Festive atmosphere on campus as JU halls reopen after 18 months
After a long wait of 18 months, all residential halls of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have reopened today.
Students started entering the halls from 9am. JU authorities greeted them with flowers, masks, hand sanitisers and snacks, reports our JU correspondent. With students reuniting with their friends and peers turned the atmosphere on campus festive.
Prof Obaidur Rahman, provost of Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall, said, "We are welcoming students after completing all necessary preparations."
Meanwhile, on the university campus, a special vaccination centre has been set up.
At 10:30am today, Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, additional director general (planning and development) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), inaugurated the vaccination drive at Wazed Mia Science Research Centre.
Sadia Farha Liza, a student of Department of Urban and Regional Planning, said, "We've waited so long to return to the halls. Retuning to campus is certainly exciting; getting vaccinated on campus is a big bonus."
"This feeling cannot be expressed in words," said Rasel Rana, a student of Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall.
However, due to a decision by the university syndicate, not all first-year students are now able to move into the halls. After discussing with their hall superintendents, those who have completed their first year exam and received at least one dose of vaccine will be able to move in, Prof Md Mujibur Rahman, chairman of JU's provost committee, told The Daily Star.