Four Jahangirnagar University teachers filed a writ petition on Thursday challenging the legality of the university’s move to recruit six new teachers at philosophy department amid suspension of all educational activities to contain Covid spread.
The petitioners are philosophy professors Mohammad Kamrul Ahsan, ASM Anwarullah Bhuiyan, Zakir Hossain and assistant professor Abdus Satter.
They also prayed for a stay on the activities of a recruitment notice issued by the university on February 11 inviting applications for lecturer posts.
The teachers, who are among 21 teachers of the department, felt aggrieved to the university authorities’ move to appoint more teachers at the department during last months of the tenure of vicechancellor Farzana Islam.
She is scheduled to retire on March 3, 2022.
The petitioners’ lawyer, Syeda Nasrin, told New Age that the writ petition would be mentioned for hearing by the High Court’s online bench of judges M Enayetur Rahim and Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir this week.
JU Correspondent reported that eight teachers of the department earlier sent a letter to the University Grants Commission claiming that the actual meritorious applicant would be deprived of showing their expertise before the proposed virtual recruitment board.
They also alleged that the authorities had made the recruitment plan without the department’s academic council meeting and there was no need to recruit six new teachers at a time in order to keep teachers-students ratio in a standard figure.
Vice-chancellor Farzana Islam said, ‘The circular issued to recruit teachers and employees against vacant posts as per the demand of the departments. There is no way to term it a last moment recruitment.’
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