Embattled JU VC finally decides to step down

Embattled JU VC finally decides to step down

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Embattled Jahangirnagar University (JU) Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Anwar Hossain has finally decided to step down from his post. “I’ll hand over the responsibility to a new VC to be elected by the Senate under my supervision and return to Dhaka University,” he told a press conference at the Senate Bhaban in the morning. The JU vice-chancellor will resign as per the decision of a tripartite meeting among the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, JU agitating teachers and him held on Wednesday. Addressing the press conference, Prof Dr Anwar also said he has decided to hold the JUCSU polls and VC panel polls after reforming the Senate before his resignation. “According to the decision of the meeting, I’ll arrange the VC panel polls but won’t participate in it. I’ve personally decided to hold JUCSU polls and then I’ll return to Dhaka University,” he said. Urging the agitating teachers to cooperate with him, the JU VC said, “I hope the agitating teachers will also abide by the agreement and withdraw their movement.” Meanwhile, the agitating teachers rejected the VC’s statement. Addressing a press conference at the Statistics Department in the afternoon, Prof Kamrul Ahsan, member secretary of the Sadharan Sikkhak Forum, said they are ready to help the VC arrange the VC panel polls. “The VC panel election is possible in 15 days and we hope the VC will resign from his post after that,” Observing that the JUCSU election is not possible under the prevailing situation, Prof Sharif Uddin, general secretary of JU Teachers’ Association, said they would launch an all-out movement from November 1 if the VC does not resign within this period. Since April 27, the members of JUTA have been on a movement demanding the resignation of Prof Anwar Hossain for his reluctance to punish JU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League secretary Rajib Ahmed Russell who physically assaulted a teacher. After a High Court order on May 24, JUTA backtracked, but later they resumed agitation under a new banner. No Syndicate, Senate, Academic Council and other important meetings have not being held for last six months due to the teachers’ agitation. – UNB

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