The Dhaka University (DU is set to celebrate its 96th founding anniversary on Saturday (July 1) with the theme “Innovation and Higher Education”.
The university authorities have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day, popularly known as Dhaka University Day, with pomp and grandeur.
To mark the day, DU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique Thursday issued a message of greetings and invited all concerned to join the celebration.
In his message, he recalled the former student of the university Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs of Language Movement in 1952, Liberation War in 1971 and democratic movements against autocracy with due respect.
DU is the oldest university of the country established in 1921. It was called the “Oxford of the East” during its early years. Today, it is the largest public university in the country, with more than 37,018 students and 1992 faculties.
The day’s programme will begin with hoisting of the national flag and flags of university and halls at the university Mall Chattar, adjacent to the Administrative Building at 10am.
The vice-chancellor will inaugurate the daylong programme releasing pigeons and balloons at the event.
Presided over by Prof Arefin Siddique the inaugural function will be addressed by Pro VC (education) Prof Dr Nasrin Ahmad and Pro-Vice Chancellor (administration) Prof Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman and Treasurer Md Kamal Uddin.
Prior to that, students, teachers, officials and employees from different dormitories will gather at the spot with banners and festoons.
Later, they will bring out a colourful procession which will end at the Teacher-Students’ Centre (TSC) after parading different campus thoroughfares.
Besides, the Central Library will stage a rare manuscript exhibition from 10am to 1pm while different faculties, departments and halls will organise separate programmes.