All scheduled examinations under the Public Service Commission(PSC) will remain suspended until March 31 due to global coronavirus outbreak, said its chairman Dr Muhammed Sadique on Monday.
“All scheduled examinations under BPSC have been suspended until March 31,” he told UNB.
Earlier of the day, Education Minister Dipu Moni announced that all the educational institutions of the country will remain shut till March 31.
The decision came after Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) director Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora announced the detection of three new coronavirus patients, including two children, and confirmed that the virus has started transmitting locally.
So far, the country has recorded eight coronavirus cases.
The death toll from coronavirus or COVID-19 reached 6,516 globally as of Monday. It has so far infected 169,552 people around the world, according to worldometer.
Dhaka University (DU) will celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children Day-2020 on March 17 with due honour.
University authorities have chalked out various programmes, including a discussion meeting and special prayers, on the occasion, said a DU press release on Sunday.
Senate and syndicate members, deans, provosts, proctors, chairpersons of departments, directors of institutes and office heads will gather at the DU vice-chancellor’s residence at 7am and start for the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 to place wreaths at the portrait of the architect of independence.
A discussion meeting will be held at the altar of Memory Eternal of the university where VC Prof Akhtarruzzaman preside over the function.
The national anthem will be sung by the students of Music department and 100 balloons will be released.
At the end of the programme, a 100-pound cake will be cut.
Special prayers will be held at all mosques after Zohr prayers on the campus and sweats will be distributed among resident students of the university.
Dhaka University (DU) authorities will sit in an emergency meeting on Monday to take a decision about postponement of academic activities amid coronavirus fears.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman told reporters on Sunday that the decision will be made considering the national interest. “We’ll decide what to do to tackle the situation,” he said.
Faculty deans, directors of all institutes, heads of all the departments and hall provosts have been asked to attend the emergency meeting at 10am, said the VC who will chair the meeting.
Meanwhile, Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) recommended that the university be shut down temporarily or summer vacation be announced a bit earlier.
It submitted a memorandum to the VC after a meeting in this regard.
Besides, DU Teachers’ Association and Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association also issued separate statements expressing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak and demanding shutdown of universities.
The international Mathematics Day was observed at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Saturday.
Teachers and students of Mathematics Department brought out a colourful procession led by Associate Prof Anisur Rahman, acting chairman of the department, from in front of Nuclear Scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah Science building at 12:30pm.
The procession, attended by about 300 students of mathematics, ended after parading through the campus.
Among others, the department’s teachers Mizanur Rahman, M Abdul Al Muhit, Atish Kumar Joardar, Kamrun Nahar, Asaduzzaman, Nurul Islam and Shajib were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, IU authorities have suspended all programmes at its Teacher-Student Cultural Centre (TSCC) on the campus from March 13 to 25 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Asked about the suspension, Associate Prof Anisur Rahman said: “Programmes at TSCC have been suspended but not processions.”
A mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be opened at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on March 17, marking his birth centenary.
IU Vice-chancellor Prof M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari will inaugurate the mural installed in front of Jatirpita Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall on the campus, said hall Provost Prof Tapan Kumar Joadder on Friday.
The mural was installed in front of the hall to spread the ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman among the new generation, he added.