No classes and examinations were held at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) on Sunday as the students went on a 48-hour strike again demanding expulsion of a teacher who allegedly harassed a female student sexually.
Students gathered on the campus at 7.30am and started their sit-in programme in front of the university’s main gate keeping it locked.
University’s buses didn’t move from the campus to the city. No classes and examinations were held in 25 departments. The presence of the students and teachers was very thin on the campus.
Spokesperson of the agitating students Shariful Islam Bulbul said, “From Thursday’s strike we gave them(university authorities) time till Saturday to fulfill our demand. As they didn’t fulfill our demand by the stipulated time we have called the 48-hour strike. Our movement will continue if our remand remains unmet.”
On Tuesday, SUST syndicate took punitive action against Nasir Uddin, a teacher of the department, and its two staff members on charge of sexually harassing the female student.
The decision was taken at the university syndicate meeting held at the Vice-chancellor’s office on the campus on Tuesday evening.
As per the decision taken at the meeting, assistant professor Nasir Uddin has been relieved of all kinds of academic and administrative activities for one year.
The staff of the department Abu Saleh has been removed and its assistant administrative officer Atiqur Rahman demoted on the similar charge.
However, the action against the trio could not appease the students demonstrating on the campus demanding expulsion of Nasir Uddin for life.
Following the VC’s statement, the agitating students locked into an altercation with assistant proctors Mirazul Islam and Azharul Arafat.
Later, the students issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the authorities concerned to meet their demand, threatening to go for a tougher movement if the demand was not met by Thursday.
It’s mentionable that earlier Abu Saleh was suspended from Public Administration Department on April 1 following the allegation of the sexual harassment against him. -UNB, Sylhet