Authorities at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet have postponed a syndicate election amid a student movement demanding the resignation of the vice-chancellor.
Professor Anwarul Islam, treasurer of the university and a member of the syndicate, told the Asian Tribune on Wednesday afternoon, “this decision has been taken in the given circumstances.”
The syndicate election of Shahjalal University was to be held on February 2. But the student movement has been tense on campus for the past few days. The university was declared closed and instructed to leave the hall though students didn’t agree with this decision.
The treasurer said, “We can’t think of anything else now. I want to solve the problem (movement) first. That is why the syndicate election has been postponed. ”
The student movement started on January 13 demanding the removal of Jafrin Ahmed Liza, the provost of Begum Sirajunnesa Chowdhury Hall of the university, for allegedly abusing the students.
Although she was finally removed, the students are continuing their agitation demanding three points including the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed in the incident of police beating and throwing tear shells on Sunday.
Their program continues on campus for the seventh day on Wednesday. If the vice-chancellor does not resign by noon, the students have announced to go on a hunger strike.
Police have filed a case against 300 unidentified students at Jalalabad police station in connection with the incident on Wednesday.