President Md Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked every student to achieve international standards along with academic degrees.
“The number of students at Dhaka University has increased over time and so has the scope of its infrastructure and educational activities. Competition has also been internationalized for the benefit of modern science and information technology. So, every student has to achieve international standards along with degrees,” said the President.
Abdul Hamid, also the Chancellor of the university, said that the university authorities also need to think about world-class standards in determining curriculum and teaching.
He said that parents and guardians send their children to university with high hopes and aspirations.
“Besides, the country and the people invest for educating them. The students have to acquire the ability to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of family, country and people,” he added.
Abdul Hamid said that the expansion of infrastructure, faculty members, students, departments and institutes contributes to the development of a university but the quality of education and research is the key indicator.
“Higher education institutions, including universities, have to come forward to enhance the quality of education and the capacity of the students while taking into accounts the needs and qualifications of the national and international labor market.”
The president also unveiled special books, photography albums and websites marking the centenary.
The six books are Bangabandhu and Dhaka University, Dhaka University: History and Traditions, the University of Dhaka and the Making of Shaping Bangladesh, Celebrating Hundred Years of the University of Dhaka - Reflection from Alumni National and International Inaugural Speech, Dhaka University Convocation Speech, and Dhaka University Centennial Illuminations.
A documentary and a theme song on the centenary were also released on the opening day of the celebrations while a greeting message from Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering was played during the programme.
DU Vice-Chancellor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman presided over the inaugural event while Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury addressed it as the guest of honour.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister AKM Abdul Momen, University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah and President of Dhaka University Alumni Association AK Azad spoke on the occasion, among others.
The 16-day celebration will conclude with a concert which will be arranged by renowned artists on December 16.