BRACU probe committee wants removal of registrar

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The probe committee which was formed to investigate the assault on BRAC University teacher, has suggested the termination of its registrar.

The five members committee with three teachers, one alumni and one student submitted the probe report to Vice-Chancellor Syed Saad Andaleeb on Wednesday.

A press release by the university said the probe committee suggested two recommendations over the incident.

“We believe that the Registrar had no legal right to ask anyone to hold back another individual against their will……… As the Registrar had no legal authority, whatsoever, to unlawfully restrain Mr. Ahmed against his will, either by himself, or by ordering others to do so, we are recommending his resignation, and in case of non-compliance, his termination to be followed in due process of law,” says the release.

Another recommendation was to resolve Mr. Farhaan Ahmed’s termination, the teacher who was assaulted, based solely on his academic research, teaching evaluation, service to university, community service, and self-development.

Farhaan Uddin Ahmed, a teacher of Law Department of the university was allegedly assaulted by Registrar Maj Gen (retd) Muhammad Sahool Afzal, Assistant Registrar Md Mahi Uddin and Senior Officer of Co-Curricular Activities Jabed Rasel, according to a case filed with Banani police on July 30.

On his Facebook page, Farhaan wrote that he had been called to the registrar’s office on that day and then to the human resources department where he was handed a cheque and documents for immediate termination of his contract with the university.

However, he refused to accept the cheque and documents.

“Since I had submitted an official grievance application against the administration, I refused to accept the documents,” said Farhaan.

Following the incident, students started their protest demanding the resignation of three accused.

However, the situation heated up on Tuesday as some of the female students were assaulted by the guards during the protest, according to the students.

Another probe committee was formed to investigate the incident. The committee is yet to submit the report.