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RU at a standstill
Academic and administrative activities at Rajshahi University, the largest seat of higher learning in northern Bangladesh, are being hampered severely as the posts of vice-chancellor and pro-vice-chancellor remain vacant for about 19 days, critics say.
The tenure of its VC Prof Muhammad Mizanuddin ended on March 19, yet the government did not appoint anyone to the post as of April 7.
A number of teachers complained that day to day operations at the 63-year-old university have stalled in the absence of a VC as the Rajshahi University Act entrusts the VC with authority over all academic and administrative activities.
While talking to UNB, Mizanur Rahman Khan, professor of Bangla Department, said: “Teachers are the prime sufferers of the standstill situation as many of them are awaiting the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the university to go abroad for different purposes. A number of teachers need to visit hospitals abroad for medical treatment on an emergency basis while others need to visit foreign universities for academic purpose, but they cannot leave the country without any NOC,” he added.
“Besides, the promotions and recruitment in many key positions are halted because of the vacancy which is causing irreparable loss to the institution. The university cannot arrange any academic seminar or symposium because of the administrative deadlock,” he added.