Vol. 5 Num 1061 Sun. May 27, 2007  

Gopal's memoirs bear vital issues of DU

Gopal Chandra Das, a valiant freedom fighter, a collector and photographer of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) collection centre, has written a book documenting his experiences on the university campus during the last five decades.

The publication ceremony of the book, 'Monidipto Campus', which is the first volume of 19-volume history, was held with the presence of renowned DU teachers at Ducsu building yesterday.

Gopal said this volume contains writings on a number of renowned and respected teachers of DU and different elements on the campus that have been lost or unknown to students of the university but bear historic importance.

On the occasion, DU Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz, former VC Maniruzzaman Miah, Prof Serajul Islam Chowdhury, Prof Aminul Islam, Prof Rangalal Sen, Prof Niaz Zaman, Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, Pro-VC Prof AFM Yusuf Haider, Treasurer Prof Syed Abul Kalam Azad and others were present.

Prof Aminul said like Modhu Dey and Hakim, who served the university until their death, Gopal is also going to be an institution with his lifelong contribution to the university.

Gopal, who began his life as a canteen boy at historic Modhu's Canteen in 1960s, has defied all the obstacles and won in the battle of life, Prof Chowdhury said.

He said, "With the power of his mind to fight against all obstacles, once canteen boy has become collector and photographer of Ducsu collection centre and created example by being a history writer."

"The example Gopal has created is simply pursuable."

Prof Maniruzzaman said in spite of not having institutional education, what Gopal had done would have not been impossible if he had not have a refined mind and developed cultural thoughts.

As a collector of Ducsu, Gopal has been collecting documents of various issues and preserving them that will be valuable in the coming days, Prof Siddique said.

He hails from Sonagaji of Noakhali district. He was appointed at Ducsu as a bearer in 1970 and actively took part in the liberation war in 1971.

After formation of Ducsu collection centre, Gopal, familiar to all at the university, has been appointed as its collector and photographer.

Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof SMA Faiz, extreme left, and other senior teachers hold copies of a book titled 'Monidipto Campus' by Gopal Chandra Das, third from left, at the publication ceremony of the book at Ducsu building yesterday. From right are Prof Serajul Islam Chowdhury, former VC Maniruzzaman Miah, Pro-VC Prof AFM Yusuf Haider and Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique. PHOTO: STAR