Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) Professor Dr AKM Nurun Nabi has called for turning the grieve of Bangabandhu’s assassination into energy for accelerating national development.
“Bangladesh would never come into being without Bangabandhu’s birth,” he said asking all to build a prosperous and non-communal Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu under leadership of his able daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Professor Nabi, also a valiant freedom fighter and noted population scientist, was addressing a discussion at central cafeteria of the university to observe the National Mourning Day and 41st martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Monday afternoon as the chief guest.
The university authority chalked out elaborate programmes including wearing black badges, hoisting of black flag and national flag at half mast, placing floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Independence Memorial on the campus.
Deans of different faculties, heads of different departments, teachers, students, officials, employees and staffs of the university took part in the mourning procession led by Professor Nurun Nabi on the campus and adjoining areas.
A one-minute silence was observed in front of the portrait of Bangabandhu and special munajat offered seeking divine blessings for the departed souls of Bangabandhu and all other martyrs of black night of August 15 in 1975.
Convener of the Mourning Day Observance Committee Professor Dr Nazmul Haque presided over the post-mourning procession discussion. Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Dr Tazul Islam, Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies Professor Dr Ferdous Rahman and Registrar Muhammad Ibrahim Kabir addressed the discussion as special guests.
The VC distributed ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Awards and cash money among winners of the ‘Story and Essay Writing Competitions on Bangabandhu’s Life and Deeds’ arranged for the first time in the university in four categories on the occasion.
The first time awards recipients are: Associate Professor of the Department of Bengali Dr Abu Saleh Mohammad Wadudur Rahman (teachers’ category), Assistant Director of the Finance & Accounts Department Harun Tazif Joy (officers’ category), post-graduate student Zinnatunnesa of the Department of Bengali (students’ category) and Assistant Store Keeper Shirina Akhter (employees’ category).
The VC put emphasis on conducting more research on Bangabandhu and called upon the young generations for knowing more about Bangabandhu, true history of the War of Liberation and nurturing those to make independence meaningful for everyone. “Bangladesh and Bangabandhu are inseparable.
Bangabandhu is Bangladesh,” he said and asked all to further strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in taking the nation towards prosperity in realising Bangabandhu’s dream of building a Sonar Bangla, reports BSS.