RU Political Science dept chairman pressed to resign

RU Political Science dept chairman pressed to resign

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Rajshahi, 28 Jan – Several hundred students and teachers of Political Science department (PS) of Rajshahi University (RU) on Sunday laid siege to the office of thier chairman Prof Dr Nasima Zaman for three hours pressing their demands including resignation from chairmanship post and holding examination all sessions on due time.Around 9am students and teachers of the dept locked up the chairman room and getting no room, chairman took shelter at seminar room. Protesters also gheraoed her. Later, getting assurance from university authorities, the protesters withdrew the program around 2pm.
Prof Dr Aminur Rahman, a senior teacher of the dept said, they withdrew their demonstration program as university vice chancellor assured them to remove their chairman Prof D rNasima Zaman by 01 February and later, a new chairman will be chosen.
Chairman Prof Dr Nasima Zaman said, she could not take examination alone and she called academic meeting several times but 11 teachers out of 13 refused to attend the meeting. On question why she did not resign from post as syndicate decided her to remove, she said she would resign from her post maintaining university vice chancellor instruction, she added.
Rauwsan Ara Sumi, a 4 th year student of the dept alleged that they are already undergoing session jams for more than one year. Due to their teachers internal feud, no examinations were held their department that’s on due time why they are demanding their chairman resignation from her post. Besides, vice chancellor also directed her to resign from her post, she added.
Another protester Shimul Kumar Biswas and also third year student said, their first and third year examinations are scheduled to start on October first weak but till today no routine was given till today that’s why they demand her resignation from post though she declared to hold examination on 12 February.
According the PS dept academic syllabus, firs year and third year examinations are scheduled to start on October first weak while second and fourth year examinations have scheduled to start on October last week. Even, master’s examination of the dept is also scheduled for November first weak but till today no examination was held.
RU Teachers Association general secretary and a professor of the dept, Prof DrRohul Amin said, on 31 December at 462th syndicate meeting, the university authority decided to remove Professor Nasima Zaman from the post of chairman but till today she did not resign her post. Earlier on September 27, eleven teachers of the department submitted a written complaint to the department chair Nasima Zaman against department assistant Professor RukshanaPervin bringing allegation of making 'false, fabricate and derogatory remarks about the department teachers in and outside of the class rooms.
Following the allegations, Professor Rukshana Pervin with the assistance of department chair Professor Nasima Zaman also submitted written complaint with the university authorities where she alleged that one of the eleven teachers had been harassing her mentally and sexually for around two years adding that those eleven teachers were trying to harass her academically as she revealed their wrongdoings before the students.
On August 2, a total of 11 teachers out of 13 regular teachers of the department submitted another written complaint to the vice chancellor against both the department chair and Rokshana and started the demonstration bringing no-confidence in the department chair Professor DrNasima Zaman in supervising the department on August 06.
Following the allegation on August, the university authority formed a three-member probe body headed by RU science faculty dean Professor Akhter Farooque to investigate into the incident.
On 21 December, the syndicate also served a notice to the Professor RukshanaPervin asking why the university authority would not take punitive action against her for bringing false sexual allegation against her colleague as the probe body did not find the authenticity of the allegation.
University proctor Prof DrLuthfor Rahman said “VC sir asked to bring the situation under control and he will remove the chairman by February 01”. It could be reached to vc he did not receive phone. – RU Correspondent:

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