The students said that they will continue demonstrating until their demands are met
A group of students of Kushtia’s Islamic University (IU) on Sunday demonstrated demanding the reopening of residential halls.
Around 60 students from different departments gathered at the university’s Daina Chattar area at around 11am and brought out a procession while chanting slogans.
The procession ended in front of the vice chancellor's (VC) residence after parading through the campus. The protesting students also staged a sit-in there.
Rejecting assurance from the university’s proctorial body, the students threatened to intensify their protest movement unless the halls were reopened.
Later in the day, during a meeting with the representatives of protesting students, VC Prof Shaikh Abdus Salam said that they cannot reopen the halls without directives from the government and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
“The government might decide to reopen the halls by March,” he said, adding that he would discuss the matter with the Ministry of Education on Wednesday.
The students said that they will continue demonstrating until their demands are met.
Closure of educational institutions extended
On February 14, the government extended the closure of educational institutions until February 28 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
It said the order would be effective for all educational institutions except for Qawmi madrasas.
Earlier, on January 29, the government extended the closure until February 14 as there had been no significant improvement in the coronavirus situation across the country.
However, the situation has been improving steadily in recent weeks and a countrywide vaccination drive was launched on February 7.
The government shut all educational institutions on March 17 last year after the country confirmed the first Covid-19 cases on March 8.
The closure was extended several times to protect the students from the dealy virus.
However, online classes will continue during this extended closure, the latest notification said.
Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh saw a rise in Covid-19 related deaths and a decline in new cases in the last 24 hours.
Total seven coronavirus related deaths and 327 new cases were reported on Sunday.
On Saturday, five deaths and 350 fresh cases were confirmed.
So far, 491,367 patients, 90.43%, have recovered from Covid-19.