Speech of the Chairman (BoT)

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Md. Sabur Khan
Chairman
Board of Trustees
Daffodil International University
 

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim, In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; His Royal Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, The Crown Prince of Perlis, Honorable Chancellor of UniMAP, Malaysia and the Convocation Speaker of this Convocation; Brigadier General Datuk Professor Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin, Honorable Vice Chancellor, University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Malaysia; Dedi Zefrizal, ST, Honorable CEO, Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia; Marniati, SE, M.Kes, Honorable Rector,  Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia; Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, DIU; distinguished academicians; respected parents; honorable guests; dear graduates and  ladies and gentlemen.

As-Salamu-Alaiqum and a very ‘Good morning’ to you all. I welcome you to our beautiful campus in Ashulia and express my gratefulness to all of you for being with us on this memorable day. It is indeed an unforgettable occasion for us because, on this auspicious day, students who have worked hard for years are harvesting the fruits of their labor. On behalf of the University community and on my own behalf, I congratulate our graduates on the realization of the objectives they set for themselves.

Distinguished audience

My heart is filled up with gratitude to Allah when I look back upon the days we started building this university. From a humble beginning with 68 students in 2002, we at present, have an enrolment of over 15,000 students. We not only have grown in terms of number of students, but also opened new departments in keeping with the needs for diversification in today’s world. We, therefore, have introduced specialized courses in areas of knowledge such as Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Real Estate, Software Engineering, Nutrition and Food Engineering, Environmental Science, Disaster Management, Multimedia & Creative Technology, Public Health, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Entrepreneurship, etc.

We have not only opened new frontiers of knowledge for our students, we are also constantly trying to ensure the quality of education through a rigorous control of academic affairs through an internal Quality Assessment System. A project named ‘Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)’ under the UGC/ World Bank initiatives has been formed and is working to enhance the quality of education at DIU. An initiative has also been taken under Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service (ISAS) of IAU to make DIU truly international. We have also established academic exchange programs with a number of universities in many different countries of the world. We have affiliations with Kauffman Foundation, ACBSP, NAFSA, AUPF, IIE, EAIE, IAU, AUAP, IAUP, ALA, UNAI, ESRUC, IEEE, ISTQB, ATIFTAF, ACE, APUCEN, ACU, among others. DIU has become a truly international university because we have had students from the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and America. Currently more than 200 foreign students are studying at DIU. I am very proud indeed that 44 foreign students are graduating in different fields of learning from DIU today.  We also have international research collaboration with Uppsala University, Sweden, University Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Cloud Computing, USA, BBC Media Action, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, American Center, British Council, IBM, WHO, KOHA, INASP and UNICEF.

Our students have been involved in significant projects like helicam and solar car. In order to obtain venture capital and promote entrepreneurship among students, we have established a business incubator and linked our students with such activities as business startup, social business club, startup market and jobsbd.com – with a view to making them job creators, not job seekers. We have  produced more than 1000 young entrepreneurs who have created approximately 5000 job places so far.

Revered Guests,

The university is focused on holistic development of the students to make them worthy citizens not only of the country but also of the world. We are determined to provide our students with the best infrastructural facilities and quality of education. In order to implement the old maxim, “A sound mind in a sound body”, we provide excellent indoor games and sports facilities at our campus. Our outdoor games and sports provisions at this permanent campus are huge, open and enjoyable in a lush green environment.

We also have recruited the most outstanding and renowned faculty of the country in all departments, who have mentored the graduates present here today to receive the honor they rightfully deserve.

During their study at DIU, we not only have exposed them to various branches of knowledge, but also equipped them with appropriate training to apply such knowledge to the world of work. For its excellence, DIU has been awarded WITSA 2014 Global ICT Excellence Award, Asia’s Best Business School Award, World Education Congress Global Award and Asia's most inspiring Nation Builder.

Award and Prime Minister’s Award.

DIU has proved its strength by hosting many important national and international events like: ACM ICPC Programming Contest, XI Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad (APAO), International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT) and International Conference on Higher Education.

I am confident that DIU will continue to provide leadership in our search for sustainable, long-term, and equitable economic growth that creates jobs, reduces poverty, eliminates hunger, and raises the standard of living of our people, including the most vulnerable sectors and marginalized social groups.

My Dear Friends!

And by “Friends” I mean you all.  I would like you to recall what you have already experienced today in this lush-green, beautiful permanent campus of DIU. This 6000 seat multipurpose convention centre cum indoor sports complex surrounded by important and useful infrastructures that are getting equipped as International Guest House, Students Halls, dormitories, English language Lab, Digital Classrooms, Medical centre, international standard football and cricket ground, basketball court, tennis court, golf drive, swimming pool, ICT center, etc. in order to transform this seat of learning as an International Centre for Excellence in Higher Education.   

Very humbly, I would like to let you know that I feel delighted and proud when I am praised in and outside Bangladesh about the quality of education we provide at DIU. We have been able to achieve all our laurels through embracing so many new ideas. They include building a huge network of universities and relevant organizations all over the world, continuous exchange of students and faculty, inviting scientists, scholars, writers, educationists of international repute, Continued Professional Development (CPD) of all involved with the delivery of education at DIU. Many of our faculty members are pursuing Ph.D. degrees to add to the already existing body of renowned academicians, researchers and faculty.

With more than 200 MoUs, MoAs, and other relevant protocols all around the globe, we are the only university in Bangladesh that can claim to have the highest number of international linkages. We wish to become an international center for excellence in education.

Dear Graduates,

As young graduates you are about to embark on your own extraordinary journey and create your own life adventures. I congratulate you on the success you have achieved by dint of your hard labor. This day will remain as a significant event in your life. From now on, you will be entering a new phase of life. But I am hopeful that you will be able to face all challenges with courage and eventually succeed. May Allah help you in all your endeavors!

Thank You.

Thank you all.