News Desk : dhakamirror.com
The first convocation of Canadian University of Bangladesh was held on Tuesday. President Md Abdul Hamid, also chancellor of the universities, was present as chief guest of the programme at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and children’s rights activist was the convocation speaker on the occasion, said a press release.
The president in his speech said that this may be his last appearance at the private university convocation. He urged everybody to spread the local brands and names globally and hold their products with pride.
The president also said, ‘Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian University of Bangladesh Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat has successfully managed his business in Canada for many years. But now he is back in the country and making huge investments in various sectors. I call upon all expatriate businessmen to invest in the country.’
Convocation speaker Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi motivated the students and said, ‘You have to dream, discover yourself, implement any good initiative. May be one day a student of the Canadian University of Bangladesh will become a Nobel Laureate and I will surely come to participate in the celebration.’
In the speech of the special guest, deputy minister of education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury said, ‘Private University Act-2010, National Education Policy 2010, and Higher Education Development Project, Bangladesh Research and Education, have been taken by the current government. Education rate in Bangladesh has increased appreciably. We now provide skilled manpower, who are now taking a place in the heart of the world by showing their efficiency all over the world.’
Canadian University of Bangladesh founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat said in his speech, ‘Canadian University of Bangladesh has various departments suitable for modern times. There are scholarship opportunities to encourage students. This educational institution has direct affiliation with various business and research institutes including Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Apart from this, the university is associated with universities and institutions of various countries including Canada.’
In the convocation, 430 graduates from various faculties of the university received degrees. Among them four students Samiah Binte Nayeem, Sumaiya Sultana, Farzana Bint Mohammad, Md. Shakhawat Hossain received the gold medal from the president.
Prime minister’s private industry and investment adviser Salman F Rahman attended the convocation as guest of honour and Binary University of Malaysia chancellor Joseph Adaikalam, CEO of Aero Business and GE Gas Power Dipesh Nanda joined as special guests.