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Inaugural ceremony of seminar on Strategies for Sustainable Research and Education Networks held
The opening ceremony of a two-day international seminar on Strategies for Sustainable Research and Education Networks was held at Samson H. Chowdhury Centre of Dhaka Club on 30 October 2017. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh graced the function as the Chief Guest with Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member, UGC, in the chair. Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice- Chancellor, Asia Pacific University and Abdullah Al Hasan Chowdhury, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education addressed the event as Guests of Honour. Professor Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Dr. Gauranga Chandra Mohanta ndc, Project Director (Additional Secretary), Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) and Dr. Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank, delivered their speeches as the Special Guests. Rene Buch, CEO, NOTRDUnet and Dr. Simon C.Lin, Ex-Chair, Asia Pacific Advanced Network, presented keynote papers on the occasion. AKM Habibur Rahman, CEO, BdREN (Bangladesh Research and Education Network), gave the address of welcome.
UGC Chairman, in his speech, observed that University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh has been working to enhance the quality of education and research at tertiary level through uninterrupted high-speed internet connectivity provided by BdREN to the university level. Teachers, students and researchers of the country are being immensely benefited by it. He also said that internet connectivity is a must to have access to the world pool of knowledge in today’s globalized world. Professor Mannan also said that Bangladesh has recently adopted a lot of latest technology to materialize the dream of Digital Bangladesh.
Professor Akhtar Hossain, in his presidential speech, said that BdREN will bring revolutionary change in research and education in the coming days through expanding more internet connectivity to the higher educational institutions and other organizations of the country.
Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury said that presently, the numbers of BdREN users are very low in the country. He suggested the UGC to include private universities and national level research organisations in BdREN internet connectivity. He urged the BdREN to make the policy transparent.
Professor Zafar Iqbal observed that the internet connectivity provided by BdREN has to be sustained and in this regard, more discussions are needed to make it more sustainable. Investment in education is very much important for ensuring quality at tertiary level, he added.
Vice-Chancellors and faculty members from public and private universities, high officials from Ministry of Education, UGC, HEQEP and BdREN, among others were present.