Saturday, April 19, 2008

A New Era For AUST

Today, 19 April 2008, is indeed a long awaited day for Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST). It marks the beginning of a new era for the already well known and established institution, as the new semester starts in its elaborate permanent campus. It is also historic in the context of the educational institutes of Bangladesh, as AUST becomes the first among the private universities of the country to move to its permanent home. The campus was inaugurated by the President of Bangladesh and Chancellor of the University Prof. Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed on 31 March. The new campus is not only huge in size, but also exclusively designed and spacious, promising all the facilities required for a university of international standards. The visually pleasing edifice is divided into four separate blocks, and the 10 story building including 2 basement levels has more than 4 lac square foot area as a whole (Click here for details).
The students of the university has been demanding the move to the new campus for a long long time. Seniors from almost each and every batch has been keeping the authority under pressure. Finally in the last semester we got to know that the time has finally arrived, and the classes of the spring semester 2008 will start on the permanent campus. This day has really been a long awaited day for our varsity. I feel really lucky that I'm gonna get a chance to study in our new campus for at least 2 more years (if I don't lag behind for some reason, hehe). And I really feel sorry at the same time for the seniors who have been struggling for so long to get this opportunity, but didn't get it. Thanks to them for all their efforts.
Today the authority invited the parents/guardians of the students to be a part of this historic day, by coming to the campus, and having a look around. Unfortunately I couldn't take my parents, our driver was on leave and going by taxi 8:00 in the morning was not possible.
The atmosphere in the campus today, as the students finally entered their very own elaborate campus, was absolutely amazing. The expression in their faces said everything. Everyone was looking around the campus with smiles on their faces. It was really great. Our friends were greeting each other saying 'Eid Mubarak', haha, as indeed this day is a happy day for us.
But the campus, to be honest, isn't ready yet. The air conditioners are not yet set, which makes things really hard in the hot summer weather. The laboratories, library, cafeteria are not yet fully functional. Even the teachers room of our department (EEE) is not ready. So, I think the authority could've taken a bit more time, at least 2 more weeks to arrange things a bit more and then start the classes. Anyway, Inshallah things will be just fine within a few weeks.
Our old temporary campus was congested, situated in different rented buildings and had the lowest grade as far as visual beauty and student facilities are concerned. But I am going to miss that campus, as the memories of my first two years of varsity life will always be associated with it. But I think what the students will miss the most is 'Star'! I mean Star Kabaab, Star Bakery and the 1st floor of Star Restaurant, which were always filled with the students of AUST, eating, gossiping, studying, passing time. And the 'Mamas' of Star are also sure to miss us.
I hereby would like to congratulate everyone associated with AUST, the students (present and past), teachers, staff, everyone, on this glorious and historic day for our beloved university. May Allah shower His Blessings on this institution forever. Ameen.