Gopalganj, Sept 29 (UNB) – Vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) Prof Khondoker Nasiruddin left the university campus on Sunday night under police escort.
Police said he came out of the campus around 9pm.
The new development came hours after the probe body formed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to look into the overall situation of the university recommended his withdrawal.
Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Monirul Islam said the VC called him around 8pm and sought police protection for leaving the campus for Dhaka. “We brought him from his bungalow providing him protection,” he said.
Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar Circle) Mohammad Sanwar Hossain said the vice-chancellor informed them that he was ill and sought police protection for going to a doctor.
He, however, said they did not know where actually went to.
Meanwhile, protesting students chanted different slogans when the VC left the campus.
The UGC probe panel has recommended Nasiruddin’s withdrawal on charges of irregularities and corruption.
It also suggested taking legal action against him over irregularities and corruption.
The probe panel made the recommendations in its report submitted to the UGC Chairman Prof Dr Kazi Shahidullah, said a UGC source wishing anonymity.
The report was later forwarded to the Education Ministry, he said, adding that the probe body found the allegations of irregularities and corruption against the BSMRSTU vice-chancellor to be true.
On September 24, the UGC formed the five-member probe body, headed by its member Dr Muhammad Alamgir, to look into the allegations brought against the BSMRSTU vice-chancellor. The other members of the committee are UGC members Prof Dr Dil Afroz Begum and Prof. Dr Mohammad Sazzad Hossain, Director (Public University Management Department) Kamal Hossain and its Deputy Director Mauli Azad.
The committee visited to the university on September 25-26 and talked to teachers, students and others concerned.
BSMRSTU students have been staging demonstrations over the last several days, demanding resignation of their VC.
Students alleged that there was no freedom of speech on the campus and that no-one could speak against the irregularities of the VC.
BSMRSTU’s decision to suspended Fatema-tuz-Zinia, also the university correspondent of the Daily Sun, on September 10 for her ‘objectionable’ writings on Facebook triggered the student protest.
It forced the university authorities to revoke the suspension order on September 18.