Protests rage on at Sust
Students of a female dormitory at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) in Sylhet continued their protests yesterday, demanding removal of the hall's provost.
Students of Begum Sirajunnesa Hall started demonstrating on Thursday night after the provost Zafrin Ahmed Liza allegedly "misbehaved" with a student when she approached the provost with some problems.
Besides her removal, the students said they also demand a student-friendly hall provost committee and resolving mismanagement at the dormitory. After beginning the demonstrations on Thursday, the students returned to their rooms that night, as the VC assured them of meeting their demands the next morning.
However, the authorities are yet to meet all three demands, said the students, adding that they will continue protests until they are met.
On Friday, a representative of the students met the VC. After the meeting, protesters claimed that the authorities have not fulfilled their conditions and as such, they gave a 24-hour ultimatum.
Sust VC Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed claimed that they have resolved some problems relating to mismanagement on Friday. Meanwhile, as provost Zafrin Ahmed is on leave due to illness, Prof Zubaida Kanak Khan has been assigned as temporary provost of the hall, said the VC.
The VC also said, "I've assured students of resolving their problems soon. But some are trying to blow it out of proportions for unknown reasons.." Zafrin did not respond to the phone calls made by this correspondent.