Published:  04:21 AM, 10 October 2019

BUET teachers, alumni demand VC resignation

BUET teachers, alumni demand VC resignation BUET teachers speaking at a human-chain program on DU campus Wednesday. -AA

BUET Teachers' Association has demanded resignation of the university's Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Saiful Islam for his failure to ensure safety of students on campus.

The association's President AKM Masum said: "We blame him (the VC) for these incidents. He must resign from BUET. We demand his resignation and if he doesn't step down then we'll request the government for his withdrawal"
On the other hand, a group of University teachers from different universities including Dhaka University (DU), Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Jagannath University (JnU) yesterday demanded capital punishment of the murderers who bludgeoned BUET students Abrar Farhad. The teachers formed a human chain  at the base of Raju Memorial sculpture of TSC on DU campus. Around hundred teachers from various universities took part in the protest.

While speaking in the protest Professor of JU Economics Department Anu Muhammad said: "Who gave BCL men the right to kill dissent people? There is no existence of law and order in this country. Awami League (AL) leaders gave them the licence to kill people practicing the culture of impunity for long."

He also criticized the absence of BUET VC in the campus for 38 hours of Abrar killing. DU Economics department Prof. M.M Akas said, "BCL men do their dominance in all the public universities with shelter of the government. When you witness any irregularities or crime, raise your voice."

"It is known to all that there is no existence of democracy in this country," he added. Asif Nazrul said, "When Abrar gave a status against recent anti state Treaty with India in Facebook he was suspected as Shibir. Does Shibir have the only rights to voice over these issue?"

Bangladesh Students Union (BSU), Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, Progressive Students Alliance and some other political and socio-cultural organisations expressed their solidarity with the university teachers.

Associate Professor of DU Sociology department Samina Luthfa conducted the human chain. BUET alumni demand VC's resignationAmid widespread protests over the killing of BUET student Abrar Fahad, the university's alumni association on Wednesday demanded the resignation of the vice-chancellor.

In a statement, the alumni association also demanded overhauling the administrative body. They raised seven demands, including justice for Abrar and punishment of the killers.

Other demands include forming a special tribunal to ensure punishment within a short time, permanent expulsion of the killers from BUET, banning student politics at BUET, and ensuring security for students.

Abrar, a second-year electrical and electronic engineering student, was beaten to death allegedly by Chhatra League activists at his residential hall on early Monday.

---Mohiuddin Mahi, AA

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