Ongoing coronavirus outbreak overshadowed the 99th founding anniversary celebrations of Dhaka University and forced the university authorities to limit and cancel a number of programmes.
The programmes began rendering national anthem and hoisting the national flag and DU flag and releasing of pigeons on the premises of Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in the morning.
A discussion also was held through virtual platform from the Abdul Matin Virtual Classroom with the university vice-chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.
National Professor Rafiqul Islam presented a keynote speech in the discussion, titled ‘Dhaka University in the Centenary Context: Movement and Struggle’.
DU pro-VC (Academic) Professor ASM Maksud Kamal, pro-VC (Administration) Professor Muhammad Samad and treasurer
Professor Kamal Uddin also addressed the programme.
Apart from them, former VC Emajuddin Ahmed, AK Azad Chowdhury, SMA Faiz, two deans, two provosts, one registered graduate, DU Alumni Association presidents AK Azad and DU Teacher’s Association acting president professor Lutfor Rahman and general secretary Professor Md Nizamul Hoque Bhuiyan also joined the discussion.
Presiding over the programme, VC Md Akhtaruzzaman said that due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, university authorities could not hold the founding anniversary in style but hoped to celebrate it in grandeur in near future.
The Dhaka University, which stepped into 100th year on Wednesday, began its journey on the first day of July in 1921, opening its doors to higher education in this part of the erstwhile British-India.
The university enrols every year more than 5,800 students on the basis of merit in the first-year bachelor courses.
Starting off with just 877 students in three faculties and 12 departments in 1921, the university has grown to accommodate over 37,018 students taught by some 1,992 teachers in 83 departments, 12 institutes and 13 faculties, according to the university website.
The quality of education at country’s premium education institute University of Dhaka has eroded drastically over the decades, according to academics and some global rankings.
Academicians alleged that since its establishment, the university has cradled most of the progressive, secular, social, cultural and intellectual movements, but failed to maintain its educational excellence after independence of the country.
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