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Don’t use education as tool for profit making: President

DHAKA, Feb 8, 2017 (BSS) - President Abdul Hamid today called upon all concerned to consider education as a weapon of development and progress of the nation and its citizens, not to use it as a tool for profit making.

"Consider education as the weapon for development of the country and its people . . . Country's people expect that education won't be used for profit making business entities anyway," he said while addressing the 16th convocation of the East West University (EWU) here this afternoon.

At the outset of his speech, the President paid respect to all language and Liberation War martyrs and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and recalled their contribution.

President Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, stressed the need for building up patriotic and educated human resources ensuring the world standard and quality education in each university.

He said all universities must ensure quality of higher education to create creative and enlightened people, not the certificate-oriented education or the kind of education which rely on reading of syllabus-based textbooks.

Congratulating the new graduates on the occasion of the convocation, Abdul Hamid advised the graduates to devote themselves to the task of nation-building along with their professional activities.

"You, the graduates, are the future rudders of the nation. You will ensure a smooth and easy life for others as your universities have made your academic life easier," said the President.

He asked the new graduates to remember this country and its contribution, saying that family, this society as well as the country have contributed a lot to bringing them to this position.

He hoped that they (students) would be able to create an imitative instance of honesty, efficiency and patriotism through applying their respective potentialities.

President Hamid said the 'varsity authority has the responsibility not only for teaching the students in the classes according to textbook's syllabuses, but also creating the scope of training on humanity, patience, social responsibilities, norms and values.

Welcoming the expansion of the scope to higher education countrywide, he said imparting higher education can help flourish the inner potentialities, personality, thoughts, social responsibilities and social awareness in a student.

But the President expressed grave concern over the recent emergence of extremism and terrorism which have posed as great threats to the human civilization.

"It's really a matter of concern that a very few students of some renowned universities and children of some affluent families were found involved in fanaticism and antireligious activities," President Hamid mentioned.

The President urged the teachers, students, civil society representatives and others concerned to fight unitedly and coherently against terrorism and militancy from their respective positions.

President Hamid also urged the parents to pay proper attention to their children by giving more times and love them. He also called upon teachers to inspire the students for regular social thinking and teach them social responsibilities and patience along with course outline of classes.

The President said the present government is firm to achieve its target to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of country's Independence and hoped that the young generation would continue to work for proper implementation of these visions.

Mentioning the tremendous success of country's education sector, Hamid said, Bangladesh gained worldwide appreciation and it is also considered now-a-days as a role model of development across the globe. "But the participation of private sector is mandatory to gear up the development trend," he observed.

Terming the decentralization of higher education as a great success of the incumbent government, the President said the facilities for taking higher education has become as an easy matter for all learners due to setting up of public universities specially that of the Science and Technology at all corners of the country.

"I hope that the authorities of private universities, alongside the government initiatives, will invest outside the capital to implement the development plans of the government" in this regard, he added.

About the new inventions and revolution of information technologies worldwide, Hamid said the technology is rapidly changing its patterns and it also positively had an effect on our development strategies.

"Country is progressing in various sectors and if this trend continues, Bangladesh would achieve its target to reach a developed country before 2041 Insha Allah," he said.

He asked the young generation to make themselves efficient coping with the trend of worldwide changes and use the expertise for local developments.

Recalling the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said, "Bangabandhu is no more in front of us but his principles, ideologies and development thinking are still leading country towards the right path."

Bangladesh is becoming a "Sonar Bangla" under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as per the path shown earlier by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu, the President added.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor MM Shahidul Hassan, Trustee Board Chairperson Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, Convocation Speaker Prof Dr Mohammad Jahid Hasan, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)