UGC finds irregularities in RU recruitment

Md Solamain Salman

28 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The University Grants Commission has found massive irregularities in the Rajshahi University (RU) recruitment process.

In its probe report, the university regulatory body said  the RU authorities appointed a lecturer to Crop Science and Technology Department despite the fact that the teacher had no educational qualification to apply for the post.

The university also recruited a number of teachers in different departments, sidestepping available qualified candidates.

The teachers were appointed through nepotism and other irregularities in violation of the rules or relaxing existing teachers’ appointment policy of the

university.

The irregularities came to light durin  the latest probe conducted by a three-member probe body led by the University Grants Commission (UGC) member Prof Dr Dil Afroza Begum.

The UGC in its observation said RU appointed Rezvi Ahmed Bhuyain as a lecturer to Crop Science and Technology Department though he had no educational qualification to apply for the post.

RU authority appointed Rezvi through the approval of the 497th syndicate

meeting.

The probe body found that the last date to apply for Crop Science Department was on August 27, 2019, and the educational qualification had fixed graduation and post-graduation.

But the appointee, Rezvi Ahmed, received his masters result on November 3, 2019, two months after the deadline of submitting the application. UGC said it was the abuse of power by the RU VC.

UGC said soon after the second time appointment of RU VC Prof M Abdus Sobhan, he brought changes in teachers’ recruitment policy relaxing the

conditions.

Following the amended policy, the RU VC appointed his daughter and son-in-law and the son-in law of Pro-VC Prof Choudhury M Zakaria though the candidates were disqualified as per the RU teacher appointment policy-2015.

Analysing the documents of the RU, UGC observed that the RU authority had published circulars to appoint teachers to 12 departments from early 2018 to January 1, 2020 and completed the appointment process.

Examining the circulars, applications of candidates and syndicate minutes, the UGC found that most of the selection boards picked up below quality instead of more qualified candidates.

When asked, the members of the selection board informed the UGC that they selected them considering their teaching skills.

But the selection board members did not show any evidence on how they judged the teaching skills of the candidates and the commission said it is a lame excuse on the part of the board which is unacceptable.

UGC in its observation also said the RU authority appointed Md Saddam Hossain at Rajshahi University School as a lecturer ignoring more qualified candidate Tasmin Sharmin Haque.

Tasmin achieved 9th and 5th position in BSS and MSS exams respectively while the appointee, Saddam Hossain, got 85th and 79th position in BSS and MSS exams respectively.

“The issue came to the surface following the leaked audio clips between RU Pro-VC Choudhury M Zakaria and jobseeker Nurul Huda’s wife Azizatuz Sadia that the transaction of money over the recruitment of teachers, officers and staff at RU is an open secret,” UGC observed.

It also proved that candidates have to lobby with teachers and provide money to get appointment to the university despite achieving Prime Minister gold medal, it said.

Earlier in last week, the UGC submitted a probe report to the Prime Minister’s Office, Education Ministry and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) mentioning that they found 25 allegations true against the RU VC, Pro-VC and some other teachers during their probe.

UGC carried out the probe, after RU’s 62 teachers and two job seekers on January 4 this year submitted an allegation to the PMO, Education Ministry, ACC and UGC against RU VC, Pro-VC and some others bringing various allegations.

Terming the UGC probe “one-sided and biased”, RU VC Prof Abdus Sobhan, however, on Sunday at a press conference called for a judicial enquiry into the allegations brought against him.

“The investigation report by the UGC is one-sided and partial, and that is why, I am demanding a judicial enquiry into the allegations,” he said.

Earlier, the RU VC also claimed that the UGC has no jurisdiction for carrying out probe against him.

Rejecting the RU VC’s claim, UGC member Prof Dr Muhammad Alamgir said, “Of course, we have jurisdiction to carry out the probe. As per the 1973 Act, UGC can do any work as directed by the government. So, the UGC has clear jurisdiction to investigate the matter that is unquestionable.”

Prof Alamgir, also a member of the UGC probe committee, said the UGC can never conduct any biased investigation. The UGC is a regulatory body that always conducts impartial investigations.

 


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