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Baharam Khan

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BUET may face serious crisis yet again

Khaleda Ekram appointed BUET VC superseding 15 seniors

2014-09-11 22:18:28
Khaleda Ekram appointed BUET VC superseding 15 seniors

Baharam Khan, thereport24.com, Dhaka:

Professor Khaleda Ikram of Civil Engineering Department has been appointed as VC of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) superseding 15 senior professors.

BUET Registrar Dr Masud confirmed appointment of Khaleda Ikram as VC on Thursday to thereport24.com.

The most controversial VC of BUET Dr SM Nazrul Islam’s tenure ended on August 31 and before that a delegation of BUET teachers had met Education Minister to press for appointment of VC on the basis of seniority anticipating appointment of Khaleda Ikram earlier on August 14.

But rejecting that request of BUET teachers, Khaleda Ikram has been appointed VC on Thursday, alleged a leaders of BUET Teachers’ Association. He also indicated that for that reason, the BUET might experience yet another crisis as many senior professors were ignored and dishonored by this appointment.

In such a situation, BUET Teachers’ Association leaders and the executive committee members held an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon to make a decision on the issue and the meeting had decided that a formal meeting of the Teachers’ Association would be held on Saturday and formally express their position through a press conference.

BUET Teachers’ Association president Prof Dr Zoinul Abedin told thereport24.com, “Usually the appointment of VC is formally presented to the meeting of the Teachers’ Association. This would happen this time too. Then the teachers would consider what they would do and it would be notified to the journalists in due time.”

Another BUET Teachers’ Association leader preferring anonymity said, “The BUET academic situation might turn volatile as Khaleda Ekram has been appointed VC superseding so many seniors. But we will wait for the formal decision taken by the teachers in a meeting of Saturday. Then we would announce our formal stance on the issue formally and the BUET situation could turn volatile as there is no political preference in BUET.”

BUET sources said, as per customs, one of the most senior professor is selected from a list three to five senior professors as the VC. But according to serial, Khaleda Ikram is in 16th position according to her seniority.

Even her appointment in the Civil Engineering Department was mired with controversy as she had basically studied Urban Planning as major. Even she had no PhD degree even. So the BUET Teachers’ Association is adamant not to accept her appointment as BUET VC, which was made clear by the Teachers Association leaders much advance.

The tenure of the BUET’s most controversial VC Dr SM Nazrul Islam will come to an end on August 31. The VC had appointed the Pro-VC violating all norms and rules, illegally passed a student leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and had taken numerous administrative decisions misusing his authority and implemented numerous autocratic decisions. And the students and teachers had to launch serious movement demanding his removal resulting in suspension of academic activities at BUET for five months lingering student life of the most prestigious educational institution of the country in 2012.

BUET is the country’s top most educational institution having reputation of staying almost free from political unrest and bickering. But the university turned volatile and experienced unrest following controversial activities by the outgoing vice-chancellor.

(This report has been translated and edited by Md. Al-Amin for thereport24.com/English)

Ends/thereport24.com/BK/AMA/Sept 11, 2014

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