Daffodil International University hosts ‘English Olympiad Bangladesh 2021’

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With the motto “Show your English talents, Go for greater challenge” the Department of English of Daffodil International University organized the English Olympiad Bangladesh 2021 in August. The competition attracted students of classes 9 to 12 from all over the country and a total number of 948 students registered themselves for the event which is divided into two categories: Senior Category (College Level) and Junior Category (School Level). The closing ceremony of the competition was held August 28 through the Virtual Gate online platform. Notre Dame College student Iftehaz Yasir Iftee became the champion in the senior category and RAJUK Uttara Model College student Tasfia Nafi became the champion in the junior category. On the other hand, Shreya Haldar from Feni Girls Cadet College became the first runner up in the senior category and Wasfia Lubaba Wazed from Feni Girls Cadet College became the first runner up in the junior category. Besides, Samin Abrar from Pabna Cadet College became the second runner up in the senior category and Tartil Ahmed Arnab from Rangpur Cadet College became the second runner up in the junior category. As a prize, the champion will get Tk. 30,000 and a certificate and the first runners-up will get Tk. 20,000 and a certificate and the second runner-up will get Tk. 20,000 and a certificate.

It may be mentioned that 948 students from all over the country in senior and junior categories participated in the English Olympiad. From there, 196 students pass the selection round through the selection round. From there 20 students get a chance to take part in the final round.

Dr. Fakrul Alam, Professor of University Grants Commission and Director of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Research Institute for Peace and Liberty of Dhaka University was present as the chief guest in the closing ceremony. Captain Noor-e Alam, Principal of Mirzapur Cadet College was present as the special guest and Daffodil International University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. M Lutfar Rahman was present as the guest of honor.

Presided over by Ms. Liza Sharmin, Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, DIU the program also addressed by Prof. AMM Hamidur Rahman, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tahsina Yasmin, Associate Professor, Department of English, Mostafizur Rahman, Assistant Professor and Dipti Rahman, Lecturer.

In his speech as the chief guest, Prof. Dr. Fakrul Alam said, we are all global citizens now. Technology has made it easier for us to communicate with the rest of the world. To make this communication more effective, we need to know English.

He also said that such competition will remove the fear of English from the students. He commented that such arrangements should be more frequent. This time he thanked Daffodil University for organizing such a timely event.

Speaking as the special guest, Captain Noor-e Alam said, we have English in our education system from class one, but yet we are not able to learn English properly. We also need to find out where the problem really is and rearrange the whole education system.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. M Lutfar Rahman said, we are now living in a global village. Communicating with each other here has become so easy that it is beyond imagination. Our job opportunity is now not limited to the country, but the whole world. But in the abroad we are not getting the expected results just because we do not know English. We also need to get young students interested in English, he said.