The grand celebration of DU’s founding centenary will be held on November 1, said the vice-chancellor
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities on Thursday celebrated the university’s birth centenary on a limited scale due to the Covid-19 upsurge.
No grand physical events were held on the campus to mark the day. But some events were held online. Only a few people were present at symbolic programs marking the centenary.
DU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the centenary celebration by planting Buddha coconut trees at the Curzon Hall premises.
Later the limited scale centenary program of the day commenced through a rendition of the national anthem, hoisting of the national and university flags and a display of colourful balloons in front of Sir Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university.
The VC announced that the grand celebration of DU’s founding centenary would be held on November 1, as the Chancellor of the university and President of Bangladesh Md Abdul Hamid had consented to inaugurate the gala program on the day.
“Dhaka University, our beloved educational institution, has reached its centenary with its glory of acquiring and disseminating the light of knowledge,” Prof Akhtaruzzaman said.
In the afternoon, a virtual discussion was held where prominent language movement hero Abdul Gaffar Choudhury delivered the keynote speech on “Centenary of Dhaka University: Looking Back.”
DU Pro-VC (administration) Prof Muhammad Samad, Pro-VC (academic) Prof ASM Maksud Kamal, Treasurer Prof Momtaz Uddin, Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani and newly appointed acting Registrar Prabir Kumar Sarkar attended the session among others.
Besides, marking the day, a total of six thematic webinar series were held throughout this year, with one every month, starting with Science for Society in February 2021, followed by Arts, Literature and Culture in March 2021, Business in April 2021, Social Sciences in May 2021 and Futures of Higher Education in June.
On July 1, 1921, the university began its journey with 60 teachers and 877 students on a campus over a 600-acre area of land.
Commemorative stamp released
The Postal Department has issued commemorative stamps on the occasion of the centenary celebration of Dhaka University, the highest echelon of academic excellence.
A commemorative stamp worth Tk10, an envelope worth Tk10, a data card worth Tk5 and a special seal were issued in this regard, said a press release.
The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mustafa Jabbar, unveiled the commemorative stamp and inaugrual envelope and released the data card on Thursday.
The Philatelic Bureau of Dhaka GPO will sell commemorative stamps, opening envelopes and data cards from Thursday.
Later, it will be sold from all GPOs and post offices in the country.