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DU to confer Bangabandhu with honorary doctorate

  • Published at 09:04 pm December 7th, 2019
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File photo: The 43-foot portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the largest ever portrait made of the father of the nation, is installed at TSC in Dhaka University on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Collected

52nd convocation of Dhaka University will be held on Monday

The Dhaka University (DU) will confer Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) posthumously next year. 

"The degree will be awarded to Bangabandhu at the university convocation in 2020, marking the Mujib Year," Vice Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman said this at a press briefing at the Prof Abdul Matin Virtual Classroom on the campus yesterday. 

The press conference was organized to share details on the 52nd convocation of the university slated for tomorrow.  

Bangabandhu, who was a student of law department at the university, was expelled for organizing a demonstration in 1949 on the rights of the fourth grade staff. 

Sixty-one years later, in 2010, the Dhaka University Syndicate rescinded the expulsion of Bangabandhu.

DU's 52nd convocation

Meanwhile, the university has completed all necessary preparations to hold the 52nd convocation with 20,796 graduates at the university's central sports ground and two other venues.

The university Chancellor President Abdul Hamid will preside over the grand event at the university's central playground while Nobel laureate in Physics Prof Takaaki Kajita, also director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research of Tokyo University in Japan, will attend the program as the convocation speaker.

Although the convocation will begin at 11:30am, the graduates have been asked to enter the venue by 11am and to collect their certificates after the convocation ceremony.

This time, 98 students will get gold medals from the president, while Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees will be conferred on 57 and 14 students respectively.

Seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University will also participate in the convocation ceremony for the first time from two venues -- Dhaka College and Eden Mohila College campuses -- through video conferencing.

The first convocation of DU was held on February 22, 1923.