Students, teachers and employees of Khulna University (KU) today (Friday) observed “Katka Tragedy Day”, a mourning day of KU history, with due respect and solemnity.
On March 13 in 2004, nine students of Architecture Discipline of Khulna University and two students of the same discipline of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) drowned in the Bay of Bengal near Katka in the Sundarbans while taking bath there during their picnic time.Marking the day, the KU authorities chalked out daylong programmes on the campus. The programmes began with a mourning procession wearing black badges.
Led by KU Vice-Chancellor (VC) professor Dr Md Fayequzzaman, the procession started from Hadi premises and ended at Katka monument where floral wreaths were placed.
KU teachers association, different dormitories and disciplines also placed wreaths at the monument. Earlier, they observed one-minute silence in memory of the deceased students.
In this regards, a doa mahfil was held at the KU mosque after the Jummah prayers, food was distributed among the orphans, a condolence meeting with lighting candles was also held at the academic building and a documentary will be screened in the evening.
Deans, Head of different disciplines, teachers, students, employees, among others, attended the programme.