A section of JU teachers, students wants VC to quit
A section of students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) brought out a procession on the campus on Thursday demanding resignation of Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Farzana Islam over corruption.
The procession started from Social Science Faculty around 1:00pm and terminated in front of the Administrative Building.
Some 100 students and 20 teachers joined the rally.
The protesting teachers on Wednesday demanded VC's resignation by October 1. They also slapped an embargo on the Vice-Chancellor's entry to all the halls of the upcoming admission tests.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor said she would
not step down in the face of movement. "I'll resign only when the chancellor asks me to do so."
Rakibul Roni, a member of the JU unit of Chhatra Union, said although BCL activists confessed to taking money for not standing in the way of the development projects, the VC continued to lie over it.
He also said only resignation will not work she will have to face trial.
Joynal Abedin Shishir, Joint Convener of the Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council urged the VC to resign by the deadline, saying she will be forced to step down through a strong movement if she does not go voluntarily.
Prof Mirza Taslima Nasrin, an Anthropology Department teacher, said Prof Farzana cannot hold such a respectable post after being involved in such a heinous crime.
Former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) General Secretary Golam Rabbani claimed that the JU Vice-Chancellor gave Tk 1.60 crore to JU unit BCL for not standing in the way of development projects on the campus.
However, JU unit BCL and the VC denied any underhand dealing.
The agitated students of JU have been demonstrating on the campus since August 23 demanding the relocation of three male students' dormitories which the authorities planned to construct near Rabindranath Hall and judicial probe into the allegations of corruption and irregularities that took place before the approval of these mega projects.
The students and teachers also protested against the corruption of the authorities and unplanned development works which would endanger the biodiversity of the campus.