A Correspondent Noakhali: Mentioning that there is no alternative to proper and competent leadership to continue the trend of development and progress, President Abdul Hamid on Sunday stressed the need for developing leadership qual-ity among university students.
"Bangladesh is moving forward in every sector...there’s no alternative to proper and qualified leadership to con-tinue the trend of development. Universities are the ideal places for flourishing leadership quality. It’s the duty of teachers to do that," he said.
President Hamid said this while presiding over the second convocation of the Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU) held its premises.
He also stressed the need for taking initiatives so that students and teachers could utilize the resources and po-tentials of the country through their qualitative research and take part in the country’s advancement.
"Student politics must be the ideology-based one. Students will have to develop a culture of independent and ideal politics avoiding dependence on individuals or parties. This will help grow dedicated, skilled and compe-tent leadership in the country," he said.
The President urged all to remain vigilant so that students cannot engage themselves in anti-social activities such as extortion, terrorism, drug or militant activities.
Teachers should put emphasis on extracurricular activities and practice of free-thinking along the regular aca-demic programs, he added.
Hamid lauded the initiative of opening Bangladesh and Liberation War Studies department at the university to teach on the struggle of the Liberation War and its glorious history.
"It’s really a very praiseworthy initiative. The decision of introducing a compulsory course, ’History of the Emergence of Independent Bangladesh’, has made me happy and proud as a freedom fighter."
Pointing to the ’Delta Plan 2100’, the President said, "As part of the plan, the government will have to ensure pure drinking water for coastal areas, collection of marine resources and its proper utilization.
He added that NSTU will have to play a vital role in implementing the plan as the university has a lot of scope for conducting research for its geographical position which covers blue economy, delta formation, mangrove forest and eco-tourism.
A total of 2165 graduates registered for the convocation while 11 graduates received the gold medal from the President at the program.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni delivered speech as special guest while Vice- Chancellor professor Dr M Wahiduzzaman delivered the welcome speech.
Ekushey award winner professor and prominent social scientist Anupam Sen was present as the convocation speaker.
Secretaries to the President were also present.