Hall renovations may delay restart
Students may be welcomed back at the Dhaka University halls between late September and early October, sources from among the DU authorities have said.
Preparations for the return of the students are already underway.
This is not the first time that the university authorities have expressed hope of reopening dormitories. Attempts to reopen on March 13 and May 17 both failed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The decision on reopening the halls will be taken at a meeting attended by provosts of the dormitories.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, multiple hall provosts said they are preparing to reopen the halls in late September, but the process could be delayed by renovations to the dormitories.
The provosts also said that they would make the proposal to conditionally reopen the dormitories at the Provost Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday around 7pm.
Items on the agenda for the meeting include progress of renovations at the halls, reopening, and miscellaneous others, they added.
DU vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Dr M Akhtaruzzaman said: “The overall decision on reopening the university will be taken at the meeting [on Tuesday].
“We need to know the overall condition of the halls. In line with the discussion, the reopening of the university as well as halls will be considered,” he added.
Prof KM Saiful Islam Khan, provost of Sir AF Rahman Hall, said almost 80% of the renovations at the hall had been completed and they would be ready to reopen by the end of September, if the university decides to.
“But there are some halls that have not made progress with renovation works. Due to lack of renovations, the reopening may be delayed,” he added.
Prof Saiful and several other provosts said they want to initially open halls for the masters first semester students. After completing the semester final within two weeks, they would leave the dormitories and fourth year first semester (seventh semester) students would be given a chance.
The exams will be taken physically as arranging virtual exams is not possible, they added, saying as many as 25% students of the university were not able to follow their classes due to having poor internet coverage in remote villages.