Safewheel: Bringing healthcare on three wheels to Rural Bangladesh

According to Safewheel’s website, “Safewheel Limited provides affordable ambulance and doorstep medical services to rural people.” This startup was founded in November 2018 and since then it has reached 140+ villages.

It happens to be in Bangladesh where the harsh reality is, there is only 1 ambulance available for every 88,000 people. The problem is more acute in rural areas where lack of infrastructure prevents people from accessing basic healthcare needs. Safewheel Limited is working to solve this exact problem. Safewheel Limited transformed the local three-wheeler autorickshaws (Tomtoms) into ambulances.

And right now, the founders are one step closer towards achieving their dreams. Alongside providing this emergency transportation service, Safewheel Limited is also providing door to door emergency healthcare to rural people.

The Rural Scenario

During the pilot phase, I went to Mahadevpur, Naogaon with the CEO, Rafiq Islam, and the Chief of Business Development, Faysal Islam.

The situation was heartbreaking.

People mistakenly thought we were doctors and told us about their problems when we went to inform them about the ambulance service.

Rural people usually find themselves helpless in any emergency medical situation. They also lack basic health-related knowledge. Keeping this in mind, Safewheel also visits schools and other institutions in order to teach people more about preparedness in emergency medical situations.

Challenges of Safewheel

One of the biggest challenges of this startup is the solvency of the rural people.

Some of the patients are not solvent enough to pay the small fee that Safewheel is charging for their services. To deal with the issue, Safewheel has made a general fund to cover the cost incurred by patients who cannot afford any ambulance expenses.

“World changing idea! Revolutionary innovation!! Impactful business!!” they say. But I think, it’s one of the basic rights of human beings, Emergency Medical Service.  Simply put, it’s a necessity. If we become successful, hopefully thousands of lives will be saved by the grace of Almighty. But to be a successful company we need to find out our own problem, weaknesses and work on those. End of the day, it’s all about teamwork. I am grateful to those people, who gave their time and effort selflessly in Naogaon, on our pilot project.”

Mr. Anas H Makkhi who is the Chief of Operations of Safewheel Limited showed the vision of the startup

About Safewheel’s Journey in Hult Prize 2019

Hult Prize is the largest startup accelerator program in the world. This year around 200,000 teams participated in this challenge and after a rigorous selection process, six teams were selected as finalists.

Hult Prize 2019 started with an on-campus round. This year the challenge was to create such a startup that would create 10,000 jobs in the next decade.

Safewheel Limited (back then Team Blue Ribbon) passed the on-campus round from Bangladesh University Professionals on November 2, 2018.

After that, they went to Shanghai for the regional round. And on 23rd July 2019, they became the regional champion. At this point, they were onto the top 40 teams of Hult Prize 2019.

After the regional round came the real challenge. Now they had to bring their idea into life. They had to run a pilot project as a prerequisite of the Hult Prize 2019 accelerator program. After 40 days of the accelerator program in the Hult Castle, United Kingdom, they became one of the top 6 teams of this challenge. Though Safewheel Limited couldn’t become the winner this year, they were the first Bangladeshi team to become the finalists.

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made the Ray classic ahead of its time

Pather Panchali is not only a film. It’s a direct peek into the Bengali Society of the early twentieth century. With its universal humanitarian approach, Pather Panchali paints strong emotional strokes into the hearts of its viewers. 

If anyone asks what this film is to me, I’ll reply in one line. This film makes me grieve for a sister that I never had in real life. 

It’s one of the few evergreen films out there. Even after its 64th anniversary, people watch and empathize with this masterpiece.

It’s surprising when you realize that this was the debut film of Satyajit Ray. 

Stories inside and outside

Let’s talk about the film. We all know that the whole Apu trilogy is marvellous. There are very few people who haven’t come across the Train-Running scene from this film. I haven’t come to analyze this masterpiece. Rather I am here to discuss stories. Stories from both inside and outside the film. 

And in between the stories, we will explore some reasons why one should watch it even after 64 years of its release. 

Stellar acting

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made it ahead of its time

The acting performance of Chunibala Devi (Indir Thakrun) has surpassed the level of comparison. She showed us how even a simple activity like eating can give emotional blows to the viewers. Unlike Chunibala Devi, Karuna Banerjee was completely new to cinema acting. But still, you’ll see flawless acting from her in the movie. 

