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23rd-Sep-2019

Party-activist university teachers must be taken to task for destroying academic atmosphere

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MAJORITY of the teachers and students of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) in Gopalganj united against the Vice-Chancellor Khondoker Md Nasiruddin for his autocratic governance, corruption, nepotism, sexual abuse of female students, and showing bad attitude to the students. In a bid to fend off the ongoing all-out protest, despite severing basic amenities in student dormitories and the shut-down announcement of the campus hired goons allegedly backed by the VC attacked students and journalists on Saturday.
Media reported that at least 50 students were injured in the attack on Saturday hours after the authorities announced that the university would remain closed till October 3. Students alleged that a group of villagers backed by the VC carried out the attack on the demonstrating students in three areas near the campus as they continued their protest rejecting the notice of the authorities to vacate their halls by 10:00 am on Saturday. The attack fuelled the demand for VC's resignation and an assistant proctor resigned protesting it. Expressing solidarity with the agitating BSMRSTU students, students of Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Chattogram University and Rajshahi University brought out processions.
The VCs autocratic attitude, nepotism, misappropriation of power, corruption, alleged sexual harassment of female students, forgery and hostility with a section of teachers are the prime causes of the messy condition of higher education. We think, the government must appoint VCs through a national committee to regulate the public universities skillfully, democratically with ensuring good practice of governance. The recent corruption scandals in Jahangirnagar University, breaching the law by DU VC, irregularities in Begum Rokeya, Chattogram, Rajshahi and Islamic Universities really hampered the atmosphere of higher-education. Political appointments have created an abnormal situation in the education sector and for that reason, there's not a single Bangladeshi university in the top 1000 global universities.
The higher education, which shows the path of a better future has been mired into muscle politics of the government in return the student leaders had the freedom to extort money from university development funds and other source.
It is a national shame that the teachers and Vice-Chancellors helped happily as party-activists to pollute academic atmosphere. They deserved to be punished and banished from the universities.