Irregularities in teachers' recruitment alleged at JU
Some teachers yesterday accused the Jahangirnagar University (JU) administration of irregularities in recruiting 40 teachers and discrimination and harassment in awarding academic titles since Prof Farzana Islam was appointed vice chancellor on March 3.
They demanded reconsidering appointment of six teachers to the biochemistry and molecular biology department, which they said was the most recent among the recruitment anomalies.
The allegations and demands came at a press conference organised under the banner Adhipotto, Boishommo o Nipironer Biruddhe Shikkhak Samaj (teachers' against dominance, discrimination and repression) at the new arts faculty building around 3:00pm.
Although there were candidates with better academic qualifications, the six were unnecessarily recruited through nepotism while the awarding of academic titles was strictly based on political identities and loyalty to the administration, they alleged.
The platform's spokesperson, Prof Raihan of philosophy, threatened of tough agitation if the administration did not pay heed to their “logical demands”.
Prof ATM Atuqur Rahman of history, Prof Nasim Akhter Hossain of government and politics, Associate Prof Shohel Ahmed of biochemistry and molecular biology and Assistant Prof Ibrahim Khaled and Rezwana Korim Snigdha of anthropology also spoke.