DU observes 91st Founding Day
Reported by: UNB Connect
Reported on: Jul 01, 2012 07:14 pm
Reported in: Education
Dhaka, July 01 (UNB) – Dhaka University on Sunday observed its 91st Founding Day amid great enthusiasm and festivity on campus with the eager participation of its current and former students.The theme of the day is ‘Higher Education in Women Empowerment’. DU Vice-chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique formally inaugurated the day by hoisting the national flag and cutting a cake on the university campus in the morning. Pro-Vice Chancellors Prof Nasreen Ahmed (academic) and Prof Shahid Akther Hossain (administration), university treasurer Prof Dr Kamal Uddin, registrar Syed Rezaul Karim, university faculty members and students were present at the inaugural session. Earlier, rallies were brought out from the residential halls of the university at 9 am and gathered at ‘Mal Chattar’. Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique led a colourful procession from ‘Mal Chattar’ (near administrative building) which ended in front of the TSC premises after parading different streets of the campus. The university authorities arranged various programmes, including exhibition, discussion, reminiscence and cultural sessions, sports and debate competitions, marking the day. A discussion on `Higher Education in Women Empowerment' was held at TSC auditorium with DU Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique in the chair. Pro-Vice Chancellors Prof Nasreen Ahmed (academic) and Prof Shahid Akther Hossain (administration), former VC Prof M Moniruzzaman Miah, Professor Emeritus Sirajul Islam and Treasurer Prof Dr Kamal Uddin, among others, spoke at the discussion.Professor Emeritus Anisuzzman read out the keynote paper on `Higher Education in Women Empowerment' at the discussion. Former vice-chancellors, pro-vice chancellors, emeritus professors, teachers and representatives of staff and employees attended the discussion. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Arefin Siddique said women make up half the country’s population and it is quite impossible to develop the nation without educating them. Referring to the contribution of women in national development, he said education is a must to ensure equal rights of women in the country. The DU VC said women in developed countries have a major contribution in their tremendous progress. “So, women of our country must come forward to help develop the nation,” he said. In addition to the rally and discussion, a debate competition, football and cricket matches, cultural functions and drama were held on the occasion.The day is observed to mark the launching of academic activities by the university on this day in 1921. Starting off with just 847 students in three faculties and 12 departments in 1921, the university has grown to accommodate over 34,000 students and 1,805 teachers in 67 departments and 10 institutes at present. Over the decades, the university has churned out thousands of brilliant graduates despite the restrictions barring its development. The university is hampered by accommodation crisis, insufficient library space, political instability, violence, session jams, unhealthy dining facilities and fund shortages.
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