Bhashani varsity suspends 5 BCL leaders for ‘misbehaviour’

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PNS Desk: Five BCL leaders were suspended by the authorities of Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University (MBSTU) in Tangail on charges of harassing teachers and creating anarchy on campus. The suspended students were identified as the varsity’s BCL unit president Sajib Talukder, vice-presidents Emran Mia and Adrita Panna, and joint secretaries Jabir Iqbal and Yasin Arafat. The proctor, Dr Sirajul Islam, confirmed the suspension yesterday, saying the decision was taken at a meeting of the university’s Regent Board on Monday night. The meeting in Dhaka was chaired by the vice chancellor, Dr Alauddin, and all 19 members of the board were present.

The board also decided to serve show cause notices to the suspended students as to why they should not be permanently expelled from the university. The teachers agreed to do so after holding a meeting yesterday, president of the Teachers’ Association Dr Mohammad Shaheen Uddin said.

The proctor informed that three probe bodies were formed to investigate three incidents. One was an ordnance amendment body led by ex-VC of Noakhali Science and Technology University Saidul Hoque Chowdhury. The deans of all the faculties of MBUST are members. Another was a three-member probe body on the students’ misbehaviour. It is led by ex-VC of Jahangirnagar University Sarif Enamul Kabir. The committees will submit their reports in three weeks.

A complaint of sex harassment lodged by a female student against teacher Mohi Uddin Taksin will be investigated by the anti-sex harassment committee of the university.

It is to be noted that BCL leaders led by Talukder had allegedly forced some teachers to allow a failed female student to appear in an examination in violation of the university ordinance. The female student had also lodged a sexual harassment complaint against the teacher who had failed her.

On his part, Talukder held a press conference and asked the varsity authorities to withdraw the suspension order. The BCL leader said, “But the teachers are staging resignation drama to oppose the students’ demands,” he added. He also demanded punishment for the teacher accused of sexual harassment.

PNS/Tamanna Khan