In real life, Karuna Banerjee was an extremely soft person. Her daughter Runki Banerjee told in an interview that for this role Karuna became the complete opposite. She became the harsh, strong mother who quarrels. 

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made it ahead of its time

Kanu Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, and Uma Dasgupta created an acting level of their own in this film. But it was Satyajit Ray who brought them together and composed this art piece.  

Brilliant Cinematography

Subrata Mitra was the cinematographer of Pather Panchali. This was also his first-ever film making. Subrata had never operated a film camera before and before Pather Panchali, he was a photographer. Before the shooting of Pather Panchali, Subrata and Satyajit went to the scene with a borrowed up 60mm camera to learn everything. 

But on the first watch, you will see an amazing cinematographic performance. It’s so amazing that you can pull out a photography exhibition from this film. 

A storyboard

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made it ahead of its time
A storyboard page from Pather Panchali drawn by Ray

Thank heavens that Satyajit Ray adapted Pather Panchali into a film. It’s hard to tell if anyone else could do it. We all know that a film cannot completely follow a book. Just because of that Satyajit Ray also brought minor changes to the original contents. 

Satyajit Ray literally painted the storyboard of Pather Panchali. His watercolour paintings cleared out everything from the expression of characters to lighting.  

Back then there was a stigma in filmmaking. It was believed that films should have happy endings. Satyajit Ray broke this stigma and brought in a realistic approach. 

Timeless music

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made it ahead of its time

Music can convey emotions that words cannot describe. Pather Panchali was outstanding even in this way too. Ravishankar did the music for this film. 

With the use of Bengali classical instruments, Ravishankar put the perfect music piece in the perfect position. There are scenes where talking or screaming becomes abundant. In those places, music became the messenger. 

Ray’s direction

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made it ahead of its time

Satyajit Ray was a powerful director. He portrayed his beliefs and point of view through the cast members. Although many of the cast members were completely new to acting, Ray’s direction covered every bit of inexperience. 

Runki Banerjee was just a small girl when she played Durga. Ray brought his direction to the simplest form to capture the perfect pose. In fact, Ray did this with every cast member. 

However, Ray faced difficulties in direction too. He had to adapt a lot while shooting. For example, the Kans Grass field where they wanted to shoot the train scene was supposed to be the first shot scene of the film. But on the day of the shooting, they found the place completely empty. It happened to be that cattle ate all the Kans Grass. Later they returned to that place after around 2 years. 

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made it ahead of its time

Other than the improvising, the implementation of film-philosophy is also admirable.

Satyajit Ray took the Italian Neo-realism approach while making this film.

His showcasing of poverty, desperation, etc. in everyday life bolsters this claim. 

We can also see the influence of Rasa theory in this film. This concept relies heavily on the emotional side. It centres on two aspects. The first one is the feelings experienced by the characters. And the second one is conveying those feelings to the audience in an artistic way. 

Satyajit Ray gathered up the perfect team for that.  With the story of Bibhutibhushan, with the acting of the cast members, with the cinematography of Subrata Mitra and with the music of Ravishankar he conveyed every bit of emotion to us. 

A legacy that lives on

64 years of Pather Panchali: What made it ahead of its time

Satyajit Ray had to stop shooting this film in midway due to fund shortage. He went to the government officials for the funding, but they didn’t like his realistic approach. 

Because he didn’t give up, we are still talking about his first film after 64 years of its release. Here’s an interesting fact – the Apu Trilogy created an ineradicable impact on teenage Martin Scorsese. 

If you haven’t watched this masterpiece already then go and watch it. It’s been 64 years and you are missing out on a gem of Bengali classic. Happy watching!

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6 YouTube channels you should try out

According to Stasita, every day around 4 million people use YouTube. All these people have some sort of attachment to YouTube. In fact, they have something that gives them meaning. Either through entertainment or through information sharing.

Everyone has YouTube channels that they like. Some are common among people like PewDiePie and The Infographics Show. On the contrary, some are a bit uncommon. We’ll find out some YouTube channels that are a bit uncommon among general people but are worth a shot.

So, let’s jump into the list.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

This is a German YouTube channel and design studio. How good is this channel? I’ll give you two reasons.

Firstly, this channel has a passion for sharing knowledge. Also, they do it for free. Above all, the most notable thing about this channel is its unique design and storytelling perspective. In fact, Kurzgesagt wants to raise awareness among people through videos.

