Mukto Bangla at IU
'Without freedom who wants to live, who wants to live ' Rangolal Bondopadhai wrote it in his 'Shadhinota' poem. Independent people always want to remain free. A lot of memorial sculptures have been installed and made in different parts of the country to keep the thousands of, Liberation War, events alive and memorable in the heart of Bangladeshi people.
Islamic University (IU), one of the public universities of the southern part of the country and it is also the first university after the liberation war where liberation sculpture 'Mukto Bangla' was made to pay tribute to the valiant sons of the land who sacrificed their life for the country's independence.
On December 16, 1996, the foundation stone of the memory sculpture designed by Rashid Ahmed was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Enam-ul-Haq,. The main floor of the pillar is meant to establish the government of Mujib Nagar. Mosaic stone, blue tiles, is used to indicate the peace of humanity. From the second step to the setting of black colored stones, it means mourning. Third step which is the white color means peace and communication. The 4th step on the altar is made of red ceramic large bricks, which means movement and war. All the bottom can be seen in a broad tiles bricks, which means that the continuous movement.
The sculpture has been implemented step by step; hence its name was given after 'Mukto Bangla'. The university authorities have placed floral wreaths at 'Mukto Bangla' in every Victory Day.
IU Vice Chancellor Prof M Harun-Ur Rashid Askari said that Mukto Bangla is an architectural symbol of our liberation war. 'This will go on inspiring the students of the university in favor of discovering new ideas about our great liberation war' he added.