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Rajshahi University moves against two teachers over ‘racially discriminatory questions’

  • Rajshahi University Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-12-07 13:54:17 BdST


The Rajshahi University administration has moved against two teachers for including ‘racially discriminatory questions’ in the Fine Arts I Unit entrance exams.

Dean of Fine Arts Prof Mostafizur Rahman and Painting, Oriental Art and Printmaking Division Assistant Prof Md Zillur Rahman have been banned from participating in exams for the next 10 years.

In addition, Zillur Rahman’s promotion to associate professor will be delayed by five years.

The decision was taken at the university’s 474th syndicate meeting on Wednesday night, syndicate member Md Mamun Abdul Quayyum told

“It was also decided that Prof Mostafiz will be removed from the dean’s post If there are no legal restrictions against it,” he said.

Multiple choice question number 76 of the Fine Arts I Unit Entrance Exam’s second set stated:

“Which is the world’s greatest book? (a) The Holy Quran Sharif (b) The Holy Bible (c) The Holy Injil or (d) The Gita”

The word ‘holy’ was not used before the Gita.

Question number 41 on the same set said: “On what date did the Myanmar military and Buddhists conduct an armed attack on Muslim Rohingyas?”

Criticism of the questions poured in after the exam.

Fine Arts Department Dean Mostafizur Rahman himself said at the time that it was not right to include such questions.

On Oct 28 the administration formed a probe led by Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Ananda Kumar Saha. The other members of the committee were English Department Prof Md Shahidullah, Applied Physics Department Prof Abu Bakar Md Ismail and Chemistry Department Prof M Nazrul Islam.

The syndicate took their decision after receiving the probe report.

Nahid Haider, an MBA student, has been permanently expelled for beating Prof Hasanat Ali, a teacher at the Institute of Business Administration.

Ali has also been warned to improve his behaviour with students, said syndicate member Mamun.

Nahid, who was doing an internship with Ali, attacked him on Sept 25 over a signature on an internship paper. He was detained by police immediately afterwards in a case over the incident.

A probe led by IBA Prof Md Mohsin Ul Islam investigated the matter.