The authorities of Lalmatia Mohila College have appointed a large number of teachers allegedly ignoring the restriction of the education ministry on new recruitments in non-government educational institutions.
According to sources, most of the ‘illegal’ appointments were made after Rafiqul Islam became the principal of the women’s college, one of the country’s reputed educational institutions.
Despite being a member of the Bangladesh Civil Service’s (BCS) education cadre, he has been working as the principal of the non-government college for around nine years.
Earlier on November 11 in 2015, the education ministry in a circular issued a set of rules restricting the appointment of teachers in all non-government educational institutions.
As per rules, before getting any appointment, a teacher must take a teacher registration test under the Non-Government Teachers' Registration and Certification Authority (NTRCA).
Ignoring the instructions, Lalmatia Mohila College authorities on June 17 in 2017 appointed 42 teachers.
According to documents obtained by the Bangladesh Post, seven teachers were appointed in the departments of Mathematics, Finance and Banking, Computer Science and Engineering, Tourism and Hospitality Management and Fashion and Design Technology.
In several job advertisements, the college authorities did not mention that the NTRCA registration is mandatory though NTRCA registration is a must for getting any appointment in any non-government MPO-listed college following the education ministry’s circular.
Mohahammad Enayet Ullah was directly appointed as an assistant professor. However, the entry-level post for any MPO-listed college is lecturer, sources said.
Among the appointees, Ismat Ara Priya of BBA (Professional) Department is the wife of the APS to an influential Awami League leader.
Ayesha Akter Hashi was allegedly appointed even without any advertisement for the post. She was shown appointed on March 3, 2019, just two days before the government announced making Lalmatia Mohila College a government institution.
Rizia Akter, Razia Sultana Tonny, Sonia Sultana were also appointed, allegedly violating the rules and regulations. Md Imran Arif was recruited on June 1 in 2012 as a part-time teacher, but after the government announcement, he was given an ad-hoc full-time appointment, backdated.
Sources said he never worked in Mohammadpur Kendrio College though he showed the institution as his previous workplace.
They said Humairya Tasnim of the Accounting Department and Sadia Sharmin, Farhana Tasnova Tonny, Fatema Sharmin Lucky, Youm Ali of Geography and Environment Department, were hired as part-time teachers, but after the announcement of making the college a government institution, their appointments were shown as ad-hoc full-time with back dates.
In such ways, Shaheda Alam, Faysal Alam and Sumayia Ehtesam of Zoology Department, Abul Kalam Azad, Meherun Nesa Poly, Swapan Chandra Barman of Physics Department, Morsheda Akter, Md Hayatullah, Ima Haque of Botany Department, Roksana Akter, Farhana Akter, Md Joynal Abedin of Chemistry Department, Samiha Tabassom, Sanzida Rahman, Shahinur Akter, Md Shohag Hossain, Tazbin Tamanna Munny of Finance and Banking Department, Julekha Noor, Shakil Nasrin Poly, Tanina Ahmed of Management Department, Sheikh Moynul Islam, Fawzia Abida Choton, Sabina Yasmin, Ankita Ahmed Ruby of Bengali Department, Mohammad Noor-e-Islam, Farzana Jasmine Mily, Fatematuz Zaman of English Department, Tasmi Islam, Rumana Akter, Mohona Islam of Social Science Department, and Kartik Mondal, Nurun Nahar, Saima Jhahan Urrmi, Munny Khatun and Hasan Sarker of other departments were first appointed as part-time teachers but later shown full-timer, violating rules and regulations.
Contacted over the phone, the principal of the college, Rafiqul Islam, first requested this correspondent to send queries in writing. But when this correspondent asked for his email address, he said, “I’m on sick leave. Please come to my office later.”
Later, he kept ignoring phone calls from the correspondent.
About irregularities in her appointment procedure, Farhana Mannan Rumpa said she completed her master’s in Human Resources Management with a major in marketing.
“I sat for NTRCA registration certificate examination in marketing and passed,” she said.
When asked, NTRCA Secretary Md Obaidur Rahman described the appointment in Lalmatia Mohila College as a violation of rules.