Prof Shirin Akhter, Acting Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University, has said that Bangalees woke up as morning birds in the poetry of Kazi Nazrul Islam. “Nazrul is the symbol of dynamic youth. He contributed to the independence of India through his literary compositions of various dimensions. His created literature is living and has firm faith in the protection of existence,” she said.
Prof Shirin said these while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural session of an international seminar on the campus on Sunday. Bengali Department of Chitagong University arranged the programme at the auditorium of Business Administration Faculty marking the 120th birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Prof Abdul Mannan, former chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), inaugurated the seminar. Head of the Bengali Department Prof Dr. Mohibul Aziz presided over the inaugural session, while Vice-chancellor of Kazi Nazrul Islam University Prof Dr. AHM Mustafizur Rahman spoke as the special guest.
Prof Dr. Mahabubul Huq presided over the second part of the seminar where Dr. Monalisa Das, Dr. Sati Goho, and Dr. Manobenronath Saha presented three articles. Dr. Nurul Amin, a professor of Bengali department, Dr. Laila Zamn, another professor of the university, and Poet Bishwajit Chowdhury took part in the discussion on the articles.
Prof Shirin Akhter said that Kazi Nazrul Islam dreamt for juveniles and youths. “Poet Nazrul is very essential to the need of our national life. He attempted to destroy the old ones and to create the new ones. His literature will always inspire us,” she said. Prof Abdul Mannan in his speech said, “Everything whatever is needed to gather knowledge has to be done, without being limited to the university area and campus. I think this seminar will pave the way to gather knowledge.”