With the 100th founding anniversary of Dhaka University just a year away, a grand reunion of the university's former students was held on the campus yesterday.
Festivity was in the air at university's central playground as hundreds of its former students joined the reunion to fondly recall old times and make new memories with friends and classmates.
They took part in joyful interactions, sang their hearts out, danced and took photos during the daylong programme titled “Shotoborsher Darprante Dhaka Bishwabidyalay”, organised by Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA).
DU being the highest echelon of academic excellence in the country, the programme unsurprisingly turned into a gathering of eminent scholars, top politicians, noted intellectuals, accomplished bureaucrats and other distinguished personalities who for a few hours went back to their student lives with friends.
Leaving aside the differing opinions and ideologies, many politicians, intellectuals and others sat together to have a chat and reminisce their glory days.
“I feel nostalgic. Fond old memories are coming back,” said Humayun Khalid, a graduate of Social Welfare and Research institute.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the daylong programme at 10am by hoisting the national flag and releasing balloons. Former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was present as the chief guest.
The DU VC, in his speech, said that the university always played a vital role in the history of the country. “Whenever a national crisis emerges, teachers and students of the institution take the lead to address it,” he said.
In his speech, advisory council member of Bangladesh Awami League, Tofail Ahmed, urged the university authorities to hold its forthcoming central students' union polls fairly as it is the birthplace of future leadership.
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, “The birth of Bangladesh as an independent country is connected to this university. The contribution of students and teachers of this university will never be forgotten. It is a living legend in the history of Bangladesh.”
The event was presided over by DU Alumni Association president AK Azad. DUAA former president Syed Manzur Elahi and its general secretary Ranjan Karmakar addressed the inaugural session.
DU Pro-VC (Academic) Prof Nasreen Ahmad, Pro-VC (Administration) Prof Muhammad Samad, former DU VCs, cabinet members, members of the parliament, judges, VCs of different universities of the country, politicians, Swadhinata Padak and Ekushey Padak winners, cultural activists and senior officials of the government and non-government organisations, among others, were also present at the programme.