The Dhaka University authorities on Tuesday observed the historic ‘Flag Hoisting Day’ on the campus to a limited extent amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Independent Bangladesh’s first national flag, with a yellow map of Bangladesh inside a red disc in a green ambience, was hoisted on March 2, 1971, amid cheers from the students at a massive gathering on the Dhaka University campus.
The then vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union ASM Abdur Rob hoisted the national flag of independent Bangladesh on behalf of Swadhin Bangla Chhatra Sangram Parishad on the historic ‘Bat Tala’ premises.
DU vice-chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the day’s programme on the premises of Bat Tala in front of the arts building while the students of the DU music department performed the national anthem.
Coordinator of the programme and arts faculty dean Professor Abu Md Delwar Hossain delivered the welcome speech.
Paying glowing tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding president of the country, Professor Akhtaruzzaman said that March is the month of independence, sovereignty and pride as the nation had witnessed the most significant events of its history from March 1971.
The vice-chancellor underscored the need for presenting the significance of the day to the new generation to let them know the country’s glorious history.
‘2021 is the centenary of Mujib’s birth, the golden jubilee of independence and the centenary of Dhaka University, so this is not an ordinary year. This year is containing extra significance of liberation war,’ he said.
The vice-chancellor urged the students to take lessons from history to be imbued with liberal, non-communal and human values to lead the nation in the days to come.
DU Pro-VC (academic) Professor ASM Maksud Kamal, Pro-VC (admin) Professor Muhammad Samad, treasurer Professor Momtaj Uddin Ahmed, proctor Professor AKM Golam Rabbani, Dhaka University Teachers’ Association general secretary Professor Nijamul Haque Bhuiyan also attended the event.
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