A special convocation ceremony was held at Dhaka University on Tuesday where the university Chancellor and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid conferred the honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Yukiya Amano, director general of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The special ceremony started at 2:30pm on Tuesday at Sir Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in the university and was attended by deans of all DU faculties, department heads, senate members, teachers, and vice-chancellors of other universities.
Addressing the ceremony, President Hamid said he believed that a bridge had been formed between the university and the IAEA through th convocation.
“As the chancellor of the University of Dhaka, I am very happy to confer Doctor of Laws on you,” he said.
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Since its inception in 1957, the IAEA has been playing a pivotal role in the nuclear field and seeking to promote safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies and prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the president noted.
In his speech, Yukiya said the IAEA was trying to help developing countries with the utilisation of nuclear technologies for the benefit of common people.
“Bangladesh is committed to the peaceful application of nuclear techniques to ensure food security, healthcare and power generation for the betterment of the country, and [the] IAEA will cooperate in those sectors.”
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Welcoming the IAEA chief, DU Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique said nonproliferation of nuclear weapons was urgent in today's world as it was not possible to keep the technologies of nuclear weapons under wraps forever.
"Other countries are bound to acquire the technology sooner or later via normal technological progress. The world will get progressively unsafe as more and more countries acquire the bombs. Nuclear nonproliferation is the crying need of the hour," he said.
In a message, State Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman said: "It is a great privilege for me to welcome Mr Amano. I am looking forward to seeing much closer cooperation with IAEA in near future in all our development initiatives."