Dr. Farzana Islam becomes the country’s first female VC

Dr Farzana Islam, a professor of Anthropology department, was appointed the country’s first-ever female Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Sunday for four years.

ju-vcA gazette notification in this regard was issued after President Abdul Hamid gave the appointment.

On February 20 this year, Senate members of the university elected a three-member Vice Chancellor panel for the appointment of a VC to the university, from which the President picked Dr Farzana who bagged the highest 40 votes out of 70.

The other two members of the panel were Prof Dr Abul Hossain of Physics Department and Prof Dr Amir Hossain of Economics Department.

The appointment of the new VC comes after the JU’s previous VC Prof Dr Anwar Hossain stepped down on January 22 in the face of a prolonged movement by the university teachers demanding his resignation. Pro-VC Prof Dr MA Matin has been discharging the duty of VC since then.