President for united efforts of Bangla-speakers to enrich language, culture
Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) - President Zillur Rahman on Sunday called upon the Bangla-speaking-people in Bangladesh and West Bengal to work together to cherish and enrich Bangla language, culture and traditions, as there are many similarities among them in various aspects.
The President made the remark while presiding over the third convocation of Daffodil International University (DIU) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid spoke at the function as special guest while Minister of Higher Education Affairs of Indian state of Paschimbanga Bratya Basu was the convocation speaker. Addressing the convocation, President Zillur Rahman said there are many similarities in traditions, art, literature, culture and language of the people living in Bangladesh and Paschimbanga of India.
â€œI hope that Bangla-speaking people of the two countries will work together to cherish and enrich Bangla language, culture and traditions,â€ he said. Welcoming Paschimbangaâ€™s Higher Education Affairs Minister Bratya Basu, the President said his presence as the convocation speaker has added glory to the function. â€œI wish him a pleasant stay in Bangladesh.â€
He underscored the need for reshuffling and modernizing the education curricula from primary to higher level with a view to grooming the students of the country into international standard citizens.
Apart from pursuing the basic education of arts, humanities, science and business studies, Zillur Rahman said new students would have to be connected with new knowledge and also build them as international standard citizens.
He said the countryâ€™s education curricula must incorporate the studies of its arts, literature, traditions, non-communality, and above all, the spirit of liberation war to help broaden the studentâ€™s minds and thoughts. â€œMainly, the higher education will have to be absolute and universal.â€ A total of 3220 graduate and undegraduate students from three faculties -- Science & Information Technology; Business & Economics; and Humanities and Social Sciences -- were conferred with degrees at the convocation. DIU trustee board chairman M Sabur Khan and its vice chancellor Prof Dr M Lutfar Rahman also spoke at the function.