Public universities have been allowed to take the final-year examinations for the honours and masters courses amid the Covid-19 pandemic following decisions of their academic councils.
The decision came from a virtual meeting of vice-chancellors held on Sunday with University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah in the chair.At the meeting, UGC member Prof Dr Muhammad Alamgir presented seven recommendations for the semester final examinations, practical classes and its evaluation process.
“Authorities of public universities will take measures to hold the semester final exams on the recommendations of their academic councils.”
“Unfinished practical classes and its evaluation in science, technology, agriculture, medicine and other disciplines should be completed in phases in compliance with health guidelines,” he suggested.
The UGC also suggested that the students studying in the last semester will be given priority over the completion of the semester exams, practical classes and assessments.
“Residential halls of public universities should be kept closed as all the educational institutions have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the government’s direction.”
However, online educational activities at the universities will continue amid coronavirus, it added.Addressing at the meeting, Prof Kazi Shahidullah said, “Public universities’ deans committees, academic councils and the committees concerned will take the final decision on the exams.”
Care should be taken so that no question about the quality of the exams raises, the UGC chairman advised.
The UGC held the meeting with vice-chancellors as many public universities want to hold the exams to avert any session jam. They also want to ensure that students can sit for the upcoming BCS exams.
Several universities, including Dhaka University and Jagannath University, said they would hold the final exams while the National University also asked all students to prepare for the final exams.
Students, mostly of honours final-year exams, staged demonstrations, demanding that their final exams should be held.
They said many of them were in the middle of the honours final year and postgraduate level while some have completed theoretical exams and need to just appear at practical exams when the universities have been closed due to the pandemic since March.
UGC members Prof Md Sazzad Hossain, Prof Dr Biswajit Chanda, Prof Dr Md Abu Taher and its acting secretary Ferdous Zaman also attended the meeting.