Banned Darul Ihsan University gets new name

Staff Correspondent

19 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The banned Darul Ihsan University is trying to rerun academic activities under a new name following the rules and regulations of the Private University Act.

Sources said Darul Ihsan University has already resolved all the conflicts between two groups of its trustee board. It will be renamed ‘Syed Ali Ashraf Islami University’.

On April 13, 2016, the High Court ordered the closure of the university activities for the violation of the laws.

After receiving a copy of the court order, the Education Ministry issued a gazette notification, banning the activities of the university.

More than three years after the ban, two rival groups of Darul Ihsan Trust – Dhanmondi and Savar groups – have recently entered into a negotiation to rerun the university.

After a series of meetings, they resolved their conflicts over the university ownership. Both the groups entered into a negotiation to operate the institution again.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Sunday between the two groups at a restaurant in Kurmitola area of the capital to rerun the private university in the new name.

Members of the trustee board said they will submit an application to the education ministry within a shortest time, seeking approval of the university in the new name.

It was mentioned in the MoU that they will submit an application to rerun the university. They have agreed to rename the Darul Ihsan University ‘Syed Ali Ashraf Islami University’.

As per the decision, both the groups will take initiatives to withdraw the cases within one month which were filed with courts earlier against each other over the ownership issue.

As per their MoU, Md Kamal Ahmed will be chairman of the trustee board, Harun-or-Rashid will be act as a managing trustee, Mohammad Saiful Islam joint-chairman, Mohammad Mohsin vice-chairman, Rakib Uddin Ahmed Treasurer and Md Mahabub-ul-Alam will be the secretary of the trust.

The new trustee board will be formed comprising members from both the rival groups. Harun-or-Rashid, Muhammad Mohsin, Prof Helal Ahmed, Prof Dr A Khalek, Sabbir Ahmed, Mohammad Saiful Islam, Md Bashir Ahmed Khan and Mohammad Tobarak Hossain would be members of the trustee board from ‘Savar group’.

Besides, Kamal Ahmed, Salina Ali, Rakib Uddin, Prof Mahbub Hossain, Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan, Maruf Hossain, Mahabub-ul Alam, and ASM Shamim will be members of the trustee board from Dhanmondi group.

Kamal Ahmed, the proposed chairman of the trustee board, told the daily sun, “We will start a fresh launching of the university following the higher court order and the Private University Act.”

“Now we will work together as there is no more conflict among the members of trustee boards. Following the high court judgment and laws, we will work for the approval of the university in the name of ‘Syed Ali Ashraf Islami University’.

He also said they made the negotiation between the two groups following the court judgment and they will resume academic activities soon after getting its approval.

The DIU was founded by Prof Dr Syed Ali Ashraf in 1989 while the government accredited it as a private university in 1993.

There were allegations that Darul Ihsan Univeristy opened many campuses across the country, violating the laws. The university trustee board are also divided into two groups, operating unapproved courses at the university and selling certificates in exchange for money.

The High Court also said that the DIU authorities cannot run it as an academic institution for not complying with the laws.

The HC gave the verdict after hearing 13 writ petitions filed by a group of people and students claiming ownership of DIU at different times.

The court in its verdict mentioned, “Darul Ihsan University is not a university in the eye of law.” Later, the government had shut down all the campuses and activities of the university.

The HC in its observation said that the university can consider the name of ‘Syed Ali Ashraf Islami University’ to run freshly through forming a board of trustee following rules by Civil Court or disposing of their conflicts.

Talking to the correspondent, trustee board Vice-Chairman Muhammad Mohsin said, “All the conflicts over the university’s ownership are resolved. We will rename the university to free it from any controversy.”