Speech of Vice Chancellor

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Professor Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman
Vice Chancellor
Daffodil International University

 

In the name of Almighty - The loving, The Kind.

Honorable Minister of Education, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, the President of the Convocation Ceremony, 

Respected Convocation Speaker, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, an internationally acknowledged social reformer, and founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)  and many other prestigious institutions of India, 

Honorable Members of Parliament, Honorable members of UGC, Vice Chancellors, Heads and representatives of Diplomatic Missions, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Daffodil International University, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Emeritus Professor and founding Vice Chancellor of the university, Dr. Aminul Islam, Members of Board of Trustees, Syndicate and Academic Council, Deans of Faculties, Daffodil International University Alumni, Members of print and electronic media, Faculty members, Graduating students, Ladies and Gentlemen: Regards, Salam, Namasker and a very good morning to you all.

On behalf of Daffodil International University, I have the pleasure to welcome you all in the 4th Convocation at this wide-open Permanent Campus of the university at Ashulia in Dhaka. Your presence and participation in the convocation have made the event very decorous, distinguished and dignified.

On this auspicious occasion, I heartily congratulate the graduating students of the 4th Convocation of Daffodil International University. I would also congratulate their parents, relatives and well-wishers for the sacrifice and support that they have rendered for them.

We are grateful to Honorable Convocation Speaker, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, who has delivered the convocation speech. Dr. Samanta is the founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University (KIIT University), Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and many other reputed institutions in Odisha in India. He has a long and praiseworthy record of not only empowering the marginalized and impoverished sections of the society of India through education, employment and healthcare, but also supporting similar sections of people in other parts of the world. We express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Achyuta Samanta.

Dear graduating students, your respected teachers are present here to celebrate your success. The teachers have been your friends, philosophers and guides all through your learning years at the university. They are the pride and pillars of this university. I believe you all will remember their contributions with gratitude and dignity.

Daffodil International University started its journey in January 2002. Within a short period of only 12 years, we have more than 12,000 students, about 450 teachers, and nearly 500 officers and staff. Academic programs of the university are organized under five faculties and over 30 bachelors and masters programs are conducted in the university. Life at the vibrant campuses of the university is exciting and stimulating, but it is challenging at the same time.

The university provides quality education at moderate cost. The main objective of the university is to turn out broadly educated and technologically oriented graduates capable of attaining meaningful career and making positive contributions for the development of the nation. Every student is groomed up to be an effective citizen with proper manner, ethics and lifestyle. Our mission is to turn out best graduates for the society.

In line with Vision 2021 and Digital Bangladesh, almost all academic and administrative services of the university have been digitized and the university has emerged as one of the prominent ICT oriented universities of the country.

Daffodil prides itself for its four research centers, four research journals of international standard and two institutes for education and research in human resource developments and language studies. We regularly hold national and international conferences, seminars and workshops on contemporary issues.

Daffodil International University maintains a wide spectrum of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for the students. The students participate in sports, scouting, cultural programs, debates, literary competitions, etc, in inter-university, national and international competitions. The university provides facilities for professional certification of a number of professional institutes like Microsoft IT Academy, CISCO Networking, Oracle Academy, etc. The university also provides part-time and casual employment opportunities for the students. The students take part in numerous events as a part of academic social responsibilities of the university.

The university maintains academic collaborations with nearly hundred renowned universities and organizations of the world. We conduct joint research programs leading to PhD degrees for young teachers with a number of foreign universities. We have over 100 international students from America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Use of ICT for administrative, teaching, learning and research activities are parts of present lifestyle and Daffodil International University made significant progress in such areas. Students are provided with broadband Internet and on-campus WiFi facilities and dedicated Internet browsing laboratories. They are provided with laptops free of cost. The Website of the university is very rich and it provides all academic and administrative information of the university. We established Campus Radio, and Campus TV will be introduced in future. Daffodil International University can boast of the best platform for e-education in the country.

The university conducts academic programs from three elegant campuses at Dhanmondi, Uttara and Ashulia in Dhaka city. Developments of Ashulia Permanent Campus are progressing fast on a land of about 40-acre. The facilities at the permanent campus include the elegant entrance, academic buildings, students’ hostels, guest house, sports facilities with vast playgrounds. Efforts are underway to double the land area of this permanent campus. When fully completed, over twenty five thousand students, as well as teachers, officials and associated supporting staff will be accommodated in the campus.

A few words for the new graduates.  Graduation from the university has enhanced your respect and dignity; it has increased your responsibility at the same time. You will use your knowledge and skills, experience and expertise to build up “Sonar Bangla”, that is Golden Bengal, which we all dream. Please do not forget that humanity and patriotism should be your guiding principles. Today we live in a knowledge-based society; the importance of knowledge in today’s life is more than physical wealth. You will continue learning every day to survive, sustain and succeed in life. Please do not forget that self-learning and life-long learning are the keys to success.

On behalf of the management of Daffodil International University and respected colleagues, I express our gratitude to Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Honorable Chairman, Board of Trustees and Chairman, Daffodil Group, a great visionary, and other members of Board of Trustees for inspiration and guidance for the university.

I would like to conclude with yet another round of best wishes to the new graduates. I wish them glorious success with bright future.

We express our gratitude to Honorable Minister and Honorable Convocation Speaker. Thank you, Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Minister and the President of the Convocation Ceremony. Thank you, Distinguished Convocation Speaker, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, for your time and visionary speech. We will gratefully remember you and your presence at our campus in the years to come. Let Almighty bless you with peaceful and long life.

Thank you dignitaries, thank you ladies and gentlemen. Thank you all.