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From 52 to 71: Dhaka University inaugurates mural marking Victory Day

  • Published at 01:03 pm December 16th, 2020
Dhaka University mural
DU VC Prof Dr M Akhtaruzzaman inaugurates a mural that portrays the country's Liberation War history marking the 50th Victory Day on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

DU VC Prof Dr M Akhtaruzzaman on Wednesday inaugurated the mural located inside Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall amid the ongoing protests by anti-sculpture groups

Dhaka University (DU) has established a mural that portrays the country's historic events from 1952's Language Movement leading up to the Liberation War of 1971 marking the 50th Victory Day.

DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr M Akhtaruzzaman on Wednesday inaugurated the mural located inside Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall amid the ongoing protests by anti-sculpture groups.

The mural was made under the planning and supervision of the current Hall Provost Prof Dr Syed Humayun Akhter of the university's geology department.

While addressing the event, the DU VC said: "Our Liberation War of 1971 is the consequence of 1952's Language Movement. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman played the key role in our struggle for freedom."

"The Language Movement created a non-communal Bengali nationalist spirit which led us towards independence, and we finally achieved victory," he furthered.

He hoped that the students of the university would get inspiration from the mural depicting Bangladesh's road to independence.

Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall is one of the three founding residential halls of the university. 

Established in 1921, as Lyton Hall, it was subsequently renamed Dhaka Hall and renamed again after the famous linguist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah following his death in 1969. 

The hall has been a witness to the events leading to Bangladesh's independence.

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