A student of Jagannath University (JnU) was forced out of the examination hall on Sunday (November 17) over an allegation of causing an untoward situation in class earlier this year, despite being cleared of the accusation on October 22.
On May 22, Prof Junaid Ahmed Halim filed a complaint against Mahmudul Hasan Mishu of film and television department, stating that the student on April 9 created an untoward situation in the class during the screening of a movie, that had “explicit” scenes.
At the time of filing the complaint, Prof Halim also submitted a copy of the department’s academic committee’s recommendations on how the student should be reprimanded.
On October 22, the probe body consisting two assistant proctors – Md Mohiuddin and Shilpi Rani Saha -- recommended that the university authorities exempt Mishu from the charges. Their investigation was based on evidence and eyewitnesses’ statements, said Md Mohiuddin.
Following the probe body’s recommendations, JnU Registrar Md Ohiduzzaman issued an office order on November 17 which stated Mishu could attend his academic activities at the university.
“I could not take the semester final exam due to Prof Halim’s vendetta,” claimed Mishu, “On Sunday (November 17), he [Halim] forced me to leave the exam hall grabbing my neck.”
Multiple students told this correspondent they saw the incident.
Contacted, Prof Halim said the letter that cleared all allegations against Mishu was not given at the right time.
“This letter was not acceptable as the academic committee’s recommendations were not reflected in it,” he added.
He did not respond to the question whether he forced the student out of the exam hall.
Meanwhile, JnU Vice Chancellor Mijanur Rahman said Mishu has spoken with him already and he would meet with Prof Halim to discuss the matter on Sunday.