The election commission for the teachers’ association in Jahangirnagar University announced the new association for 2015 yesterday, cancelling the election as most of the candidates withdrew their names from the contest.
Sources said the election for the 15-member Jahangirnagar University Teachers Association (JUTA) was scheduled to take place on December 31, and the last day to withdraw names from the election was yesterday.
Both pro-Awami League and pro-BNP teachers initially submitted nomination papers. Among them, a section of the pro-Awami League teachers teamed up with the pro-BNP teachers to announce their panel. They withdrew their nomination on Sunday, sources said.
Another group of pro-Awami League teachers, who are also followers of former JU vice-chancellor Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir, withdrew their nomination from the contest yesterday.
Seeing as there was no contest for the 15 posts in the JUTA, the election authorities formed the new body.
Election Commissioner AKM Abul Kalam said: “We have declared the new teachers’ association today [Monday] as there is no contest for the positions.”
Asked why the teachers withdrew their names from the election, Prof Khaled Kuddus of the international relations department said: “We had submitted nominations for the election for technical reasons, but we withdrew our names because we are no longer interested.”
Among the 15 positions, nine went to pro-Awami League teachers, including the post of the president, and the rest went to the pro-BNP teachers.
Members of the new JUTA are: Prof Md Khabir Uddin of environment science department as president, Prof Dr Nazmul Alam of botany department as vice-president, Prof Mahrufi Sattar of pharmacy department as general secretary, Muhammad Nazrul Islam of mathematics department as joint-secretary, Prof ASM Abu Dayen from Bangla department as treasurer, and
Prof Ajit Kumar Mazumder, Prof Asit Baron Pal, Prof SM Badiar Rahman, Prof Farid Ahmed, Prof Bashir Ahmed, Prof Anwar Khasru Parvez and Prof Rasheda Akhter as the executive members.