President M Abdul Hamid on Thursday urged the public representatives and graduates to motivate the dishonest traders, hoarders and profiteers who are becoming rich overnight by “sucking people’s blood”.
The president made the call while addressing the fourth convocation of Chattogram University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) on its campus at Rangunia of Raozan Upazila.“Motivation of dishonest traders, hoarders and profiteers is a must. . . You will have to do it (motivational campaign) along with your assigned duty” he said.
He expressed concern that a section of people has the tendency for hiking the prices of the essentials, including rice and onion, by creating a fake crisis or spreading rumours and mixing chemicals with foodstuff.
“It’s a strange country…,” the President said, adding, “Farmers are harvesting paddy in one hand while the prices of rice are on the rise in the other hand. This is really saddening.”
The head of the state advised the concerned people to shun their evil deeds.
Speaking at the colourful function in the presence of several thousand jubilant students, the President suggested the graduates acquiring world-standard knowledge and expertise to keep pace with the modern world.
He said engineers must have farsightedness and creativity in the formulation of development plans for the country.“Engineers must have clear farsightedness in their thinking and spirit as any sustainable development plan for the country comes out of their merits and creativity,” said the President.
“What was the nature of development for Bangladesh in 2015 and what should be it in 2100 or at which level Bangladesh would reach at that time must be taken into consideration for adoption of our future development plans,” he added.
The President, also the chancellor of CUET, urged all concerned to give importance to offset the adverse impacts of climate change.
“Bear in mind that we have to be economically self-reliant to uphold our dignity,” he advised the students and said that the young engineers should utilize their creative thoughts and acquired knowledge for this.
Underscoring the need for ensuring proper use of resources, the President said Bangladesh is a country with immense potentials as it has huge human resources and fertile arable land. Utilization of these resources in a planned way must be ensured for the development of this populous country, he added.
The President called upon all to put diligent efforts to materialize the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh in line with Vision-2021 and Vision-2041 and the 100-year Delta Plan -2100 designed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Referring to teacher-student relations, he said, “The teachers should be more affectionate… friendly relations between students and teachers can play an effective role to maintain a congenial academic atmosphere on the campus.”
Congratulating the new graduates of CUET, he reminded them about their responsibility for the country as well as the people and asked them to work with devotion, honesty and sincerity for the welfare of the country.
A total of 2,231 graduates were conferred degrees. Two of them achieved Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree and three students were given gold medals for their outstanding academic results.
Convocation Speaker former chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Dr AK Azad Chowdhury, UGC Chairman Prof Dr Kazi Shahidullah, CUET Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Rafiqul Alam, secretaries concerned to the President and graduates’ family members, among others, were also present there.