President Md Abdul Hamid has said that the present student politics ‘without any ideals’ hurts him, agencies report.
Speaking at the 49th Convocation at Dhaka University, he reminded graduating students of the legacy and called upon them to join politics for the ‘betterment of people’. Hamid, who had joined politics as member of the Bangladesh Chhatra League in 1959, said that he believes student politics is essential to create leaders. “But, it has to have ideals and it should be for the betterment of the public. Those who were involved in student politics in the 60s had ideals. It was to serve the country and its people. There was no place for vested interest of any individual or certain quarters. “But the absence of that ideology in today’s student politics hurts me”, he told the Convocation. This year’s Convocation conferred degrees to 6,104 students while 36 students were awarded gold medals for outstanding academic performances. “The Dhaka University has produced a lot of eminent politicians. They have hugely contributed to the nation’s development as well as for its independence,” said Hamid. World Intellectual Property Organization’s Director General Francis Gurry was this year’s Convocation Speaker. President Md Abdul Hamid, as the Chancellor of Dhaka University, gave him an honorary Doctor of Laws.