Deadlock persists at Ctg vet university
Teachers, officials and employees of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) observed two-hour work abstention yesterday partially disrupting academic and administrative activities of the university.
During the work abstention, the university officers' association and employees union staged a sit-in in front of administrative building of the university from 10:00am while the teachers joined them at 11:00am and held a brief rally there.
At the rally, the teachers reduced the ultimatum time from seven days to three days, effective from today, to punish the agitating students who allegedly manhandled teachers, misbehaved with them and gave threat over phone.
Teachers' association convener Prof Goutam Buddha Das said they will submit a memo to the prime minister in a day or two giving details of the university situation.
On the other hand, the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally to press home their demand for resignation of the vice chancellor (VC).
Campus sources said classes were held at some departments yesterday with few students while some departments plan to take exams from today.
Most of the students are not going to the campus fearing untoward incident any time, they said.
CVASU BCL convener Kamol Kanti Majumder yesterday said they are firm to continue their agitation till resignation of the vice chancellor.
Vice chancellor Prof Nitish Chandra Devnath yesterday said he sees no sign of early improvement.
The officers' association and employees' union started the two-day abstention programme from Monday protesting alleged manhandling of the university's Poultry Research and Training Institute staff Chamak Chandra and administrative officer Ajit Kumar on Saturday and Thursday by the agitating students.
Later, the teachers association expressed their solidarity with them and joined the work abstention yesterday.
The authorities closed the university sine die on December 14 last year following an indefinite strike enforced by General Students Forum and BCL demanding resignation of the VC on charge of corruption and nepotism.
The authorities in an emergency syndicate meeting on Wednesday last decided to reopen the halls on Saturday to resume classes on Sunday.
But the BCL leaders staying in the hall defying syndicate orders demanded removal of the VC and decided to bar him from all administrative activities.
They put the VC office under lock and key confining him (VC) to the residence.