Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – Teachers, students and staff of Dhaka University on Tuesday mourned the tragic deaths of students, employees and guests in a building collapse at its Jagannath Hall on October 15, 1985.
On that day, 40 people, including 26 students and 14 guests, died in the tragic collapse of the roof of a one-storey building at the dormitory.
DU authorities observed the day through various programmes, including hoisting of black flags in all dormitories, a mourning procession, placing wreaths at the memorial of the victims and offering special prayers.
A blood donation programme was arranged on the Jagannath Hall premises while a painting exhibition held at the dormitory from 10am to 6pm.
Besides, a discussion programme was held in the television room of the October Memorial Building of Jagannath Hall at 9am.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, Pro-VC (Administration) Prof Mohammad Samad, Treasurer Prof Kamal Uddin, DU Teachers’ Association President Prof ASM Maksud Kamal, Ducsu Vice-president Nurul Haque Nur and hall Provost Prof Mihir Lal Saha attended the discussion.
The hall authorities also arranged an ‘October Memorial Essay Competition’ and ‘October Memorial Painting Competition’ on the hall premises.