Brac University (BracU) has honoured seven freedom fighters of the 1971 Liberation War, one of whom is the chairperson of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, marking Bangladesh’s 48th Independence Day.
The freedom fighters were presented crests and uttorios, a type of celebratory scarf, by Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammad Tamim and Registrar Lt Col Md Foyzul Islam (Retd) through a programme in BracU’s Mohakhali campus auditorium on Wednesday, 27 March 2019.
The seven are Professor Md Abdul Mottalib, chairperson of the department who had fought in Sector 7; Rashid Noman (Sector 9), Anwarul Haque (Sector 2), Awlad Hossain Khan (Sector 8), Ali Ahsan (Sector 2), Ataul Hamid (Sector 2) and Kamrul Islam Khan (Sector 8).
Bangladesh needs to advance in every sphere, especially economically and technologically, to fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said Professor Mottalib.
Professor Tamim as chief guest said independence was attained through great sacrifices and today’s generation should not take it for granted. The best way to show respect and gratitude to those sacrifices is for all to do their job with integrity, he added.
Registrar Islam said BracU retains a tradition celebrating national days with great honour to inspire students and imbue patriotism.
The event started with the placing of a wreath at the altar of a scaled-down model of National Martyrs’ Memorial while the song “Aamra tomader bhulbona” played in the background.
A one-minute’s silence was observed in memory of the martyrs of the Liberation War.
The event saw students performing patriotic songs, poems and dances. Besides, they performed a shadow play portraying the history of Bangladesh from the 1952 Language Movement to the 1971 Liberation War.
The Office of Co-curricular Activities (OCA) under the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) organised the event in association with Brac University Business Club, Brac University Art & Photography Society and Brac University Cultural Club.
Assistant Professor Dilara Afroz Khan, director of the OCA, moderated the event while Ahmed Ataul Hakeem FCMA, controller of examinations, alongside other officials was present.