Dhaka University (DU), the oldest and premier university of the country, observes its 100th founding anniversary on a small scale today.
There will be no in-person programme but a symbolic one marking the day due to the coronavirus pandemic.Meanwhile, the university authorities said the main event of the centenary will be held on November 1 in a colourful and grand manner.
As part of the symbolic programme, a virtual discussion will be held at 4:00pm today with Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.
Prominent Language Movement veteran, columnist and intellectual Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury will present the keynote paper on "Centenary of Dhaka University: Looking Back" at the event. The discussion will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of DU ICT Cell.
Dhaka University, which is considered the country’s highest echelon for academic excellence, started its academic activities on July 1, 1921 with 12 departments, three faculties, 60 teachers, 877 students and three residential halls on 600 acres of land.
After 100 years, the university has now 13 faculties, 13 institutes, 84 departments, 60 bureau and research centres, 19 residential halls, four hostels, 138 affiliated colleges and institutions, around 46,150 students and 2,008 teachers.