Prime minister's international affairs advisor Dr. Gawher Rizvi stated that the government is determined to set up a Rabindra University in Shahzadpur. The primary work of the university will begin soon. He made the remarks while addressing the inaugural session of the three-day Rabindra festival being held at the Shahzadpur Kacharibari on Thursday, marking the 153rd birth anniversary of the noble laureate.
The festival is being organised by Sirajganj District administration. Gawher Rizvi inaugurated the festival while Sirajganj deputy commissioner Md. Billal Hossain chaired the programme.
“Students from different countries would come to study here in Rabindra University if we ensure international standard,” Rizvi said, adding that such an initiative can take time to bear results.
The inaugural programme was addressed, among others, by lawmaker of Sirajganj-6 Hasibur Rahman Shopon, lawmaker of Sirajganj-5 Ishhaque Hosain Talukder and former VC of Rajshahi University Dr. Abdul Khaleque.
The speakers focused on the life and works of the bard. Tagore himself fell in love with the nature of Shahzadpur. Many of his literary works based on nature and casual rural life were inspired by his experiences here, the speakers said.
Later, artistes of Shilpakala Academy Ulahpara (Sirajganj) and artistes of Shahzadpur upazila performed music and dance, marking the opening of the festival.