University Teachers’ Network, a platform of teachers of public and private universities, on Monday placed a four-point charter of demands, including immediate cancellation of the punishment of Khulna University teachers and students.
The platform placed the demands in a virtual press conference at about 11.00am.
Their three other demands are investigation of allegations against the administration, restoration of democracy and autonomy in the management of the university, end of threatening teachers for standing by students.
In the virtual press conference, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University teacher Arafat Rahman and Chittagong University teacher Maidul Islam read a written statement.
Professor Manosh Chowdhury of anthropology department of Jahangirnagar University conducted the press conference.
The speakers said that it was alarming that the KU authorities were taking actions against the students and the teachers for being vocals against corruptions and irregularities in the university.
The platform also announced a protest programme on all universities campuses across the country at 12.00pm on 28 January, Thursday against Khulna University authorities’ decision to expel three teachers and two students for their alleged involvement in a student movement in January 2020.
Professor Anu Muhammad of Jahangirnagar University, Professor M Quamrul Hasan Mamun of Dhaka University Chemistry department, Professor Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan of DU international relation department, Professor Kazi Maruful Isalm of DU development studies, Professor Abdullah Harun Chowdhury of Khulna University, DU sociology teacher Samina Lutfa, among others, were present in the press conference.
Earlier, the KU authorities have taken a move to terminate the three teachers and to expel the two students for their involvement in a student movement to press home a five-point charter of demands, including reduced admission fees and improved health service facilities in 2020.
The accused teachers — Bangla department’s assistant professor M Abul Fazal, Bangla lecturer Shakila Alam and history lecturer Haimanti Shukla gave replies to the show-cause notices served against them.
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