Teachers Association, students demand ban on politics at BUET
Teachers, alumni want VC to quit, 7-day ultimatum given
Teachers Association of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Wednesday demanded ban on both students and teachers politics on the campus.
The agitating students gave a seven-day ultimatum to the university authorities to meet their 10-point demand that include ban on student politics on the campus.
The Teachers Association and BUET Alumni Association demanded the resignation of BUET Vice-Chancellor for his failure to ensure safety of students on the campus.
In a statement issued on Wednesday signed by the Alumni Association President Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury demanded the overhauling of the administration and the appointment of competent, honest and impartial people to maintain the quality of education at BUET.
The teachers and students continued their demonstration on the campus for the third day on Wednesday condemning the gruesome murder of Abrar Fahad and demanding exemplary punishment to the killers.
Expressing solidarity with the movement of Teachers Association, Alumni Association and students of BUET, teachers and students of different public universities also took to the street demanding punishment to Abrar's killers.
The demand of the BUET Teachers Association and Alumni Association included demands for punishment to Abrar's killers, formation of special tribunal to ensure punishment to killers within a short time, permanent expulsion of the killers from BUET, banning student politics, resignation of VC, reformation of administrative body and ensuring security for students.
BUET Teachers' Association President Prof AKM Masud along with BUET teachers visited Central Shaheed Minar to express solidarity with the students who were demonstrating demanding death to Abrar's killers, resignation of the university VC and ban on student politics on BUET campus.
"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," he said.
Meanwhile, BUET's Sher-e-Bangla Hall Provost Prof Zafar Iqbal Khan has submitted his resignation paper expressing solidarity with the movement of Teachers Association and students.
BUET Teachers Association President Prof AKM Masud told the students that an emergency meeting of the association decided to ban teachers politics on the campus. "Student politics on the campus will also be banned soon," he added.
Regarding this, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference at Ganabhaban on Wednesday said the government will not interfere if any university decides to ban student politics. "Every university has its own committee and they will take the decision," said the premier.
Meanwhile, teachers from different public universities also held a protest rallies under the banner of 'Anti- Oppression Teachers-Students Forum' at the base of Raju sculpture on Dhaka University campus demanding punishment to Abrar's killers.
They also said they would carry out a mass investigation into the allegations of torture on students by Chhatra League at different public universities across the country.
Jahangirnagar University Prof Anu Muhammad said this investigation report will be published before the nation. Among others, DU Prof MM Akash, Prof Asif Nazrul, Prof Gitiara Nasreen, were present at the rally.
Besides, Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council held a demonstration on DU campus wearing black badges.
DUCSU VP Nurul Haque Nur demanded justice for all killings including Abrar murder by forming a speedy tribunal.