The 13th convocation of East West University was held on Monday morning on its own campus at Aftabnagar, Dhaka.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the ceremony as the representative of the president.
The convocation speaker was the eminent litterateur Selina Hossain.
At the convocation, 1341 students, including four gold medalists, have been awarded certificates. Students were excited to get the degrees on time at the end of their academic life.
The education minister said private universities are undoubtedly playing a major role in imparting quality higher education.
However, the education minister warned that tough measures will be taken against private universities failing to build their own campus within stipulated time and not fulfilling other required standards.
He suggests other private universities that they follow the example set by East West University in this regard.
The education minister placed great emphasis on patriotism, human values, moral education as well as modern education to make the country a developed one by the year 2014.
Highlighting different aspects of education and culture, convocation speaker Selina Hossain said taking advantage of the illiteracy of the people in this region, foreign culture has distorted the local culture here. She urges the students to aspire to be a complete human being by cultivating human values along with achieving academic degrees.
Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, the president of the Board of Trustees of the university and former governor of Bangladesh Bank, informed that grants of Tk 40 crore have been given over the last 17 years.
He advised the graduating students to come forward for the upliftment of the unprivileged people of our society and for the welfare of the country.
University Vice-chancellor Professor Ahmed Shafee highlighted the role of East West University in reducing inequality in education by providing grants. Citing practices of foreign universities, he also urged the government to provide scholarships to the genuinely talented students of private universities too.
Members of the Board of Trustees of the University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr M Sekander Hayat Khan, Deans of different faculties, the chairpersons of different departments, the registrar of the university, graduating students and their parents participated in the convocation ceremony.