Physical classes are starting at Shahjalal University

Physical classes are starting at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet on Tuesday after being closed for 36 consecutive days in the face of student movement. University Registrar Muhammad Ishfaqul Hossain confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo around 7.30 pm on Monday.

According to the university authorities, the class-examination of all levels including undergraduate and postgraduate examinations will be conducted as per the previous routine in accordance with the health rules.

In the face of the student movement, Vice Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed called an emergency syndicate meeting at his residence on the evening of January 18 and announced the closure of the university indefinitely. After 28 days of that meeting, it was decided to call a syndicate meeting again on 13 February and reopen the university. According to him, 5 residential halls were opened on 15 February and online classes started on 18 February.

In the face of student movement, Vice Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed announced the indefinite closure of the university on the evening of January 18.

University registrar Muhammad Ishfaqul Hossain said the syndicate meeting held on February 13 had decided that physical classes would start on February 22 if there were no government restrictions due to the Corona situation. As the government has not imposed any new restrictions, the physical classes of the students will start on Tuesday.

On 13 January, several hundred students started a movement demanding three points including the resignation of Begum Sirajunnesa Chowdhury, the chairperson of the university. On January 18, the students blocked the vice-chancellor to get their demands met. There, police beat the students and fired shots and sound grenades at them.

The movement later turned into a one-point demand for the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed. The education minister then met the student delegation and assured them that their demands would be met. Besides, the education minister promised to inform the vice-chancellor about the demand for his resignation. The students then withdrew from the movement.

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