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UGC Chairman delivers keynote speech in Kolkata on National Mourning Day
University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan delivered a keynote speech in Kolkata Maulana Azad College, formerly Islamia College Reza Ali Wasath Hall on the occasion of National Morning Day on August 17. The programme was organized by the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh in Kolkata. It may be mentioned that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman graduated from this college and his political career began in the pre-partition days while a student of this college. Presided over by Professor Shuranjan Das, Principal of the college the welcome address was given by Mr. Toufiq Hassan, Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commission in Kolkata.
In his keynote speech Professor Mannan recalled the student days of young Sheikh Mujib while studying at Islamia College, his involvement in the anti British movement in the sub-continent, sacrifices he made during the 23 year rule of Pakistan in East Bengal, his contribution towards the independence of Bangladesh and in rebuilding of the war devastated Bangladesh, conspiracies hatched to backstab the war of liberation in 1971 by some people of his own party and finally the collective conspiracy of a section of the military persons and people close to the Father of the Nation who participated in the brutal killings on August 15, 1975. Professor Mannan informed a packed auditorium how his daughter Sheikh Hasina is tirelessly working to realize the dreams of her martyred father. The programme was preceded by screening a film on the life and times of the Father of the Nation.