DU English Department reunion
THE alumni society of the English department finally could hold its annual get together for 2007 at the British Council auditorium on March 8, in the spring afternoon, refreshed by a little shower in the morning, with chilly breeze bringing the essence of a refreshing day. The afternoon turned into a meeting place which was cherished by all.
Prof. SMA Faez, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, was present as the chief guest at the joyous event. He recollected memories and said that the English Department was one of the most important departments among the ones opened at first. Then the University was called the Oxford of the East, for high quality of teaching and the design of the university which was similar to the real Oxford.
Professor Sadrul Amin, dean of the Arts Faculty, was present on the occasion. Professor Khondaker Asharf Hossain, chairman the English Department, gave his thanks to all the members of the alumni society, the students and the advertisers and donors of the magazine.
The department is working on various ways to support the students. They are getting scholarships on the basis of merit. Some of the students are also getting financial support from the department. This could be possible as many organisations and noble persons have come forward to help provide scholarships for the students of the department. The department welcomes everyone to take part in such activities. The alumni society works hard to enhance the department and to create fund for buying books, computers and study materials for the students. This kind of information were delivered in the reunion.
The first phase of the programme was followed by the tea break. The students devided into groups and started chatting with their classmates or seniors during the interval. The oranges, the rolls, the sweetmeat, cakes and the hot coffee were happily savoured by the guests. The groups sitting on the lawn were engaged in cheerful laughters.
At the end of the reunion, the alumni society declared the name of the new president of the society and formed a new executive committee. Dr Ahsanul Huq, a student of the 1956 Master's batch was elected as the president of the alumni society.
The evening ended with cheers, then came the night. The songs were over, the alumnus bid farewell to each other with the hope to meet again in the next reunion of 2008. The cacophony of voices faded gradually, keeping the moments alive in our minds.
(Poet and journalist , Member of the executive Committee of the Alumni Society of the Department of English, Dhaka University.)
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