Residence facilities will be open for only undergraduate and postgraduate program final year and final semester students
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have decided to open-up its dormitories from March 13, after a year of being closed.
However, residence facilities will be open for only undergraduate and postgraduate program final year and final semester students.
The academic council of the university, chaired by Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, made the decision in line with approving Tuesday's recommendation by the Provost Committee.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, DU VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman said that only the students (those being prioritized) already having residential status will be allowed in the dorms. "But they all will be able to sit for their exams."
"We have prepared and are now finalizing the list of the exam candidates. We will divide the departments in some clusters and hold the exams simultaneously.
"Faculties and institutes are working on this. Our residential students will be called back, in different slots, to their respective dorms after we are done synchronizing all the exam dates by late February," the VC added.
Prof Akhtaruzzaman said: "The final examinations for the university's undergraduate and postgraduate program final year and final semester students will start from March 27 or 28."
Prof KM Saiful Islam Khan, a member of the academic council, said that the list of the examinees will be unveiled in the next seven days.
"Meanwhile, office activities, which remained suspended for the past 11 months, will resume in full swing from February 7," added Prof Saiful, also the provost of Sir AF Rahman Hall.
"It is to be noted that our International Hall was kept open throughout this period as 26 foreign students are still here," Prof Saiful furthered.
An end to Covid-19 forced session jam?
Earlier on March 16, last year, DU authorities decided to suspend all of its classes and examinations from March 18 till March 28, which later was extended several times in line with the decision of the Education Ministry aiming to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
As a result of this, final year students of the university suffered the most as they could not graduate in time thus failing to secure a job.
DU however continued online classes to keep the students engaged with academic activities but almost half of them could not take part in this effort due to bad internet and lack of necessary electronic devices.
Expressing frustration, Sirajul Islam, a seventh semester student of DU, said: "The session jam caused by Covid-19 has made our lives miserable.
"As we couldn’t graduate in time we are going to miss the 43rd Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) exams."
When asked about the adverse impacts of the Covid-19 forced closure, VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman said: "We have to face all these problems with patience. We cannot bring back the lost time but also cannot compromise with the quality of education.
"However, we are taking effective measures through proper management to recover the lost academic time."