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Drama at SUST

53A faction of the pro-government teachers of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) put the vice chancellor’s office under lock and key on Monday morning protesting the appointment of the proctor and three assistant proctors.

Sources said newly appointed VC Aminul Haque Bhuiyan named the four members of the proctorial body immediately after joining the office after about a two-month leave on Monday, a day before the vacation starts.

The newly appointed proctor is Professor Kamruzzaman Chowdhury of forest and environment department while the assistant proctors are assistant professor Samiul Islam of public administration department, lecturer Omar Faruk of the department of Mathematics, and assistant professor Zahid Hasan of Industrial and Production engineering department.

All the four teachers are from a group of pro-government teachers, ‘Mohan Mukhtijudhher Chetonay Udbuddho Shikkok Brindo.’

Infuriated at the appointments, another faction of the pro-government group of teachers put the main gate of the VC’s office under lock and key and staged a sit-in there till filing of the report around 11:00am. The employees of the VC’s office were unable to enter their workplace as a result.

University sources said two teachers, one from physics department and another from civil and environment department, had a dispute over room distribution for teachers’ room and classes.

A group of teachers on 12 June met the VC to solve the dispute where the VC did not give them time as his wife was sick and also asked them to behave properly when one of the teachers raised his voice while talking.

Protesting the behaviour of the VC, teachers went on strike as the VC also went on leave for two months.