Staff Reporter from Mymensingh, Bangladesh
The current trend of commercialisation of education is affecting its quality, upsetting Bangladesh’s envisaged goal of developing world-standard manpower for national progress. Commercialisation of education hampers its quality. It is also a barrier to flourish merits and we must stop it, President Abdul Hamid said while addressing the first convocation ceremony of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) on its campus in Trishal, Mymensingh as Chancellor of Bangladesh universities.
The president said universities are regarded as centres of excellence to build skilled manpower, which was a more crucial task at present as “the world is more competitive now”. He said the higher education has significantly expanded in both home and abroad the country’s public and private sectors “but the standard and atmosphere of education are yet to be reached at the expected level in all universities”. University is a place of practising multiple-knowledge and the authorities concerned must ensure necessary facilities for each student so that they can acquire knowledge on current affairs alongside the routine and monotonous academic curriculum.
At the outset of his speech, the President paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 1971 martyrs, heroes of the language movement and other democratic mass campaigns. The president also paid rich tribute to the memories of national poet Nazrul particularly recalling his mission for uniting the people of all religions, casts and professions across the globe.
He described Nazrul to be great humanitarian who tried to break the man-made artificial wall of differences through his writings and expected the university named after him to not only spread his creative works to newer generations but also to pave a pathway to pay real homage to the great revolutionary poet of Bengali literature in the days ahead.
About the sense of humanity of the rebel poet, the President said Nazrul was strongly vocal against imperialism, colonialism, feudalism, fanaticism, communalism and repression.
He called upon the new graduates to follow the spirit of the national poet and enrich them being imbued with Nazrul’s works and spirit to build a happy and prosperous “Sonar Bangla”, as dreamed by Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A total of 1845 students obtained graduation degree in the first convocation of the university and 28 of them got gold medals for their outstanding academic excellence.
Prof. Emeritus Dr Rafiqul Islam spoke as the convocation speaker on the occasion. Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Abdul Mannan and JKKNIU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohit Ul Alam, among others, spoke at the ceremony.
First convocation ceremony JKKNIU was held on 21 April. President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, presided over the convocation ceremony at 2:30pm. JKKNIU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Mohit Ul Alam delivered the welcome speech.
Rumjhum Bijoya Ritchil, a Garo student from Music Department, attended in the convocation program.
Rumjhum is very well known personality among the students at JKKNIU campus as she sings well and won TV contest in Rabindra Sangeet previous year.