DHAKA, Jul 1, 2020 (BSS) – Country’s highest echelon of academic excellence Dhaka University (DU) has celebrated its 99th founding anniversary with the pledge of ensuring quality education and boosting up the research sector.
“The expansion of research and ensuring the quality of education will be the pledge of our university’s centenary celebrations”, said the Vice chancellor (VC) of the university Dr Akhtaruzzaman.
Terming the university as the symbol of nation’s pride and heritage, the VC called everyone for sincere cooperation to uphold the dignity of the university and ensure gradual improvement of the quality of its education.
He was addressing an online discussion titled “Dhaka University in its centenary. Context: Movement and struggle” from the Abdul Matin Virtual Classroom adjacent to the university’s VC office.
As part of marking the milestone, the national and the university flags were hoisted in front of NababNawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban around 10:30 am.
The virtual meeting observed a minute silence in remembrance of all the teachers and staff of the university who sacrificed their lives during different democratic movements, and also for the frontline fighters who died battling the coronavirus pandemic.
Akhtaruzzaman also said the Dhaka University is observing its founding anniversary in such time while the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is ongoing as well as the nation is preparing to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence.
He expressed hope to celebrate the milestone with more enthusiasm after the global pandemic ends.
While addressing as keynote speaker National Prof Rafiqul Islam of ULAB termed country’s first university as an “integral part of national history.”
“Dhaka University is such a university which has led all democratic movements from the front. The teachers, students, and staff of the university sacrificed their lives in those movements,” said Rafiqul Islam.
DU Pro-VC (Academic) Prof ASM Maksud Kamal, Pro-VC (Administration) Prof Muhammad Samad and Treasurer Prof Kamal Uddin also addressed the programme.
The day is being observed to mark the launching of academic activities by the university on July 1, 1921.
The university has grown to accommodate over 43,385 students and 2,010 teachers in 84 departments and 13 institutes presently.
The DU has played a vital role in Bangladesh history. Its students and teachers had sacrificed their lives in the Language Movement in 1952, the Mass Upsurge in 1969 and the Liberation War in 19be