their efforts to mobilise support.
JUTA is expected to arrange a press conference at the campus today to voice their demands and to disclose their conditions.
Moreover, the teachers are also expected to arrange a silent procession tomorrow, while a human chain programme and a sit-in programme have also been planned for Wednesday and Thursday respectively. “We will launch a tougher agitation if our demand is not fulfilled within this time,” warned the JUTA secretary Prof Md Sharif Uddin.
The protesting teachers are taking classes and conducting examinations, but have stopped all other administrative work. According to sources, they have threatened to completely stop work indefinitely, if the authorities do not fulfill their demands.
Some teachers meanwhile commented the university authority was wasting its time trying to protect Razib, and it was very annoying for the teachers’ community.
Earlier on April 6, JU teacher Md Nurul Haque was allegedly assaulted by Razib when the teacher tried to protest the incident where several BCL leaders and activists were involved in brutally beating Hefazat-e-Islam’s activists.
Following the incident, JUTA and the university’s senior teachers met with the VC and demanded the BCL secretary’s expulsion.
Though the VC assured the teachers that he would expel Razib for six months, in a sudden volte-face, he withdrew his decision when the BCL leaders and activists marched to his house and vandalised it.