Speech of the Chairman (BoT)

Md. Sabur Khan
Board of Trustees
Daffodil International University

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim . In the name of Almighty Allah- The most Benevolent and Merciful.

Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid MP, Honorable Minister of Education of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and President of Convocation Ceremony; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, the Convocation Speaker; Honorable Members of Parliament, Chairman and members of the University Grants Commission; Professor Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman, Vice Chancellor of Daffodil International University; Heads and Representatives of diplomatic missions, Members of the Trustee Board, Syndicate and Academic Council of the university, Deans of Faculties, Alumni of the university, representatives of print and electronic media, teachers and staff of the university, graduating students, ladies and gentlemen: Assalamo  Alaiqum and a very good morning to you all. It’s a great pleasure for me to be able to welcome you at the 4th convocation on behalf of the university authority.

First of all, with deep respect, let me pay homage to the martyrs of the language movement of 1952 and those of our War of Liberation of 1971. It is due to their ultimate sacrifice we have got the right to self-rule in the independent sovereign Bangladesh.

Dear Graduating Students

This convocation day is your day; this day is the day of the recognition of your achievement; this elegant event is the event for celebration of your success. You worked hard for years; you dedicated your energy and time to make the best use of your potential; you have achieved up to the satisfaction of the university and up to the expectation of your family. I congratulate you and your family from the bottom of my heart.

Ladies and Gentlemen

No one can contribute to the best of their ability in their professional life without knowledge and skills acquired through technology-oriented curricula designed in accordance with the needs of our life in the 21st century. Daffodil International University has embarked upon a master plan to provide its students with a curriculum appropriate to the present age. This modern curriculum has provisions for an appropriate use of educational technology both for the students and for the teachers.

The curriculum in line with our practical needs and aspirations ensures industrial linkage, self-skills for the students and career development opportunities. Daffodil is committed to transform our huge population into potential human resources. We accomplish this through many necessary policies including equal opportunities for men and women, and for the gifted and those with disabilities while recruiting for admission and employment. This is our commitment.

We, as a university, aspire to be the best of the best in the country without compromising quality and standard. We want to ensure our continuity through imparting industry-oriented education with a flare of technology so that our graduates are skilled and competent to compete in the globalised market of the 21st century. We have been doing this for the last 12 years. We have done this through production of at least eight thousand graduates over this rather short period of time; our graduates have already made their marks in the job market at home and abroad.

Daffodil International University is fully digitized. The policies of this university are fully compatible with the programs of Digital Bangladesh and the Vision 2021 of the Government of Bangladesh.

Respected Guests

In order to achieve our goals we have been implementing our project, “One Student One Laptop.” You will be happy to know that more than seven thousand Daffodil students use laptops regularly for their educational purposes. We distribute thousands of laptops free of cost to the students every year under this project. Moreover, our students use provisions of Forum, Blog, On-Line Library, Learning Feedback System, Teaching Evaluation, Campus Radio, Wi-Fi Network, and our own ISP and have established themselves in different prestigious positions in their professions at home and abroad. Memberships of International Association of Universities and IEB have enriched the credibility of Daffodil International University to a great extent. Our achievement in international ranking has been acknowledged by organizations like Alexa and Webometrics. Our regular participation in the Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF) has strongly ensured our place as a university in the world of education internationally. Our achievements include organization of international

conference on teaching and learning and ACM ICPC Regional Computer Programming Contest. We have four Research Centers of our own. We have provisions for credit transfer facilities. We have started joint Ph.D. programs with a few foreign universities. We have established academic linkage and MoU with more than a hundred internationally reputed universities. Our record of recognition and affiliation from different world organizations has been instrumental in attracting many foreign students to take up courses at Daffodil International University. We have students from at least ten foreign countries and the number of foreign students is growing gradually. We help our students acquire multicultural adaptability through Summer Camps where students from different countries avail opportunities of exchanging ideas and views for mutual understanding and academic friendship.

