A trust fund titled ‘Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial Trust Fund’ has been set up at the Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University (DU). In order to set up this fund Provost of the Hall Prof. Dr. Sabita Rezwana Rahman handed over a cheque for Tk. 12.5 lac from the Hall-fund to DU Treasurer Prof. Dr. Md. Kamal Uddin on Monday at the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, Dean of the Faculty of Science Prof. Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Farid Uddin Ahmed, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Art Prof. Syed Abul Bark Alvi, Acting Registrar Syed Rezaur Rahman and House Tutors of the Hall were present on the occasion.
Out of the income of this donation, every year Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial Lecture will be organized and one meritorious female student on the overall basis will be awarded Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial Trust Gold Medal. Besides, eight meritorious female students of the Hall four each from Graduation and Post-Graduation levels of various Departments will be given scholarship each year.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Arefin Siddique said, Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib contributed a lot to the nation behind the screen besides nursing Bangabandhu’s family. Although she was a house wife, she had a strong personality and political farsightedness. For that reason she will be alive forever as a vast part of the history.
It may be mentioned that Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib was born in Tungipara under Gopalgonj District on 8 August 1930. She was the youngest daughter of Sheikh Zahurul Haque and Husne Ara Begum. She lost her parents in her very childhood. She was married to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman when she was only three years old. At that time Bangabandhu was eleven years old. During her whole life Bangamata cooperated and inspired Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman directly and indirectly in all the activities of Bangabandhu including democrative movements and liberation war of the country. She also gave directions to the nation in various political crises in the country in absence of her husband. Unfortunately she was brutally killed at the age of 45 by a group of miscreants on the 15th August, 1975 with Bangabandhu and family.