Speech of the Chairman(BoT)

Parent Category: ROOT Category: 7th Convocation Created: Saturday, 13 January 2018 Last Updated: Saturday, 13 January 2018 Published: Saturday, 13 January 2018 Written by Faysal Mahmud
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Md. Sabur Khan
Board of Trustees
Daffodil International University

BismillahirRahmanir Rahim, In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

প্রথমেই বিনম্র শ্রদ্ধায় স্মরণ করছি মহান ভাষা আন্দোলন এবং মুক্তিযুদ্ধে শহীদদের প্রতি যাঁদের আত্মত্যাগের বিনিময়ে আজ আমরা অর্জন করেছি বাংলায় কথা বলার স্বাধীনতা, পেয়েছি স্বার্বভৌমত্ব ও স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশ।

Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh;
Professor Abdul Mannan, Honorable Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh;
Dr. Kakha Shengelia, Honorable President, International Association of University Presidents, the President of Caucasus University, Georgia and the Speaker of this Convocation;

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, India.

Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Honorable Vice Chancellor, DIU;
eminent academicians; esteemed parents; distinguished guests; dear graduates and respected ladies and gentlemen.

As-Salamu-Alaiqum and a very 'Good morning'to you all. I welcome you to our exclusive permanent campus and express my gratitude to all of you for being with us here today. It is indeed a memorable day because, on this auspicious day, students are picking the fruits of their hard-work for years. On behalf of the University community and on my own behalf, I congratulate our proud graduates.

Distinguished Guests, Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,
From a humble beginning with only 66 students in 2002, we at present, have an enrolment of over 20,000 students. The number of students who have passed out successfully in the past years is now more than 15000. We not only have grown in terms of number of students but also have opened new departments and specialized courses considering need of the present world. We are in touch with our dear students and it is our commitment that not a single graduate will be jobless. I'm sure our students will succeed in networking, as entrepreneurs and as a job provider.

The university is focused on holistic development of the students to make them worthy citizens of the country and of the world. With our movement "Change Together", DIU aims for drastic positive changes in our society through creating a generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. We believe, not a single of our students will get involved in unethical practice as they have gone through our unique course, "Art of Living", which has been designed to shape the moral, ethical, emotional and social values. We have implemented policies on anti-ragging, anti-smoking, anti-eve-teasing, neutral gender equilibrium environment for education at DIU. A triangular relationship has already been nurtured among and between Students, Teachers and Guardians through well-planned and effective get-togethers and Parents' Days.

My Dear Graduates,
I congratulate you on the success you have achieved by dint of your hard labor. The Convocation ceremony will remain as an unforgettable memory in your life. You are going to enter a new phase of life from here. You have fought for education for so many years; now it's time to fight for your career selection. Certificates you have achieved today will be valuable only when you will be able to capitalize on it and be successful in life. As young graduates, you are about to embark on your own extraordinary journey and enter into a new life full of adventures. I am hopeful that you will be able to face reality of life with courage and credibility. Your parents and guardians have invested time, money and expectations on you. They wish to see you come out with success with glory, prospect with pride and progress ensuring peace for yourself, for your family and for the society that helped raise you. It is your turn to give them back what they need and deserve.

I am proud of all of you but I want to make a mention that I am happy to see so many of our graduates have taken up covetable positions at home and abroad. Congratulations to those who have already proved to be successful. I recommend fresh graduates to spend time into the 'hidden' job market and yet to be explored entrepreneurial fields.Those who still have no job need to do career-mapping properly. Don't forget, we are there for you with you all possible support. Don't forget, we are there to work on your short comings and find opportunities for you. Don't forget, job market is very simple if you start looking for your job with a little preparation. You need to read the company's background, job scopes and their requirements, website, existing HR and their demands? Don't forget, career is a challenge. For a right choice of career, select your goal, define your path and start your journey from tomorrow.

Focus on your dream company, do your case study where you desire to work. Why will a company recruit you? You must add some value to their company. It depends on how you can create value – you need to do your home-work before addressing the company or attending an interview. You must acquire proper knowledge about that company; you must work out what scopes they have and you must be sure of what additional value you are able to bring for them – they must call you.

