Universities to reopen May 24

Staff Correspondent

23 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has decided to reopen all the public and private universities in the country on May 24 amid student demonstrations.

As per the decision, all the residential halls of the public universities will be reopened on May 17 following the government’s health guidelines.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni announced the decision at a virtual press briefing on Monday on higher education amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision on reopening of schools, colleges and madrasas has not been taken till now, she said.

However, online classes will continue but examinations will not be held before the reopening of the institutions, she added.

She also said before the reopening of the higher educational institutions, their teachers, students and employees will have to receive Covid-19 vaccine.

The education minister also instructed the universities’ authorities to take necessary measures for abiding by the health guidelines after the class resumption.

“Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday has asked the ministries concerned to meet for taking a decision on reopening other educational institutions.”          

“A meeting will be held by next week to form a committee, which will decide to reopen the institutions after observing the current pandemic situation,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said while talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Monday.

After the coronavirus pandemic started in March last year, the government closed all the educational institutions to prevent the spread of the deadly viral disease. The closure was extended several times, most recently until February 28 this year.

Students of Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Rajshahi University and Islamic University were staging demonstrations, demanding reopening of their residential halls.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students of Jahangirnagar University stormed into eight residential halls on Sunday.

The university authorities on Monday ordered the hall authorities to be vacated and warned of legal actions, but the students were staying there, defying the instruction.

Besides this, some students stormed into Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall of Dhaka University, which has remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, students of Rajshahi University (RU) and Islamic University (IU) intensified their protests on their campuses, demanding reopening of their residential halls.

Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury Nawfel and University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah were also present at the press conference.