KUSHTIA: Islamic University in Kushtia Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari joined an international online workshop on ‘Fighting against Covid-19 in the Campus and Online Teaching during the Outbreak’ on Wednesday and delivered speech as a discussant on Fighting against coronavirus in Campus, says a press release.
The South and Southeast Asian University Network (S&SE ASIAN UN), Yunnan University, China has organised the online workshop on Wednesday at the secretariat of the Network at Yunnan University, China.The campaign slogan was ‘Fighting against Covid-19 in Campus’.
The Executive Secretary General of the Network and Vice President of Yunnan University, China, Professor Dr Li Chenyang made the welcome address.
The programme was organised into two sessions — the first session was titled ‘Pandemic Prevention and Control in Campus’ and the second was ‘Online Teaching during the Outbreak’.
In the first session Dr Rashid Askari was a discussant and in the second a keynote speaker.
IU VC said, it was a great occasion where he had the opportunity to share our Covid-19 experiences with our South Asian counterparts and took the vow of working together against the common enemy, the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisers have highly appreciated our endeavor to conduct online academic activities to make up for the losses we may incur from the unscheduled closure, Dr Askari added.Four universities of Bangladesh including Islamic University and 8 other universities of South and Southeast Asia participated at this workshop. The S&SE ASIAN UN is a platform of 57 universities of South and Southeast Asian 12 countries. The countries are -- China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Professor Dr Rashid Askari appreciated the initiatives taken by S&SE ASIAN UN to overcome challenges and difficulties during the outbreak of Covid-19. Terming this workshop as very significant and timely he stressed the need for strengthening online infrastructures, arranging training programmes for faculty members and providing internet facilities to students free of cost or with subsidised rate for online teaching during this Covid-19 outbreak.
He urged the universities of South and Southeast Asian region to enhance mutual cooperation to face the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic and ensure an uninterrupted online teaching system.
According to S&SE Asian UN, a total of 57 universities in 12 countries from the network signed the Statement of the South & Southeast Asian University Network on Joining Efforts in Fighting against Covid-19 in China’s Kunming to call on universities and colleges to play their special role in combating the pandemic.