Commemorating the 54th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr Shamsuzzoha, the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities will observe ‘Zoha Day’ as Teachers’ Day on the campus in a befitting manner on Saturday.
On this day in 1969, Dr Shamsuzzoha was shot dead by the then Pakistani military junta in front of the RU main gate as he rushed there to protect the students marching towards the town violating Section 144.
Zoha was the RU proctor and a teacher in the chemistry department. His death sparked violent protests across the then East Pakistan, leading to the fall of the autocratic Ayub regime. Dr Zoha is the country’s first Martyred Intellectual.
Marking the day, the RU authorities chalked out elaborate programmes, including hoisting of the black flag atop all dormitories, administrative and academic buildings, placing wreaths at Zoha’s grave and offering special prayers and holding doa mahfil at the central mosque, throughout the day. RU Chemistry department in association with the university authority will organise Zoha memorial lecture at Senate Building at 10 am.
Progressive Teachers’ Society (PTS), teachers’ and officers’ associations, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Rajshahi University Journalists’ Association (Ruja) and different socio-cultural organisations will hold discussions and offer special prayers in observance of the day.
Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Hall will also arrange a discussion. The RU chemistry department will bring out a silent procession on the campus to mark the day.
Shaheed Smrity Sangrahashala will remain open for visitors from 7 am to 5 pm in observance of the day.