Professor Naadir Junaid, a teacher of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Dhaka University, has been sent on forced vacation for three months amid students' protests over an allegation of sexual harassment against him.
The university authorities on Monday carried out the vacation order abstaining him from all sorts of academic and administrative activities for the period of time.
A letter from the office of the registrar was sent to the department head Professor Abul Mansur Ahmed in this regard.
In the letter, the authorities said they would take further steps including forming a probe body in the next syndicate meeting of the university.
Earlier in the morning, students of the department held a procession in front of the department office and also the residence of the vice-chancellor of the university for the second day demanding appropriate investigation on the allegation and punishment of the teacher. They also boycotted all academic activities including class and exams.
At that time, they submitted a memorandum including three-point demands to the vice-chancellor Professor A S M Maksud Kamal.
The three-point demands are:
1. Immediately forming a probe body to investigate the allegation against Professor Naadir Junaid of sexual harassment.
2. Bring the "sexual oppressor" under punishment as early as possible.
3. Keeping him out of all academic activities during the investigation or until the disposal of the allegations.