The videos cover areas like science, biology, history, space, technology, and philosophy. Furthermore, you can learn a lot about these usually boring topics in a fun way with Kurzgesagt. Many are a fan of these videos because of the animations. Many are a fan because of the way they share knowledge. I believe that if you start watching a video from this channel, you won’t be able to stop anytime soon.

Button Poetry

Many of you might think why this channel is here. This is supposed to be an uncommon list of channels. Well, in fact this is a bit uncommon. Even I found this channel at the end of last year.

Now, do you love poetry? Do poems levitate your mood? Then I guess this is the best channel for you. Here you will find videos of excellent recitation of awesome poetry. Some, of these creations, might make you question about some common things. For instance, what is love? Moreover, you will see hundreds of stories touching your heart through the amazingness of poetry.

Even if you are not a poetry lover, you can try some of these out. Believe me, you will surely get a relaxing time.

Lessons from the Screenplay

Do you like films? Well, almost everyone likes movies. The real question is, do you like to think about movies? If yes, then this channel is the perfect place for you. Here you will get explanations about movies through exploring a character.

Roaming around YouTube you might have seen a lot of movie reviews, but this channel is a bit different. Michel, the owner of this channel pays his homage to films while reviewing those. Here you will be able to know more about scripts. You will find out why and how these movie scripts are so good at storytelling. Eventually, you will come across techniques that turn good writings to great.

So, whether you are a writer or a film enthusiast or a knowledge seeker, you can give this a shot.

I’m Cyborg but It’s Ok

Do you think you have a nice choice in movies? Do people praise your music taste? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you should try out this channel. Awesome movie clips portrayed with great music will give you a soothing feeling indeed.

The Dreamers (2003) with Future Islands

I have found many beautiful songs through this channel. From French new waves films to modern day films, many great films are covered by this channel. Also, somehow the creator finds the perfect music to run with the movie clip. Recently the channel faced a copyright ban, but it seems that it has been sorted out now. Therefore, the creator repeatedly states that he or she doesn’t monetize the videos. That these creations are simply ‘Fan Arts’.

Yes Theory

What do you fear most? What are you going to do about it? These two questions are from the latest video of Yes Theory. In fact, These two questions made me pause the video and think.

I found Yes Theory in December 2018 from a mentor of mine. Then I was going through some difficult time and this channel helped me a lot. Yes Theory believes in saying Yes. They share positivity through seeking discomfort. In fact, their tagline is Seek Discomfort. 4 people in 2015 met and became friends over the idea of getting out of the comfort zone. Soon they started their YouTube channel. Eventually, now they have over three million subscribers in YouTube.

Photographer Balazs Benke gave away this picture to Yes Fam for free use.

In the meantime, they made a fan group of 78,000 members in Facebook named Yes Fam. Here everyone is working towards seeking discomfort. There are also subgroups in this huge community. People who are interested in Music, Painting, Literature and other stuff, help out each other in these subgroups. Moreover, these Yes Fam members sometimes meet up physically and make the bond even stronger by creating a yes circle.

Yes Theory Circles

You can click into any video from this channel and you’ll have a smile on your face at the end of the video. You’ll be filled with optimism to see what people can accomplish by working together. What we can do by getting out of the comfort zone.

Antik Mahmud

There are many Bangladeshi YouTube channels out there. But it’s pretty hard to find a decent one.

Now, do you like cartoons? Or humorous videos? Well, Antik Mahmud brings these together in his cartoon vlogs. Furthermore, the contents are pretty decent. You will get a peek into the life of a university student. How someone around that age perceives society and its surroundings.

Check out this outstanding humorous video of him.

Takeaway

Some of these channels might be common to many people but these are still unknown to many. There are other channels like Screen prism, Wisecrack, The Worst Taste, Crash Course etc. that should be in your watchlist. Do check these out whenever you have time.

Also, can you suggest some channels too?

Love, Death, and Robots: A more perfect anthology never existed

Only a few works can be compared to the new release of Netflix titled as Love, Death, and Robots. It was expected that a series produced by David Fincher and created by Tim Miller would be pretty good. But no one expected that it would be this amazing.

This anthology series has crossed boundaries among genres like Comedy, Animation, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction etc.

Love, Death, and Robots: A more perfect anthology never existed

If you are still wondering whether to try out this gift or not, then here is your spoiler-free review.

Different people seek different things in a series. Some, care for the story while some carefully scrutinize the animation. We’ll cover it from different angles.

