The 15th Convocation of the American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB) was held on Saturday, the February 28, 2015 at the Bangladesh Military Museum Field, Bijoy Sharani, Dhaka. Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid M.P the Honorable Minister, Ministry of Education of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh presided over the ceremony and conferred the degrees to the graduating students on behalf of the Honorable President of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh & Chancellor of the University. His Excellency Mr. Pankaj Saran, Hon’ble High Commissioner of the Republic of India to Bangladesh was graced the Ceremony as the Convocation Speaker.
The Chairman of the AIUB Trustee Board, Mr. Ishtiaque Abedin and the Vice Chancellor of AIUB Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna also spoke on the occasion. A total number of 2755 graduates were conferred degrees for successfully completion of all the academic requirements in various disciplines of the Bachelors and Masters Degree Programs of the University.
The following Medals were awarded in different categories to the meritorious students for their academic and other excellence:
1. Chancellor’s Gold Medal - 3
4. Summa Cum Lau-De - 96
2. Dr. Anwarul Abedin Leadership Award - 8
5. Magna Cum Lau-De - 101
3. Vice Chancellor’s Award - 14
6. Cum Lau-De - 67
Congratulating the Graduating students, the Education Minister said, “National development specially depend on education and research. To ensure this development we need to spread our education program towards all corner of the country. He emphasized that Priority should be given to science and Information Technology, Engineering and technical education to fulfill the commitment of present Govt. to build digital Bangladesh. Accordingly curriculum should be up-dated and designed so that students can earned practical knowledge. He is happy that AIUB is playing a vital role in this respect. All other University should also follow the same and create such manpower who can contribute to the socio economic development of the Country keeping on our cultural sprit. To maintain the Administrative, Academic and financial; system in the Private University. Properly, he urged all authority to obey the newly promulgated Act-2010 for the Private University. He also highlighted the students enrolment in the higher education particularly in the Private University.
The Hon’ble Minister also stressed on quality higher education in our University. Without this Bangladesh won’t be able to face the competitive market of the world. The only way to save the densely populated country by trained manpower in accordance with global demand and ready for exporting. He also advised the graduating students to remember that they are not only citizen of Bangladesh but also of the world. He categorically mentioned about the remittance by the Bangladeshi workers from outside the country and opined that if we can export educated and trained personnel it would be double.
He drawn the attention of the young graduating students to the life and ideals of Late Dr. Anwarul Abedin, the Founder Chairman of AIUB who dedicated his life at the service of mankind as a physician both home and abroad and later establishing AIUB to promote quality education. He has also given emphasis on Science education which is now a global concern and it needs a thorough review at the national level.
Congratulating the graduating students for their achievement, the Education Minister advised that knowledge and skill earned by them should be used for their own development and try to contribute to the national development and the society. He also hoped that the graduates will always maintain leadership quality with a view to focus their University and the Country at the International arena. He categorically mentioned that the Govt. does not differentiate the students of public and private universities. Finally he expects that AIUB will complete their construction works of permanent campus and arrange shifting in time.
The Convocation speaker His Excellency Mr. Pankaj Saran congratulated the new graduates for their remarkable achievement and to AIUB for reaching the milestone of the 15th Convocation. He said that the degrees earned by the students from AIUB will make them leadership guidance by which they will be able to serve the nation as well as their family. He advised them to overcome the challenges they expected to face in the near future.
He believed that the graduates from AIUB will be a head to give the leadership in all development activities of the country. Also they will probe themselves as a prefect citizen of the country in order to serve human and society. He has suggested that the AIUB consider partnering with Indian University in areas of mutual interest. Also to think of creating India – Bangladesh Vice Chancellors Round table and put in place a Joint Higher education initiative between both countries and extend national knowledge Network of the SAARC region.
The Vice Chancellor of AIUB urged the students to follow their dreams whether; “good or bad – and turn every dream into solutions, cures and new knowledge”. Know that wherever in the world your fate take you, you will forever remain a part of us, and we of you.
Mr. Ishtiaque Abedin in his welcome speech congratulated the graduates for their remarkable achievement. He hoped that the fresh graduates have been endowed with sufficient knowledge and skill to venture out into the world and confidently face any challenge that our society and the world face today.
The Founder & Vice Presidents of AIUB Dr. Hasanul A. Hasan (Treasurer), Ms. Nadia Anwar along with the Members of the Board of Trustees Mrs. Sabrina Abedin, Dr. Abdus Samad Alim Registrar, Vice Chancellors of other Universities, UGC Officials, AIUB Faculty members, parents and guardians, Syndicate and Academic Council members, Deans and officers graced the Ceremony. Along with the graduating students and their families a large number of local and foreign dignitaries and members of the print and electronic media also attended the convocation Ceremony.