University Grants Commission (UGC) on Sunday directed all public and private universities to continue their academic activities amid countrywide blockade and hartal.
UGC Chairman AK Azad Chowdhury gave the directives after holding a meeting with vice-chancellors of public and private universities at the commission in the capital.
"Authorities of the universities will continue their educational activities with their own initiatives and to remove session jam," he said.
Expressing his willingness to remain open the varsities during political unrest, Chowdhury said, "Bangladesh will turn into a country like Afganistan, Syria and Iraq which were badly affected by terrorism if educational activities are destroyed by hurling petrol bombs."
Vice-chancellors present at the meeting gave their opinions in favour of holding classes and examinations amid blockade and hartal.
A number of VCs, however, pointed out that the universities buses can not ply during hartal that hampers academic activities and causes sufferings to the students.
Dhaka University VC AAMS Arefin Siddique said cent percent classes and examinations are being held in the universities amid blockade and hartal. Now students do not want to face the trouble of session jam, he added.
VC of University of Development Alternative Professor Emajuddin Ahmed informed that UDA was trying to hold classes and exams properly.