Ratings

There are people who think the series quality is solely tied to its ratings. If you’re one of those people, then here are some of the fresh ratings for you.

IMDB: 9.1/10 –

There is a high chance that you might not take this rating seriously. This much distrust is legit I believe. So, let’s move onto the next rating.

Rotten Tomatoes: Average Tomatometer: 75% –

Although it is a bit early to rely on the Rotten Tomatoes ratings still 75% on the average Tomatometer is pretty decent. Moreover, 94% of the users have rated it over 3.5 out of 5.

Metacritic: 8.6/10 –

Based on 61 ratings Metacritic gave it an 8.6 out of 10. Only two critic reviews have landed till now. Of these two one is positive, and one is mixed.

Heaven of Horror: 4/5 –

Heaven of horror covers horror, thriller and sci-fi movies & TV shows. They are more like an expert in reviewing the creations of these genres. So, when they give it a 4/5, you should consider watching it.

Animation is outstanding

Each of the 18 shorts from this series has its signature animation style. While watching the first episode you will discover yourself watching gameplay. On the episode titled as Beyond the Aquila Rift it is easy to get confused. In fact, the super realistic animation of this episode will easily bewilder you.

Love, Death, and Robots: A more perfect anthology never existed

In one subreddit post, one animator cleared out the mystery behind this hyper-realistic animation. Everything on this episode is motion captured. All the body and facial motions were first captured form the actors and then transformed into CGI. In fact, the performers had to wear helmets and other gears that could capture their motions.

Besides this episode, there are other notable animations in other episodes. On the third episode, the animation is more like comics strips. Remember the animation from Into the Spiderverse? Well, here you will see something close to that. In other words, frame rates are manipulated to show speed in this episode.

Love, Death, and Robots: A more perfect anthology never existed

Like me, many people have agreed on the fact that the best animation of this season was on the episode ‘The Secret War’.

Moreover, there will be times when you won’t be able to differentiate between motion captured animation and VFX. Even the hand-drawn episodes are pretty stunning. In truth, no matter which episode you start watching, it is inevitable that you’ll be in for a surprise.

Story quality varies a bit

The creators have rounded up some great flash fictions. These stories have explored the sci-fi as well as supernatural genre. In some episodes, characters are well built in spite of the short duration. Even though the stories are sci-fi, you will be able to relate to the characters.

John Scalzi, Joe Lansdale, Ken Liu, Claudine Griggs, and Alastair Reynolds. These names belong to some of the most prominent writers all around the world. These writers were the source of some of the best episodes of this series.

John Scalzi is the former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Joe R. Lansdale has won the British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, and several other awards. Ken Liu has won in the World Fantasy Awards. Alastair Reynolds is a former space scientist who has now published over sixty short Sci-fi stories.

Love, Death, and Robots: A more perfect anthology never existed

The adapted screenplays from the flash fictions of these writers have generated something really ‘Cool’. Furthermore, many episodes have given tribute to other great movies and tv shows. With one episode you will find the resemblance of 127 Hours. Similarly, In one episode you’ll find easter eggs from Dr. Manhattan. Also, the name of Rear Window (1954) has come up in the discussions. Many have reviewed that this season is a mini version of Black Mirror, but we think this goes more with The Animatrix

In fact, the episodes are well organized throughout the season. If one episode gives you dread, the next one will lighten up the mood with absurd humor.

Ranking the best episodes

Just like any other Tv shows this too had great and average episodes. Here are our ratings for 5 of the best episodes out of 18 shorts.

  • Beyond the Aquila Rift – 9.7/10
  • Good Hunting – 9.4/10
  • The Witness – 9.3/10
  • The Secret War – 9.1/10
  • When the Yogurt Took Over – 9/10

Verdict

In short ‘Love, Death, and Robots’ is an out of the world experience, thanks to its awesome storyline and animation.

David Fincher and Tim Miller’s latest masterpiece easily gets 4/5 from us.

If you are still confused about watching it, please don’t be. Take a leap of faith and experience what both modern technology and creative mind have accomplished by working together.

The Three Colors Trilogy: A series of masterpieces from Krzysztof Kieslowski

Blue, White, Red.

Liberty, equality, fraternity.

Chronologically these are the three colours of the French flag and the national motto of the French Republic. But these six words have a different meaning to film lovers. Yes, I am talking about the three colors trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski. The films titled as Three Colors: Blue (1993), Three Colors: White (1994) and Three Colors: Red (1994) are supposedly based on the three mottos of the French Republic. Though Kieslowski has declined this possibility, one can loosely connect the mottos with the films.

