RU, 22 March, Abnews: The teachers and officials of Rajshahi University (RU) urged to appoint to officials for the university including Vice-chancellor and Pro-VC through the election in senate session as per university act.
It is noted that the vice chancellor (who is the supreme administrative authority) election is one of the key important functions of the senate as per Rajshahi university Act 1973 clause 11 (1). To VC’s nominate for a period of four years, formed a three-member VC panel conditions as may be determined by the chancellor. The last vice-chancellor was elected on June in 2000.
Till then last 16 years long RU has been gotten 4 VC and Pro-VC without any election from senate but appointed by the chancellor (President) of the university. Present VC Prof. Muhammed Mizanuddin and Pro-VC Prof. Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan fulfilled their tenure on March 19.
Leaders of Progressive students Alliance (PSA) claimed that appointing VC & Pro-VC at RU bypass the senate; such this trend is quite old for domination and exploitation by the ruling parties. However, maintaining democracy and autonomy vice-chancellor should be appointed by the senate.
Graduate students registered representatives and representatives of the Senate elections, they demanded.
They also demanded to hold the election for the student`s representatives in senate session which mentioned in the 73`Act that five students leader from RUCSU.
RU Teachers Association (RUTA) general secretary Prof. Shah Azam Shantonu said earlier BNP-Jamaat backed government in 2001 shut the democracy while then removed elected VC Prof. Saidur Rahman before fulfilling his tenure.
From then this section could not be undone yet. However, according to the Act, the process should be resuming.
Prof. KBM Mahbubur Rahman, convener of Pro BNP-Jamaat teacher’s forum of the university claimed that the appointment of VC without senate election has affected the autonomy of the university. We would like to the senate elected Vice-Chancellor from the VC panel.