Hafiz centre opens at DU

Hafiz centre opens at DU

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A Hafiz premise constructed with support from the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran was inaugurated at the 5th floor of the Arts faculty building of Dhaka University on 10 October last.Dr. Muhammad Baker Khurrumshad, chairman, culture and relations organisation of the Islamic Republic of Iran was the chief guest at the function presided over by Dr. Areefin Siddique, vice-chancellor of the university.
Mohammad Reza Dardandi, deputy chief of the international affairs wing of the Saadi Foundation of Iran and Dr. Sadrul Amin, dean of the faculty of arts of Dhaka University were guests of honour at the function while Pro vice-chancellor Dr. Shaheed Aktar Hossain and Hossein Amenian Tusi, ambassador of Iran were special guests.
In his address Dr. Khurrumshad noted that the culture of Persian language in Bangladesh was many centuries old and made mention of a number of Persian books written in the region. He also referred to a number of titles translated from Persian into Bangla.
He said that of the many aspects of Persian language, one was spiritualism. Persian was still alive in this land because of its spiritual aspect, he said expressing the hope that the economic, cultural and political relations between Iran and Bangladesh would grow stronger in the coming days.
On the following day Dr. Muhammad Baker Khurrumshad had an opinion-exchange meeting with eminent intellectuals, teachers, poets litterateurs and journalists at the Iranian cultural centre.
He told the meeting that not in a very distant past the number of troops and size of the population were considered as sources of power. Quoting from French philosopher Michel Fuku he said knowledge is power in today’s world. Reflection of the same idea is found in two lines of a 1000-year-old verse by poet Ferdousy. A nation can be called powerful if it is endowed with knowledge and science, even if it does not have military prowess.
Dr. Khurrumshad said that four Iranian scientists became victims of secret killings in 2012. They were not soldiers, but were killed because of their knowledge power. He said Iran does not need a bomb; knowledge is the source of its power.
From the audience Dr. Prof. Shah Kawsar Mustafa Abululayi, of the department of philosophy, Dhaka University, Mostafa Kamal Majumder, former editor, The New Nation, Prof. Abu Ahmed, Prof. Dr. Anisuzzaman, department of philosophy, Dhaka University, Dr. Saiful Islam Khan, Pro-Vc of the University of Science and Technology, Senior advocate of Supreme Court AKM Badruddoza, and Prof. Kazi Nurul Islam of Dhaka University took part in the opinion exchange meeting, says a press release.

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