Shahjalal University (Sylhet), Apr 6 (UNB) – Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Saturday urged all to contribute towards enhancing the scope for practising knowledge and science uprooting the menaces of drugs and terrorism.
She also called upon them to maintain a congenial atmosphere at educational institutions.
“All the universities of the country should make not only certificate holders but also enlightened citizens,” the minister said while addressing the ‘International Convention of Vice-chancellors’ as the chief guest at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust).
Vice-chancellors of 24 universities of the northeast region of Bangladesh and India attended the conference. Deans, registrars and teachers of the university were also present.
Dipu Moni underscored the need for introducing exchange programmes among the universities of the region to create skilled manpower keeping pace with the demand. “This region will turn into intellectual powerhouse through mutual cooperation.”
She also urged the VCs to play a role in establishing peace in the region for its sociocultural development.
Barishal, Apr 6 (UNB) – Shortly after the decision to reopen the university on Sunday, students of Barisal University on Saturday evening announced to continue their movement until the resignation of their Vice-chancellor Prof SM Imamul Huq.
Mohiuddin Ahmed Sifat, who is leading the movement, made the announcement at a press conference at the Barishal Press Club in the afternoon.
He said although they at a meeting earlier accepted the decision to reopen the university on Sunday, opinions of the general students were not taken. “So, our decision is that we’ll continue our movement until the resignation of the VC or written statement that he will go,” Sifat said.
Earlier in the day, a meeting of the district administration, teachers and students at the Circuit House decided to reopen the university on Sunday, said university registrar Dr Hasinur Rahman.
He said all the academic activities will begin on Sunday morning while residential halls were set to open at 7pm today (Saturday).
State Minister for Water Recourses Zahid Faruk who also attended the meeting said the university administration agreed to meet students’ 22-point demand.
“At the meeting, Vice-chancellor Prof SM Imamul Huq was urged to take leave and the Prime Minister will be informed of it. She’ll take the further decision,” he said.
On March 28, authorities shut down university for an indefinite period amid student protests demanding withdrawal of the VC for his ‘offensive’ comment made while addressing a programme marking the 49th Independence Day on the campus.
The following day, Prof Imamul Huq expressed sorrow for his comment, saying it was misunderstood by the students.
On March 26, students started demonstrations claiming that the VC arranged the Independence Day programme on the campus without inviting students.
However, the VC reportedly labelled them as sons of Razakars.
Feni, Apr 6 (UNB) – A female madrasa student, who had accused her principal of sexually harassing her, was set afire allegedly by fellow students in Sonagazi Upazila on Saturday.
But some madrasa students claimed it was an attempted self-immolation.
The girl went to Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa centre around 9:30am when some students, loyal to Principal Sirajuddoula, took her to the roof and set her on fire, her brother claimed.
“She has suffered 70 to 80 percent burns,” said Dr Nurul Alam, medical officer of Upazila Health Complex. “She’s been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as her condition deteriorated.”
Officer-in-Charge of Sonagazi Model Police Station Moazzem Hossain said a case would be filed soon.
Principal Sirajuddoula was detained on March 17 after the victim brought allegations of sexual harassment against him. A number of students pressed for his release while another group demanded his punishment.
The victim’s mother filed a case against the principal following the alleged harassment.
Islamic University (Kushtia), Apr 5 (UNB) – The authorities of Islamic University (IU) has expelled two of its teachers from the university for being absent in academic activities for long.
The decision was made at the 244th syndicate meeting with IU Vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari in the chair recently.
IU Acting Registrar SM Abdul Latif said the vice-chancellor issued the expulsion orders against Professor Gazi Omar Faruque of Law department and Associate Professor Tariquzzaman of Information and Communication Engineering department for irregularities in classes and examinations as they have been staying abroad for long.
Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB)— Bangladesh’s biggest robotics event, Robolution-2019 competition, was held at Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) at Mirpur Cantonment in the city on Friday.
This is the fourth competition arranged by Robotics Club, MIST. This year, over a thousand young robotics enthusiast students from all over the country participated.
Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman inaugurated the day-long event as the chief guest, an ISPR press release said. He also visited stalls and expressed satisfaction for innovative efforts of the students.
MIST’s Acting Commandant Commodore M Munir Hassan, Brig Gen AKM Nazrul Islam, Head of EECE Department, Md Raduanul Alam Riad, President of Robotics Club, MIST were also present.
The nine segments of the event included line follower bot challenges, soccer bot challenge, bot fight, quad copter challenge, poster presentation, CAD designs, idea contest, projects show and gaming contest.
In the competition, 250 contestants participated in the line follower event, 200 in bot fight, 150 in soccer bot challenge, 70 in quad copter challenge, 60 in CAD designs, 90 in idea contest, 50 in gaming fest, 60 in poster presentation and 110 in project show individually or by forming a team.
MIST Robotics Club is working towards providing an excellent platform for the tech loving students, the press release said.