HC questions reappointment of Farzana Islam as Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor

Farzana Islam, Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor.

The High Court has issued a rule asking why the reappointment of Prof Farzana Islam as vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University should not be deemed illegal.

High court of Bangladesh, file photo.

Justice Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim issued the rule on Monday after hearing a writ petition by two university teachers, including former VC Shariff Enamul Kabir.

The vice-chancellor and the deputy vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, Secondary and Higher Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain and Deputy Secretary Jinnat Rehana have been asked to respond within a week.

Advocate Shahdeen Malik and Advocate M Manjur Alam argued for the petitioners.

Under the Jahangirnagar University Act 1973, President Md Abdul Hamid, chancellor of the university, has appointed Prof Islam as vice-chancellor for the second term, according to a notice published by the Secondary and Higher Education Division on Feb 18.

Farzana Islam, VC of vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University.

Shariff Enamul Kabir and dramatics teacher Dr Lutfor Rahman challenged the appointment in the High Court.

On behalf of the petitioners, Advocate M Manjur Alam said a panel of three must be nominated for the appointment of vice-chancellor.

The rule was not followed in appointing Prof Islam, he claimed citing the JU act.

Islam became JU VC and the country’s first female vice-chancellor in 2014 after Prof Anwar Hossain resigned from the position.

She was due to retire on Mar 2.

She graduated in social science from Dhaka University in 1979 and did her master’s in the same subject in 1980. She obtained the first class in both the degrees.

Islam joined Chittagong University as a sociology lecturer in 1982. She joined Jahangirnagar University in 1986 and was promoted to professor in 2006.