President Abdul Hamid yesterday urged all to put united efforts into rooting out extremism and intolerance from the country.
"Uproot extremism, militancy and intolerance…," said the president while addressing the eighth convocation of University of Asia Pacific (UAP) on the premises of Dhaka International Trade Fair.
The president, also the chancellor of the university, termed the militant forces "the enemy of the country" as they (evil forces) tarnish the reputation of the country.
"All should bear in mind that religion is for the people's welfare, not for confrontation, discrimination..."
Abdul Hamid categorically asked the students to uphold the longstanding communal harmony of the country at any cost and contribute significantly to the development and progress of Bangladesh.
"You must have patriotism, firmness of character, social responsibility and professionalism to rebuild a happy and prosperous Bangladesh," the president said, adding that no nation could prosper without patriotism and the mentality of sacrifice.
Expressing his grave concern over the academic activities in private universities, Hamid said the country was yet to achieve the desired performance from the universities.
He said the desired target is not fulfilled due to the lack of efficient and meritorious teachers, world-standard curricula, proper classrooms, enriched libraries, laboratories, infrastructures, and so forth.
President Hamid asked all concerned not to use education for business purpose and not to turn it into a "commodity".
Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) was the convocation speaker.
Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Abdul Mannan, UAP Trustee Board Chairman Monzoor Ahmed Chowdhury, UAP Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamilur Reza Choudhury and Pro-VC Prof Dr MR Kabir, among others, spoke.