Speech from the Vice Chancelor


Professor Yusuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD
Vice Chancelor
Daffodil International University.

In the name of the Almighty, the Most Merciful and Beneficent, I begin!

Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Chairman of the 5th Convocation Ceremony of Daffodil International University. Honorable Convocation Speaker, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, Honorable Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Honorable Vice Chancellor UniMAP, Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin, Honorable CEO, Universitas Ubudiyah, Indonesia, Dedi Zefrizal, ST,  Honorable Rector, Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia, Marniati, SE, M.Kes, distinguished guests from Perlis, Honorable Members of Parliament, Honorable members of UGC, Heads and representatives of Diplomatic Missions, Vice Chancellors, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Daffodil International University, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Emeritus Professors, Founding Vice Chancellor, Dr. Aminul Islam and immediate past Vice Chancellor, Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman,  Members of the Board of Trustees, Members of the Syndicate, Members of the Academic Council, Deans of Faculties, Directors, Faculty members, teachers, members of the press, Alumni, Guardians of the graduates, organizers, volunteers and the center of attention of today, our graduates: Assalamualaikum, may the Almighty Creator grant you all peace and blessings always!

As we stand here today in the 100 acre lush green Permanent Campus, on behalf of all at Daffodil International University (DIU) and its Board of Trustees and myself, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all to the 5th Convocation ceremony. Thank you for making the efforts and taking the pains to grace us with your presence at this auspicious occasion honoring the graduates. I thank the Almighty for creating this opportunity for us to get together on this special occasion.

As you may know, the university started its journey in 2002 and will, InshaAllah, be celebrating its 14th founding anniversary on January 30, 2016.

As we move into the 5th Convocation of Daffodil International University, 3682 graduates are going to be presented for degrees of which 2897 will be awarded Bachelors and 785 Masters including a total of 44 foreign graduates.

Respected audience,

With the approval of Ministry of Education, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, DIU started its academic offerings on March 16, 2002. At present, the university conducts thirty five academic programs under five faculties. Nearly 15,000 students are enrolled at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the university with over 500 teachers and about 450 administrative officials supporting the academic activities. The main objective of the university is to turn out broadly educated and technologically oriented graduates capable of attaining to a meaningful career and making a positive contribution to the development of the nation.

In line with Vision 2021 and Digital Bangladesh, almost all the academic and administrative services of the University have been digitalized and the University has emerged as one of the prominent ICT oriented universities of the country. In recognition of its efforts, the University has been handed the WITSA (World Information Technology Services Alliance) Global ICT Excellence 2014 award.

The university maintains academic collaborations with nearly two hundred renowned universities and organizations in fifty countries of the world. We conduct joint research programs leading to PhD degrees for young teachers, employees, and students with a number of foreign universities. We have over 200 international students from different parts of the world. Students are provided with broadband internet and on-campus WiFi facilities and dedicated internet browsing laboratories. The students are provided with laptops free of cost under the project of “One Student, One Laptop”. In addition, the joining teachers undergo a rigorous teacher training and orientation program each semester.

The university conducts academic programs from three elegant campuses at Dhanmondi, Uttara and Ashulia in Dhaka city. Permanent Campus of the university has been established at Ashulia that should ultimately accommodate over twenty five thousand students as well as teachers, officials and associated supporting staff. The facilities at the permanent campus include the elegant entrance, academic buildings, students’ hostels, guest houses and sports playgrounds with modern facilities.

Dear Graduates – a few words for you.

As you officially move into the real world to stand on your own feet, you are like a new born just released from the mother’s womb. To the baby it is an unfamiliar environment. Rather than being afraid, on the contrary, the baby takes a keen interest and wants to know more and more about the real world. Some babies even lick the floor to know what it tastes like. They take on the challenges of learning wholeheartedly. Regardless of the number of times the baby falls, the baby continues till he/she successfully learns how to walk. So, as you walk into the real world, I want you to take on the challenges as a baby would, with a keen interest in finding problems and, never stop trying to solve the problems you face.

In addition to the spirit of a baby, you now have the skills of a graduate. Become a problem solver. Use the subject skills you have as a resource. You also have another advantage that many previous generations of graduates did not have – you are socially networked. Make best use of these networks to connect with like minds. Get together and collectively solve problems of the real world.

On the path to success, you will face many problems, many setbacks. As you keep chasing your target, each problem and setback will make you stronger and better at facing future challenges. You are the citizens of a modern world. Become an entrepreneur and contribute your skills to build a better Bangladesh. If you get a job, do so only temporarily to learn how to set up a business. Ultimately become a job giver rather than a job seeker.

Keep in mind that you are the ambassadors of your Alma Mater – Daffodil International University (DIU). The world will recognize DIU through your efforts. So keep supporting DIU in any way that you can to make it a world class institution.

Finally, just as we trust a brand manufacturer, trust the Creator who has created the human brand and has taken the trouble to create you individually – the best of creation, a unique human being. Be grateful to Him for giving you the opportunity to experience an intelligent life, derive satisfaction and utilize the opportunity to know His Attributes.

Finally, again, I express our gratitude to Honorable Minister and Honorable Convocation Speaker. Thank you, Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Minister and the Chairman of Convocation Ceremony. Thank you, Distinguished Convocation Speaker, His Royal Highness Crown Prince, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, for your time and outstanding speech. We will gratefully remember you and your presence on our campus in the years to come. May the Almighty bless you with peace and happiness always.   

Thank you all.