Dhaka University authorities yesterday sent a press release to the media clarifying what they termed “fragmented and misleading information” about the university.
Without mentioning names, they said a leading English daily in the country recently published a report using cartoon and “fragmented information”.
As a result, the authorities felt it necessary to clarify the issue so that “the image and prestige of the university at the national and international arena are not tarnished”, said the press release.
In the statement, DU also clarified the intention with which the vice chancellor made some remarks. It said during a freshers’ reception at TSC, the VC spoke about the food menu and other facilities the university provides, in a humorous way, along with many achievements of the university over the years.
About the Covid-19 related activities, the DU press release said when the long Eid vacation started in the last week of May 2020, the university faced a shortage of manpower to run the coronavirus testing lab. Meanwhile, some students and volunteers got affected by Covid-19, and they needed to disinfect the lab.
Besides, fund crisis and departmental issues were involved with this matter but that was not the main reason, the press release added.
At that moment, they did not stop the testing programme, only postponed it. After ten days, they started it again by taking proper measures and increasing manpower, and it is still functional.
They also turned it into a unique lab — “biological hazard analysis and health research laboratory” — for higher studies on virology.
“There is no denying that Dhaka University was not able to invent any testing kit, vaccine or medicine like Oxford University or Johns Hopkins University. But many know the reason behind it,” the release press said, without specifying anything in this regard.