DU VC-panel, senate meeting illegal: HC

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Dhaka, October 10: The High Court on Tuesday declared illegal the notice issued by Dhaka University authorities for holding its senate’s special general meeting on July 29 to elect a three-member panel for appointing its new vice-chancellor.

The court also declared the three-member panel elected by the senate on July 29 for appointing its new vice chancellor illegal.

An HC bench comprising Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order after holding a final hearing on a writ petition filed challenging the legality of the notice issued by the DU registrar on July 16 convening the special general meeting of senate.

At the same time, the HC directed the DU authorities to finish process for constituting a full-fledged senate in six months to elect the panel for appointing its vice chancellor.

Petitioners’ lawyer Barrister Mustafizur Rahman Khan said that Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, who has been appointed as acting vice-chancellor of DU by the President who is the chancellor of the university, can discharge his duties until a new vice-chancellor is appointed by the president after formation a panel by the senate.

The HC verdict will not make any bar to Professor Akhtaruzzaman in discharging duties, he said, adding that Professor Akhtaruzzaman will execute the HC directives.

Barrister Mustafizur said the HC has delivered the verdict on the ground that there is no representative from around 40,000 registered graduates of the DU in its senate although 25 representatives from the registered graduates along with others are supposed to remain there under Article 20 (1) of Dhaka University Order 1973.

Sixteen teachers and registered graduates of DU have filed the writ petition with the HC in July saying that there is no full-fledged senate for DU at this moment though the 105-member full-fledged senate has to be formed through nomination and election.