EWU holds 10th Convocation amid great festivity
Mohammed Riajul Hossain
East West University held its 10th Convocation at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday 06 March 2011.
His Excellency Md. Zillur Rahman, President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh presided over the programme and conferred the degrees. Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of University of Dhaka, delivered the convocation speech, and Education Minister Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid MP attended the ceremony as the special guest.
A total of 1073 graduates from 9 departments received certificates in the convocation. Of them 712 were conferred undergraduate degrees and 361 graduate degrees.
In his speech, President Zillur Rahman asked the private universities to impart quality education and ensure that education is not turned into a commodity. “It must be ensured that education is not turned into a commodity in the greater interest of the nation,” he said. President Zillur Rahman urged the universities to include practical education in their curricula as compulsory subjects so that students acquire knowledge of reality alongside book-based learning. “It must be ensured that higher education is not turned into bookish knowledge under any circumstances,” the president said.
He said one of the objectives of higher education is to create such human resources that can contribute to solving national problems, imbued with own cultural spirit. “We have to learn the technique of how to use the knowledge acquired from universities for the national development,” he said. The president asked the students to acquire knowledge from their lives and surroundings that contain national history, tradition, culture and direction of solving crises. Zillur Rahman, who is also chancellor of all the universities, expressed his belief that the universities would conduct their activities in line with the newly formulated National Education Policy 2010.
Congratulating the new graduates, he hoped that they would try their best with their talent and creativity to implement the government's 'Vision-2021' to build an information technology-based prosperous Bangladesh.
In his speech, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged the graduates to serve as responsible citizens of the country. He told that the present government had taken several initiatives to ensure proper education for the people of Bangladesh.
In his welcome speech, EWU Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammad Sharif told the graduating students that it was their day for celebration. It is the outcome of their hard work to achieve a degree from a reputed private institution in Bangladesh. Their guardian and teachers had also played an important role in that achievement.
In his speech, Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, President, Board of Trustees of EWU, put emphasis on the need of education and patriotism. He urged the students to use their earned knowledge for the wellbeing of Bangladesh. He told that it is the duty of the new-comers to hold the rudder of the country. Dr. Farashuddin also described the historical background of the university and thanked the founding-members of the board for their role in establishing East West University.
In his speech, Convocation Speaker Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique emphasized the role of a university in generating knowledge and producing the human resources for a nation. He told that the evaluation of a university depends on the quality of the students and their contribution in practical life. A university is also responsible to build up their character, moralities and other important traits for future.
Professor Dr. Humayun Kabir Choudhury, Chairperson of BBA Department was the convocation-marshal on that day while Shehreen Raihana, a student of Pharmacy Department delivered the valedictorian speech.