Teachers and students will join classes on Monday, hopes Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Sunday expressed his hope that Buet teachers and students will join classes on Monday.

He said this after the government has finally met the demand of protesting students and teachers for removal of Md Habibur Rahman from the post of pro-vice chancellor o the university.

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Nurul Islam Nahid said the government had kept its side of the bargain and hoped the students will keep theirs.

"I want to see them in the classroom tomorrow. I expect they will act responsibly," he added at the Secretariat.

The minister urged the students to make up for the time lost to the turmoil that beleaguered the university for several months.

Nahid pointed out that final reports were submitted to the two cases filed against the agitating teachers and students.

"So the case does not exist anymore," he added.

Minister Nahid had acceded to the demands of the students after they refused to halt nonstop agitation though their teachers called off strike on Sep 3 on promises from the minister. On Sep 5, he told students that the Pro-VC would be removed, cases filed against the agitating students withdrawn and measures taken so that the students were not harassed after the agitation.

The government removed earlier on Sunday removed Professor Habibur Rahman from the office of Pro-Vice Chancellor.

Nahid also spoke of paying special attention to BUET for keeping the academic atmosphere congenial.

In the meetings, he had assured the agitating students and teachers that their demand of removing Vice Chancellor Prof SM Nazrul Islam would also be considered later on.

The agitating students' representative Sudipto Saha thanked Nahid for removing the Pro-VC.

"We are ready to return to class," he said.

BUET Teachers Association's General Secretary Prof Ashraful Islam also thanked the Prime Minister and the Education Minister for the move.

The university resumed on Aug 25 but classes and examinations did not take place as the teachers and students pressed on with their protest.