Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) observes National Mourning Day 2021
Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) observes 'National Mourning Day 2021: Academic Tributes to the Father of the Nation' on 14 August 2021 at 4:15 pm with a view to discuss the life and work of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to pay tribute to him and his legacy. Presented guests shed light on Bangabandhu’s life and memorized his endless works for the rights of the people and for the country; uncompromising patriotism; finesse diplomacy; ethics and integrity; passion for democracy; futuristic and visionary leadership; and his non-negotiable fights for a just and equal society.
Professor Zakir Hossain Raju Department of Media and Communication, IUB moderated the webinar by first introducing guests and overviewing the session. IUB’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan kindly inaugurated the webinar and welcomed honorable guests present at today’s session. Mr. Farhad Hossain, MP, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Public Administration, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, blessed the discussion session as Chief Guest, and Mr. A. Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), IUB, as Chair of the session. Professor Ahmed Ahsanuzzaman, Department of English & Modern Languages; Professor Dr. Imtiaz A. Hussain, Head, Global Studies & Governance (GSG) Program, IUB, and Director, Center for Pedagogy (CfP); Mr. Anwar Chowdhury, Additional Secretary & Director General, BITAC, Ministry of Industries; Professor Fakrul Alam, Director, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Research Institute for Peace and Liberty; Professor Atiur Rahman, Bangabandhu Chair, University of Dhaka and Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank; Ambassador (Rtd.) Muhammad Zamir, Former Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Professor Taiabur Rahman, Dean, School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (SLASS) were the key Speakers of today’s session. Bangabandhu came across as more than a “Father of the Nation”, warranting comparisons with other South Asian and global legends. His books, work, speeches and preaches even came out more robust than ever before. IUB BOT Chair paid tribute to other 12 IUB Trustees who, along with him, were freedom fighters (5 on the battlefront, 7 elsewhere, including the country’s first Health Secretary), the largest numbers in any Dhaka/Bangladesh University.