Many public universities across Bangladesh have resumed emergency activities to prepare them for starting regular academic activities amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Dhaka University vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman told New Age on Saturday that the university authorities asked the teachers and officials to attend the offices to finish the pending and emergency tasks with properly following the government health instructions.
‘The teachers and officials were asked to do some emergency works from tomorrow but we have not yet decided to start academic activities during the coronavirus outbreak,’ he said.
‘The teachers who could not complete examining the answer scripts were asked to finish the work. There are also many pending tasks like updating office documents, cleaning the library and other structures so that normal activities can be started when the government decides to open the educational institutions,’ he added.
Rajshahi University registrar MA Bari said that the syndicate of the university on Saturday evening would decide about the opening of regular academic activities.
‘We have already started office work,’ he said.
The officials of the Chittagong University, Jahangirnagar University and Khulna University said that they also resumed office works as preparations for starting routine academic activities.
University Grants Commission issuing a circular on Friday asked the public and private universities not to resume routine academic activities until June 15 following the cabinet division order issued on Thursday.
The UGC circular asked the universities to continue online classes as ordered by the cabinet division.
‘The university authorities can correspond with us using the online platforms as UGC would resume limited scale activities from tomorrow,’ UGC secretary Ferdaus Zaman said on Saturday.
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