Islamic University, Nov 6 (UNB) - The Islamic University authorities have decided to take improvement examinations of all departments in compliance with health guidelines during the COVID-19 outbreak.
A press release, signed by IU acting Controller of Examinations Abul Kalam Azad Lavlu, was issued in this regard on Thursday night.
Many departments could not take improvement or retake examinations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Students of these departments will be able to appear in the exams on the basis of their applications and on the recommendation of the departmental academic committees.
The concerned departments will not be allowed to take the exam if there are more than 10 students.
Lavlu told UNB that the examination would be held maintaining social distance.
“If the number of students in any course is more than 10, the concerned departments will not be allowed to take the exam,” he said, adding that they will not provide any residential facility to the students.
University Grant Commission (UGC) has decided to provide interest free loans to 41,501 insolvent students of public universities for buying smartphone to ensure their participation in online education programmes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Each student from 39 public universities will get highest Tk 8,000 as soft loan.
The decision was taken at a virtual meeting presided over by UGC Chairman Dr Kazi Shahidullah on Wednesday.
The students recommended by Soft Loan Approval Committee will get the money in their bank accounts within January 31, next year, it said.
They have to repay the loans in four phrases after the university classes resume or during their studentship.
UGC on August 9 sought a list of insolvent students who are unable to buy smartphones from the university Vice-Chancellors who later submitted a list of 41,501 students.
In the list , the highest number students- 8,556 are from Dhaka University and the lowest number -5,860 students from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET).
National University, Bangladesh Open University, Islami Arabic University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Chittagong Medical University (CMU), Rajshahi Medical University and Sylhet Medical University have been kept out of the loan facility.
Public universities should not go for holding admission tests through the "Proctored Remote Examination System" software.
Bangladesh is still not ready to arrange such competitive exams through software.
Experts said this at a review meeting of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday.
Holding admission tests through the "Proctored Remote Examination System" software can create confusion among students and guardians. Also, assessments of most of the students may be inaccurate because of network problems and technical glitches, they said.
No country in the world conducts such large-scale exams with a single software, the experts said while recommending the UGC to formulate a policy in case of taking admission tests through software.
Professor Dr Munaz Ahmed Noor, the vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University, showed different sides of his "Proctored Remote Examination System" software at the meeting.
This software was primarily designed for assessing the internal exams of the universities. It is not the right one for holding online university admission tests now, Dr Munaz said.
The chairman of the Arabic language and literature department of Islamic University in Kushtia resigned on Tuesday.
He made the decision just three after days after recommending the expulsion of a student for making anti-Islamic remarks.
A Facebook post of Saifullah Al-Hadi, a third-year student of his department, went viral on Friday. Saifullah made derogatory remarks about Makkah and Zamzam Well in his post.
Meanwhile, the university's acting registrar SM Abdul Latif said Arabic language and literature department chairman Moshtaq Mohammad Abdul Moktader Munwar Ali submitted a resignation letter to him showing personal reasons.
But many Islamic University teachers and students said a vested quarter might have threatened Munwar Ali for recommending the permanent expulsion of the student.
However, the academic said the key reason behind his resignation was family issues. "I did not receive any threat."
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday allowed final semester private university students to attend practical classes and examinations in person but maintained that viva-voce would be held virtually.
In a directive, the UGC said students and teachers will have to follow health guidelines and physical distancing.
Not more than one class or exam can be taken on each day and a maximum of 10 students can attend each class, the UGC said.
Students will be allowed on the campus half an hour earlier to their classes or exam and will have to leave within half an hour after the conclusion of their classes and exams.
In April, the UGC directed the authorities concerned of private universities to refrain from taking examinations and conducting admission activities online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It also requested all to follow the directives of the government as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) for preventing the spread of coronavirus.
On May 7, the UGC published a guideline on conducting courses online amid the prevailing coronavirus pandemic for private universities.
Private universities were allowed to carry out unfinished activities (teaching, examination and assessment) of the current semester that have been affected by the pandemic, in accordance with the guideline.