DU to reopen halls May 17

DU Correspondent

24 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka University (DU) authorities have decided to reopen the dormitories of the university on May 17 to go by the decision of the education ministry.

The decision was taken on Tuesday during a meeting of the Academic Council with Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.

As per the decision, no examination will be held at the university before May 17. After two weeks of the reopening of the halls, normal class activities and exam routine will be scheduled.

Earlier on January 31, the university decided to reopen its halls on March 13 on a priority basis for honours final year and master's examinees.

However, departments in cooperation with concerned deans can take decision about holding exams for those                

graduating students who have only a few exams left to complete their graduation.

At a press conference, DU VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman said, "We made the decision as the government said teachers and students are likely to be vaccinated by May 17. We learned that the antibodies start working four weeks after the first dose of vaccine.For that reason, we urged the government to vaccinate teachers, students, staff and employees by April 17."

"The precondition for staying at the halls is to get vaccinated. In this case, those who have physical problems will be considered in terms of the doctor's prescription," he said.

Terming the government's vaccination programme as a courageous and noble initiative, the VC further said, "We will include every student in the normal activities of education by vaccinating them."

Earlier on Monday, DU students staged a protest on the campus, demanding reopening of their halls on March 1.

They entered two halls -- Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall and Amar Ekushey Hall -- opening the locks and issued a 72-hour ultimatum to press home their demands.