Authorities have announced the closure of the Hajji Danesh Science and Technology University for a month, in the wake of symbolic boycotts and hunger strikes by teachers making demands.
The university will be closed from Tuesday until January 04, 2019. All students have been asked to vacate the halls by 12 noon on Tuesday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the university’s Board on Monday afternoon, said Professor Shafiul Alam, the university’s registrar.
Wage disparity, increase in increment and the expulsion of registrar, proctor and student counseling department director over harassment charges are the issues over which 57 assistant professors stopped taking classes and examinations from 15th November.
The assistant professors on the day performed a symbolic hunger strike on the stairs of the entrance of the administrative building, wearing white shroud cloth on their heads.
In addition, on November 5, 82 members of Progressive Teachers Forum organized a sit-in program in front of the administrative building with a 6-point demand including seeking disciplinary action against Assistant Professors Ramzan Ali and Deepak Kumar for sexually harassing a female student.
For these reasons, classes and examinations were postponed indefinitely at the institution. A section of students also participated in the movement. As a result the educational curriculum of the university came to a halt, taking the matter even up to the court.