Chattogram City Corporation Mayor Bir Muktijoddha Md. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said, "About 51 percent of the population of the country are women. Women engineers must also play a role to advance the society. Sheikh Hasina has contributed the most to the development of women's education and women's empowerment after independence. When the World Bank withdrew from financing the Padma Bridge, Bangabandhu's daughter's strong leadership made it possible to build the Padma Bridge with its own funding in just 8 years. Ever since he took charge in 2008, he has taken Bangladesh to unique heights due to his integrity and patriotism.”
He said, "During the Liberation War, we used to come to the then Engineering College (now CUET) from the city at night to prepare and plan the war. From here we conducted expeditions to various places including Kaptai. The holy blood of the martyrs was shed during the Liberation War in this CUET campus as well. CUET students also gave their lives for the country.”
He said these things in the speech of the chief guest at the discussion meeting titled "Development of Sheikh Hasina, Empowerment of Women" organized in the auditorium of the administrative building of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) on Thursday morning.
CUET Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Alam said, “Half of our population is women. There is no opportunity to advance the country by neglecting half of the population. The Honorable Prime Minister realized the importance and attached the father's name as well as the mother's name to all government jobs. Women are victorious in every field of Bangladesh. In addition to politics and economy, women are showing their talent and ability everywhere from administration to grassroots level leadership. Men's cooperation and positive attitude play an effective role in the overall development of women." Chaired by Dr. Mosa Roksana Khatun, Convener of the Grievance Committee formed to strictly suppress sexual harassment activities in higher education institutions and Professor of Chemistry Department of CUET, the special guest was the former convener of the Complaint Committee formed to strictly suppress sexual harassment activities in Higher Education Institutions and the first female professor of CUET of Civil Engineering Department Ayesha Akhtar.
Professor Moshammat Tahmina Akhter, Head of Department of Mathematics gave a welcome speech. Dr. Shamsen Nahar Khan Hall Provost and Professor of Chemistry spoke on behalf of the teachers. Razia Sultana, Sufia Kamal Hall Provost and Civil Engineering Department Professor Dr. Farzana Rahman Juthi, Deputy Registrar Nazneen Akhtar, Physics Department Technician Mr. Priyanka Barua on behalf of the staff and URP Department's Oishi Sarkar Diwa and Water Resources Strategy Department's Arisha Tanjum Rim on behalf of the students. Nahida Sultana, assistant professor of humanities department conducted the program.