Academic activities at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) came to a halt as students enforced a 48-hour strike this morning demanding termination of a teacher over sexual harassment allgeation against him.
The demonstrators brought the main gate of the university under lock and key around 8:00am pressing for removing Nasir Uddin, an assistant professor of public administration department, reports our Sylhet correspondent.
No class and examination have so far been held at the university. Sust’s transport facilities also remain suspended since morning.
The administration has failed to calm the students, who have been staging the demonstration since Thursday under the banner of ‘SUST Students against Sexual Harassment (Jounonirjaton Birodhi Shabi Shikhartibrinda)’, said Niloy Chandra Das, an assistant proctor of the university.
An emergency meeting of the proctorial body will be held soon to settle the matter, he said.
The protesters began their fresh strike today as their two-day ultimatum given to the university authorities ended yesterday.
On Thursday, they observed a strike on the campus and gave the ultimatum to the university administration to fulfill their demand.
On March 31, a female student of public administration department, lodged a written complaint against Nasir Uddin, Abu Saleh, a department employee, and Atiqur Rahman, assistant administrative officer, of sexually harassment.
Following the report submitted by the probe committee formed to investigate the incident, the university authorities on April 22 relieved Nasir of his duties for one year and dismissed Saleh, and demoted Atiqur on charge of sexually harassing the student.