PDF-DU Unit Celebrates International Disability Day 2018
- LondonTimes desk:
International Day of Persons with Disabilities-2018 observed by Dhaka University unit of Physically Challenged Development Foundation (PDF) in association with Manusher Jonno Foundation. A colourful rally followed by a panel discussion were organized to celebrate the occasion. The theme of the event was “to ensure accessible and barrier free campus for all.”
The rally started from TSC and ended at Social Sciences Faculty encompassing the arts building. The panel discussion took place at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury auditorium.
Vice chancellor of University of Dhaka Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman was the chief guest of the program. He said, “We have to attain the SDG goals within 2030. No portion of the society should be left behind on this journey towards prosperity. Developing an interactive society is the one of the major goals of the SDG. Hence, participation of the physically challenged persons is necessary.” The Vice Chancellor also said, “University of Dhaka will be a disabled friendly campus. In every buildings and structures of the university we will take disabled friendly measures.”
Referring to the necessity of inclusive society, the Vice Chancellor said, “Taking measures for the disabled students is a great way to express and clarify the inner human qualities. Through this, we will be able to blossom our hearts.”
Hassan Ahamed Chowdhury Kiron, chairman of Debate for Democracy, has been given special awards for organizing the first ever national debate competition for the visually impaired students and for creating job opportunities for them.
President of Dhaka University chapter of PDF, MD. Nazmus Shakib presided over the session and General Secretary of the organization Misbahul Alam was in charge of overall management of the event. Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Atiur Rahman was present as special guest. Dean of Social Sciences Faculty Professor Dr. Sadeka Halim and National Consultant (accessibility) of A2i, Vashkar Bhattacharjee were also present as special guests. General Secretary of Dhaka University Students League Hussain Saddam, Vice President of PDF Mamunur Rashid, Programme Coordinator of Manusher Jonno Foundation Nazrana Yesmin and Ex Vice President of PDF-DU Mahmud Abdullah Bin Munshi were present as guests.
Dr. Atiur Rahman said, “Bangladesh has reached a special juncture for its drive to development. Today we have been able to establish a special example of inclusive development, specifically, in the last decade. Bangladesh is recognized as a role model of the world today for our welfare policies and programs. Nobody can be left behind in this process. Everyone has to give equal opportunities to participate in the development process. Our Constitution and our state policies make this commitment. Government policies are made according to the needs of the people. If we can create equal opportunities and awareness in the society for disabled people, then it is possible to take new development policies and programs.” Referring to the disabled persons as children of heaven, he said, “we will have to look after the problems of the disabled and should not overlook them.”
Professor Dr. Sadeka Halim said, “We have fought for 9 months long to establish equality in society and to eliminate discrimination. In order to establish this equality and to remove discrimination, the disabled should be included in the mainstream.”
Apart from this, more than 300 students with disabilities and non-disabled students of different universities, including Dhaka University, attended the program.
MD. Nazmus Sakib