Give priority to students going abroad: HC

Staff Correspondent

5 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The High Court on Sunday directed the government to vaccinate the students, who intend to go abroad, against Covid-19 on priority basis for the sake of their academic career.

A single bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order, following a writ petition filed by a student whose entry into Canada for study has been stalled as he has yet to receive any vaccine.

The HC asked Deputy Attorney General Samarendra Nath Bishwas to talk to Directorate General of Health Services in this regard. Besides, the petitioner’s counsel Sheikh Md Jahangir Alam has been directed to file a petition, seeking vaccination of his client who is due to go abroad.

Appearing for the petitioner, Advocate Jahangir Alam said his client will go to Canada for higher study and his class is slated to start in September. As per condition, the student has to receive two doses of vaccine and spend 14 days in home country after vaccination. 

The government apps for vaccination do not have any option for the students going abroad for study, the lawyer added. 

Jahangir Alam said his client has filed petition with the HC, seeking an order to be vaccinated against the virus on priority basis as he is scheduled to go to Canada within August 15. 

The HC directed the counsels to send a request letter to the Directorate General of Health Services, seeking vaccination of the students who have got admitted to various foreign educational institutions.