Meeting on reopening of universities tomorrow
The Education Ministry is set to hold a meeting tomorrow with stakeholders to discuss reopening of universities from October 15, the date earlier set for resuming in-person classes.
A member of University Grants Commission (UGC) said that there will be a discussion on whether any university is willing to reopen its campus before October 15.
UGC Professor Kazi Shahidullah said there will be a meeting tomorrow on overall situation of education at universities.
Education Minister Dipu Moni will preside over the online meeting and top officials of UGC and Vice Chancellors of all public universities are expected to join the meeting, sources said.
Representatives of Health Services Division of health ministry, National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association, Directorate General of Health Services and others will also attend the meeting.
Meanwhile, an UGC top official said till 5pm, only 16 out of 42 public universities have sent update of vaccination status of their students, teachers, and staffs to the UGC.
UGC on August 29 asked to send the update from public universities by September 6. The source said they are expecting that all universities will give them an update within couple of days.
The government on August 26 decided that students of all public and private universities will be inoculated against Covid-19 by September and the universities will start in-person classes in phases from October 15.
But a conversation on bringing ahead of reopening of universities started to surface after September 5, when Dipu Moni announced that phase wise in-person classes would reopen on September 12.
On that day, Dipu Moni said universities, which are scheduled to reopen in mid-October, can bring forward the resumption of academic activities if they want and that the final decision in this regard would rest with academic council and syndicate of respective universities.
The minister yesterday once again made similar statement after overseeing reopening of a school in capital.