Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

DU halls reopen after 18 months

DU halls reopen after 18 months
Female students are seen entering Ruqayyah Hall of Dhaka University on Tuesday as the university authorities reopened the dormitories after 18 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. – SUN PHOTO

The residential halls of Dhaka University (DU) reopened on Tuesday for honours final year and master's students after more than 18 months of closure.

From 8:00am, the students started entering their respective halls maintaining health guidelines.

The hall authorities welcomed the students with flowers, masks and chocolates after checking vaccination cards and legal hall identity cards.

Besides, banners containing the health rules to follow were seen hung in front of the dormitories. Basins were also installed with soaps for students to wash their hands before entering the halls.

The students were over the moon as they finally moved to their 'second homes' after 18 months of separation.

"I’m delighted to move to my hall after a long time. I liked the proper management of the hall administration, including welcoming the students with masks and flowers," said Abdullah Hil Baki, a fourth-year residential student of Hazi Mohammad Mohsin Hall. "The way hall cards and vaccination cards are being checked at the time of entry, we hope that there’ll be a congenial environment for students," he said.

Baki also demanded that the university authorities make arrangements to bring the students of other years to the halls.

DU Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman briefed journalists after visiting Bijoy Ekattor Hall and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall in the morning.

"Today is a joyful day for us. It looks like an Eid day. Each hall is sincerely welcoming students," he said, adding that the campus belongs to the students.

“With the return of the students, the teachers have also got their vitality back. The administration has regained its strength. Everyone is happy. That's the biggest aspect," he said.

"The standstill that had lasted for so long has come to an end. Our goal is to bring all the students to the halls as soon as possible. Today's programme will inspire us to make the next decision," he said.

Meanwhile, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students who have taken at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine can board their halls from October 10.

Earlier on September 18, the authorities at a Syndicate meeting decided to reopen the residential halls on October 5 for the honours final year and master's students who have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

On March 20 last year, the residential halls of the university were shut down following the outbreak of Covid-19 in Bangladesh.