The centenary of Dhaka University (DU) was celebrated on a small scale on Thursday.
Considering the coronavirus situation, no physical event was held on the campus marking the day. However, the day was celebrated through some symbolic programmes virtually.DU Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the centenary celebrations through planting a sapling on the premises of Curzon Hall.
The DU VC greeted all, including teachers, students, officers, employees, alumni and well-wishers of the university, on the occasion. The programmes of the day started with the singing of national anthem, hoisting of national flag and university flag and release of balloons on the premises of Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university.
As part of the symbolic programmes, a virtual discussion was held with the vice-chancellor in the chair.
Renowned Language Movement hero, columnist and intellectual Abdul Gaffar Choudhury delivered the keynote speech on “Centenary of Dhaka University: Looking Back” at the event.
Meanwhile, the university hoped that more colourful programmes will be held with much enthusiasm and festivity on November 1 once the coronavirus situation improves.
President Md Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, is expected to inaugurate the grand ceremony of the centenary celebrations then.On July 1, 1921, the university opened its doors to students with PJ Hartog as its first vice-chancellor.
The university started its activities with three faculties, 12 departments, 60 teachers, 877 students and three dormitories. Now it has 13 faculties, 84 departments, 13 institutes, 19 residential halls and three hostels.
The number of students and teachers has risen to around 47,000 and 1,986 respectively.
Since its inception, DU has been playing a pioneering role in spreading light of knowledge in the society.
Besides, it played a pivotal role in all the movements for the establishment of democratic rights of the nation, including Language Movement, Six-point Movement, Liberation War and anti-autocracy movement.