POST TIME: 2 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
RU emphasises monuments, campus beautification
Jahidul Islam, RU

RU emphasises monuments, campus beautification

The authorities at Rajshahi University (RU) are placing emphasis on the roles of education, technology, and communication in society by setting up five new monuments on the campus. Of the five monuments, four have already been completed. The RU authorities are also implementing a beautification project across the green campus.

To give importance to developing a knowledge-based society, a tall book-themed monument has been set up outside Senate Bhaban. The monument bears famous quotes by Socrates (‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’) and Albert Einstein (‘I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.’).

Another book-themed monument is installed in front of the central library. This features a stack of 14 books and bears the words of legendary philosophers and scientists. Placing emphasis on technology and communication are the ‘Indicator Pole Monument’ on Parish Road, the ‘Cube Monument’ in front of the second science building, and the ‘www.ru.ac.bd monument’ on the west side of the main entrance.

As part of the beautification initiative, the university has started installing these structures along with new facilities, said Pro-Vice Chancellor (Pro-VC) Prof. Chowdhury Muhammed Zakaria. To pay tribute to national heroes who were martyred in the War of Independence, the university has already installed some monuments and a museum. Shahid Smriti Sangrahashala, the first museum to be dedicated to the Liberation War, was set up in 1972.

That same year, the Shahid Minar was built next to the Shahid Smriti Sangrahashala. The first Shahid Minar, located outside the Shahidullah Arts Building, had been demolished by the Pakistani army on April 14, 1971.

Another memorial is the Shahid Smriti Stombho ’71, built on the university’s mass graveyard on the east side of the campus. The authorities recovered thousands of skeletons of freedom fighters here in March 2003. ‘Bidhargo’, another monument, was set up in front of Shaheed Habibur Rahman Hall in August 2011, and the first Shaheed Minar was installed in 2018 outside the Shahidullah arts building.

Monument supervisor Prof. Dr Raquib Ahmed from the Geography and Environmental Department said, “Monuments are a symbol of a significant time in history. They represent life, death, success, and struggle, to name just a few. And they have become as important to society as the events they represent. Monuments bring history alive for new generations and memories to those who experience the events first-hand.”

Assistant Prof. Dr AKM Ariful Islam, an expert in ceramics and sculpture, designed the monuments. RU has allocated Tk. 8 lakh for completing the five new installations. Sources within the RU beautification project revealed that the authorities are planning to provide illumination on each street so that students can study outdoors. Also, residential students will soon be able to bathe and swim in the seven ponds, although fishing will be prohibited.

RU Pro-VC Prof. Zakaria, who is also the convener of the beautification project, said, "We are making our university a role model to other universities through the new monuments, renovation of the pond, and other beautification initiatives.”