Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday called on the university students to go by the rules of their educational institutions avoiding involvement in any acts of indiscipline.
“Rowdiness can in no way be accepted. Students must go by the rules,” she said while inaugurating the 7th March Bhaban of Rokeya Hall at Dhaka University constructed in memory of the historic March 7 Speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.“If students want to receive education from any educational institution, they must abide its rules and regulations. That’s what we expect from them,” the premier added.
Speaking at the inauguration of the 7th March Bhaban, Sheikh Hasina said students must uphold the dignity of the public universities.
During the anti-quota movement in April, the residence of the DU vice-chancellor was vandalised. After the incident, she said those involved in it will not be spared.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, mentioned that cost of higher education at public universities in Bangladesh is much lower than other countries.
“I am not bothered about the expense in the education sector. Rather I take it as investment, which will help develop the country,” the premier added.
Sheikh Hasina also said public universities have autonomy and they have their rules that stipulate that these universities will be run with their own income.“But students of these universities should keep it in mind that higher education is provided in Bangladesh at the lowest cost and the government is bearing cent percent expenditure.”
“I don’t know whether such practice exists in any other country of the world,” the premier said.
Reiterating her commitment to make the education system time-befitting to build a knowledge-based nation, she said, “We want improvement of the quality of our education. To achieve the goal, we have set up 12 science and technology universities across the country.”
She expressed the hope that the new generation will take forward the country and materialise Bangabandhu’s dreams to establish a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War.
The premier said her government is setting up universities and medical colleges in all districts so that students can get higher education staying at their homes.
“We’re also establishing specialised universities to create skilled manpower,” she said, adding that the government has taken steps to make the education system multifaceted.
She said the government is creating education scope for the students and employment for them. “That’s why the country is advancing,” the premier added.
She also elaborated her government’s various steps for development of education that include providing free textbooks among the students up to the secondary level, reaching stipends for primary school students to their mothers through mobile phone and setting up education assistance trust fund.
Recalling the rich contributions of the students of Dhaka University to all movements of the country, the premier said the DU was the focal point of all movements.
“All movements of the country had started from the university and the dignity of this university before us is unique,” Sheikh Hasina, also a former student of the university, said.
The premier spelled out her government’s initiatives for the development of the country’s premier university.
She also asked the students to keep their educational institutions neat and clean and maintain austerity in using electricity.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan attended the function as special guests while DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Aktaruzzaman was in the chair.
DU Pro-VC (admin) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Pro-VC (education) Prof Nasrin Ahmed, Treasurer Prof Dr Kamaluddin, Rokeya Hall Provost Professor Dr Zinat Huda also spoke.
Lipi Akter and Sraboni Islam, two students of Rokeya Hall, adorned the premier with “uttoriyo”.
Students of the Department of Music and Dance performed songs and dances at the function projecting the spirit of the Liberation War.
Earlier, the premier opened the building by unveiling of its plaque. She also visited the museum and signed the visitors’ book.
The building constructed at a cost of Tk 88 crore will accommodate 1,000 students. It has a five-storey administrative block, service block and museum.
The 7th March speech, rare photographs of the armed struggle of the Bangalees and information regarding contributions of women to the Liberation War have been placed in the museum.