English Department Day – 2016

Department of English Studies organized a day-long grand event of English Department Day – 2016 on December 8, 2016 at its Bijoy Campus, Kalabagan. The Day began with the chorus performance of the national anthem. Dr. A M Shamim, President, BOT graced the occasion as the chief guest. Prof. Shaheen M. Kabir, Head, delivered the welcome speech. In her speech she mentioned the mixed feelings that people in Bangladesh have in their hearts in the month of December. She not only reminded of the celebration of the victory of liberation war of 1971 but also paid homage to martyred intellectuals who were brutally killed on the eve of victory of the nation and to the millions of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for our independence. She made a pledge to work to make our country free from all kinds of exploitations, injustices, ignorance and bigotry. She ended her speech with recitation of a poem of by Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate. Some ever-reverberating lines of the poem in its English translation are quoted below:   Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; ——————- Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action; Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.   Dr. Shamim in his speech to the students emphasized the development of English language skills. Among the other dignitaries who attended and spoke at and appreciated the program were Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman Vice President, BOT,  Maj. Gen.(Retd) Dr. M Shahjahan, Vice Chancellor (In Charge),  Professor Dr. S.M.A. Faiz, Former Vice Chancellor University of Dhaka,  Prof. Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury, Former Vice Chancellor, SUB,  A. H. Lutful Hassan, Registrar and Dr. Nurul Islam, Professor, Dept. of English Studies. The program showcased talents of students of English Department. Students from different batches participated in poetry recitation, drama, songs, and dance performance, & in instrumental music rendition. The special attractions were drama performance and Ramp Show representing secular spirit of Bangladeshi culture and Greek mythological gods and goddesses of English Literature. The students acted out Act 5, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s Othello  and Canto 3 in Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock. The program ended with Band Music Show and DJ.