Should you watch these films? Are they worth the time?

Let’s dive into further discussion. (I’ll try to make it a spoiler-free review)

Awards and Nominations

To some people, movie quality is largely tied to its achievements. Well, for them, this trilogy is also heavy in awards and nominations.

Three Colors: Blue was awarded the best film in the Venice Film Festival of 1993. It was nominated in three categories at the 1994 Golden Globes. 

Kieslowski won the award for Best Director for Three Colours: White in 1994 Berlin Film Festival.

Three Colors: Red had a total of 18 wins and 24 nominations. It was nominated for Palme d’Or in the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. The winner of that year was Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino.

You can get further details about the awards in the IMDb pages of these movies.

Now let’s stop judging art in a materialistic way and start appreciating its beauty.

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

The first of the three films are written and directed by Kieslowski has shown one’s redemption from grief. The film shows us the emotional and mental state of someone grieving deeply. Even so, the filmmaking is melodic, expressive and sympathetic. The colour blue can be related to a lot of things. From cheerfulness to the distance to sadness, it can symbolize a range of emotions. The film takes this into account and it seems like the central character of the film bounces from one emotion to another. The talented actress Juliette Binoche gives an amazing performance. In several brilliant close-up shots, her expressions almost transcend emotional boundaries. The film puts a lot of emphasis on music. There are times when the colour blue merges with symphonies.

There is a lot that can be talked about this film that too in an unspoiled way. One can talk for hours just about the ending scene of this film.

I guess this would inspire you to watch this film. If not, then we have two other movies in our bag.

Three Colors: White (1994)

This film is based upon the most highly valued idea of the modern world, Equality. Unlike the previous film of this trilogy, this film falls more under the black comedy genre. White can be divided into three parts.

First is the shame of inequality. The central character here faces inequality and experiences a pitfall in life. From a dream of having everything to a reality of having nothing. Then comes the second part or Transformation. The character here faces something that changes his view towards life and he starts to transform. The third and final part of the film is the blissful revenge or being equal. Through a set of well-planned acts the central character here recovers the inequality of the first part.

This film is also seen as a critic and satire towards post-communist Poland.

It also questions our morality. To what extent are we willing to go in the name of equality? Where do we draw the line between getting even and vengeance?

With these complex thoughts, the film gifts us a brilliant acting, powerful dialogues, and obviously good cinematography. Just like Blue, this film has a lot of white in its scenes.

Three Colors: Red (1994)

Just as the color suggests, this film is the warmest of all three of the films. This intellectual puzzle gifts and confuses us with various depictions.

In both the art direction and photographic design, the dominance of the color red is easily noticeable.

It is set to stand for both danger, anger, love and passion throughout the film. Also, at the end of the film, one can easily understand how it is linked to Fraternity.

Red has its storyline revolved around three characters. One model, one retired judge, and one young lawyer. The model runs over a dog and this leads to a series of twisted and unpredictable events. When two of the three characters meet at first it is easily assumed that something bad is about to come.

The events throughout the film make us question about the exitance of three characters. Some might wonder that one character might be the younger version of another. While others may relate one of the characters with god. God who knows all and who orchestrates the lives of people.

The wonderful presentation of this film gives us the experience of being an eavesdropper.

We see how people with negative traits recover themselves with a touch of friendship and start to do wonderful things. The final moments of this film truly shock us with the connections from the two previous movies. Red goes short in emotional deepness compared to Blue and lacks the black comedy of White. But it makes up everything with its story and stylistic fertility.

Sadly, this movie will never be nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscars because the country of origin Switzerland has decided to reject it.

The takeaway

I had so much more to write about these three films, but I think it would be best if you give these three a watch and reveal by yourself. I’ll end with a quote from the director:

“All the films that I make are about the need to open up. About the need to communicate on another level rather than just talking about the quality of wine, car prices, flat prices or the best bank deposits.”

Where the real pride of Dhaka University lies

Cover art by: Helena Lyzu

The Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka is in the limelight for some time now. This is because of his controversial speech in the orientation program of the freshmen students of Dhaka University. With major pronunciation mistakes, he stated that “You cannot find a cup of tea along with a piece of chap, singara, and samusa for only Tk 10 anywhere in the world.”

I believe that there are many other areas in which Dhaka University can be proud of other than this astounding achievement.

