IU reopens residential halls
Residential students of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia returned to their halls after the authorities reopened those today following an 18-month-long closure due to the pandemic.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sheikh Abdus Salam welcomed the students with flowers, chocolates, biscuits, and masks. Pro-VC Professor Mahbubur Rahman, Treasurer Professor Alamgir Hossain Bhuiyan, and provosts of different halls were also present, reports our Kushtia correspondent.
University Proctor Professor Jahangir Hossain said residential students who have received at least one vaccine dose are being allowed to return to the dormitories.
Meanwhile, the students were seen overwhelmed with joy and excitement returning to their campus.
Zakia Aroni, a resident student of Sheikh Hasina Hall, said she left Jashore very early to come to campus. Although her parents told her to wait a couple of days before returning to the hall, she did not want to wait any longer.
Ashokesh Roy, a resident of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall, said he came to the campus after 18 months with a feeling of great joy. He said that he was happy to be able to return to normalcy.
Meanwhile, the "gono" (mass) rooms of the halls remained closed for the time being. Only students with residential cards were allowed in the dorms for the time being.
According to campus sources, out of 15,000 students in the university, only 23 percent get accommodation in the residential halls. The others find private accommodations or live in crowded "gono" rooms inside the halls.
The vice-chancellor said that the responsibility did not end with reopening the halls. It is important to keep the students healthy and well.
The authorities have instructed all concerned to keep an eye on these issues, he added.