President Abdul Hamid yesterday expressed concern over people’s dishonesty in business, and urged newly graduated students to keep their integrity intact when working for the welfare of the nation.
He was speaking at the fourth convocation of Chattogram University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) on its campus in Rangunia of Raozan upazila.
He expressed concern that a section of people have the tendency of hiking prices of essentials, including rice and onion, by creating fake crisis, spreading rumours and using harmful chemicals.
“It’s a strange country...,” the president said, adding, “On one hand, farmers are harvesting paddy, and on the other, price of rice is on the rise. This is really very saddening.”
The head of the state advised the quarters concerned to shun these evil deeds.
The president suggested graduates to acquire world-standard knowledge and expertise to compete in the global arena.
He said engineers must have farsightedness and creativity in formulation of development plans for the country.
The president, also the chancellor of Cuet, urged all to focus on initiatives that can offset the adverse impacts of climate change.
“Bear in mind that we have to be economically self-reliant to uphold our dignity,” he added.
Underscoring the need for proper use of resources, the president said Bangladesh is a country with immense potential as it has huge human resources and arable land.
On teacher-student relations, he said, “Friendly relations between students and teachers can play an effective role to maintain a congenial academic atmosphere in universities.”
Congratulating new graduates, he reminded them of their responsibility towards the country, and asked them to work with devotion, honesty and sincerity.
A total of 2,231 graduates were conferred degrees. Two of them achieved Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree and three students received gold medals for their outstanding academic results.
Convocation speaker former chairman of University Grants Commission Dr AK Azad Chowdhury; UGC Chairman Prof Dr Kazi Shahidullah; Cuet Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Rafiqul Islam; secretaries concerned to the president and graduates’ family members, among others, were present at the programme.