President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday said that commercialisation of education in the country hampers its quality.
“Commercialisation of education hampers its quality. Many times, it impedes the flourishing of students’ merit. That’s why commercialisation of education must be stopped,” he said, reports UNB.
The President was addressing the first convocation of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) on its campus in Trishal of Mymensingh.
He said higher education has significantly expanded in both the country’s public and private sectors, but the expected standard of education is yet to be achieved at all levels of universities.
Noting that the world is more competitive now than any time before, he said that is why the students must be established themselves as international standard ones.
Recalling the contributions of National Poet Nazrul Islam, the President said Nazrul was a poet of lyrics and revolution and hoped that the Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University will not only spread his creative works to one generation to another generation, but also pave the way to pay actual homage to the great poet of Bangla literature.
The President stressed the need for signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between JKKNIU and Kabi Kazi Nazrul University of West Bengal to create a way for the teachers and students of both the universities to jointly conduct research.
About the sense of humanity of the rebel poet, the President said Nazrul was strongly vocal against imperialism, colonialism, feudalism, fanaticism, communalism and repression.
“The aim of his creatures was to break this manmade artificial wall. So, he (Nazrul) always struggled against communalism,” Hamid said.
Calling upon the newly graduates to follow the spirit of the national poet, the President said he strongly believed that new generation of the country will enrich themselves by practicing Nazrul’s works and contribute towards building a happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla.
At the beginning of his speech, President Hamid paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs who made their supreme sacrifice in the 1971 Liberation War, the language movement heroes and other democratic movements.
Professor Emeritus Dr Rafiqul Islam addressed the event as the convocation speaker.
Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Abdul Mannan and JKKNIU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohit Ul Alam were, among others, present on the occasion.