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Crisis at Jagannath University after a court order.

Jagannath University is one of the oldest educational institutes of Dhaka, this institute

started offering graduate and post graduate course under Calcutta University before the

establishment of Dahaka University. Then this institute was a college, in 2005 the

government passed Jagannath University act which paved the way for Jagannath University.

But this act brought controversy, at first this university refused to enroll studying

students at the new university, the authority said they should complete their course under

national university as they would do at Jagannath College. But at the end they were enrolled

at the new University after student movement.

That controversial act also said former teachers of the Jagannath College have to leave this

new university gradually; University will recruit its teachers. Those government college

teachers filed a writ challenging that provision, but their last appeal was rejected on 24th

July, 2011. During this time period those 168 teachers were working on deputation at the

university but after the judgment the university issued a notice to those teachers to leave

the university and those teachers joined to directorate of education.

Now the university has only 275 teachers. Departments are facing difficulty to run academic

activities for 22,766 students. Now the student teacher ratio is 82:1, which was 51:1

before. Many departments do not have a single professor, associate or assistant professors

are working there.

Students and guardians are expressing their concern, how the university will run, where the

university is already taking longer time than usual for every course.

The officials are acknowledging this sudden loss of teachers is a crisis, but they say, it

is not hampering academic activity. Some one hundred teachers will be recruited within

September that will solve the crisis mostly.

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About Shihab Uddin Ahmed

Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a master’s degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on https://fromreadingtable.com
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