Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) grand reunion titled “Hironmoyee Melbandhon 2016” was held at the university’s central playground yesterday.
The daylong programme started around 10am with people present at the programme singing the national anthem.
Delivering the welcome speech, DUAA member Dr Afia Dil, professor emeritus at Alliant International University, San Diego, California, said that Dhaka University has produced many talented individuals who are now contributing both at home and abroad.
“I always become very emotional when I am here. Thousands of memories flash before my eyes and I wonder if I will be present at such programmes in the future” said the 92-year-old Afia.
In her speech, she urged former students to uphold DU’s dignity through their creative and humanitarian activities.
Mesbah-ul-bar Chowdhury, the association’s oldest member who completed his MA in 1940, said the sound environment of the university was what he was most attracted to.
Addressing the reunion, he said: “The relationship between teachers and students was like father and son during our time and the atmosphere of education on the campus was also very good but the university has lost its glorious tradition mainly because of the dirty student politics.”
“We all should task ourselves with the responsibility to bring back the past glory of this institution,” said the 97-year-old Mesbah-ul-bar adding that he felt like going back to his student life.
Former DU vice-chancellor Prof Emazuddin Ahmed, also a prominent political scientist, said: “I have spent a lot of time in this campus and probably, I have achieved the most valuable things in life from here.”
Terming the upcoming 100th anniversary of the university as a great milestone, he said: “Most of the old aged alumni members may not be able to attend the gala ceremony in 2020 but today, we can enjoy the Hironmoyee Melbandhon with our friends and well wishers.”
DU Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, in his speech, said the teachers and students of DU have always worked for establishing truth and justice since its founding in 1921 and will continue to do so for the nation’s needs.
The programme was divided in three phases. In the first session, greetings were exchanged and a debate competition was held among the association’s members. The second session had a view exchange discussion and lunch. In the final session, a colourful musical ceremony was organised where prolific artists performed.