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DU plans to fight coronavirus

  • Published at 05:20 pm March 12th, 2020
web_du-File photo of Curzon Hall, Dhaka University
Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

They also suggested that sufficient water and sanitation be supplied to all student dorms

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have taken a set of measures to prevent coronavirus if it breaks out in the university campus.

As a part of the plan, they advised small gatherings for events marking Mujib Year, the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Skeikh Mujibur Rahman, and Independence Day.

They also suggested that sufficient water and sanitation be supplied to all student dorms.

DU medical centre would be kept ready for the potential viral attack and those having cold related issues would be given special treatment, they said.

The decisions came at a meeting of the DU Hall Provost Standing Committee, chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Akhataruzzaman at the Senate Building of DU campus on Thursday.

AKM Saiful Islam Khan, provost of Sir AF Rahman Hall, confirming the development, said that the meeting decided to discourage the teachers conducting research or pursuing higher studies abroad not to return home for the time being.

The foreign residential students of Sir PJ Hartog International Hall, who are currently not in Bangladesh, have been asked not to return to the country until further notice, he said.

But they were also suggested not to panic over the measures taken by DU and contact their hall provost. Moreover, they were instructed to go into self-quarantine if any of them lately returned to Bangladesh from abroad.

All the student hostel authorities were asked to hang cautionary posters.

Mixed reaction over fresh Ducsu polls

In the meeting, the university teachers made mixed remarks over the election to the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu).

Since last year's much-hyped Ducsu polls garnered criticism from different quarters for many reasons, the fresh election has to be held carefully, said Sir AF Rahman Hall Provost Saiful quoting some of the discussants.

Since no other student union elections took place at other public universities after the Duscu polls held on March 11 last year, the matter needs to be taken into account before deciding another Ducsu polls, they suggested.

The meeting also asked all the hall provosts to submit a complete digital database of students within a week.

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