DHAKA, March 31 (BSS) - Dhaka University today witnessed the biggest ever convocation in 91 years with the participation of around 17,000 graduates in it.
The graduates started gathering at the central playground of the alma mater for its 46th convocation since morning.
Clad in dark black gowns, ties and caps, the ex-students met their fellow friends, senior and juniors, in front of Aparajeyo Bangla, Razu Monument at TSC and at the convocation gate at Doyel Chattar and Central Shaheed Minar.
The entire university wore a festive look for the last few days as part of the biggest ever convocation in the history of the university, established in 1921.
President and Chancellor of the university Zillur Rahman inaugurated the function, while Director-General of World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy spoke as the Convocation Speaker at the function.
The university conferred honorary 'Doctor of Laws' degree on Lamy for his support to Bangladeshi products to enter European market to a great extent while he was the European Commissioner for Trade.
Vice Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Harun-or-Rashid, Treasurer Professor Mijanur Rahman, deans of different faculties, registrar, proctor and provosts of different dormitories attended the function.
Zillur Rahman called upon the students to contribute more to nation building activities, instead of getting involved in intra- party clash over trifling matters.
"The nation doesn't expect student organisations to be involved in intra-party clash due to petty interests," he said.
Pascal Lamy said Bangladesh was on track to achieve its development goals to become a middle-income country by 2021.
"The government is well on track to meet many of these time-
bound targets, including achieving middle income status by 2021," he said.
Professor Arefin Siddique said, "We have prepared our graduates through discussions, sharing of experiences and discourses that would also inspire them to perform duties sincerely."
He called upon the graduates to avoid 'indirect bilingualism' or distortion of language to save the mother tongue from such threats.
A total of 16,826 graduates, post-graduates, researchers, M.phil and Ph.D holders took part in the festival.
A total of 41 graduates and researchers were given awards of 43 gold medals for their outstanding contribution in academic and research activities.
"We have passed our golden time in the university and the knowledge we attained will inspire us to serve the humanity," Biplob Chandra Sarkar, a graduate of 2011, told BSS after attending the convocation.
Another graduate, Ashrful Islam, has a different view. "We are ready to serve the country but the country has to provide us with opportunities to use our expertise."
Farhana Khandoker, a graduate from Economics department, said semester system education was not suitable for them. It has provided the 'formal' education, where rooms for versatile knowledge were very narrow.
The government should enhance the budget for qualitative improvement of higher education, especially in a university like Dhaka, said another graduate, Uma Rani Das.