‘Students have to fulfill hopes and aspirations of their families, the nation’
President Abdul Hamid today asked every student to achieve international standards along with academic degrees.
"As the number of students in Dhaka University has increased over time, so has the scope of its infrastructure and educational activities," the president said.
"Competition has also been internationalised for the benefit of modern science and information technology. So, every student has to obtain international standards along with degrees," he said.
President Hamid was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Dhaka University's 16-day programme in celebration of the centenary of its founding. The programme will also mark the golden jubilee of the country's independence.
Hamid, who virtually attended the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest from his official residence, said that the university authorities also need to consider world standards in determining curriculum and teaching.
The president said that parents and guardians send their offspring to university with high hopes and aspirations.
"Besides, the country and the people invest for educating them. The students have to acquire the ability to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the family, the country and the people," he added.
Hamid said that the expansion of infrastructure, faculty members, students, departments and institutes contributes to the development of a university but the quality of education and research are key indicators.
"Higher education institutions, including universities, have to come forward to enhance the quality of education and the capacity of students, taking into account the needs and qualifications of the national and international labour market."
He hoped that Dhaka University will play a leading role in this journey.
The country's oldest public university, the highest seat of education and a cradle of democratic movement which began its journey on July 1, 1921, is celebrating its 100th founding anniversary.
The celebration has been delayed by five months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The president also unveiled special books, photography albums and websites on the centenary of the university.
Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman presided over the inaugural programme.