Decision to end ‘gono room’ system provokes ire of some students
Dhaka University has opened its residential halls for all students ahead of resuming in-person classes from October 17 after a long Covid-19-induced closure.
Students of first, second and third years started arriving in the dormitories on Sunday morning.
Earlier on October 5, the DU authorities reopened the halls only for honours final year and master’s students.
The academic council of the university has decided to resume in-person classes from October 17.
Also on Sunday, AF Rahman Hall and Bijoy Ekattor Hall authorities did not allow entry to new students who used to reside in ‘gono rooms’ (a single room shared by many freshers).
The students expressed anger as they came from different regions of the country with their belongings. They said that the authorities did not inform them that they would not be allowed to enter the halls.
“We came after the announcement that halls have been opened for all students. Now they are not allowing me in saying that, ‘gono rooms are no more’,” said a student attached to Bijoy Ekattor Hall.
“Where shall I go now? My semester final exams will start from 17 October,” he added.
Sir AF Rahman Hall provost Prof Saiful Islam said: “We will not allow gono rooms anymore. So we need some time to allocate seats for new students.”
According to the authorities, only regular students will be able to reside in the halls after getting at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Most of the halls have installed at entrances hand washing basins and completed restoration and renovation works for welcoming the returning students.
According to the authorities, dining rooms, canteens, reading rooms and restrooms of all halls have already been cleaned.
Students have to enter their halls after showing their vaccination certificate and valid university ID cards.