President Professor Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed, on the occasion of the first convocation of Bangladesh University (BU) on 28 February 2008, called upon the scholarly section of the society for upholding the values of education, keeping national interest above everything.
As you know universities being the highest seats of learning act as the catalyst for setting society’s tune. As a result, the role of universities is of paramount importance to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the society, he added.
The President said this while addressing the first convocation of Bangladesh University at Bangladesh-China- Friendship Conference Center (BCFCC) at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University, Quazi Azher Ali, also spoke on the occasion. Military Secretary to the President Major General Mohammad Aminul Karim and Secretary Md. Sirajul Islam were also present at the convocation. Professor Iajuddin Ahmed said “Our universities should focus on fostering innate intellect of the students so that they can make immense contributions both academically and intellectually to our development process.” “A university is an institution that instills in young people notions of self-respect, honor and dignity and cultivates an environment for producing competent, honest and sound leadership that would eventually control the destiny of a nation.” he said.
The President said universities should be dedicated to make ‘good man’ through its collective and academic endeavors as they (good men) act nobly. “Our endeavors must be directed and dedicated to achieve the noble mission of education,” he added. President Iajuddin Ahmed, who is also the Chancellor of the country’s all universities, asked the university authorities to come forward for ensuring quality education through holistic approach.
He underscored the need for ensuring congenial atmosphere for education, full-time faculty, sufficient laboratory and library facilities and research activities in all universities for imparting quality education. Describing convocation as a milestone and a memorable occasion not only for the students but also for their guardians and the university as a whole, Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed said the graduates deserve acknowledgement and validation for their accomplishments. The knowledge and skill that you have earned so far would be the main instrument to face the growing challenges of time,” he told the graduating students.
“It is your moral responsibility to demonstrate the highest degree of personal honesty and integrity in your professional arena and serve the nation with utmost dedication imbued with the sense of patriotism and obligation,” he added. VC Quazi Azher Ali in his speech stressed on the need of imparting modern knowledge in all fields. He also underlined that unless the school and College education system is modernized and improved, the higher education cannot go far. For this qualified teacher with modern education is required.
Total 1225 students participated in the 1st Convocation of Bangladesh University.