The Ministry of Education has spurned the allegations made by Professor Kalimullah, vice-chancellor of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR), against the ministry and described his remarks as untrue, fabricated, baseless and intentional.
In a press release, the ministry made it clear that the alleged irregularities and corruption of the university were investigated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) complying with all the rules and regulation.
Earlier on the day, Professor Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah held a press briefing in the capital and announced rejection of the UGC probe report that found several irregularities against him. He blamed the education ministry for interfering in the investigation process.
The ministry ruled out the allegation, saying that the UGC is an autonomous body and there is no scope for the education minister as well as the ministry to interfere in its investigation process.
Noting that VC Kalimullah has made personal attacks on the education minister, the release said such remarks are not only unexpected and regrettable, but also an act of utter inelegance.
It further added that a high-level meeting will soon be held at the ministry to scrutinise the findings of UGC.
Rejecting the probe report, VC Kalimullah said, "I reject the UGC report. It is prepared after being motivated by Education Minister Dipu Moni. So I think she is not desirable as the education minister."
He also questioned the integrity of UGC, claiming, "I work for 20-22 hours daily for the university, and take rest for only 2/3 hours."
The UGC probe committee have reportedly found the involvement of Professor Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah in multiple irregularities in the construction of Sheikh Hasina Hall and Dr Wazed Research and Training Institute on the university campus.