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Women dominate DU highest academic awards

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Women dominate DU highest academic awards

Dhaka University (DU), country's most ancient university, remains a glaring example of achievements and accomplishments by women where female students have been dominating the academia for over a decade, reports BSS. Every year the faculties of DU honour their outstanding students with the Deans Award, the university's highest academic award, for their excellent performance in the Bachelor exams.

For example, in the last 10 years, 398 female students (66 per cent) of a total 599 awardees, were conferred the prestigious reward in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

After fulfilling various criteria, especially securing an average CGPA of 3.75 without taking any improvement exam, graduates become eligible for the award. If we go 10 years back in 2007, a total of 71 high achievers in their honours exams were conferred Deans Award under biological science faculty, where 35 students were female (49per cent).

Changing the scenario in 2008, female students outnumbered their male classmates by 48 to 41 in obtaining the Deans Award.

From 2009 to 2016, the percentages of female awardees were 84pc, 60pc, 79pc, 72pc, 70pc, 76pc, 68pc and 70pc respectively.

Rahima Khatun was one of the 57 female students and 24 male mates who have been honoured with the prestigious award by the faculty on December 6, 2017 after attaining CGPA 3.86 out of 4.00 from Botany department.

“I attained my goal through my regular study, determination and proper

concentration in regular classes,’ said Rahima.

On 18 October 2017, Faculty of Business Studies arranged 'Deans Award- 2017’ event to award its 94 exceptionally brilliant students, of whom 50 graduates are female (53per cent).

Eminent academic of Dhaka University Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique credited the achievement of the female students to the current government’s continuous action and effort for women empowerment.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is a role model of thousands of girls, directed authorities concerned to create more congenial atmosphere at universities for female students so they can get higher education without facing difficulties,” the former DU vice chancellor said.

Accordingly, he said, new dormitories have been built in many universities while the initiatives are underway to have female dormitories at all universities.

Besides, he said stipends, scholarships and grants have also been introduced for women, encouraging them accomplish higher studies.

On 22 August 2017, 16 departments of Social Science faculty honoured their high achieving students with Deans Award. Among the 28 awardees, 17 are female students (61pc) while in the previous year, 16 out of 29 were female (55pc).

Nowshin Jahan Etee, one of the awardees, said she got support of scholarships and stipends in achieving success in education.

Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences conferred Deans Award on its 19 top graduates from the academic sessions from 2011 to 2014, of whom 13 are female (68pc).

“Our girls are doing extraordinary performance because of their consciousness, motivation and also encouragement from their families. While sometimes our boys waste their time in gossiping, our girls study and make best use their time," dean of the faculty Prof ASM Maksud Kamal said.

The records of the other faculties also showed that female students are gradually going ahead. In the Faculty of Science, female students captured 55pc of the award in three consecutive years since 2011.

Female students got all the four Deans Award for pharmacy faculty last year.  “We always support, inspire and help our girls. They are skillful and also doing well in sports and co-curricular activities," Professor Nasreen Ahmad, Pro-Vice chancellor (academic) said.

Leela Naag was the first woman to be admitted to DU and earned her M.A. degree in 1923. According to DU annual report of 1996-97, there was 6,102 female (31pc), out of 19,387 students in 1997.

 

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