:: JU Correspondent ::
A faction of Awami League (AL) backed teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Thursday observed daylong work abstention to protest and claimed that their opponent teachers humiliated and assaulted their syndicate members and fellow colleagues during the syndicate meeting.
Teachers of different departments of anti-VC teachers’ faction ‘Bangabandhur Adarsha O Muktijuddher Chetonay Bishwashi Progotishil Shikkhok Shomaj’ abstained from taking classes and examinations to mark their protest programme.
Spokesperson and the Secretary of the teachers’ group Associate Professor Farid Ahmed said, ‘We observed the daylong work abstention successfully. Expressing solidarity with our demands, maximum number of teachers abstained from their works’.
‘We frequently requested JU Vice Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam for not recruiting fresh teachers at syndicate meeting till the election in different unelected posts including dean, syndicate, VC panel and JUCSU polls on the campus. But she did not pay heed to our demands and appointed a total of 18 teachers in different departments’.
Condemning the scuffle between two factions of teachers, he said, ‘VC backed teachers humiliated our fellow colleagues and syndicate members during syndicate meeting and did not cooperate with our syndicate members. So, instantly we boycotted the meeting’.
‘However, such type of activities will not be allowed in future. We will announce further protest programme very soon’, he added.
Meanwhile, VC backed teachers group on the banner of ‘Bangabandhur Adarsher Shikkhok Parishad’ denounced their oppositions alleging that they tried to resist academic and administrative activities by resisting the syndicate meeting.
They came up their demands at a press conference that was held at the teachers’ lounge of New Arts building on Thursday afternoon.
Denying the allegation of humiliation of some syndicate members and teachers, President of this teachers’ group Professor Abdul Mannan Chowdhury said, ‘Some teachers are trying to unrest the campus highlighting different illegal and baseless issues. They tried to make barrier to enter Motaher Hossain Mollah, a syndicate member and President of Bangladesh Krishak League, in the meeting room and assaulted him. It’s’ very regrettable’.
General Secretary of the Teachers’ group read out the written statements while leader of the teachers’ group Professor Md Hanif Ali and Professor A A Mamun addressed the press meet among others.