RU observes teachers day commemorating Dr Zoha
Published: 10:50 PM, 18 February 2021
Commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Shamsuzzoha, the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities on Thursday observed ‘Zoha Day’ as ‘Teachers’ Day’ on the campus in a befitting manner.
On this day in 1969, Dr. Shamsuzzoha was shot dead by the Pakistani military junta in front of the RU main gate as he rushed there to protect the students marching towards the town violating Section 144.
Zoha was the RU proctor and a teacher of the Chemistry Department. His death sparked violent protests throughout then East Pakistan, leading to the fall of the autocratic Ayub regime. Dr. Zoha is the country’s first Martyred Intellectual.
Marking the day, the RU authorities chalked out elaborate programs, including hoisting of black flag atop all dormitories, administrative and academic buildings, placing of wreaths at Zoha’s grave, Zoha Memorial Lecture and offering special prayers, and holding doa mahfil at the central mosque.
Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Abdus Sobhan, Pro-VCs Professor Ananda Kumar Shaha and Professor Chowdhury Md Jakaria, Registrar Professor Abdus Salam, and Proctor Professor Lutfor Rahman accompanied by other officials, teachers and students of the university placed wreaths on Dr. Zoha’s grave and memorial plaque.
The Zoha Memorial Lecture was held at the Senate Building. Prominent Economist of the country Prof Sanat Kumar Shaha addressed the lecture as a focal person with RU VC Professor Abdus Sobhan in the chair. Pro-VCs Professor Ananda Kumar Shaha and Professor Chowdhury Md Jakaria also spoke on the occasion.
Progressive Teachers’ Society (PTS), teachers’ and officers’ associations, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Rajshahi University Journalists’ Association (RUJA), and different socio-cultural organizations held discussions and offered special prayers in observance of the day.
Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Hall also arranged a discussion. RU Chemistry Department brought out a silent procession on the campus to mark the day. Shaheed Smrity Sangrahashala remained open for all from 8 am to 5 pm in observance of the day.