At the Central Women’s University’s convocation ceremony on Sunday, political scientist Dr Rounaq Jahan offered six suggestions to graduates about to step into the professional world.
Dr Jahan’s first pointer for the graduates reminded them that success is inextricable from effort. “You should remember the sky is the limit, but you must strive hard to realize your dream. You must also remember that every challenge in life is also an opportunity to find your own inner strength and potential.''
The distinguished fellow of CPD and former Columbia University professor said the above during the university’s second convocation which was held at the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh on Sunday.
Dr Jahan provided five additional recommendations to the students to inspire them to persevere in spite of obstacles and make the world a better place:
“Do not let worries about social approval hold you back from pursuing your dreams. If you succeed in breaking unjust barriers you will find others will follow your footsteps. And soon the society’s attitude will also change. You will be appreciated and celebrated as role models.
''You have to overcome social prejudices and obstacles with the support of your family, teachers, and bosses in your workplace.
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Besides Dr Rounaq Jahan, CWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Perween Hasan, CWU Broad of Trustees member Kazi Zahedul Hasan and others speak during the university's convocation Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
''You should use your education to enhance your earning opportunities to ensure control over your own income.
''Don’t feel bad if your examination results were not all that good. There is more to life than simply being a good student. Your talent may lie in other areas. You need to discover them.
“You should keep in mind that there is nothing more satisfying than to be able to do some good for others voluntarily.''
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present during the event as the chair while University Grant Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan spoke as the special guest.
The minister said: “We want to ensure quality education for our children, but some private universities are not following the government’s rules and regulations.''
He added: “These universities should not operate further if they operate illegal campuses.”
CWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Perween Hasan and the university’s Board of Trustees member Kazi Zahedul Hasan, among others, also spoke at the program.