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On a wet May morning I was travelling east on a Sylhet road, past Charkhai and Barhal, heading towards Zakiganj. To my right, as far as the eye could see, fields of freshly planted rice dripped with monsoon's vibrant green. There were rice fields to my left, too, and as the eye traversed...

3 JU students expelled for 'ragging'

3 JU students expelled for 'ragging'

The three female students had been abusing the junior students for quite some time and nothing happened. This time, they hurled "too much" insult both physically and mentally on a fresher and failed to get away, ultimately losing their studentship. Disturbed too much by the nature and intensity of the act, the Jahangirnagar University...

Bangladeshis protest attacks on Gaza

Bangladeshis protest attacks on Gaza

A cross section of people in Bangladesh has protested and strongly condemned Israel's military attacks on Gaza in the last five days. Students and teachers of colleges and universities in Chittagong, Rajshahi University and Jahangirnagar University demonstrated yesterday condemning Israel's brutality and demanding a stop to the military raids in Gaza. In Chittagong, teachers and...

JU student killed in road crash

Hundreds of Jahangirnagar University (JU) students blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway and torched two buses yesterday afternoon after a pickup van crushed a student to death in front of the university at Savar. The deceased was identified as Fatema Khatun, 22, daughter of Afsar Ali and resident of Sholabaria in Sathiya, Pabna. She was a third year student of the Anthropology Department. Fatema was waiting for a bus by the highway when the pickup van driver lost control over its steering and...

JU female student killed in road crash

JU female student killed in road crash

Hundreds of Jahangirnagar University students blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway and torched two buses protesting death of a female fellow, who was killed by a pickup van in front of the university main gate at Savar this afternoon. The deceased, Fatema Khatun, 22, a third year student of Anthropology department was waiting for Dhaka-bound bus near to the JU gate beside the highway with two others when the pickup van driver lost control over the steering around 4:45pm, reports our JU correspondent. JU proctor Tapan Kumar Shaha confirmed the incident. Hailing from Sathia upazila of Pabna and a resident student of Pritilata Hall, Fatema died on the spot while two others have been...

BCL men trade fire at JU

BCL men trade fire at JU

At least 12 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League were injured in an intra-party clash over establishing supremacy at Jahangirnagar University this afternoon. Witnesses and police said one of the injured was bullet-hit as the activists exchanged at least nine rounds of fire, reports our JU correspondent. The wounded -- Shahriar Nehal of geography and environment...

JU gets first female VC

JU gets first female VC

Farzana Islam, a professor of anthropology department, has been appointed vice chancellor of Jahangirnagar University. She is the first female VC of the country. In a circular issued today, President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, appointed her for the next four years. On February 20, JU senate elected a panel of three vice chancellor candidates following resignation of Prof Anwar Hossain in the face of around a year-long movement by a section of teachers demanding his removal. Prof Farzana of anthropology secured the first spot bagging 43 votes, while Prof Abul Hossain of physics...

Celebrating life under the full moon

Celebrating life under the full moon

Jahangirnagar University is a welcome hub of cultural events. On February 13, a day before Valentine's Day, “Standard Chartered-The Daily Star Celebrating Life” held a night-long classical music event at the idyllic university campus. The event started at 6pm and concluded at 3:30am. While many doubting Thomas' had wondered how to keep the young audience so late into the night--or rather the morning--at a classical music event, the perfect combination of Selim Al Deen Muktomoncho and the full moon kept many glued to their seats until the end of the programme. Many artistes mesmerised the audience with various presentations of raga music. Noted media personality Shampa Reza performed a few...

Anwar quits as JU VC

Anwar quits as JU VC

Prof Anwar Hossain yesterday resigned as the vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University in the face of around a year-long movement by a section of teachers demanding his removal. "I have already sent my resignation letter to President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, by a messenger," Prof Anwar told The Daily Star. "I don't know yet whether my resignation has been accepted," he added. Prof Anwar who was appointed on May 20, 2012, is the fifth JU VC forced to step down following movements. Prof Ajit Kumar Majumder, president of JU Teachers Association (Juta), described Prof Anwar's resignation as a victory for the teachers participating in the movement. On January 12, the JU...

Prof Anwar resigns as JU VC

Prof Anwar resigns as JU VC

Prof Anwar Hossain resigned as the vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University today following months of agitation by a section of teachers and students. Prof Anwar sent his resignation letter to President Abdul Hamid, who is also the chancellor of the university, today.

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