JU plans to merge two vacations
Jahangirnagar University will merge two upcoming vacations, raising allegations that it was to kill the momentum of two ongoing movements and quell agitators. Around 12 days between the summer and Eid-ul-Fitr vacations will be included in the break, settling the period from May 26 to July 24 instead of the previous May 26 to June 14.
Informing of the change, Registrar Abu Bakr Siddque denied the allegation brought by the agitators, including chairpersons of the computer science and engineering, and geological sciences departments.
He said the syndicate took into consideration the small gap in between and that this would be made permanent from next year.
Students and teachers of the two departments have been demonstrating since the beginning of March protesting the transfer of environmental sciences department to their building.
They staged a sit-in before the vice-chancellor's office yesterday demanding that the authorities find an alternative as, they claim, the building is not big enough for all three.
Meanwhile, all three teachers of the journalism and media studies department continued observing work abstention, beginning around mid March, demanding resignation of the chairperson who they say has been misbehaving with them and autocratically running the department.