Guests urge fresh graduates to pursue entrepreneurship
The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) observed its 21st and 22nd convocations on Tuesday, with most of the students joining virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many faculty members attended the event in-person held at its auditorium in the capital.
Speakers at the program urged the fresh graduates to use their creativity to serve the country.
They also emphasized on becoming an entrepreneur and creating job opportunities for others, rather than serving as a job holder.
A total of 2,143 students were announced graduate officially by the university authorities -- 1,279 students under the 21st and 864 under the 22nd convocation.
Addressing the new graduates, IUB Vice Chancellor Prof Tanweer Hasan said: “You should try to find out the path which will be a part of sustainable development. Let’s be active to contribute to nation-building.”
The IUB arranged the convocation virtually for the first time, said A Matin Chowdhury, chairman of the university’s board of trustees.
He said: “The fresh graduates should now continue with the pursuit of patriotism, standing on the 50th anniversary of our independence through hard work, dedication and commitment.”
Also managing director of New Asia Ltd, Matin said that 34% of the graduates were female students, which he hoped would increase in the future. The university authorities were working to ensure gender balance among the faculty members and staffers.
Encouraging the students, Nilufer Zafarullah, chairman of Education, Science, Technology and Cultural Development Trust of the IUB, said: “Your graduation offers you the challenges you have not faced before. We are confident enough that you will shine in life.”
Addressing as the convocation speaker, Syed Manzur Elahi, chairman of the Board at Apex Footwear Limited, urged the graduates to live that life which they wanted.
“From today, you are going to start a new life. Follow your dream,” he told the graduates.
Foreigners remit over $5 billion from Bangladesh, he said, adding that the fresh graduates could get a chance in the corporate sector and make progress.
“It is good to be an entrepreneur and create job opportunities for many as unemployment kills the economy,” said Manzur Elahi, a former advisor to a caretaker government.
“Bank is the best friend for the entrepreneurs. Do not be loan defaulters rather follow your commitment,” he added.
He furthered: “Everybody should have practical dreams. If you are not believing in taking risks you cannot be an entrepreneur. You should do service for recruiters.”
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah urged the IUB authorities to make necessary changes to the curriculum and make the country proud.
Addressing the event as the chief guest on behalf of Chancellor of the university and President of the country Abdul Hamid, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni encouraged the graduates to become entrepreneurs instead of running after jobs.
“Apart from the dependency on examinations and getting certificates, we are trying to make the education delightful. We have many achievements but need more as we want improvement in uniqueness and quality education,” she added.
“If the universities nurture the students as suitable for practical infliction, we will not need the foreign workers,” she echoed with the convocation speaker.
Muntasir Hossain, head of Corporate Banking at Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC of Bangladesh, spoke on the occasion along with Suraiya Khan, a fresh graduate who conferred the valedictorian speech, while Niaz Ahmed Khan, the pro-vice chancellor, delivered the vote of thanks.
IUB Registrar Brig Gen (Retd) MdAnwarul Islam conducted the convocation session.