The vaccination registration for the residential students of the country’s public universities started on Thursday, aiming to reopen the higher educational institutions.
University Grants Commission (UGC) sent a letter signed by its director M Jaminur Rahman to the registrars of public universities asking to take measures in this regard.Earlier, the public universities sent list of the residential students along with their NID number to the Management Information System (MIS) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to bring the students under the vaccination programme on the basis of priority.There are around 1,30,000 students at 220 residential halls of 46 public universities across the country. But the public universities sent list of 1,03,152 residential students to the DGHS.
UGC officials said only the listed students can complete the vaccination registration by visiting the www.surokkha.gov.bd website, if their NID numbers provided to the DGHS through the universities are valid.
Meanwhile, the reopening of the public universities is delaying as the government is yet to bring the universities students under the national vaccination programme.
UGC sources said the public universities submitted list of 1,03,152 residential students from 38 public universities till May 31 for the vaccine.
Of them, a total of 19,130 students of Dhaka University, 25,254 of Rajshahi University, 10,001 of Chittagong University, 8630 of Jahangirnagar University, 1987 of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 1845 of Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, 4,500 of Bangladesh Agriculture University, 10,669 of Islamic University, Kushtia, 1,553 of Khulna University, 1,090 of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, 2214 of Patuakhali Science and Technology University, and 3,653 of Khulna Engineering and Technology University. The rest of the listed students are from other public universities.
Apart from the student list, the list of 4,139 teachers aged below the 40 and 8,036 staffs of different universities were also submitted to the DGHS for the vaccination.Earlier, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni in February said that the public universities having residential halls will be reopened after completion of coronavirus vaccination of students.
All the public universities have been closed since March 17, last year in a bid to stem the further spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country. The closure further extended till July 31.