The Dhaka University Alumni Association wants to work with the university administration to upgrade the ratings with meaningful and sustainable development, including the establishment of new dormitories. Alumni Association leaders and journalists of different print and electronic media expressed this desire in a view-exchange meeting held at the Alumni Auditorium of DU on Friday.
The DUAA president, Anwar ul Alam Chowdhury (Parvez), said, “We are ready to help the authority build a green campus where students can get a higher standard of learning environment. We have different plans regarding this, for instance, medical centers, internships, career support, and on-campus job facilities. It is important for the university administration and the Ministry of Education to come forward to approve and quickly implement such joint development projects.”
“We have already started some initiatives like leadership development scholarships, arts galleries, different publications, and mental health awareness campaigns. Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUA) 677 students with social scholarship are conducting a field-level campaign to create public awareness against drugs, child marriage, terrorism, and militancy in 64 districts across the country from October 13. This program has created unprecedented awareness, and this campaign will continue until October 31,” he added.
Mr. Parvez thinks alumni representativeness in the Senate is needed to empower students’ views in decision-making.
Alumni Association secretary Molla Abu Kawsar said that the university should not be only for teachers and officials but should focus on students.
Dhaka University Journalists Association President Al Saadi Bhuiyan said DUAA’s recent activities are really appreciable. Besides, the organization can push the university to count students’ needs and desires.
“Alumni can become development partners of the university and become active helpers and guardians of students in education, internships, and career formation,” he added.
He also mentioned that the university doesn’t care about negative news about the university. But journalists publish those in the hope of changing.
Alumni and journalists from the university also discussed the necessity of the DUCSU election for the negotiations with university authorities.
DUAA Joint Secretary General Subhash Singh Roy, Publicity and Public Relations Secretary Kazi Moazzem Hossain, DUJA Secretary Muzahidul Islam Mahi, and other members of both associations addressed the meeting.