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Tension at SUST over dept heads’ resignation

sust jpgTrouble continued at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) yesterday as students of physics and geography and environment science departments observed another sit-in programme in front of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Aminul Haque Bhuyan’s office.
Protesting the resignation of the two departments’ heads, the agitating students started their demonstration around 11am and continued until around 3:30pm, sources said.
The university’s acting proctor Emdadul Haque said a meeting regarding this issue between the VC and the department teachers was scheduled at 1pm yesterday, but the teachers did not show up.
Around 3:30pm, Prof Aminul went to the demonstrating students and took them to their respective departments to have the discussion, but the teachers did not respond saying some of the teachers were not present.
Later, the university’s pro-liberation teachers, coordinated by Prof Shamsul Alam of the chemistry department, had a meeting of their own around 4:30pm to discuss the issue, where they issued an ultimatum to the VC, saying he must issue an apology to the two professors, or else the teachers would take up tougher movement.
The students observed the first sit-in on Monday when Prof Dr Syed Badiuzzaman Faruque, head of physics, and Prof Dr Sharif Md Sharafuddin, head of geography and environment science, resigned following a heated discussion with Prof Aminul over a dispute on space allocation between the departments.