The University Grants Commission on Tuesday formed a seven-member committee to end the ongoing stalemate at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University over the commission’s approval of history department.
The university has been in a stalemate since February 9 when the agitating students of history department locked the gates of its administrative and academic buildings.
On Tuesday, the students continued their sit-in for the 13th consecutive day, demanding the commission’s approval for their history department.
Registrar Nuruddin Ahmed said, ‘The seven-member UGC committee will work on the problems and recommend solutions.’
The commission’s member Professor Dil Afroz Begum is the head of the committee while director for public universities Professor Kamal Hossain is the member secretary.
The others on the committee are the commission members Professor Mohammad Alamgir and Professor Sazzad Hossain, the university’s acting vice-chancellor Professor M Shahjahan, registrar Professor Nuruddin Ahmed, and life science faculty dean Professor MA Sattar, Nuruddin added.
In last 24 hours till Tuesday evening, six demonstrators got sick amid their continued sit-in. Among them, five were given primary treatment but third-year student Moumita Akhter was sent to Gopalganj General Hospital on critical condition.
The agitating students said that the formation of the committee would not stop their movement unless the approval of
their department was ensured.
History department’s third-year student Karimul Haque said, ‘We’ll continue our protest until the UGC give the approval of our department.’
In 2017, the university’s then-vice-chancellor Professor Khondokar Naisruddin opened the department without the commission’s approval.
On February 6, the Commission decided to close the department from the upcoming academic year, triggering the ongoing sit-in. As of 2019–20 academic year, 413 students are studying under the department.
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