Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) on Saturday demanded the resignation of the vice-chancellor’s over the assault of teacher by a Chhatra League leader, setting a 24-hour deadline.
JUTA sources said its team met the vice-chancellor, M Anwar Hossain, after a general meeting of teachers’ union, and set the ultimatum.
Teachers’ leaders are expected to declare their plans at a press conference today if their demands are not met.
JUTA secretary Professor Sharif Uddin said: “Our correspondent team and executive members of the organisation met the vice-chancellor and gave a 24-hour ultimatum to resign.”
The vice-chancellor will announce his decision later, he added.
Several teachers of the university meanwhile claimed that the vice-chancellor has lost his ethical position as he did not take any action against JU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) general secretary Razib Ahmed Rasel for allegedly assaulting a syndicate member and teacher of the university. Moreover, he also rebuked some teachers terming them as Jamaat and Hefazat activists, they added.
Recently JUTA found an audio clip of the vice-chancellor, where he allegedly claimed that Rasel did not do anything wrong and ordered BCL leaders and activists to prevent the agitating teachers with sticks, the teachers claimed.
The protest began on April 6 as the vice-chancellor refused to take any action against Rasel in connection with his alleged involvement in assaulting a teacher.
On the other hand, teachers under the banner of “Bangabondhur Adorshe ebong Muktijuddher Chetonay Biswashi Progotishil Shikkhok Shomaj” blocked the administration building of the university and prevented a regular syndicate meeting on Friday – demanding the vice-chancellor’s resignation for his alleged comments on former JU vice-chancellor and Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) member, Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir, and Social Science faculty Dean Dr Md Amir Hossain.
In a written statement, teachers of the organisation alleged that the vice-chancellor accused Shariff Enamul Kabir of leading a group of teachers and practicing group politics in the university to regain the vice-chancellor’s post.
According to sources, as their demands are same, JUTA expressed solidarity to the latter’s agitation.