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JU: Six new halls, Wazed Mia research centre ready for inauguration

  • PM to inaugurate the buildings via video conference 
  • Dorms constructed under the first phase of a greater development scheme
Update : 13 Nov 2023, 10:34 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate six newly constructed dormitories and the Wazed Miah Science Research Centre at Jahangirnagar University on Tuesday.

The premier will inaugurate the buildings via video conference at 10am, JU Vice Chancellor Nurul Alam said at a press conference on Monday. 

VC Nurul Alam said the dorms have been constructed under the first phase of a greater development scheme by the government. However, the Wazed Miah Science Research Centre was constructed earlier.

The three girls' halls (No 17, 18, and 19) have been named Begum Rokeya Hall, Fazilatunnesa Hall, and Bir Pratik Taraman Bibi Hall, respectively.

On the other hand, the three halls for boys (No 20, 21, and 22) are named Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Hall, Sheikh Russell Hall, and Kazi Nazrul Islam Hall, respectively.

On August 11, the halls were named during a Syndicate meeting chaired by the vice chancellor.

The severe accommodation crisis in the country’s public universities has long been hampering the studies of students. Prior to the initiative to build the new buildings, the university—previously the largest residential institution in the country—had a total of 14 dormitories where only around 9,000 students could reside. However, the number of total students at the university is around 15,000.

In 2018, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a project worth Tk1,445 crore to transform the JU into a model university. As per the plan, the authorities will construct a total of 23 establishments on the campus, of which six dorms have already been completed.

The VC yesterday said there will be no accommodation crisis at the halls after the inauguration of the newly-built halls.

“New furniture for classrooms is being procured, and new faculty members are also being recruited,” the VC added.

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