Be organized, build your network, attend speaker events, follow tips and technique of job-finding, and apply for job wisely. Don't think, after submission of a CV, that you will always be called. Take mental preparation and proper precaution before facing an interview. It's your responsibility to uplift yourself through different events, programs and networking. Jobsbd.com and Career Development Center can be reliable friends in your job hunting and career development. Never lag behind and be prepared in such a way that you become lucrative in the job market. The university has equipped and supported you in such a way that we believe you cannot let yourself down.

At DIU, we arranged a series of mega events: career related programs, workshops, seminars, lecture series, etc. We set up Industry-Academia linkages; we collaborated with 300+ foreign universities, facilitated laptops, labs, e-Learning and Google classroom; we ensured continuous curricular development; we established Daffodil Innovation Hub', Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and 'Innovation and Incubation Center (IIC); we strengthened students exchange, research collaboration, membership and affiliations; we incorporated foreign faculty members; developed state of the art facilities and infrastructures; sponsored projects like - helicam, robots and solar car; we nurtured entrepreneurship - all for the sake of our students, graduates and alumni!

Dear Future Leaders,
We are now concentrating on developing DIU as the only Entrepreneurial University in the country, a University of Doers. We promote our students to emerge as entrepreneurs. DIU has produced more than 1000 entrepreneurs who have created over 5000 jobs so far.We have established Business Incubator, Entrepreneurs Club, Venture Capital Ltd., Startup Bangladesh, Bachelor of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Guidance Program (EGP), Industrial and Innovation Park, Enterprise Competitiveness Institute (ECI), Startup Market & Lab, Startup Restaurant and Café, Young Women Entrepreneurs Forum, Are you the next Startup, social business club, School of Entrepreneurship, etc. for you to benefit from?

International job market always creates new eras and new scope which you must explore carefully and follow the trend. You should not only depend on so-called common jobs which calls for too much competition. As you know, DIU provided you with free laptops only to enable you to cope with the demands of technology and drive your career with technology.

My suggestion is: use your strength through technology to set up your career; or become an entrepreneur and create job opportunities for others.

Promising Graduates,
You are our ambassadors. We can assure you that DIU will always be with you throughout your life. Keep in touch with DIU. It is our moral duty to settle you in your career. Come any time; come to DIU for counseling, cooperation and guidance. We'll welcome you with your innovative ideas. You can trust on our promised support.

As alumni, we welcome you to our alumni networking. DIU was, is and will always remain your university. It makes us proud when we see our successful alumni flying DIU flag with their successful career at home and abroad.

Please don't forget to take away these tips: You will be remembered for commitment for caring and sharing, for helping someone, for making someone feel special. You'll feel good for a little act of kindness, you'll be remembered for a genuine gesture friendship and support to your fellow human beings. You'll reach a height if your target is the sky. I have no doubt that you will get the very best in life. May Allah help you in all your endeavors. Hope you can start to use your potential. Keep trust on Almighty and don't waste any opportunity that comes your way. Make your parents happy and proud for their sacrifice; fulfill their expectation of you; but keep DIU in mind whatever you do and where ever you are.

Dear Daffodilians,
My new book in Bengali is given to you as a token of my affection because I love to see you either as a successful entrepreneur or as an Intrapreneur wherever you work or will be working in future.
We tried our level best to guide you to take note and respect your parents; to be innovative, creative, and focused. We also nurtured you to utilize your time because the clock always reminds you that time is being deducted from your life! Hope you will keep in mind that, life is under your control; please respect, cultivate and enjoy it. Contribute to the society and be a proud Daffodilian. It is your obligation to yourself, to your parents and to DIU to utilise your skills and you need to present yourself properly.

DIU, CDC and jobsbd.com will always be with you in your journey. You must be prepared in such a way that jobs will come to you, or you will create demand for the job market so that employers can evaluate you and award you with a lucrative job.

May Allah always bless you!

Thank you all.

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