Bhashani Univ suspends 5 BCL leaders ‘for misbehaving with teachers’

09 Oct,2018


Show causes will be served to expelled BCL leaders

-Several committees formed to probe into the allegations

Authorities of Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University in Tangail suspended five BCL leaders of the university unit on charge of misbehaving with two teachers on Sunday.

The decision was taken at an urgent meeting of the university regent board at the liaison office in Dhaka last night, our Tangail correspondent reports quoting Dr Sirajul Islam, proctor of the university.

The suspended Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders are unit president Sajib Talukder, vice-presidents Imran Miah and Adrita Panna, and joint-secretaries Jabir Iqbal and Yasin Arafat, the official said.

The action against the five BCL leaders were taken hours after 56 teachers of the university resigned from their administrative posts following the incident.

The teachers, including two regent board members, four deans, four provosts and 14 departmental chairmen, among others, submitted their resignation to the university's registrar, Touhidul Islam around noon, campus sources said.

The incident happened when some BCL leaders forced the two teachers of the Physics department -- Anwar Hossain and Mohiuddin Tasnim -- to let a student take a third-year exam, although she had failed the department's 2nd year semester finals.

When the two teachers informed them that the student could not take the exam as she had failed the last semester test, the BCL men allegedly hurled abuses and even tried to assault them, sources claimed. Later, the teachers relented and the student took the exam.

During last night’s regent board meeting, it was also decided to serve “show cause” notices to the suspended BCL leaders asking them why they should not be expelled, he said.

Several other committees were also formed at the meeting with Vice Chancellor Prof Mohammad Alauddin in the chair, said the proctor.

A three-member committee, headed by Prof Sharif Enamul Kabir, former vice chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, was formed to probe Sunday's incident.

Another committee was formed for reviewing the university ordinance, the proctor said. 

Meanwhile a decision was also taken that the university cell for prevention of sexual harassment will investigate the allegation of inappropriate proposal to a female student by a teacher of Physics department of the university, the proctor added.

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