The University Grants Commission in an online meeting with the vice‑chancellors of 39 public universities on Sunday gave permission to hold bachelor’s and master’s degree examinations on conditions amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Examinations will be held maintaining health guidelines, but residential halls will stay shut.
According to the decision, students will be allowed to enter campuses an hour before the examinations and will have to leave within an hour of finishing the exams.
Universities will have to complete practical classes and evaluations immediately.
The UGC also requested the universities to continue their online classes.
UGC chairman Kazi Shahidullah, who presided over the meeting, also requested the VCs to hold the examinations in rotations for avoiding any controversy.
Following the meeting, UGC member Muhammad Alamgir told New Age that the commission gave permission to hold exams in all 39 public universities after several reputed public universities, namely Dhaka University and Jagnnath University, had decided to hold bachelor’s and master’s final examinations amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
‘But, we cannot suggest the universities to open halls and even the universities have no right to do so when all activities of educational institutions remain suspended following a government order,’ Alamgir said.
Students on Sunday welcomed the move but demanded that halls should be opened.
Bangladesh Chhatra League on Sunday submitted a petition to to Dhaka University vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman in this regard.
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front and Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation and Bangladesh Chhatra Union also demanded that the halls should be kept open during the examinations going to begin on December 26.
Swapner Bangladesh, a Facebook group of university students, conducted an opinion poll on the issue on Thursday where 3,966 out of 4,152 students said that they wanted halls to remain open.
Dhaka University on December 11 said that it had asked its departments and institutes to contact the students for taking semester final examinations, assignments and vivas.
Vice‑chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman said on Sunday that the university authorities would help students if they face any trouble in taking exams.
Jagannath University VC Mijanur Rahman said on the day that the university decided to hold the semester final examinations and they would not face any problem as JnU has no hall.
The Bangladesh University of Professionals holds examinations online using self-developed software.
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