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Agitators continue movement for JU VC’s resignation

Published : 25 Sep 2019 11:28 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 12:38 PM

Jahangirnagar University (JU) teachers and students continued their agitation on Wednesday for removal of the vice-chancellor Professor Farzana Islam amid entrance examinations attended by thousands of admission seekers. 

More than 70 agitators under the banner of Jahangirnagar against Corruption gathered at the Shaheed Minar premises and waved black flag to the vice-chancellor at about 1:00pm for the fourth consecutive day. 

Earlier, a protester, Anik Hasan, general secretary of JU unit’s Bangladesh Chhatra Union, read out a written statement where they condemned the VC. In the written statement they said, ‘It’s our misfortune that we’ve got such a VC. We have taken the program of snubbing the corrupt VC as well as displaying black flag.’

In this written condemnation, the image of VC’s corruption and mismanagement of various times were highlighted.

Students started protests on August 23 demanding judicial inquiry into the reported involvement of the vice-chancellor and her family in corruption and mismanagement of Tk 1445 crore development projects on the campus.

Teachers and students demanded resignation of the VC as an initiative to launch a judicial inquiry faltered on September 18.

It has been alleged that the VC managed the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) JU unit leaders with Tk 1.6 crore from the development fund. Three of the BCL activists had already confessed their involvement with the secret commission sharing incident. 

Addressing the rally at the Shaheed Minar premises, philosophy professor Kamrul Ahsan said, ‘We stand against her to free the university from the disgrace. We want her intelligence to rise and she will resign before our ultimatum is over.’