Eighty students today received gold medals at the 50th Convocation of Dhaka University for their outstanding results.
During the ceremony, 61 researchers were conferred Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees while 43 got Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees.
President Abdul Hamid, chancellor of the university, inaugurated the event at DU central playground in the morning with more than 17,875 graduates and postgraduates getting their degrees.
DU Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique is also present there.
At the event, DU will honour Prof Amit Chakma with “Doctor of Science (ScD)” degree for his outstanding leadership role in education and research.
Revive lost glory of student politics: President
President Abdul Hamid called upon the student community to come forward to bring back student politics on the right track and regain the lost glory once it used to enjoy, UNB adds.
"...the tide of youth never stops and I do believe their tide won't stop in the future, too. You must attach the highest priority to the interest of the country and the nation than the individual and familial gains," he told the 50th Convocation of Dhaka University on its campus.
"...the tide of youth never stops and I do believe their tide won't stop in the future, too. You must attach the highest priority to the interest of the country and the nation than the individual and familial gains," says President Abdul Hamid.
The president said the country's student community has a glorious role in Bangladesh's political history as they played a leading role in the 71 Liberation War, the 1952 Language Movement, Six-point Movement and other democratic movements of the country.
The student community always comes forward to resist all threats to the country's independence and sovereignty for which many of them had been harassed and sent to jail, he said, UNB added.
Noting that there is no alternative to political leadership for the nation's development which is complementary to democracy, Hamid said honest and competent leadership must be built up in the country through student politics to strengthen the foundation of democracy.
"I, myself, started politics through student politics. But, there's a huge difference between today's student politics and that of ours. During the 60s, the aims and objectives of student politics were to ensure welfare of the nation and the country," he said.
Students used to lead and control the politics in the past when there had been no space for dependence and common people showed respect to them, the President said, adding, "But now it is seen that individual or group interest is getting priority in student politics," he said.
"Sometimes, non-students control student politics. Thus, the trust, support and respect of people, even of general students, to student politics are decreasing gradually. This is not good for the nation and the country."
Asking the students to get united to get the student politics on the right path and start ideology-based and welfare-oriented politics, he said: "The student community has to play a leading role in this regard."
Recalling Dhaka University's contributions to the country's politics, Hamid said it has created many veteran politicians since its inception in 1921 and they played their significant role in the country's Liberation War, other democratic movement and its development.
"So, Dhaka University has a deep relation with the student politics. In one word, Dhaka University is the birthplace of politics," he added.