The government on Wednesday announced the reopening of hafizia madrasas across the country from July 12, maintaining recommended health guidelines.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs announced the decision in a statement, saying that it was taken responding to an application of Islamic scholars.
"The madrasas must follow the health guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Health Services," said the ministry.
At the very beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the country in early March, the government declared general holidays and shut all educational institutions in addition to other offices to curb the spread of the virus.
In June, the authorities restored regular activities on a limited scale but kept the educational institutions shut.
However, the decision to reopen hafizia madrasas came just a few days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Monday urged mobile phone operators to provide either free internet or low-cost packages to students to help them continue online education amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Many educational institutions are conducting online academic activities due to the pandemic but it has become difficult for many students to bear the internet expenses. Negotiations are on with the mobile operators so that they consider providing free internet services or low-cost internet packages to students," she said.
The Education Minister came up with the information while speaking in an online seminar as the chief guest.
The minister hoped that the mobile phone operators will take the matter positively.
“Every crisis opens the door of possibilities for us. In order to transform our population into human resource, we've to be skilled in information technology. The coronavirus situation has forced us to move ahead. Now we're carrying out our regular activities, including offices and classes, online .We’ve some limitations but we've to be habituated to the new situation overcoming the limitations,” she said.
The online academic activities will continue alongside the regular ones during the post-corona period, too, Dipu Moni said.
Awami League’s Education and Human Resources affairs sub-committee organised the seminar held with its chairman Prof Abdul Khalek in the chair.
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar was present as a special guest.
Talking about the tuition fees of educational institutions, the minister said despite the closure of the institutions, many of them have been putting pressure on guardians to pay the tuition fees. If the tuition fees are not paid, the teachers will not get their salaries.
She urged both the educational institutions and guardians to come forward in this regard and be humanitarian.
The government has decided to lift the restriction on age limit for diploma course admission at polytechnic institutes, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said Wednesday.
She made the disclosure at a virtual meeting on the development of technical education.
“The decision was taken to increase the enrollment rate of technical education and to give institutional recognition to the skilled workers returning from abroad,” Dipu Moni said.
She mentioned that the government is paying utmost importance to technical education in a bid to tackle the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and implement Vision-2041 announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The decision will help those who have technical skills but lack institutional recognition. Thanks to the decision, he or she can get admitted to the desired diploma courses, she added.
At the same time, the minimum qualification of male students for admission to diploma courses has been reduced from GPA 3.5 to 2.5 and GPA 3 of female students is reduced to 2.25.
Besides, the admission fee of diploma courses was cut down from Tk 1,825 to Tk 1090.
Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, among others, spoke at the meeting while Munshi Shahabuddin, Secretary to Technical and Madrasah Education Division, was in the chair.
Professor Dr Ruhul Amin of management department has been appointed as the new dean of business administration faculty of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Wednesday.
IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif confirmed that matter and said that the university Vice-Chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari appointed Ruhul to the post for the next three years.
Ruhul Amin will succeed the former dean Professor Arabinda Saha who ended his tenure recently, he added.
Dhaka University (DU), the country’s oldest university, stepped into its 100th year on Wednesday but it preferred holding low-key programmes to celebrate the big moment due to coronavirus pandemic.
Amid an usual scenario in the country as elsewhere in the world due to the pandemic, the DU authorities are celebrating its 99th founding anniversary with very limited programmes.
As part of marking the milestone, the national as well as the university flags were hoisted in front of Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban around 10.30 am.
Meanwhile, an online discussion was underway at Abdul Matin Chowdhury Virtual Classroom with DU VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman in the chair. It began at 11 am.
National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam is scheduled to present the keynote paper while DU Pro-VC (Academic) Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, Pro-VC (Administration) Professor Dr Muhammad Samad and Treasurer Professor Dr Kamal Uddin will address the programme.
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Dhaka University, which is considered as the country’s highest echelon for academic excellence, started its academic activities on July 1, 1921 with 12 departments, 3 faculties, 60 teachers, 877 students, 3 residential halls and about 600 acres of land.
It has played a vital role in the country’s history. Its students and teachers sacrificed their lives in the 1952 Language Movement , 1969 Mass Upsurge and during the 1971 Liberation War and anti-autocracy movement in 1990.