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 6th Convocation Ceremony of Daffodil International University; Professor Abdul Mannan, Honorable Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh; Honorable Convocation Speaker, Dr. G. Viswanathan (GV), Founder-Chancellor, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Mr. G. V. Selvam, Honorable Vice President, VIT University distinguished guests from India, Honorable Members of Parliament, Honorable members of UGC, Heads and representatives of Diplomatic Missions, Vice Chancellors, Chairman, Board of Trustees, 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 the Board of Trustees, all at Daffodil International University (DIU) and myself, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you at the 6th Convocation ceremony of DIU. Thank you for making the effort 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 as we move into the 6th Convocation of Daffodil International University, 3398 students have been conferred degrees of which 2718 awarded Bachelor's and 680 a Master's degree which includes a total of 84 foreign graduates.

Respected audience,
With the approval of Ministry of Education, the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, DIU started its academic offerings on March 16, 2002. At present, the university conducts thirty seven academic programs under five faculties. Nearly 20,000 students are enrolled at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the university with over 650 full time teachers and about 550 administrative officials supporting the academic activities. The main objective of the university is to turn out broadly educated and technologically oriented graduates capable of graduating to a meaningful career and ultimately making a positive contribution to the development of the nation as entrepreneurs.

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. 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 three 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 400 international students from different countries 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 under the project called "One Student, One Laptop" of the university. In addition, the joining teachers undergo a rigorous teacher training and orientation program each semester.

The university conducts academic programs from three 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 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 about the new 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 as a baby does, with a keen interest in facing problems and, never stop trying to solve the problems that you face.

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 like minded peers and help each other to succeed. Get together and, collectively, solve problems to help each other for progress of the world.

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 future 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.

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 as Alumni 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 Almighty 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 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 Chairman of Convocation Ceremony. Thank you, Honorable Convocation Speaker, Dr. G. Viswanathan (GV), for your time and outstanding speech. We will gratefully remember you and your presence in the Convocation on this green ground in the years to come.

Dear Graduates, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
May the Almighty bless you all with peace and happiness always.

Thank you all