DU’s founding anniversary today
News Desk || risingbd.com
Country’s oldest university and highest echelon of academic excellence, the University of Dhaka (DU) is celebrating its 101st founding day today (July 1) in a befitting manner.
The DU started its journey with just 877 students in three faculties and 12 departments in 1921.
The DU played a vital role in Bangladesh history. Its students and teachers sacrificed their lives in the Language Movement in 1952, the Mass Upsurge in 1969 and the Liberation War in 1971.
Even the national flag of Bangladesh was first hoisted at Bot Tola on the Dhaka University campus on March 2, 1971.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the eve of the day.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said, “The journey of Dhaka University started on July 1 in 1921 with the aim of spreading the light of knowledge in the Indian subcontinent.”
The head of the state expressed his sincere greetings to the current and former students, teachers, guardians and the staff on the 101st founding anniversary of the university, which is promoting knowledge for a long time.
The president hoped that Dhaka University would play a key role in creating knowledge through quality education and research.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her greetings to the members of DU family on the 101st anniversary of the university.
“I am very proud to be a former student of this university. Many members of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's family including Sheikh Kamal and Sultana Kamal are alumni in Dhaka University. So, I have a cordial relationship with this university.”
The Awami League-led government is relentlessly working to make Bangladesh's development sustainable by ensuring equal access to quality education for all, the premier added.
Both the president and the premier wished success of all the programmes taken on the occasion of the 101st founding anniversary of Dhaka University.