Friday, 20 May, 2022

DU centenary celebrated with festivity

DU centenary celebrated with festivity
Artistes perform dance at a programme on Dhaka University campus on Saturday, marking the centenary of the university. —sun Photo

The Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) on Saturday celebrated the university’s centenary in its central playground on the campus with colorful programmes.

The association also celebrated the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.

More than 9,000 alumni of DUAA along with the guests from home and aboard attended the grand programme.

The inaugural function of the celebration began at 10:00am with recitation from holy books, performance of national anthem and hoisting of the national flag.

Motiul Islam, the oldest living student of the university, delivered a speech as the chief guest at the inaugural session presided over by the DUAA president AK Azad.

Besides, a discussion titled ‘Dhaka University Alumni in the journey of Bangladesh’ was held at 12.20pm with Emeritus Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury in the chair.

Addressing the discussion, Prof Serajul Islam said that while evaluating the past history of this 100-year-old university, we have to keep in mind that no other university had to play such a role as this university had to play.

This university has contributed in the field of education as well as in the field of culture and society, he said.

Regarding the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU), he said, "I was the treasurer of DUCSU for nine years and there was military rule in the country for those nine years. But then, there was the student union. Then, when the democratic system came, surprisingly, the election of the student union stopped. The election of the student union was a celebration. Meritorious students used to come out from the union.”

Sirajul Islam said that talent is being smuggled from the country. “It is not only the resources and capital that are being lost, but also the human resources. Many of the young teachers who joined the university after independence have gone abroad and never returned.”

Referring to the responsibility of the Alumni Association, he said that not only the development of the infrastructure of the university but also the quality of the university should be taken into consideration. “In other words, research, publishing and translation should be encouraged. Research should be creative and useful. However, translation is very much needed.”

Among others, Energy, Power and Mineral Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, former Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Writer and Politician Inam Ahmed Chowdhury, Prof Hamida Akhtar Begum, Cultural Figure Ramdendu Majumdar, former FBBCI President Mir Nasir Hossain, former Member of Parliament Shamsuzzaman Dudu and DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) President Prof Rahmat Ullah were present there.

Meanwhile, at 3.30pm, 100 eminent alumni of the university were honoured posthumously and a vibrant cultural programme was held from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.