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Crisis deepens at BRACU as authority postpones exams

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Live Correspondent: The authority of BRAC University has postponed the exams for two days after the students boycotted them on Friday.

 

A notice in the website of BRAC University reads, “Examination set for August 4th and 5th, 2017 have been postponed.”

However, the notice sparked controversy as it was signed by the registrar Maj Gen (retd) Muhammad Sahool Afzal, main accused of the assault on teacher.

Earlier, the university authority said students of the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) had boycotted their final examinations and it was a “violation of agreement”.

The students of CSE boycotted their final examinations as a part of their protest over the assault on their former teacher Farhaan Uddin by officials of the university.

The students boycotted four exams Friday morning.

“We had to cancel the exams as no students would sit for them,” said a faculty.

Expressing shock about the Friday situation, VC Andaleeb said, “We are puzzled at seeing today’s movement as we had already reached an agreement with the students last night.”

“And we do not even know who we should talk to regarding this as the protesters who were involved in the agreement with us seem to be missing in today’s protest,” the VC added.

Terming the demand of removing the registrar irrational, the vice-chancellor said the university authorities have accepted all the other demands of the students.

“However, we are still working to find a fair and peaceful solution to the crisis,” he added.

Meanwhile, the agitating students also urged the students of other departments to boycott the final exams.

They have told the media that their regular protest will continue until the registrar and two other guilty officials are fired.

They also vowed to boycott the classes and exams till their demands are met.

Farhaan Uddin Ahmed, a teacher of Law Department of the university was allegedly assaulted by Registrar Maj Gen (retd) Muhammad Sahool Afzal, Assistant Registrar Md Mahi Uddin and Senior Officer of Co-Curricular Activities Jabed Rasel, according to a case filed with Banani police on July 30.

On his Facebook page, Farhaan wrote that he had been called to the registrar’s office on that day and then to the human resources department where he was handed a cheque and documents for immediate termination of his contract with the university.

However, he refused to accept the cheque and documents.

“Since I had submitted an official grievance application against the administration, I refused to accept the documents,” said Farhaan.

The Grievance Resolution Committee was yet to make its final decision.

Following the incident, students started their protest demanding the resignation of three accused.

However, the situation heated up on Tuesday as some of the female students were assaulted by the guards during the protest, according to the students.

The university authority has not spoken to the media following the incident.

Dhaka, 04  August , (campuslive24.com) //AZ


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