The First Ever National Law Fest 2019 held at BUP
The BUP Law and Moot Court Club (BUP-LMCC) has organized its first edition of ‘BUP National Law Fest’, from 15-17 September 2019, in Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) campus. The Fest was inaugurated by Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Drafter of Proclamation of Independence 1971. Brig Gen Md Siddiqul Alam Sikder, BSP, ndc, psc, Dean, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies (FSSS) attended the opening ceremony of the Fest as the special guest, while Lt Col Siraj Uddin Ahmed, (Retd), psc, Chairman, Department of Law, BUP, moderated the ceremony.
In his speech, Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam discussed about the sanctity of constitutional governance in a country like Bangladesh. He emphasized upon ‘respect’ towards and ‘dignity’ of the human beings to be prioritized as the key instrumentals for creating a constitutional principles-based society. He acclaimed the contribution of the defense forces of Bangladesh for their valuable services in maintaining international peace and order. He congratulated and welcomed all the participants of the National Law Fest. The inaugural ceremony came to an end with the exhibition of wall magazine by the participants of the Fest.
The second day of the BUP National Law Fest (16 September 2019) commenced with the Law Career Seminar where the guest speakers from academia, judiciary and international development agency, have shared their experiences and accomplishment on the issues of legal career and its challenges for the fresh law graduates. The guest speakers included Iftekhar Mahmud, Assistant Professor, Eastern University; Kawser Ahmed, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh; and Fahmida Karim, Associate Protection Officer from UNHCR-Bangladesh.
The closing ceremony was held on 17 September, with the presence of Mr. Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Honorable Chief Justice of Bangladesh. Among others, Mr. Justice Sheikh Md. Zakir Hossain, Honorable Judge, High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Professor Dr. M Abul Kashem Muzumder, Pro-VC of BUP; and ZI Khan Panna, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, attended ceremony as the special guests. Closing ceremony was chaired by the Chairman, Department of Law, Lt Col Siraj Uddin Ahemd (Retd), psc. In his speech, Honorable Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said that law students being the social engineers are the future lawyers and judges of the country. They will uphold the dignity and prestigious of the glorious legal profession. He encouraged the students stating that events like this Fest offer chance for young enthusiasts to gain substantial experience, showcase skills, analyze and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal aptitude. He expressed gratitude towards BUP for organizing such event and he suggested that universities should take it as an example and arrange this sort of effective educational events for young generation in the upcoming days. The ceremony ended with the certificate giving session with an excellent cultural program participated by the students of BUP.
The objective of organizing such a Law Fest was to build up the communication with other law students and to provide the law students with a platform to demonstrate their skills and endeavors. Around 500 law students from a total of 32 public and private universities have participated in the three-day Law Fest in different competitions and segments, i.e., law debate, book-based quiz, law quiz, analytical ability test, extempore speech, wall magazine, poster presentation, case presentation, essay writing, movie screening and some other law related events. The Fest has been one of the biggest gatherings of law students of the country in BUP.