15 officers and employees have been appointed on temporary basis. The process of recruitment of 12 part-time teachers in the college. Chittagong University Vice Chancellor Shirin Akhtar has been accused of appointing 15 officers and employees on a temporary basis without notification and examination. Besides, he has started the process of appointing 12 more part-time teachers in the University Laboratory School and College under the university.
It has been alleged that the appointment was made on the recommendation of the top level officials of the university, Chhatra League leaders, some teachers and officials of the university. The recruitment of part-time teachers is also in the same process. Many teachers have expressed outrage over the ‘controversial’ appointment.
However, the university authorities claim that the appointment has been made in accordance with the rules.
According to university sources, academic activities at the university have been suspended due to coronavirus. The campus was also closed from May 10 to 20 on the occasion of Holy Ramadan, Shabe Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr. Within this closure, two people were appointed as office assistants and library assistants. Earlier on May 23, the university authorities appointed 6 people to the post of ‘pump assistant’ on a temporary basis for 6 months with a salary of Tk 9,000. The people appointed as pump assistants are Shahriar Islam, Chana Ullah, Md. Belal Hossain, Md. Abdul Mukit, Ismail Hossain, Mohammad Noman and Md. Morshed. Among them Shahriar and Chana Ullah’s house is in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Vice Chancellor Shirin Akhtar’s house is also in the area. Besides, Belal Hossain is the son of Mohammad Harun, an employee of the Vice-Chancellor’s residence. Abdul Mukit is a cloth shopkeeper in the south campus area of the university.
Earlier, one person was appointed as the acting security officer in June last year and five more in December.
Last month, M Abdus Sobhan, the former vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University, was criticized for illegally recruiting 136 people on his last working day. The appointment of former Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury also sparked controversy.
The process of hiring teachers without examination
According to university sources, the process of appointing 12 people as part-time teachers in the University Laboratory School and College is underway. No written or oral examination was taken in the case of recruitment. The notification was not published. 3 out of 12 people were involved in BCL politics. They are Shariful Islam, former information and research secretary of the BCL, former member Mohammad Parvez and BCL activist Anupam Rudra.
On condition of anonymity, a member of the management committee of the college told Prothom Alo that at first it was said that the management committee would make the appointment after verification and selection. But it did not happen.
Vice-Chancellor Shirin Akhter was the chairman of the part-time teacher recruitment committee. Besides, Registrar SM Monirul Hasan, Proctor Rabiul Hasan Bhuiyan, Professor of History Mohammad Mahbubul Haque and Principal of the College Shamsad Begum Chowdhury were also present in the committee.
He called the vice-chancellor to inquire about the recruitment allegations but did not respond. However, acting registrar SM Monirul Hasan told Prothom Alo that the appointment was made on the recommendation of someone. Many universities are recruiting in this way.
However, Zakir Hossain, former president of the University Teachers’ Association and professor of law , told Prothom Alo that the recruitment law was not complied with. A more qualified person could be selected from there by publishing a notification.
UGC’s instructions were not followed
On September 13, 2020, the University Grants Commission (UGC) directed all public university authorities in the country not to hire ad hoc, daily manpower and master roll without their permission. But the university authorities did not take the approval of UGC to appoint these posts.
However, Acting Registrar Monirul Hasan said that another directive of UGC states that in 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years, if the posts become vacant due to retirement, voluntary retirement, resignation and death, the university authorities can appoint those posts. As a result, it was not possible to give notice on appointment on emergency basis.
UGC chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah told Prothom Alo that UGC permission would be required to make such appointments. But he did not take it. Therefore, the UGC will seek an explanation from the Chittagong University authorities.