The alumni of this 97 years old university have taken the name University of Dhaka to a new height from time to time.

So, here is a list of ten Dhaka University Alumni who have played role in securing the justified pride of Dhaka University.

Humayun Ahmed

Humayun Ahmed. This name is a source of all kinds of emotions to thousands of people. He is still the most popular Bangladeshi writer and it can be easily predicted that he will remain so in the upcoming years. Humayun Ahmed is the author of Nondito Noroke and many other highly praised literary works. He received Bangla Academy Award in 1981 and received six Bangladesh National Film Awards later on. His famous TV series Kotaho Keu Nei was highly popular among the Bangladeshis. The popularity can be measured through the protest that happened in Bangladesh due to the death of the central character. He is certainly a pride of Dhaka University.

Zahir Raihan

The legendary Bangladeshi novelist, filmmaker and writer went missing on 30 January 1972. Jahir Raihan was a warrior with a camera. Even today we see footage from his documentary Stop Genocide every time there is news about the liberation war of Bangladesh. Our film industry has very few classics and some of those belong to this brilliant filmmaker. When asked about Zahir Raihan, Dhaka University Film Society member Mahmudul Hasan replied in one word, “Phenomenon”. This Ekushey Padak winner studied at Dhaka University. 

Munier Choudhury

This Bangladeshi educationist, playwright and literary critic completed his Masters’ from the University of Dhaka in 1947. We all have read or seen the drama Kabar at some point in our lives. This symbolic drama was created by Munier Chowdhury. He received Bangla Academy literary award in 1962.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus

The first ever Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner also studied at the University of Dhaka. His work against poverty is appreciated worldwide. He has a long list of awards and achievements. If all these things don’t make him the pride of any institution, then I don’t know what will. 

Satyendra Nath Bose

No, this famous physicist didn’t study at the University of Dhaka, but he was appointed as a teacher in the Physics department in 1921. He wrote his paper on quantum radiation from here. This paper is now considered as the base of quantum statistics throughout the world. I guess this is enough for him to enter the list of Pride of DU.

Humayun Azad

Many consider him the second most contributing person to Bangla Literature after Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah. His thesis paper titled as Pronominalizing in Bengali (1983) gained much fame. His literary works are also noteworthy. Although he generated much controversy through his feminist viewed books, his contribution to Bengali cannot be denied. He is also considered as a role model to many for his bravery. He studied and taught in the University of Dhaka and was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award.

Leela Roy

Ever asked the question, who was the first woman to study at the University of Dhaka? Here is your answer.

She was also elected as the member of the assembly in 1946. Leela Roy is considered as the feminist idol of this sub-continent. She was politically involved in a time when women were considered as only housewives. She placed herself well into this list.

Abdul Matin Chowdhury

This ex-VC of Dhaka University has also placed himself on this list. Even during the Pakistani era, prof. Chowdhury was appointed as the chief scientist of Ministry of Defense. He was also in the committee for Nobel prize in physics. In 1974, prof. Matin became the first Bose professor.

Buddhadeva Bose or Buddhadeb Bosu

This Padma Bhushan awardee studied literature at the University of Dhaka. Many know him for his poetry, but he was a versatile writer who traveled almost every arena of literature. He is considered as the most impactful poets of modern Bangla poetry. He is one of the most reputed writers in Bengali Literature and he is certainly a pride of the University of Dhaka.

Shahabuddin Ahmed

The only painter in this list. He studied at the Dhaka Art College which is now the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. He was awarded Chevalier De L’ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Fine Arts and Humanities) by the Ministry of Cultural Affair and Communication of France in 2014. His paintings are displayed in many prestigious museums across the whole world. He was also awarded Shadhinata Padak in 2000.

Hon’ble Mention

It was too tough to sort out 10 Alumni of the University of Dhaka, who can be a pride to the university. I won’t be able to sleep at night if I don’t put one more name here. So, the Hon’ble mention goes to:

Tareque Masud

This honorable filmmaker got his fame for his amazingly portrayed films. He was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for his film Matir Moyna (The Clay Bird). This film was the first film of Bangladesh to compete in the Academy Awards. He completed his masters’ degree in History from the University of Dhaka.

Even though I am not a student at the University of Dhaka, the speech of the Hon’ble VC hurt me. I am pretty sure that it would’ve hurt them as well.  The University of Dhaka has many things to be proud of and the food is not one of those. Give respect where respect is due. Thank you.