The 3rd Convocation of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) was held on Sunday, 09 November 2008 at 11:30 A.M. at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center, Dhaka.
A total number of 1650 were conferred bachelors and masters degrees in seven disciplines including Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Textile Technology, Business Administration and Education. Seven students were awarded Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah Padak for their outstanding academic performances. The venue was adorned with a festive mood.
Prof. Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed, Honorable President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Chancellor, AUST presided over the ceremony. Justice ATM Afzal, Former Chief Justice of Bangladesh graced the occasion as Convocation Speaker.
Prof. Dr. M. Anwar Hossain, Vice-Chancellor, AUST and Mr. Kazi Rafiqul Alam, President, Dhaka Ahsania Mission and President and Syndicate Chairman, AUST also spoke on the occasion.
Professor Nazrul Islam, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Prof. Dr. Kazi Shariful Alam, Treasurer, AUST, Deans of the Faculties, AUST, Distinguished Vice-Chancellors of other Universities, Members of the AUST Syndicate, Academic Council, Finance and Development Committee, Teachers and Officers, Parents and Guardians of the Graduating Students were present on the solemn occasion.
Referring to the necessity of acquiring science and technological education in the present era of globalization, President Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed said science and technological education is of paramount importance to meet the demands of the 21st century. In this context he said, universities would have to provide modern curricula and congenial atmosphere to impart quality education.
Welcoming the new graduates, the President urged them to uphold the truth and justice at every sphere of their life keeping national interest above. I hope you are capable enough to shoulder the responsibilities for developing our country in diverse fields, He said. I believe your sincere efforts, honest persuasion and social commitment would surely help in building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh.
Prof. Dr. M. Anwar Hossain, Vice-Chancellor in his speech said, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology has been always very keen to impart quality education to meet the needs of our society in the perspective of highly competitive and globalized world. In today's knowledge-based development and global job market there is no alternative to quality at all level of education. We look forward to produce graduates equipped with knowledge and skill appropriate to the fast changing world so that they can meet the challenges successfully wherever they are and contribute to the economy of the country in a humble way. Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology has already established itself as one of the leading private universities in Bangladesh and it will soon develop into a centre of excellence of international standard.
He advised the graduates not to forget their Alma Mater and their country. He further added that they have to take responsibility for future generations of Bangladesh as was done by our predecessors. He wished them successful career and accomplished life.
He thanked the Honorable Chancellor, distinguished guests and audience for spending some of their valuable time to share the moments of joy and happiness of AUST.
Mr. Kazi Rafiqul Alam, President, Dhaka Ahsania Mission and President and Syndicate Chairman, AUST said, Today is a special day for all of us who are involved in establishing and developing this University. But today is a very special day particularly for the young graduates who are going to receive ceremonially their degrees from the Honorable Chancellor. We are confident that the quality of education this university had imparted will definitely enable these young graduates to establish themselves as a valuable member of the society glorifying the face of Bangladesh both home and abroad. Our sincerest prayers go with them so that Almighty Allah bless them with a very honorable and productive life.
Justice ATM Afzal said, "There is need to support the private universities which deserve it by their record of performance, but there is stronger need to weed out the commercial outlets which are doing more harm than good."
Mr. Kazi Rafiqul Alam as the President and Syndicate Chairman of the University handed over a Crest to the Honorable President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Chancellor, AUST on behalf of the University.
The program was successfully ended at 12:20 P.M.
Following the Convocation a dinner was arranged at night at the University Campus where graduates and distinguished guests participated.