Dearth of classrooms hits academic activities at JnU | 2017-03-16 |

Dearth of classrooms hits academic activities at JnU

Kabir Hossain     15th March, 2017 11:13:52 printer

Academic activities of Jagannath University (JnU) are being hindered due to inadequate number of classrooms, office rooms and seminar rooms.

Despite the classroom crisis, the JnU authorities are opening new departments almost every year without overcoming the problems.

Most of the classrooms at the university cannot accommodate the students as they are too small.

Teachers claimed that in spite of sending letters to the authorities concerned asking for a solution to their problem, they did not get any positive response.

JnU authorities have introduced three new departments under the current academic session 2016-17, which has worsened the accommodation problem. The three new departments are Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Land Law and Genetic Engineering which have no classrooms of their own.

Office sources of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department said chairman of this department Prof Dr.

Laisa Ahmed Lisa has no personal chamber. As a result, she has to perform her duty in biochemistry teachers’ room.

Under the academic session 2015-16, Institute of Education and Research (IER) and Films and Television Department were induced. But the departments have no classrooms. Classes of the department and the institute are being held at Pogose Laboratory School and College.

Shakil Hossain, a second-year student of IER, said “Most of the time students of Pogose School make loud noise which hampers our study.”

Though the four departments under the Faculty of Business Studies have sufficient number of classrooms, most of the departments of the New Building on the campus have been facing serious classroom crisis. Anthropology, Computer Science and Engineering, Biochemistry and Pharmacy Departments have one classroom each while students of the five sessions continue their academic activities in these departments.
Besides, Law Department and Mass Communication and Journalism Department have only two classrooms each.

Political Science and Public Administration are also facing such accommodation crisis.

Arup Sarkar, a fourth-year student of Political Science Department, said “Most of the time the seminar room of our department remains overcrowded as only 30 to 40 students can have seats in our seminar room while we are studying more than 500 students in this department.”

JnU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mijanur Rahman said: “We have managed to solve the classroom crisis to a large extent. After completing the construction work of the New Building, we would be able to address the problem.”