Dhaka, Bangladesh
Devote yourselves to removing inequality

Devote yourselves to removing inequality

Our Correspondent CHATTOGRAM, May 26: Speakers at the seventh commencement of Asian University for Women (AUW) recently urged graduates to devote themselves to removing inequality in society. They also urged the graduates to serve humanity through their leadership. University Chancellor Cherie Blair presided over the convocation, held at a hotel in the port city. A hundred students from 12 countries were awarded with Bachelor's degrees on the occasion. Two distinguished guests -- Dr Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, minister for finance and chief adviser to the president in the government of Afghanistan, and noted exponent of Rabindra songs Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya were honoured by AUW with honorary doctorates at the commencement. Quoting Martin Luther King Junior, Cherie Blaire said, "Inequality anywhere is a threat to equality everywhere." "You have the talent and skills, and now the qualifications, to be successful and service-oriented members of the workforce, to be change-makers in your spheres and become ethical and compassionate leaders," she told the graduates. In his speech, Dr Qayoumi urged graduates to work for the less fortunate people. "As leaders of your community, you can help people in their advancement," he told the graduates. "While we see wealth and power in one corner of the world, there is poverty and suffering in another corner," he said and urged the graduates to work for reducing disparity in the society. Kamal Ahmad, president and CEO of AUW Support Foundation, and Prof Nirmala Rao, vice chancellor of AUW, spoke among others, while Rokia Afzal Rahman, member of AUW Board of Advisors, and AUW Registrar Dr David Dowland were present among others.

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