Prof M Lutfar Rahman, vice-chancellor of Daffodil International University (DIU), centre left, shakes hands with Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, managing editor of The Daily Star, after signing a memorandum of understanding which stipulates that the university will subscribe to 8,000 copies of the English daily every Sunday, when the supplement Star Campus comes out, for one year from June 1 to enhance the English skill of the students. Md Sabur Khan, chairman of DIU Board of Trustees and president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, were also present at the event in DIU auditorium in the capital yesterday. Photo: Star
Daffodil International University (DIU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Daily Star yesterday to enhance English skills of the university students by developing their habit of reading English newspaper.
Under this agreement, signed at DIU in the capital's Sobhanbagh, the university will subscribe to 8,000 copies of The Daily Star every Sunday, when the supplement Star Campus comes out, for the next one year from June 1.
The authorities will distribute the copies among DIU students at a subsidised rate. The university currently has around 11,000 students.
The idea of this project was developed by DIU Chairman Md Sabur Khan, also president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He said Bangladeshis were losing opportunities of foreign jobs because of their poor English communication skills.
Addressing the students, Editor and Publisher of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam said, "The challenge of the 21st century is to be an informed citizen so that you can make intelligent decisions." Newspapers provide news and well-researched scholarly opinions to help readers form their own views, he added.
The MoU was signed by DIU Vice Chancellor Prof M Lutfar Rahman and The Daily Star Managing Editor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed on behalf of their respective institutions.
DIU Registrar Dr Md Fokhray Hossain and General Manager (Admin) of The Daily Star ASM Jamaluddin witnessed the signing.