DHAKA, Jan 21, 2021 (BSS) – Describing Dhaka University as the lighthouse of all the achievements, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today the university would show others the path in turning people into human resources to compete with the rest of the world in wake of the fourth industrial revolution.
“It is my desire that the Dhaka University will start making human resources to compete with the world and the rest of the universities across the country will follow its path and thus we will advance our country towards prosperity,” she said.
The premier was addressing as the chief guest virtually the inaugural session of the historic international e-conference titled “Celebrating the 100 Years of the University of Dhaka: Reflections from the Alumni-International and National” from her official Ganabhaban residence.
Dhaka University organized the conference from Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban at its campus this evening.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh required skilled manpower to survive by competing with others across the globe in the wake of the fourth industrial revolution.
Dhaka University, she said, has to play the most significant role to this end as it did in the past in all the country’s democratic and progressive movements starting from the Language Movement, Education Movement, 1969 Upsurge and Liberation War to the movement against the 1/11 caretaker government.
The premier requested all concerned particularly the university teachers and students to conduct more research as nothing possible to achieve without research.
She continued that becoming a self-reliant country in food production, the country’s digitization and its advancement towards prosperity have become possible due to giving emphasis on the research by her government.
“We want you people to give importance on research,” she said, assuring the DU authorities that her government will do everything for regain the lost glory of the university.
The premier said that assuming office in 1996, her government had first given separate allocation for conducting research after finding that the universities and other organizations were conducting research at their own finance.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni spoke at the function as the special guest while eminent economist Professor Rehman Sobhan read out the keynote paper.
Vice Chancellor (VC) of the DU Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman presided over the function while convener of the conference convening committee Prof Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed moderated it.
DU Pro-VC (admin) Prof Dr. Muhammad Samad read out a citation on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while its Pro-VC (academic) Prof Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal gave vote of thanks to the premier and others for taking part in the programme.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, the DU vice-chancellor earlier received a souvenir marking the birth centenary of the Dhaka University from its teacher Prof Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed.
Mentioning that her government has a target to restore the lost glory of Dhaka University, Sheikh Hasina said, “Dhaka University is the best university in the country. So, we hope that the university will get back its lost glory with exercising knowledge, conducting research works alongside spreading education as it is the lighthouse of all of our achievements. The light of the university will spread all over the country.”
She said that she want the betterment of Dhaka University as it has shown the path of getting all the achievements.
The premier thanked the Dhaka University authorities to take a master plan to build it as a modern, knowledge and technology based university.
Her government, she said, has made education multifaceted to give importance on technical and vocational education alongside the regular education with setting up science and technology universities and specialized schools across the country.
The prime minister said after assuming office in 1996, her government had taken measures to bring back the educational atmosphere in the educational institutes including the Dhaka University where it was heard the sounds of explosions and gunshots.
Mentioning that no nation could prosper without education, she said, “The duty of our teachers is to teach the students while the students have the responsibility to learn from the teachers. So, everyone should work keeping that in mind.”
The prime minister said her government has been tirelessly working to materialize the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to take Bangladesh in a dignified position in the world as the people of the country could move around the world keeping their heads high.
She said Dhaka University could play a significant role in materializing the dream of the Father of the Nation.