Dhaka – Teachers, students, alumni and well-wishers of Bangladesh’s leading public university have been celebrating its 98th founding anniversary amid fanfare and festivity.
Began with only 877 students in three faculties and 12 departments 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 university authorities have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day.
Dhaka University is the oldest university and the highest echelon of academic excellence in Bangladesh.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.
The President greeted the current and former students, teachers, guardians and the staffs on the occasion o the university’s founding anniversary.
“A knowledge-based society is a pre-requisite to establish a developed Bangladesh within 2041. Everybody hopes that Dhaka University will play a key role in creating knowledge through providing quality education and research,” Hamid said in a statement.
Hasina expressed her greetings to the members of DU family on the 98th anniversary of DU.
“Today, Bangladesh is synonymous with the journey of continuous development and the Dhaka University with its world-class excellence is one of the main associates of advancing Bangladesh,” said Hasina.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzaman announced a day-long programme to mark the day.
The day-long programmes include: assembly of teachers, students and staffs at 10:00am at Mall Chattar on the campus, hoisting of the national flag as well as DU flag, releasing of pigeons, cutting cake and arranging musical programme and bringing out colourful procession.
A discussion titled “Qualitative Education, Barriers and Solution” will be held at the TSC auditorium where Emeritus Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury will present the keynote speech.
Major building and infrastructures on the university campus have been illuminated with lights. Rare manuscripts are being exhibited at the university central library from 10am to 1pm on that day.
The day is being observed to mark the launching of academic activities by the university on July 1, 1921. The DU has played a vital role in Bangladesh history. Its students and teachers had sacrificed lives in the Language Movement in 1952, the Mass Upsurge in 1969 and the Liberation War in 1971