RU’s Teachers’ Day observed commemorating Dr Zoha

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On February 18, 1969, Dr Shamsuzzoha was shot dead by Pakistani military in front of the RU main gate when he rushed there to protect the students who were marching towards the town, violating Section 144

Commemorating the 51st anniversary of martyrdom of Dr Shamsuzzoha, Rajshahi University (RU) authorities observed Teachers’ Day on the campus in a befitting manner on Tuesday.

On February 18, 1969, Dr Shamsuzzoha was shot dead by Pakistani military in front of the RU main gate when he rushed there to protect the students who were marching towards the town, violating Section 144.

Zoha was the RU proctor and a teacher of the Chemistry department. His death sparked violent protests across the then East Pakistan, leading to the fall of autocratic Ayub regime. Dr Zoha is the country’s first martyred intellectual.

Like every year, the RU authorities chalked out elaborate programs, including hoisting a black flag atop all dormitories, administrative and academic buildings, placing wreaths at Zoha’s grave, and offering special prayers and doa mahfil at the central mosque to mark the day.

RU Department of Chemistry, in association with the university authorities, organized the Zoha memorial lecture at the auditorium.

Prof Belayet Hossain, Head of the chemistry department, and Prof Saidur Rahman Khan, former RU vice chancellor and former Bangladeshi High Commissioner to the UK, spoke at the session.

The speakers said Dr Zoha is the first intellectual martyr of the country. Through his martyrdom, the mass-upheaval got momentum, but sadly he did not get any official recognition by the government.