“Bangabandhu had honesty, devotion and courage so he became the Father of the Nation, the hero of Bangladesh’s independence. Today we are not honest, wise but cunning and clever, wanting to be prominent without being a generous minded person,” said Pro Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of Dhaka University Prof Dr Mohammad Samad.
The Pro- VC said that while speaking as a chief guest in a conference held on “Bangabandhu Lecture Series-3- Education Thought of Bangabandhu” on Saturday at Prof. Abdul Matin Virtual classroom of Dhaka University (DU).
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Research Institute for Peace and Liberty (BSMRIPL) and Centre for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences (CARASS) of Dhaka University jointly arranged the talk.
Prof Dr Atiur Rahman as key note speaker, Prof. Dr. Md. Abdul Malek of Institution of Education and Research, Prof Dr Abdul Bashir Director of CARASS were present at the conference. Prof Dr Fakrul Alam Director of BSMRIPL presided over the program.
Dr Mohammad Samad said, the scales of quantity in education sector have increased but quality has not. So, we are liable for this. Today if we learn to self-criticize, review Bangabandhu's life, work on his educational ideas, then only the next generation will get the right direction.
Dr Atiur Rahman said, Universities have to take the role of midwife to connect students and the workplace. It will need extra attention in innovation, entrepreneurial development and research. For this, internship and emersion programs need to be strengthened specially in agriculture and SME sector are the backbone of our economy. More Innovation labs have to set for higher research.
Dr Atiur Rahman further said, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development Center should be set up. Special research funds need to be created to motivate teachers to do more research. We have to involve academics who have excelled in education and research abroad in the teaching process. E-learning campus needs to be built to ensure an effective mix of online and offline learning.