One of Bangladesh’s leading private universities, the North South University, is gearing up to celebrate its 24th founding anniversary with a plethora of programmes from March 3 to 11.
Established under the Trust Act, NSU started its journey on February 10, 1992 with 137 students and three departments. So far, over 15,000 students have graduated and over 20,000 students are currently studying here, Board of Trustees Chairman MA Kashem told a views exchange meeting yesterday.
Ministers, state ministers, MPs, and academics from home and abroad will join the nine-day celebration scheduled after the 19th convocation, he added.
Legendary singer Sabina Yasmin will enthral the audience on the opening day. The Candle Carmain Band will perform the following day.
A seminar on “Sustainable Business and Sustainable Goals” will be held on March 5. The U-19 cricket team will be given a reception the next day, attended by Bangladesh Cricket Board Chairman Nazmul Hasan Papon. It will be followed by a blood donation programme.
March 7 celebrations will kick off with a competition on architectural design charrette. A seminar will later discuss the impact of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic March 7 speech on Bangladesh’s independence movement.
A seminar on the engineering challenges of Padma Bridge, Bangladesh’s largest infrastructure project till date, will be held on March 9, addressed by project coordinator Maj Gen Abu Sayeed Md Masud.
MA Kashem said NSU was conceptualised at a time when the idea of higher studies in private sector was absent in South Asia. “Combining technology of the developed country (North) and merit of the under-developed country (South), the North South University emerged as the first venture of the private sector in higher education.”
He said 90 private universities had been established in Bangladesh after the NSU. “The number of students at private universities has exceeded the number of students in the public universities,” he said.
NSU started operations at a rented building in Banani and moved to its new campus at Bashundhara in 2009 where it is “well-equipped with 100 modern classrooms, digital library and rich labs.” Kashem said the NSU School of Business was the first in Bangladesh to achieve the ACBSP Accreditation.
“NSU is the initiator of private university education in Bangladesh … the pioneer of education in the private sector … [and] the place of centre of excellence in higher education, not only in Bangladesh but also in the region,” Kashem added.