department worth mention
purpose of a University is to bring the horse near the water
and to make it thirst."
seem highly idealistic or the motto of a foreign university,
but this is actually in reference to my own experiences in
the past three years. I am a fourth year student of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology at Dhaka University. About a year ago,
our department was referred to as a "Room without a view"
in The Daily Star (July 21, 2003). I do not disagree, but
I want to emphasise the fact that my department is a perfect
room for cementing and fostering the bondage between teachers
and students. Ours is a department enriched with some outstanding
and extra-ordinarily talented teachers, many of whom are celebrated
scientists at home and abroad. Despite their great reputation,
they are very sincere, modest and friendly with their pupils
and care for them very much. There exists a positive relationship
of cooperation among teachers and students. We are like a
family assembled to share and exchange our knowledge, thoughts,
ideas and views. The teachers shine upon us the torch of knowledge
and teach us to thirst for it. In Dhaka University, where
unscheduled closures and session jams are a common phenomenon,
our department strives to maintain excellence. Though we are
the victims of the above, our department is doing its best
to make up for the loss. Often classes and midterms are held
on weekends and special exam schedules have been set. The
credit goes to the faculty of the department. I feel extremely
lucky and proud to be a student of this department and hope
we will be successful in our endeavours.
Rahman Department of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology University of Dhaka
I am a
student of HIA College. We have a uniform for that everyone
has to wear. A second year student was too poor to buy the
uniform. Except for the principal, all the teachers understood
this. The student would come to school by leaping over the
boundary wall in order to avoid the principal. A few days
ago, the principal saw him without his uniform. Instead of
helping him to buy one, he told him to get out of the college.
The students did not protest because of the principal's political
power. But the principal has ruined the boy's life because
he gave up his studies from the shame of this experience.
a 10-year-old girl, sells chocolates and flowers on campus.
On several mornings I've seen her collecting empty Phensidyl
bottles and drinking the last remaining drops with relish.
When I asked her why she does this, she said she could do
anything and everything for a bottle of Phensidyl. I tried
to discourage her but she just laughed at my concern and left.
It is terrible that the campus we are so proud of has an environment
where a child becomes a drug addict. Can we not expect a cleaner
and healthier atmosphere on campus?
Kaiser Toma Department of English, University
for a Brighter, Better Bangladesh
been learning English at school for as long as we have been
learning Bangla but it's still very difficult for us to speak
English. This is because of our surroundings. There isn't
anyone to speak to outside of our curriculum. Nobody encourages
us to speak English. It is because of this that we are behind
our neighbouring countries. I think that people should stop
waiting to get enrolled in spoken English courses and start
speaking among friends and classmates. This is the only way
to overcome English phobia. Of course we will make mistakes.
If necessary, teachers may be consulted to help. This will
help us to be more.
Chaklader Foundation Course, ICAB
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