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JP MPs want SUST VC to quit

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Two opposition lawmakers on Sunday in Parliament demanded resignation of Vice-chancellor (VC) of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed.

Taking floor on the point of order, they urged the prime minister and education minister to take immediate step in this regard.

“Students have been continuing fast unto death demanding resignation of the VC. Some 16 demonstrators have been hospitalised, but no one is doing anything,” Kazi Firoz Rashid told the House.

He criticised Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni for not holding in-person talks with the striking students. “During our student life, we all had staged demonstrations on the campus. The education minister asked the students to come to Dhaka for talks. We very well knew that they won’t come. The education minister should have gone there,” he said.

The Jatiya Party lawmaker said there were valid reasons behind all the student movements held in the country so far but the governments in Bangladesh have always found that illogical.

Terming the post of vice-chancellor temporary, Firoz Rashid said, “His [Farid’s] removal won’t hurt the university. But he is holding his chair tight. If he [VC] had a bit of self-respect, he would have stepped down.”

“When students go on a hunger strike demanding vice-chancellor’s removal, nothing can be more unfortunate than that,” he said, adding that it means the students have no confidence and trust in or respect for him.

He slammed the SUST vice-chancellor for bringing police to the campus. “Have we gone back to the regimes of Ayub Khan and Monayem Khan?... student movements should not be undermined. I believe there’s no need for an inquiry or talks. The prime minister and education minister are here. I urge them to immediately withdraw him and help the students return to their classes,” he said.

Another Jatiya Party lawmaker Pir Fazlur Rahman Misbah raised the issue in the house. He urged the SUST VC to resign by Sunday. “When the students went to talk to the vice-chancellor, police charged baton and lobbed sound grenades on them. Now they’re demanding vice-chancellor’s resignation. The students went on a hunger strike as their guardian, the vice-chancellor, refused to talk to them,” he said.

Terming the SUST vice-chancellor ‘a shameless person with no self-respect’, the Sunamganj-4 lawmaker said, “The government should withdraw him by today [Sunday] if he doesn’t step down willingly.”