Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday received an honorary Doctor of Literature (D. Litt) from Kazi Nazrul University in the Indian state of West Bengal.
Hasina was conferred the degree at a special convocation of the university for her outstanding role in improving the living standard of the people through democracy, empowerment, poverty alleviation and socioeconomic development.
Vice chancellor of the university Sadhan Chakraborty presided over the convocation at the campus while Minister in Charge of Department of Higher Education of West Bengal government Partha Chaterjee was the guest-of-honour.
Paying her tributes to national poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam, Hasina urged everybody to rise above small interests and communalism and learn how to value people as human being as taught by Nazrul.
“As a member of human race, everybody should uphold the values of humanity above all not only in his/her working place but also in every steps of life.”
Hasina expressed her pleasure for having the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Nazrul on his birthday and receive the degree from a university named after him.
“I think this honour is not only for me, but also the people of
Bangladesh,” she said, extending thanks to the university authorities for the degree.
Hasina said the advent of rebel poet Nazrul in the sky of Bengali literature was just like a comet. Nazrul, who was a poet, litterateur, music composer, musician, singer, music director, dramatist, actor, journalist, editor and soldier, has filled the Bengali literature with precious treasures.
Pointing out the partition of Bengal by British rulers, the Prime Minister said though Bengal was divided but Nazrul remained undivided. As to why, we see universities founded after the name of Nazrul both in Bangladesh and West Bengal, she said, according to state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.