A mix-up of the photo of a 10th century Arab mathematician with that of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at Chittagong University has drawn huge criticism from current and former students.
The incident came to light after the mathematics department put up banners at different points of the campus ahead of its two-day golden jubilee celebrations programme, which began yesterday.
In some of the banners, the photo of Islamic scholar and mathematician Abu Mansur al-Baghdadi was replaced by that of terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
On Thursday, some people found out the mistake and raised the issue on Facebook. Soon afterwards, the photo of the banner went viral. It also caused a few trolls.
Ganesh Chandra Roy, chairperson of the mathematics department, said they did not have any plan to make banners. “Even we don't know who made those banners. Being informed, we instantly removed all the banners on Thursday night,” he said.
Rayhan Ahmed Rafi, the designer of the banners, has posted a status on “CU Family”, a Facebook page of current and former students, seeking an apology for his unintentional mistake.
He said he had a lot of pressure centring on the programme. As the picture of the ISIS leader popped up when he googled the mathematician's name, he presumed it to be that of the latter. He requested everyone not to damage the image of the university by sharing the picture.
Meanwhile, the first day of the department's celebrations passed off smoothly.