With the aim to acquaint the new generation with the history of the genocide that took place during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, a mobile museum named "The Walking Museum: University of Dhaka and 1971 Genocide " was inaugurated on Friday on the Dhaka University (DU) campus.
The university's Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) organized the program at the historic Bottola premises on the campus.
Addressing the program as chief guest, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor urged people to discover the history of the Liberation War.
“The initiative of the walking museum is a significant one as it allows us to recollect the history of the war through this," he said. "The students will also learn about the sacrifices of the martyred students of Dhaka University during that time.”
Reminiscing about the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said: “Bangabandhu was the leader of all religions, races and parties. His speech on March 7, 1971 touched every Bangladeshi's heart.”
DU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) Nasreen Ahmad said the political forces who came to power after Bangabandhu's assassination in 1975 distorted the history of the Liberation War.
Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, international relations professor and director of the CGS, and Ajay Das Gupta, deputy editor of the Daily Samakal, were present at the event as well.
Later, as the first activity of the Walking Museum, first-year students visited the historic Modhur Canteen of the DU campus. Around 6,000 DU freshers will visit the historic places of the campus on February 23-24.