157th Anniversary of Magura Government
The Magura Government High School, earlier known as the Maguara Model High School, recently celebrated its 157th anniversary. Established in 1854, it has produced various achievers in diverse disciplines. The school was later nationalized in 1970.
March 18 saw festivities and celebrations being carried out at the school compound. Many of the former students had taken up an initiative of organizing a reunion for the school's 157th birthday. It was a daylong event that celebrated the institution's more than one and one-half centuries' worth glorious role of contribution towards education in the country. The event was titled: 'Esho Mili Projonmo Theke Projonme' as in, 'Come Let Us All Become One: From One Generation to the Other'. The festivities included a colorful rally, cultural functions, and sessions to remember past days, along with the nostalgic atmosphere of old class mates catching up with their past in joy.
L-R: Former students and guests render national anthem at beginning of the
reunion. Colourful rally at the reunion
At least four thousand former students were present at the venue during the auspicious moment. People from different walks of life, people living abroad, and people now living in different parts of the country showed up. Even more so, the oldest living student of the school, Kazi Ansaruddin attended the day long programme.
Former student and current law maker from the area Dr. Mohammad Serajul Akbar was also present. Amongst other renowned names attending the event, who were graduates from Magura Government High School during the last century and half, were: Khan Ziaul Haque, Ayub Hossain Siddiquee, Aminul Islam Chandu Mian, AQM Shafiqul Islam, and Prof. Kamruzzaman Chand (now an expatriate in USA).
The most odd, and maybe the most appreciated aspect of the event was the absence of any chief or special guests! No one was appointed as such as everyone present was the special guest. This had made the 'remembering session' the most enjoyable program during the whole event. Former students Abdul Muktadir, Dr. Alimuzzaman, Ahsan Habib Kishore, Abu Imam Mohammad Baker, Shafikuzzaman Bachchu, Monowar Hossain Khan, Khan Imam Hossain Pikul, Sharif Azizul Hasan Mohon and Saifuzzaman Shikhar reminisced their old days at the school during the sessions making the whole thing a huge success.
The function ended successfully leaving the audience wanting more with a cultural show in the evening. Renowned artistes Samina Nabi and SI Tutul performed at the show along with local singers Saiful Islam Hirok, Bikash and ASM Saimon. The credit goes to those former students who had organized the whole reunion with the help of the cultural society of Magura and former National Footballer Syed Nazmul Hasan.
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