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Bangladesh: Christian University students celebrate Pre-Christmas

Christian students of Jagannath University in Dhaka celebrated pre-Christmas on December 1. (Photo: Supplied)

Christian University students in Bangladesh celebrated pre-Christmas on the occasion of the birthday of Jesus Christ at Jagannath University in Dhaka on December 1.

This pre-Christmas celebration was arranged by Christian students who are studying at the Jagannath University of Old Dhaka.

At this event, the Chairman of the Bengali Department of the University Professor Dr. Milton Biswas Under the chairmanship of former general secretary of Jagannath University Press Club, Jagesh Roy and the chief guest vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Md. Imdadul Haque was present the program.

The special guest of the event is the president of the teacher's association, Prof. Dr. Md. Abul Hossain, General Secretary Prof. Dr. A. K. M. Lutfar Rahman, Proctor Professor Dr. Mustafa Kamal, Assistant Proctor, and Christian students were present.

Md. Imdadul Haque, the vice-chancellor of Jagannath University, said, "Religious culture is mixed with Bengali tradition. No religion tells you to take drugs, doesn't teach you to lie, or doesn't tell you to harm anyone. If everyone follows the teachings of each religion, no one will go astray."

"Nowadays, violence is going on in the name of religion. Big states are now seen destabilizing the world with small religious issues. We should all respect all religions," said vice-chancellor Haque.

He added that the master plan of the new campus has been completed, "There will be mosques, temples and churches." All students will follow their own religion and create coexistence in the University.

Parish priest of Luxmibazar Church, Father Donel Stephen Cruze, CSC. was a special guest in the program.

 "With highlighted the birth and newness of Jesus in his speech. We decorate our houses with light and new decorations on the birthday of Jesus Christ. Because we can leave our sins and darkness and become beautiful and bright people by accepting Jesus, and this I can spread the light to all levels of society," said Father Donel.

One of the University students Parna Maria Costa said, "I am very happy to participate in such an event in university life. This pre-Christmas event of the university is being organized for the second time and I hope we will celebrate this program every year.

 "There are 40-50 Christian students in the university, through this event we are able to share our Christian faith and love of Jesus with everyone while also trying to present our culture to others," said Maria Costa.

Students are saying we want every university in Bangladesh to become non-sectarian, we develop as ideal people with respect and honor to all religions.

 The pre-Christmas celebration is ended with the cutting of the Christmas cake.

History says that the former name of Jagannath University is Jagannath College. It was known by this name throughout most of the 20th century.

The history of Lord Jagannatha is a story of devotion, the eternal love between a man and God. It tells how the prayers of a devotee caused the Lord to make His appearance in a wondrous way. And it shows how Krisna came as the Deity Jagannatha so that He could accept loving service from all classes of men.

Jagannath College was established in 1868 by a zamindar named Jagannath Roy Chowdhury of Baliati in Manikganj. It was turned into a college on 4 July 1884.

The Bangladesh Government later transformed it into a full-fledged university in 2005. Currently, the university has 678 teachers in 6 faculties, 36 departments and 2 institutes.

Among them 144 professors, 177 associate professors, 290 assistant professors and 67 lecturers.

There are 14 thousand 856 students and apart from this, 245 students are doing MPhil and 141 students are doing Ph.D.

At present, the University has 36 departments under 6 faculties. The faculties are Science, Arts, Business Studies, Social Science, Law and Fine Arts. - Nikhil Gomes


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