Jahangirnagar University (JU) teachers and students declared yesterday they would launch an effective movement against university authorities if the latter admitted students under a ward quota by providing grace marks.
The teachers and students also declared they would form a human chain today protesting the same, a source said.
JU teachers and students, under the banner of “Shikkhok-Shikkharthi Oikyomoncho” yesterday afternoon held a press conference at the teachers’ lounge of the social science faculty building, while Philosophy department Associate Professor Raihan Rhyne read out the speech, the source said.
JU teachers Professor ATM Atikur Rahman (History), Professor Md Aminul Islam (Drama and Dramatics), Professor Mohammad Muzibur Rahman (Statistics), Professor ASM Anwarullah Bhuiya, JU unit Chhatra Union general secretary Deepanjon Kajol, JU unit Chhatra Front general secretary Shushmita Mariom, Jahangirnagar Theatre General Secretary Jubaer Tipu, and magazine editor of Chirkut, Masum Manwar, attended the press conference, the source said.
Raihan Rhyne said for the authorities to admit a few students, neglecting publicly notified and advertised university rules, would be illegal and a crime. Such initiatives would encourage irregularities and recklessness in the university, while the educational environment would be negatively affected, he added.
The teachers and students declared to authorities their three-point demand which stated: Stopping grace marks for any special community violating the university’s rules, determining seats under all quotas and bringing them under competition, and admitting authentic applicants under freedom fighter quotas by forming a committee, source said.
They also criticised the Vice Chancellor’s university admission quota while demanding its abolishment, said the source.
The teachers and students will form a human chain today at 10am at Shaheed Minar to press their demands, while pressuring university authorities of further agitation, namely, positioning themselves beside the administration office, if authorities decided to allow grace marks, the source said.
University officers and employees recently launched a movement to admit 93 of 139 students, under the brood quota, who had failed to pass the admissions test. They had been reportedly creating pressure on university authorities with a movement to admit their broods while authorities admitted some 62 students under the brood quota by giving the students three marks as grace in the 2013-14 academic session, the source said.
JU Workers Association general secretary Md Abdur Rahman said: “We have discussed earlier with the Vice Chancellor in this regard, and she will make a decision today.”
“We will launch tougher movement against the authorities if they do not fulfill our demand,” Abdur Rahman said.
However, JU pro VC Prof Abul Hossain told journalists they would sit today for further discussions with the officers and employees, and they had not yet made a decision.