IUT VC resigns amidst protest

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:25, Feb 05,2018 | Updated: 00:35, Feb 06,2018

 
 

Vice-chancellor of Islamic University of Technology Munaz Ahmed Noor resigned on Monday in the face of agitation of students, teachers and employees.
He resigned as teachers, students and staff were agitating demanding his removal since January 23 for allegedly breaching university rules and regulations.
Munaz Ahmed told New Age that he stepped down in the face of ‘illogical demand’ being pressed by the teachers, students and staff.
‘I did not want to compromise with the protesters’ illogical demand, but for the sake of greater interest of the country and the university’s academic activities I have sent my resignation letter to the authorities,’ he said.
The VC sent his resignation letter to the university chancellor and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation secretary general Yousef Al-Othaimeen, said the university sources.
IUT, a higher education and research institution, was opened in Gazipur in 1988 by the OIC.
The sources also said that IUT pro-VC Dr Omar Jah would work as acting VC until the new VC was appointed.
Following the news of resignation, the protesters withdrew their protest and said regular classroom activities would resume today.
Assistant professor Abdul Hamid of mechanical engineering department, who had been leading the protest, said they would resume attending classes and all other regular academic activities.
Since January 23, IUT teachers abstained from work demanding removal of VC alleging that he appointed a good number of teachers on ad hoc basis.
The students said that the VC also brought down the university’s academic standards by enrolling additional students without increasing the classroom facilities.
Since the protests began, Munaz Ahmed could not enter the campus.
Munaz Ahmed Noor, however, denied the allegations and said that teachers’ recruitment, increased enrolment of students and non-resident student enrolment were done under the IUT rules and regulations.
On January 29, a delegation team from the ministry of foreign affairs, headed by secretary Md Khurshed Alam, visited the campus to resolve the issue and requested the protesters to end the protest, said the agitators. 

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