After years Independence Day gets a fitting memorial at CU
Chittagong University (CU) authorities observed the 38th Independence Day amid much enthusiasm this year with special programmes that drew students, teachers and other employees of the university and outsiders as well.
Programmes on the occasion included an exhibition of rare documents of Liberation War; posthumous award to one of the fifteen martyrs of CU; felicitation for an Ekushey Padak winner; discussion; competitions on essay writing, painting, recitation and friendly football, volley-ball and handball matches.
A huge number of visitors thronged the three-day exhibition of rare documents of the war at CU Museum. The exhibition opened last Tuesday.
Photographs of the fifteen martyrs of CU, their profiles, some write-ups on freedom fighters, important documents, clippings of newspaper reports during the war, books and more were displayed at the exhibit that concluded on March 26.
The Independence Day programmes began at the first hour of the day (march 26) at CU Swadhinata Smarak Bhashkarjo (memorial sculpture) premises with members of BNCC playing the trumpet and bugle.
CU Vice Chancellor Dr. Abu Yusuf paid tribute to the martyrs first through placing wreaths at the memorial at 7:30 am. Teachers, university staff and students soon followed.
At a discussion, the VC emphasised the need for combined efforts imbued with the spirit of Liberation War to uphold the country's image in the world.
“We have to confront the rise of terrorism and fundamentalism in the country to ensure our sovereignty,” Dr. Yusuf said.
Later, the posthumous award for Mohammad Hossain Bir Pratik, former chairman of the university's Engineering department who embraced martyrdom during the war, was announced. Hossain's sister Benura Begum received the award.
Ekushey Padak winner Professor Mansurul Karim of the CU Fine Arts Department was also honoured. Prizes were handed among the winners of the essay, painting, recitation and music competitions.