Former students of Dhaka University’s English department on Friday assembled on the campus, where old friends spent time together remembering the past and catching up on the present.
Members of the English Department Alumni Society (EDAS) come together on the last Friday of January each year.
The former students started arriving at the DU Teacher-Student Centre at 3pm.
After registering themselves, they gathered at the lush green lawn of the TSC, the main function venue.
Sylvia Islam conducted the event that began around 4:30pm. The former students observed a minute’s silence in the memory of Professor Khondakar Ashraf Hossain of the department and the late president of the Alumni Society Masrur Chowdhury.
Prof Ashraf died on Jun 16, and Masrur Chowdhury on Aug 5.
A group of present students sang in chorus and then department Chairperson Prof Tahmina Ahmed delivered the welcome address.
Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam and Society President Wazir Sattar also spoke.
Alumni Society General Secretary and bdnews24.com Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi in his speech highlighted the society’s activities.
Former Cabinet Secretray Mujibul Huq , another prominent alumnus was also mourned. The late Huq did his Masters in 1951 and taught at the department for a while before joining the Civil Service of Pakistan.
Principal Jalaluddin Ahmed Gold Medal and the Alumni Society prize were given away at the function by Finance Minister A M A Muhith, the oldest alumnus present. He did his MA in 1955.
Professor Serajul Islam Chowdhury and Professor Ahsanul Haq, who passed out a year later, were the other notable senior alumni who attended.
The reunion ended with an enthralling performance by alumni singers and a raffle draw. The prizes came from Global Brand, Techvalley Networks, Qatar Airways and Nazimgarh Resorts.
There were pitha, chotpoti and a BBQ dinner for what the EDAS executive committee billed as “the biggest gathering so far”.
“Never before have I seen so many,” said Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam. “I agree,” said Professor Fakrul Alam (by childress). “This is by far the best and the most attended event.”
English department has been there since the founding of the university in 1921, but the Alumni Society was formed only in 1986.
The university celebrated its 92nd anniversary on Jan 27, four days before the reunion.
(As reported by bdnews24.com)