DU celebrates birth centenary of GC Dev
Saturday, 05 July 2008

The life of former Dhaka University teacher, philosopher and martyred intellectual, GC Dev, was celebrated on his birth centenary Friday by a colourful daylong programme at the university campus, reports bdnews24.com.

Academics, poets, writers and philosophers gathered at the Dhaka University Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) for the event, organised by the Philosophy Department Alumni Association.
 
Academics speaking on the occasion said that at this critical juncture, GC Dev's life and philosophy could show the country 'the true path'.
 
Inaugurating the function, Prof AFM Yusuf Haider said: "On the one hand Dr Dev was a philosopher while on the other, science- oriented realism was the main subject of his study."
 
Chief guest and national professor Kabir Chowdhury unveiled a portrait of Dev by noted artist Abdul Mannan. Chowdhury said that Dev was a liberal and one hundred per cent non-communal.
 
Chairperson of the department of philosophy, Prof Azizunnahar Islam said that GC Dev was not only the pride of the philosophy department or Dhaka University; he was the pride of the whole nation and an invaluable national asset as well.
 
Noted academic, Prof Sarder Fazlul Karim described Dev as the Socrates of this age.
 
Professor emeritus Serajul Islam Chowdhury said: "We cannot think of this university without Dr Dev. His life is his message. He tried to make this country and nation productive."
 
"True respect can be shown to him by following the lesson of humanity he imparted," said professor emeritus Anisuzzaman.
 
UGC chairman Prof Nazrul Islam said: "At present education is becoming a commodity. Dr Dev imparted education on how to stand upright."
 
Biswa Sahitya Kendro president, Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed presided. Prof Dr Azizunnahar Islam gave the address of welcome. Prof Aminul Islam presented the keynote paper.
 
Dev's adopted son Dr Jyoti Prakash Dutta, Dev's adopted daughter Rokeya Sultana, columnist Syed Abul Maqsud, and former students of the philosophy department also spoke on the occasion, among others.
 
The programme ended with a cultural show. Former students of the department, Shakila Zafar and Salma Anjum Lata were among those that performed.

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