The Department of Chemistry at Jahangirnagar University (JU) celebrated its 40th anniversary and a get-together of its present and former students yesterday. The department was established in 1972.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, who attended the programme as chief guest, said the university had progressed much in terms of providing tertiary education, practical knowledge.
Now it was the duty of its teachers and students to make and keep its environment normal, he said.
Former JU vice chancellor and Public Service Commission member Prof Shariff Enamul Kabir said: “The department has a noteworthy reputation at home and abroad and it should be perfectly carried forward in future.”
MP for Dhaka 19 seat (Savar) Dr Enamur Rahman said attended the programme as a special guest and appreciated different achievements of the university in the fields of education and research.
Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam said knowledge succeeds only when it comes to the use of people, adding that the department-provided education and -generated researches were effective for the people in the country.
Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Abul Hossain, General Secretary of Chemistry Department Alumni Association Professor Dr Wahiduzzaman also spoke at the programme.
Department of Chemistry Chairman Professor Dr Ilias Mollah, also president of the alumni association, presided over the programme.
Five professors of the Department of Chemistry and its two former students were given honorary crests for their extraordinary contribution in the field of chemistry education.
The teachers are Professor Dr Kalipad Kundu, Professor Dr Kazi Ali Aza, Professor Dr Abul Hashem, Professor Dr Abdul Hai, Professor Dr Rabiul Islam and the students are Nur Uddin and Dr Mohammad Ali.
Earlier around 10am, former and current teachers, and students brought out.