Ladies and Gentlemen

You would be pleased to know that we have, to our credit, a lot of national and international awards for our contribution to education and that includes Asia’s Best Business School Award, Amity Global Academic Award, Golden Star Academic & Educational Excellence Award, Asia’s Most Inspiring Nation Builder Award, and World Quality Commitment Award etc.

Our provisions for human resources development through HRDI, jobsbd.com, Directorate of Students Affairs, Alumni Association, Personal Counseling etc. are well used by the students and teachers at Daffodil for their Continued Professional Development (CPD) and further their career. As a result, we already have members of our alumni in lucrative positions like top executives in the job market of Bangladesh and other countries. These efforts are supplemented by provisions for acquiring life-skills through programs implemented by Air Rover Scout, different Intra and Inter-university contests, and participation in national level sports competition, Programming Contests, Debate, Science Fair, International Scientific and educational conferences.  Acknowledgements from within and outside Bangladesh show that Daffodil has transformed into a unique and an extraordinary quality education provider of the country in a relatively short period of only 12 years.

My Dear Students

You are the ambassadors for this university. You are our future. Your success is our success. We want to see you as leaders of quality and achievements in your professional life. Daffodil is promised to be with you at all phases of your future. I firmly believe that you would continue keeping your emotional and academic link with Daffodil for your whole life. Let us vow today, we together, in spite of many obstacles and limitations, will try our best to carry the high flying flag of Daffodil with flying colors well into the 21st century and beyond.

Respected Guests, Students, Ladies and Gentlemen

We have already started different academic programs with infrastructural facilities for students and teachers at the lush green, idyllic and serene but modern   environment of our permanent campus on a forty-acre of  land at Ashulia Model Town in Dhaka. The ambitious master-plan for this beautiful permanent campus ensures separate academic buildings, roof-top swimming pool, international house, multipurpose tower, IT center etc. spreading over a sixty-acre of land when completed.

With a modern conference hall, VIP rooms etc accommodated in the elegant entrance of the permanent campus of Daffodil are the artistic and architectural features that visitors, one day, will crowd to enjoy the beauty. Other important features of this campus include laboratory,  a huge library, wide open grounds for games and sports, indoor and outdoor games facilities including chess, volleyball, badminton, tennis; sufficient number of classrooms, a large auditorium, medical center, cafeteria, gymnasium,  canteen and a Martyrs Monument (Shoheed Minar). This permanent campus with its security and other necessary provisions are an attraction for the students and their families, which is an encouragement for us as an authority. We plan to house at least three thousand students in this campus by 2016. We are sure that the number of students at the permanent campus will surpass the number of students at the city campus by 2018.

Ladies and Gentlemen

We believe actions speak louder than words. We aspire to prove that with all the facilities and provisions we already have and the healthy academic atmosphere we have been able to create through our hard-working students under the guidance of many inspiring teachers of international repute, we will be a university with international credibility very soon.

I appreciate the friendly and talented teachers and hard-working support staff who always give their best to lead the university towards a glorious goal. We cater for the talented, the physically challenged and, under this policy, about three thousand students have been enjoying scholarships in furtherance of their study and future career. I hope one day, and that day is not far away, we will establish Daffodil as an ideal university in all respects. I acknowledge the contributions of all for their selfless efforts in taking this university from success to yet another success continuously.

Invited Guests and Ladies and Gentlemen

Finally, I would like to reiterate that we have been educating and training a new generation of human resources equipped with appropriate skills, knowledge and expertise in order for them to be able to contribute effectively in the socio-economic developments and other nation-building programs of Bangladesh. Through technology and innovation and courses like Art of Living and Art of Giving, Synergy, we are committed to prepare a new breed of workforce with useful knowledge, appropriate skills, positive attitude and conscience, morality and patriotism. Let us work together with commitment and dedication; let all of us work with love and loyalty for Daffodil; let us not only work but also enjoy the work that we do. We will, Insha’Allah, reach our glorious goal one day, and let us believe that that day is not far away.

Thank you all for your kind listening to this rather long speech. May Allah bless you all.