Speech of the Vice Chancellor

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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Professor Yusuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD
Vice Chancellor
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, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Chairperson of the 7th Convocation Ceremony of DIU; Professor Abdul Mannan, Honorable Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGCB); Honorable Chairman, Board of Trustees, DIU, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan; Honorable Convocation Speaker, Dr. Kakha Shengelia, President, International Association of University Presidents & President of Caucasus University, Georgia; Professor Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Honorable Founder, KIIT & KISS, India; distinguished guests from India, Georgia and Taiwan; Honorable Members of Parliament; Honorable members of UGC; Heads and representatives of Diplomatic Missions; Emeritus Professor & immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman; Members of the Board of Trustees; Members of the Syndicate; Members of the Academic Council; Deans of the Faculties; Heads of the Departments; Directors; Faculty members; administrative members; members of the press; Alumni; Guardians of the graduates; organizers; volunteers; graduating students: Assalamualaikum, may the Almighty grant you all peace and blessings always!

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, management, teachers and students of Daffodil International University (DIU), I welcome you all to the 7th Convocation ceremony of DIU in our lush green Permanent Campus. Thank you for making the effort and taking the pains to grace us with your presence at this auspicious occasion to encourage the graduates. I thank the Almighty for creating this opportunity for us to get together on this special occasion.

At the outset, I want to congratulate each of the 3132 students graduating in the 7th Convocation Ceremony of DIU. You are the stars today; we all are here to celebrate your academic achievements. I pray that the Almighty grant you courage, strength and wisdom as you enter into next exciting stage of your life.

Over the course of your study here in DIU, you have developed lifelong friendships and networks. Today, you have also become a valued member of our vibrant DIU Alumni Association. I wish you every success, and very much hope that you stay connected with DIU and your peers in the years to come. While congratulating the graduating students, I would also like to congratulate the teachers and administration of DIU for supporting each graduate on the way to achieving their degree.

Respected audience,
DIU started its academic offerings on March 2002. At present, the university conducts thirty four academic programs under five faculties. Over 20,000 students are enrolled at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the university with over 750 full time teachers and about 650 administrative officials supporting the academic activities. In line with Vision 2021 of 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. The main objective of the university is to turn out technologically oriented graduates capable of pursuing a meaningful career and ultimately making a positive contribution to the development of the nation as entrepreneurs.

To develop ourself as an international university, we have collaborations with over two hundred renowned universities and institutes in fifty countries around the world. We have regular students and teachers exchange programs, we conduct joint research programs leading to PhD degrees for young teachers, employees, and students with a number of foreign universities. We have over 500 international students from different countries of the world.

The Permanent Campus of the university has been established here in Ashulia and it would ultimately accommodate over twenty five thousand students as well as teachers, officials and supporting staff. We are working towards a world class, state-of-the-earth Campus, with all the facilities that a modern university should have. Now the facilities at the permanent campus include modern classrooms, 24/7 WiFi, academic buildings, male and female hostels, guest houses, cafeterias, playgrounds, and many more.

Dear Graduates – a few words for you:
Today, as you officially move into the real world to stand on your own feet, you are like a newborn 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. 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 would like you to consider taking on the challenges faced just as a baby does, with a keen interest in facing problems that arise and, never stop trying to solve these problems.

In addition to the spirit of a baby, you now have the skills of a graduate. Become a motivated 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 similar minded peers and help each other to succeed. Work together and, collectively, solve problems to help each other for progress of Bangladesh and the world. Turn each problem into a research question and do not rest till it is solved.

On the path to success, you will face many setbacks. As you keep chasing your target, each setback will make you stronger and better at facing subsequent challenges. You are the citizens of a modern world. Become an entrepreneur and contribute 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. We are fortunate to have one of the best role models among us, as one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our country, our Founder and Chairman, BoT, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan. Read the books he has written, attend the programs where he gives guidelines to young entrepreneurs.

Keep in mind that you are the ambassadors of your Alma Mater – Daffodil International University (DIU). The world will recognize DIU through your achievements.

Finally, just as we trust a brand manufacturer, trust the Almighty who has created the human brand and has taken the trouble to create you individually – the best of creations, a unique human being. Be grateful to Him for giving you the opportunity to experience an intelligent life, derive satisfaction and make full use of the potential He has given you so generously. The more you use your potential, the more you will realize His Greatness in creating you.

At the end, again, I express our gratitude to Honorable Minister and Honorable Convocation Speaker. Thank you, Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Minister and the Chairperson of Convocation Ceremony. Thank you, Honorable Convocation Speaker, Dr. Kakha Shengelia, for your time and encouraging words for the graduates. Thank you, Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, UGC. Thank you, Professor Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Honorable Founder, KIIT & KISS, India.Thank you, distinguished guests from India, Georgia and Taiwan and other local and international guests. We will gratefully remember you and your presence in the Convocation on this green ground in the years to come. Finally, thank you, Honorable Founder and Chairman, BoT, DIU, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan for your vision and continuous efforts & guidance to make DIU a top class university.

Dear Graduates, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
May the Almighty bless you all with peace and happiness. May He bless DIU on its road to development. Thank you all.

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