Rajshahi University vicechancellor Professor M Abdus Sobhan has recently assured the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League that they would get priorities in getting jobs at the university.
‘You will not miss jobs,’ Abdus Sobhan is heard saying to a group of BCL leaders and activists in a leaked audio clip of a conversation among them in the early hours of January 12.
The audio clip, which was obtained by New Age on Wednesday, also confirmed the presence of present and former BCL leaders who confined the vice-chancellor along with eleven other officers, including pro-vice chancellors, registrar and proctor of the university, for jobs at the vice-chancellor’s house for hours on January 11.
The BCL activists allegedly started demonstrations after the university authorities appointed a physically challenged person at the university on an ad-hoc basis.
Earlier on December 10, the education ministry’s Secondary and Higher Education Division, in a letter signed by the division’s government general university wing senior assistant secretary Neelima Afroz requested the university vice-chancellor to suspend all kinds of recruitment activities.
When the activists said that the education ministry’s Secondary and Higher Education Division cannot ask the university to halt its recruitments as according to the Rajshahi University Act 1973 it is an autonomous body, the vice-chancellor said, ‘We all want jobs. This is your main demand. But you have raised the issue of university act very tactfully.’
RU BCL president Golam Kibria told New Age on Thursday that the unit had no involvement in the protests.
Some activists went to the VC’s house, he admitted, and said that the protest was being led by former RU BCL president Elias Hossain.
Elias said that he had no such conversation with the vice-chancellor over jobs.
When he was told about the audio clip and the VC’s conversations addressing him, Elias said that they went there just to protest against the education ministry’s instruction.
Vicechancellor Abdus Sobhan, however, refused to comment over the leaked audio clip and his assurance to the activists.
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