Savar, Jan 17: The freshers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have boycotted their virtual classes introduced on November 23 last year amid an intense seat crisis at residential halls of the university.
Till Wednesday, students of 23 out of 38 departments and institutes under the 2022-23 academic session of the university reportedly refrained from participating in virtual classes, according to class representatives and faculties.
Students from departments under arts and humanities, social sciences, business studies, mathematical and physical sciences, biological sciences, and the law faculty have boycotted online classes, they said.
‘As the authorities are reluctant to solve our problems and they are all set to enrol students of another fresh session, we have no alternative but to call for a boycott of virtual classes,’ a student of the law and justice department said.
Earlier on Sunday, the new students staged a human chain in front of the new administrative building of the university demanding in-person classes and vowed to continue their programme until their demands were met.
Deans of several faculties, however, said that they were continuing online classes as the administration was yet to provide fresh directives regarding the virtual classes.
Citing class teachers, dean of biological sciences faculty professor Nuhu Alam said, ‘Although there are a few students in online classes, teachers are holding virtual classes following previous directives.’
A member of the registered graduates of the university senate, Shihab Uddin Khan, also an advocate of the Supreme Court, on Wednesday wrote to the university administration demanding in-person classes for the freshers.
Terming the virtual classes disgraceful to the residential university, he said that the crisis was created at the university due to prolonged indifference of the administration to students’ needs.