Islamic University proctor resigns amidst protests

IU Correspondent . Kushtia | Published: 17:00, Sep 22,2019 | Updated: 01:41, Sep 23,2019


Leaders and activists of Islamic University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League lock up the main entrance of the university for two ours on Sunday demanding resignation of the university proctor. — New Age photo

Former leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League-backed student body Bangladesh Chhatra League at Islamic University in Kushtia withdrew their protests Sunday night as the proctor resigned.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held at the vice-chancellor’s office at about 11:00pm with vice-chancellor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari in the chair.

Among others, pro-vice-chancellor M Shahinoor Rahman, treasurer M Selim Toha and acting registrar SM Abdul Latif were present.

The university authorities appointed information and communication technology department professor Paresh Chandra Barman as the new proctor removing M Mahbubar Rahman following the protests of former Chhatra League leaders and activists.

Earlier, around 200 former leaders and activists, led by Faisal Siddiq Arafat, Lalon and Jubayer Rahman, staged demonstration and locked up the main entrance of the university demanding removal of the proctor.

On Friday, a group of about 200 former leaders and activists of Chhatra League led by Jobayer Al-Mahmood and Faisal Siddique Arafat brought out a procession in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall and later they tried to swoop on university unit Chhatra League general secretary Rakibul Islam Rakib with sharp weapons but Rakib managed to flee the scene, witnesses said.

Apprehending troubles after the Friday’s incident, Mahbub took charge at the proctor on Saturday though he was appointed on September 8.

The Chhatra League leaders and activists demonstrated on the campus for the past two weeks after a reported audio conversation between Rakib and an unidentified person went viral on social media where they talked about bribery, corruption and the processes how Rakib had been running a racket of graft on the campus, in court and offices, and inside Chhatra League.

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