Marking the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh-Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, ‘Bangabandhu Corner‘ was established at the multi-storeyed central library of Lovely Professional University. His Excellency, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, Mr Muhammad Imran inaugurated the Corner. Inauguration marked birth centenary of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh-Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On this eve, ‘Golden Jubilee’ celebrations were also held for Independence Day of Bangladesh; Freedom of Bangladesh; and, the 50 years of Bangladesh-India friendship amid diplomatic ties. Rajya Sabha Member (MP) of India & Chancellor of LPU Mr Ashok Mittal presided over the multifaceted celebrative occasion. An MoU was also signed between LPU and High Commission of Bangladesh in India to further seek the possibility of the established Corner eventually being converted into a Centre at LPU. It also covered student and faculty exchange and research programmes.
Addressing the national and international students and faculty members at Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium of LPU, His Excellency Mr Imran shared the history of independence of Bangladesh and the role of India for the same. He also stressed on the good relations with the neighbouring countries. He motivated Bangladeshi students at LPU to utilize the best facilities being provided to them at LPU and reach global heights. He also wanted them to be true brand ambassadors of Bangladesh in India and bring both countries-India and Bangladesh- more close. He also thanked LPU Management for their great support in establishing Bangabandhu Corner at its campus. Sharing in Hindi, he appreciated LPU by saying vociferously-“Jo Lovely krtaa hae vah achchha hee krtaa hae”. He also congratulated Chancellor Mr Mittal for being elected as a law-maker of India.
Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal thanked the high profiled delegation on visiting the campus and shared about the good relations between India and Bangladesh, and the increasing economy of Bangladesh. He also talked about the great role of India in the liberation of Bangladesh as a free country. He anticipated that the ‘Corner’ will help students from all across the country and 50+ countries, studying at LPU, to know more about Bangladesh, its culture and traditions. LPU Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal was also present on this occasion.
Prior to this, Vice President at LPU Mr Aman Mittal, who is also at the helm of International Affairs at LPU, thanked all of the high profiled guests for according grace to the celebrations through their encouraging presence. He referred to the ‘Corner’ as very close to his heart, which is sure to motivate students of diverse cultural heritage from across the globe.
The established ‘Bangabandhu Corner’ has a life-size portrait of Bangabandhu; various copies of the books written by Bangabandhu, including”Unfinished Memoirs”, “Prison Diaries” and more. Alongside other books on Bangabandhu and Bangladesh history, culture, and socio-economic development are also on the library shelves. The Corner has emerged as a knowledge platform for students from India and abroad to know about the life, work, and philosophy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the brave country and people of Bangladesh.
During the celebrations two special troupes of artists from Bangladesh-Surma Ancholic & Srishti Cultural Centre from Dhaka- and Bangladeshi students studying at LPU performed cultural programmes based on India & Bangladesh and their friendship. Illustrative, around 750 Bangladeshi students have been on the rolls of LPU so far, which seems to be the highest number on a single campus outside Bangladesh. H.E. Mr Imran also interacted with Bangladeshi students at LPU campus.
Along with H E High Commissioner Mr Imran, other high profiled delegates from the Embassy of Bangladesh were Madam Dr. Zakia Hasnat Imran; Deputy High Commissioner Mr Md. Nural Islam; Minister (Consular) Mr Selim Md Jahangir; Minister (Press) Mr. Shaban Mahamood; Minister (Commerce) Dr. A.K.M. Atiqul Haque; Minister (Economic) Mr. Mohd Rashedul Amin; Counsellor (Political) & HOC Mr. Md. Shafiul Alam; Counsellor (Political) Mr. Shahed Bin Aziz; Second Secretary (Political) Ms. Tahsina Nasrin; and, Counsellor (Political) Mr. Zakir Ahmed. Many of the delegates were also accompanied by their spouses and children.