Convocation Speaker

speaker

 
 
 
SYED FAIZUDDIN PUTRA  IBNI TUANKU SYED SIRAJUDDIN JAMALULLAIL, D.K., S.P.M.P, P.A.T
The Crown Prince of Perlis, Malaysia
 
 

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Education Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Distinguished Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University, Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Vice-Chancellor, DIU, learned faculty members, distinguished academicians, galaxy of luminaries on and off the dais, parents, ladies and gentlemen and the last but not the least, the stars of today’s celebration, the graduates.

Assalamualikum and a very Good morning to everyone present here.

It is indeed a great honor for me to be standing here before such a distinguished gathering. I am, indeed, overwhelmed by seeing this congregation of young people in the young institution of a young nation who will be going out to serve the world with the knowledge they have acquired here.

Dear Guests,

It gives me great pleasure to be present with all of you in this hall as well as those who will be watching the broadcast of this convocation. Heartiest congratulations to all the graduates for completing their 4 years of hard work with perseverance. Congratulations are also due  to parents and guardians for the sacrifices they have made for their children and to DIU Faculty members for transforming these students into productive manpower successfully.

Respected Gathering,

Students all over the world wait for this grand day – the day of graduation – the day of Convocation, a day of recognition. This day is important for the University and the students as well. This day, the University feels proud, seeing the young boys and girls coming out in flying colors with the Degrees and Diplomas in their hands to begin a new journey. Graduation is both a concept and a process. It is a concept because in real life every day you graduate while graduation as a process goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you definitely will make a difference.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The very name Daffodil reminds me the immortal lines of Wordsworth, where he finds thousands of golden Daffodils dancing in the breeze, tossing their heads in a sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they remain constant, outdid the sparkling waves in glee. I see here thousands of young men and women as beautiful as the golden Daffodils waiting to receive their Degrees.

Distinguished Audience,

The chronology of DIU has been characterized by a number of exciting developments, a few of which I would like to acknowledge briefly: I am happy to learn that Daffodil International University is a technology focused university that creates IT skilled graduates. Its increasing number of collaboration, internationalization and globalization, participation at international events, students’ summer programs, hosting of international events, enrolment of a large number of foreign students in the university, a good number of faculty members leaving for higher studies, a focus on entrepreneurship, establishing a full-fledged department of Entrepreneurship, setting up venture capital, business incubator and startup market, emphasis on Industry-Academia attachments and public-private collaboration, meeting up Corporate Social Responsibilities and Academic Social Responsibilities, implementing project fair, helicam, solar car alongside many funded research projects, social media focus, etc., give a sense that DIU is paving its way to be a truly International University.

Extensive Infrastructural development in spacious, green permanent campus as well as a in-city campus; focus on Clubs, Rovers, sports and extra-curricular activities and a large number of DIU Alumni spreading home and abroad - are noteworthy. I am happy to hear that DIU has conferred an Honorary D.Litt, first in Bangladesh, among private universities. It gives me pleasure to know that, DIU has intimate collaboration with some renowned Malaysian Universities, including UniMAP and I see that DIU is going well and is in the right track!

Dear Graduates,

Your country is developing rapidly. So, after graduation you must contribute towards the development of the nation. As I understand, you have come from various walks of life across the country. So you should go back to your locality and look for opportunities to contribute. It is your duty to guide juniors in the village to get a good degree and become contributors together with you. There are many people who do not have an opportunity to get a good education. Think of what you can do for them! As DIU students, you should become models for your juniors and promote your Alma Mater. As your supreme responsibility, you have to continue to  transform  Bangladesh into a developed nation.

Revered Guests,

With its present population of 30 million, Malaysia’s economic growth since Independence in 1957 has been impressive. It is one of the fastest growing economics of the world. It has made great strides in improving the quality of life of its people as well as making advances in the areas of education, health, infrastructure and industry. It is evident that Malaysia has made a major shift from an agrarian to an industrial economy using its internal skills, education and resources. The onset of globalization, combined with the technological revolution, especially in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), has given rise to the knowledge economy, which needs an educated, highly skilled workforce. A large contingent of Bangladeshi workforce is contributing to Malaysian economy;  you will also find many students pursuing their higher education in Malaysia. It symbolizes intimate relationship between Bangladesh and Malaysia. Students of DIU should continue searching for opportunities in Malaysia, and my country will be happy to promote the skills of DIU students as before.

Beloved Graduates,

I am sure you are looking forward to the years to come. I would like to wish you all success in your respective careers. As professionals, challenge yourself to function efficiently, communicate effectively, be a good team player and provide your services professionally and with civility and humility. The ability to respond well in rough and tough situations is the hallmark of a good professional. I wish to remind you that the next stages of your lives will be equally challenging and demanding; sometimes even more so. Never forget to pay back to society and meet up your social responsibilities and keeping your morality intact. Never forget your Alma Mater. You have to learn the art of giving. Charity is an important principle in every religion. You must be prepared to accept these challenges and remain determined as you pursue your quest to become qualified and highly skilled professionals and contribute to transforming  Bangladesh into a land of prosperity. Stay focused and be determined, be prepared for a rough ride.

Dear all,

I request you to look to the education system of Malaysia and take advantage of lessons learnt there. Malaysia is initiating many approaches in order to keep up with the changing world and current needs which will generate a well-structured development of higher education. The government has also clearly outlined the strategic thrusts in the National Higher Education Strategic Plan to make Malaysia an international centre of educational excellence by 2020. Malaysian Government provides 60% of the tertiary education, with the Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) providing 40%. Upon successful completion of 11 years of free education, further education is no longer automatic but is subject to the individual’s academic performance and financial capability. These upper school graduates (i.e., SPM leavers) can opt to continue their education in post-secondary schools to obtain a pre-university qualification (such as the Sixth Form or Matriculation programme, GCE'A7 levels) or further their education at tertiary or higher institutions. Students in Malaysia can choose to study either in locally-run programmes, twinning academic programmes, and vocational, technical or skills training. I believe Malaysian Government will be happy to support Bangladeshi educational development upon specific proposals.

Dear Graduates,

As young graduates you are about to embark on your own extraordinary journey and create your own life adventures. I congratulate you for the hard work, that you underwent for this achievement. This day will continue to remain as a significant milestone in your life’s journey. From now onwards you will be entering a new world of competition. You must know for sure that the competition will not end until you feel confident of meeting uncertainties and challenges and face those with a positive attitude.

You will find, life is a mysterious maze which is filled with many twists and turns, with crossroads and many dead ends. You must try to enjoy the journey at every point. The world is filled with people eager to tell you that your dreams are impossible. Their negativity can kill your enthusiasm. There will inevitably be many downs – the downs are only there to spur you to greater spirit and speed. You will, by the Grace of the Creator succeed.

While going forward, I would like you to take a pause and to look around. Never ever forget the millions looking at you. Spare a thought for those - not as privileged as you. You must thank your parents, who toiled so hard and made sacrifices to help you become what you are today. You must be thankful to the Almighty for giving you the opportunity to be in a better place. Think about a child who has not been as fortunate as you are. Think about the parents of the poor. It is your responsibility to ensure that the world is as much his or hers as much as yours. You need to bring the full power of your intelligence, wisdom and knowledge to improve the life of everyone on this earth. It is not impossible. This is your dream. Go out in to the real world and do it.

Last but not the least, you always will be remembered for caring enough, for helping someone, for making someone feel special and appreciated for being the kind. I have no doubt that you will get the very best in life.

I wish you a great future ahead and I thank you for listening to me very patiently.