Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Professor Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed, Honorable President of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Governors, Daffodil International University, Professor Nazrul Islam, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Professor Dr. Aminul Islam, Vice Chancellor, Daffodil International University, graduating students, parents, faculty members, ladies and gentlemen
It is indeed a great pleasure and privilege for me to attend the Second Convocation of Daffodil International University as the Convocation Speaker. On this grand occasion I congratulate all the new graduates for achieving this glory in their academic life. I would also like to congratulate all the parents for the sacrifice they have made to ensure proper education for their young ones. I am sure their expectation and sacrifice will not go in vain and future will justify the financial investment they have made for the higher education of their children. I also congratulate the teachers who have painstakingly persevered with their wards.
The graduates who have come out with flying colors will have to shoulder the responsibility to develop the country in diverse fields of activities. After years of hard work and rigorous training, the enlightened graduates will pursue the varied professions to mould themselves as worthy citizens of our country. Their service effort, honest persuasion and social commitment will contribute to enhance the prestige and reputation of their alma mater.
I take great delight in mentioning that Daffodil International University, as one of the leading private universities of Bangladesh, has played a commendable role for the expansion of higher education. In a country like ours where only a small percentage of graduates qualify for admission to public universities, the need for the private sector participation cannot be overemphasized. The nation will certainly acknowledge the initiative of the private sector to support the public sector in providing education and produce able graduates to lead Bangladesh on the road to progress and prosperity in the decades to come. It is my firm belief that Daffodil International University will provide time befitting education together with ingrained moral and religious values to produce competent graduates to meet the demand of the time.
Compared to a few years ago, the world we live in today is passing through cataclysmic changes in scientific progress and technological advancement. In a world where knowledge is power and dissemination of knowledge is a necessity, where commercial activities rely largely upon interaction among nations, the quality of human resources equipped with the knowledge of modern science and technology will inevitably become an icon for success for a developing country like Bangladesh.
The Universities, therefore, have a leading role to play to develop the nationâ€™s human resources by producing quality graduates to meet the demand of the time. It is very gratifying to note that within a short span of time, DIU has grown into one of the pioneer universities of Bangladesh. I am happy to see that this university offers courses on major subjects like BBA, MBA, Management Information System (MIS), Computer Science, Computing and Information System (CIS), Textile Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, English, Law, Economics, Journalism and Mass Communication, Environmental Science, Real Estate, etc to its students. In no time the graduates will enter into the practical world where skilled knowledge in these areas will offer them more opportunity to make a successful career.
The world today is rapidly going to be reorganized and controlled by specialists and technicians. It can never be completely controlled but in the spectacular achievements of applied science and technology we tend to lose sight of the need for capable persons in the field of human relationship. One of the functions of the university is to develop character and personality and to produce men and women who should develop fellow feeling and compassion for others. It is for this reason that adequate provision for extra curricular activities of university life is rightly stressed. There is a great demand for more scientists, technicians and â€œpractical menâ€ but the university should exercise freedom to provide for students a cultural, spiritual and human development, otherwise they will become as much slave to the modern machine age as are forced laborers in a soulless autocracy.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Bangladesh has made considerable progress in establishing a comprehensive education system ranging from primary to higher level. Quality education, however, is the common expectation at all levels. Even though we have examples of academic excellence in limited areas, the overall quality of higher education remains a serious concern for the lack of adequate funds, shortage of qualified teachers, weak management and inadequate supervision. In many universities access to ICT, science laboratories and other academic facilities are very limited. There is also inadequate focus on science and technology or on areas of skilled manpower. The purpose of higher education is to produce skilled manpower with quality education to face the challenge of the time. I believe DIU will make a major contribution in producing graduates with skilled knowledge and religion based humanitarian outlook on life.
It is indeed a red letter day in your life which you will preserve in your memory forever. It makes the end of your academic career and now you are on the threshold of a new world which you will bravely face with the knowledge that you have acquired from your alma mater. On the one hand it is a day of joy and jubilation. On the other hand it is a day of leaving your alma mater to enter into the real battle of life. You will of course choose different professions according to your intellectual ability, taste and temperament. But you should always bear in mind that nothing can be achieved without hard work, devotion and commitment. It is your performance and dedication that will translate your academic degrees into a successful life. A mere academic degree will soon be a past event. What will matter is your continuous performance. Corruption has become a threat to social progress and prosperity and forces of evil are very strong. These forces must be defeated so that forces of good can triumph over evil.
May Allah guide you in your endeavor to achieve success and glory in life.
Justice Mustafa Kamal
Former Chief Justice of Bangladesh
& Former Chairman, Law Commission
Monday , May 26, 2008