Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has dedicated the honorary DLitt degree, which was awarded by the Kazi Nazrul Islam University of West Bengal, to all Bengalis living in Bangladesh and India.
She came up with the announcement while delivering her speech after receiving the honorary degree from a special convocation of the university on Saturday.
The premier said: “I received many invitations from world-renowned universities to receive degrees. Because of time shortage, I could not accept their invitation. But, I did not want to miss this opportunity this time as the degree has been awarded from Kazi Nazrul Islam University.”
Emphasising on the spirit of Nazrul, the Bangladesh prime minister said: “Kazi Nazrul Islam is the asset of both countries. We should follow the non-communal spirit of the poet in strengthening the bilateral relations and brotherhood between the two countries.”
Remembering the contribution of India in the war of liberation, Sheikh Hasina said: “India arranged shelter for around one crore Bangladeshis, who were forced to leave the country amid barbaric torture by the Pakistani army. We are grateful to India for their all out support during the war of liberation in 1971.”