DU, 5 other public universities shut down over coronavirus fears

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The Dhaka University authorities on Monday announced to shut the educational institution from 18 to 28 March, reports UNB. "All academic activities will remain suspended from 18 to 28 March for ensuring the security of our students," its vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman announced at a press briefing in presence of all faculty deans, departmental heads and hall provosts around 10:00am.

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Earlier, Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) submitted a memorandum to the DU authorities for suspending classes and examinations of the university amid a global coronavirus outbreak.

The Jahangirnagar University authorities also suspended academic activities from 18 March to 2 April and the students were asked to vacant the dormitories within 11:00am on Tuesday.

The decision was taken in an urgent syndicate meeting, said pro-VC Nurul Alam.

Jagannath University (JnU) will remain shut from 18 to 31 March, University vice-chancellor (VC) Mizanur Rahman told reporters in the morning.

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The Rajshahi University authorities suspended all classes and examinations from 18 to 31 March.

Provash Kumar Karmakar, RU public relations office administrator said, the decision was taken from an emergency meeting amid novel coronavirus threat.

Dormitories will remain shut but the administrative activities will continue, he said.

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IU vice-chancellor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari announced suspension of all academic activities of the university from 18 to 31 March after an emergency meeting.

The authorities of National University also suspended its all examinations from 17 to 31 March, said Faizul Karim, director of Public Relations (PR). Meanwhile, the government has shut down all educational institutions for the rest of March to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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