Jahangirnagar University: Jahangirnagar University (JU) Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Anwar Hossain on Wednesday said he will accept whatever decision President Abdul Hamid, also JU Chancellor, takes to break the stalemate prevailing at the university.
“We all are waiting for the report of the probe panel. I’ll abide by any order of the (university) Chancellor,” Prof Anwar Hossain said in a statement issued at 11:20am while he was in a counter sit-in program in front of his residence.
On September 3, a two-member probe panel was formed at the directive of the President to look into the deadlock created following the teachers’ movement, aiming to restore congenial academic atmosphere on the campus.
Meanwhile, VC Prof Anwar along with his wife has been on a counter sit-in program in front of his residence since Tuesday night seeking an end to the teachers’ sit-in pressing for his resignation.
The couple began the sit-in around 10:15 pm when they found the teachers under the banner of ‘Sadharon Shikklhak Forum’ to have taken position in front of their residence.
In another development, the agitating teachers claimed that the government has also started to communicate with them.
“The education secretary has communicated with us and we’ll sit in a meeting among ourselves to fix the next step,” said Prof Kamrul Ahsan, member secretary of the Sadharon Shikklhak Forum.
On the other hand, some teachers kept the university registrar confined for the third straight day on Wednesday demanding the cancellation of the appointment of three deans by the VC.
Only few classes and examinations were held as the teachers continued their work abstention for the fifth day.
Meanwhile, a group of students under the banner of ‘Sincere Students’ formed a human chain on the campus at 1pm demanding that classes and examinations be held without any disruption.
Besides, JU Officers’ Samity held a rally in front of the administrative building urging the VC to take initiatives to set free the registrar Abu Bakar Siddique.
On April 27, the teachers started a movement to realise their 12-point demand, including the removal of Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain.
The resignation demand came as the VC did not take proper punitive measures against JU unit BCL secretary Razib Ahmed Rasel for assaulting Nurul Haque, a lecturer of Economics Department, and also a syndicate member.
The agitating teachers had kept the VC confined to his office for four days since August 21 demanding his resignation.
On August 24, the teachers suspended their movement for 15 days following the education minister’s assurance that a committee would be formed to probe the allegations against the VC.