RANGPUR, April 15, 2017 (BSS) – Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) Professor Dr Nurun Nabi has called for flourishing and nurturing of rich Bengali culture and heritage to resist militancy and terrorism.
“The educational institutions, socio-cultural and other organisations should arrange more cultural activities, involving young generations, to revive and strongly establish the non-communal glory and tradition of the Bengalese for combating evil forces,” he said.
Dr Nabi, also a noted population scientist, said this while addressing a post ‘Mangal Shobhayatra’ discussion arranged in the campus on Friday to welcome ‘Pahela Baishakh’ the first day of Bengali New Year-1424, as the chief guest.
Dean of the Faculty of Science Prof Dr Tazul Islam, Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies Ferdous Rahman, President of the varsity’s teachers’ association Dr Abu Saleh Mohammad Wadudur Rahman and Mrs Gul Nahar Nabi addressed it as special guests.
With Convener of the ‘Pahela Baishakh Observance Committee’ Prof Dr Nazmul Haque in the chair, teachers, students, officials and employees of the university attended the discussion and participated in the daylong programmes.
Earlier, the huge ‘Mangal Shobhayatra’, led by the VC and participated by hundreds of students, teachers, officials and employees of the university wearing traditional dresses, was brought out in the campus and adjoining areas to welcome ‘Pahela Baishakh.’
The students of different departments had set up a number of stalls in the day-long ‘Baishakhi Mela’ arranged on the occasion in the campus, displayed various traditional Bengali food items and sold those among visitors.
The VC visited different stalls in the fair and tasted various food items along with invited guests and his companions.
A colourful cultural function was organised in the campus where the students rendered dances, ‘Baishakhi’ songs, ‘Palli Geeti’, ‘Baul, ‘Lalon Geeti’, ‘Rabindra Sangeet’, Nazrul Geeti’, ‘Jari’, ‘Sari, ‘Bhatiali’ and folk songs and other programmes.
In his speech, Dr Nabi called upon the people from all walks in life for nurturing the local Bengali culture and heritage in line with spirit of the War of Liberation and non-communalism in place of the foreign culture.
“It is possible to establish a completely peaceful Bangladesh free from militancy, terrorism and drug through inspiring the young generations in nurturing our rich Bengali tradition, culture and heritage,” Dr Nabi said.