The Department of English and Humanities held its online Fall 2020 Orientation for the incoming BA and MA in English students on November 5, 2020. The event was graced by the presence of the Chief Guest Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, Secretary to The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
The evening began with an address of welcome by Prof. Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities followed by an introduction to the department and faculty members by Pro Vice-Chancellor, ULAB, and Head of the Department, Prof. Shamsad Mortuza.
Prof. Shahnaj Husne Jahan then provided the freshers with an overview of GED courses and the importance of their inclusion in the curriculum. She said that students could “explore, experience, and discover the past as well as the present” through GED courses and “contribute to the planning of the future Bangladesh.”
ULAB Vice Chancellor, Prof. H M Jahirul Haque welcomed the students and spoke about the facilities offered at the Permanent Campus. He also stressed that students are required to take courses in different fields so that they gain knowledge in them and ultimately use this knowledge to become good citizens. The Vice Chancellor explained to the students that the best facilities, faculty members, and curriculum has been made available for them but the responsibility to make the best use of these resources depends on them.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, then addressed the students. Dr. Saleheen began by congratulating the students for choosing the Department of English and Humanities at ULAB. During his speech, he focused on the career prospects that a graduate of English has. He also stated that English offers a fantastic intellectual challenge for those who enjoy such challenges. However, success here depends on the love for the subject, self-confidence, and sincere effort. He advised the students to read as much as possible and not to neglect the wealth of Bangla literature even though they are in the English Department. He said the study of English will not only help students to become good human beings but also pave the path to a successful career.
The program then launched into its cultural segment which was replete with entertainment and wit. Student-directed performances included skits, songs, recitations, and videos about the department which showcased the wealth of talent among the students, including the freshers.
The event was organized by the Event Committee of Fall 2020, led by Muntasir Mamun, Assistant Professor, DEH, and coordinated by Nadia Rahman, Assistant Professor, DEH. The program content was created by the students of Batches 191, 192, and 193. Ably hosted by Taznuba Afreen and Mahjabeen Hasan, the event ended with a vote of thanks by S M Mahfuzur Rahman, Lecturer, DEH.
Some glimpses of the performances