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BSMRSTU students demand resignation of VC

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The students of alleged that VC Khondoker Md Nasiruddin is involved in various misdeeds including recruitment business, misappropriation of money and sexual harassment.

 

Several thousand students of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) have been staging a sit-in, locking the gate of the administrative building to press home their one-point demand -- resignation of its Vice-Chancellor.

The students of alleged that VC Khondoker Md Nasiruddin is involved in various misdeeds including recruitment business, misappropriation of money and sexual harassment.

The students brought out a procession from Gol Chattor area around 9:00am today and took position in front of the administration building after circling the entire campus, our staff correspondent reports from spot.

They locked the gate of the building which also holds VC’s office. But whether the VC was inside the office could not be known immediately.

The students were continuing their protest in front of the administration building till around 12:30pm when the report was filed.

“If any accusations brought against any of the students or teachers of the university, they face inquiries. But if its VC, then no inquiry takes place,” one of the protesters, a student of Department of Law of the university, said seeking anonymity.

“Last year a woman brought allegations of sexual harassment against the VC. Instead of probing the matter, the woman has been given a post of fourth-class official at the university library to keep her mouth shut,” the law student claimed.

Terming the university administration “autocratic”, another protester who is a student of management department said, “If anyone says anything against the autocratic authority, he/she is expelled.”

None of the demonstrators agreed to disclose their names while talking to The Daily Star as they fear future actions against them by the authorities, our correspondent reports.

The one-point demand came from the protesters around 9:00 last night on the campus after the authorities announced the withdrawal of the suspension of Fatema Tuz Zinia.

The protesters claimed that the VC took the step in a hurry in order to save his position amid countrywide protests and criticism.

On September 10, university authorities suspended Zinia, a second-year law student and university correspondent for the Daily Sun, for her posts on social media, which the authorities claimed has tarnished university’s image.

Zinia said she did not post any derogatory remark on social media, rather she faced the suspension for her reports on irregularities and corruption in the university.