DHAKA, Dec 1, 2021 (BSS) - Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin
Chaudhury today said the Dhaka University (DU) has been enlightening the
people of the country from generation to generation with the light of
knowledge as the leading academic institution since its inception.
"The university has produced hundreds of academicians, researchers and
politicians who are enlightened in their field and taking as well as
performing responsibilities at different sectors in both national and
international arena successfully," said speaker.
She was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Dhaka University's centenary
celebration at university's central field, with University Vice Chancellor Dr
Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.
Earlier, President M Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university,
virtually inaugurated the 16-day long festival at the central playground of
Education Minister Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen,
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah,
president of Dhaka University Alumi Association, also addressed the opening
The president, also Chancellor of the university M Abdul Hamid unveiled
special books, photography albums and websites on the centenary of the
university virtually from Bangabhaban.
Terming the DU as a shining beacon of education, culture, history-
tradition, research-innovation, free-thinking practice, progressive thinking,
nation-building and patriotism, the speaker said the university is a unique
simple of hope and aspiration for Bangalees.
Dhaka University was established with the vision that the university will
be emerged as a unique institution for higher education as a new model of
university 'teaching come residential university' with tutorial system.
Recalling the memories of the university the speaker said, "The university
taught us how to take and face the challenges, complexity of our
surroundings, adopt the techniques to transform the negative things into
positive changes, practicing free thinking, fostering creativity and critical
thinking, help develop analytical power.
The speaker said, "It (DU) has been home ground for generation of
meritorious youth to enhance knowledge and equip and prepare themselves for
future career and entering professional life."
"We believe that education is the soul of a society as it passes one
generation to another and universities are engines of transformations which
make the leadership and future leader by spreading the light of knowledge
from generation to generation," she added.
"My knowledge, thinking, perspectives towards building a humanitarian
society based on justice, values, practice of democracy, non-communal
thinking, tolerance and creativity was gathered and developed by the
university," she furthered.
In the afternoon, another discussion was also held attended by the Vice-
Chancellor of Kolkata University Dr Sonali Chakravati Banerjee as the guest
of honor, with National Professor Prof. Dr. Serajul Islam Chowdhury in the
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Advocate Anisul Haque,
state Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, Former Vice President
of DUCSU Mujahidul Islam Selim and Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan
Chowdhury addressed the discussion.
Besides, a cultural event was also organised in the evening tomorrow which
will be performed by the prominent and renewed artists from Bangladesh and
Each day from December 2 to December 4, two discussions and a cultural
event will be held on the occasion of the birth centenary of the country's
Meanwhile, a joyful atmosphere has been prevailing at every corner of the
university campus as faculties, dormitories, streets and different key points
of the campus has been decorated with colorful light, banner and pistons
featuring university's logo.
On December 12, a colorful rally will be brought out by the students,
teachers, and officials of the university, led by VC Dr MD Akhtaruzzaman from
the premises of university's Aparajeo Bangla which will end at Central
On the Day of Independence, wreaths will be placed at the National Memorial
at Savar by the students, teachers and officials of the university.
The 16 day celebration will end on this day with a concert at the central
playground of the university.
Dhaka University, considered as the country's highest echelon for academic
excellence, started its academic journey on July 1, 1921 with 12 departments,
three faculties, 60 teachers, 877 students and three residential halls on 600
acres of land.
Today the university has 84 departments, 13 faculties, 13 institutes, 60
bureau and research centres, 19 residential halls, four hostels, 138
affiliated colleges and institutions, 46,150 students and 2,008 teachers.