Amid protests, the Jahangirnagar University authorities have appointed six controversial persons to different offices on ad hoc basis allegedly violating rules.
JU Teachers’ Association (JUTA) has been protesting the recruitment decision terming it illegal and immoral since the authorities did not publish job circular regarding the posts.
After taking office in March last year, Incumbent VC Prof Dr Farzana Islam came under severe criticisms for recruiting teachers flouting rules. Her predecessor Prof Shariff Enamul Kabir recruited more than 200 teachers in three years mostly under political consideration.
Sources say Chhatra League Vice-President Razib Chakrabarty got appointment as an administrative officer in education section, Vice-President Sayed Jinnah as security officer, Organising Secretary Faisal Hossain Dipu as administrative officer at the JU central library and Mass Education Affairs Secretary Sohel Rana as administrative officer at the proctor office.
Razib is accused of taking Tk2 lakh from an admission seeker under freedom fighter quota in 2013 while Chhatra League had suspended Dipu over a factional clash.
Dipu also launched an attack on the teachers who were demonstrating against former vice-chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain on October 9, 2013. He also beat up the canteen owner at Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall.
Some 35 teachers of different departments and institutes met the VC on Sunday night and requested her not to recruit Dipu, source said.
On the other hand, Rana is accused in an attempt to murder case. Rana along with his fellow Chhatra League men at Maulana Bhashani Hall launched an attack with rod, pipe and sharp weapons on the members of a rival group on November 23 last year. Father of a victim filed the case against Rana and others with Ashulia police.
The authorities also appointed Tasnima Khandaker as career guidance officer at the students’ welfare and advising centre while Md Abu Hanif as administrative officer at the exam controller’s office. Tasnima is the wife of VC’s Personal Secretary Md Sanwar Hossain while Hanif is the son of Senior Sorter of VC office Md Siddikur Rahman. Sources say Siddikur was promoted to this post by the blessings of the VC.
Teachers and students of the university expressed anger and frustration over the appointments claiming that the authorities had been excessing nepotism.
General Secretary of the platform Prof Mafruhi Sattar told the Dhaka Tribune: “The authorities have appointed some four controversial Chhatra League leaders and two close relatives of selective officers in the university. These recruitments are the clear violation of the university’s law.”
Pro-VC Prof Abul Hossain told reporters that it was the VC who had made the appointments on ad hoc basis.