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International Conference on Research and Extension for Sustainable Rural Development held in Rural Development Academy, Bogra,Bangladesh:Syeda Tasnim Jannat

Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society and Rural Development Academy (RDA) jointly organized an International Conference on Research and Extension for Sustainable Rural Development during 15-16 February, 2018 with the participation of a large number of extensionists, researchers and other stakeholders. The event was organized at the green and clean premises of Rural Development Academy (RDA) located at Sherpur, Bogra.
The inaugural ceremony of the conference was graced by Professor Dr. Manash Mohan Adhikary, former Vice-chancellor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Bishwabiddyaloy, West Bengal, India as the chief guest. Mr. M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy was the Chief Patron while Professor Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society presided over the session.
Dr. A. K. M. Zakaria, Director, Training Division, RDA presented the welcome address. Then Mr. M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy presented the keynote speech highlighting the collaboration of RDA with Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society. He informed the audience that Mr. Md. Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of LGRD and Co-operatives, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh could not attend as the Chief Guest due to important meeting in Dhaka. Crests and certificates were awarded to some progressive farmers for their achievements in their respective fields. Professor Dr. Manash Mohan Adhikary, former Vice-chancellor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Bishwabiddyaloy, West Bengal, India expressed satisfaction for the dynamic activities of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society and assured continued cooperation to this organization. Professor Dr. M. Jiaul Hoque, General Secretary, Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society offered the vote of thanks to the participants, organizers, patrons and all concerned for their support, cooperation and contribution. The inaugural session was concluded by the closing remarks by Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society who highly appreciated Mr. M. A. Matin and his team of RDA for their support and cooperation in organizing the two days international conference.
Technical sessions were organized at four venues where eight sessions took place on 15 and 16 February, 2018. Following technical sessions were held covering relevant aspects of research and extension for sustainable rural development:
1. Models for Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
2. Research on Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
3. Climate Change, Disaster, Environment and Food Security
4. Applied and On-farm Research in Agriculture (Part-1)
5. Socio-economic Issues of Rural Development
6. Sustainable and Innovative Technologies towards Rural Development
7. Cross-cutting Areas of Agriculture and Rural Development
8. Applied and On-farm Research in Agriculture (Part-2)
Felicitation and Cultural Evening was held on 15 February at night at RDA Auditorium. The cultural function was very attractive. Many young artists and participants rendered their contributions in the cultural function which included songs, recitations, jokes and dancing events. A visit to RDA facilities and farm was organized by RDA management on 16 February morning. The participants were amazed by the innovative activities and action research of RDA. They acquired knowledge of the special activities of RDA during this visit. The concluding session was held on 16 February at RDA Auditorium. The outstanding presenters were awarded in the concluding session. Dr. Akram H. Chowdhury, Chairman, Barendra Multipurpose Development Authority was present in the concluding session as chief guest. Professor Dr. Lutful Hasan, Coordinator, Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh addressed the audience as guest of honour. Mr. M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy and Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society also spoke in the session.
Business session for BAES members was held on 16 February. An executive committee for 2018-19 term was formed in the business session. A visit to Mahasthangar, a famous historical place of Bogra was arranged after the business session. This visit was a lifetime experience for the most of the participants.
Professor Dr. Mohammad Jiaul Hoque, General Secretary, BAES informed this correspondent that 200 participants from home and abroad registered for the international conference. A good number of participants joined from China,India,Indonesia,Malaysia,Nigeria, Philippines and Somalia. Presentations of Technical sessions and Poster display focused on research and extension activities for sustainable rural development in Bangladesh and in the countries of the foreign participants. A comprehensive Abstract Proceedings was published and distributed among all participants. The proceedings incorporated all information related to the conference. The proceedings was enriched by the valuable messages from Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Md. Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, Hon’ble State Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Besides, precious messages from Ms Mafruha Sultana, Secretary, Rural Development and Cooperative Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Professor Dr.Md. Ali Akbar, Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Professor, Dr. M. Abul Kashem, Vice-Chancellor, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Professor Dr. Md. Jasimuddin Khan, Pro- Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mohammad Mohsin, Director General, Department of Agricultural Extension, Dr. Md. Kabir Ikramul Haque, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Dr. Md. Shahjahan Kabir, Director General, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Syed Arif Azad, Director General, Department of Fisheries, Dr. Md. Ainul Haque, Director General,Department of Livestock Services,
Engineer M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy, Professor Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society and Professor Dr. M. Jiaul Hoque, General Secretary, Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society highlighted the importance of this international conference for sustainable rural development.
The International Conference on Research and Extension for Sustainable Rural Development was an important milestone of the Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society. The findings and recommendations of this conference will greatly help in the sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas of Bangladesh and participating countries.

Seminar on the Guidelines of the JSPS fellowship Programmes held in Dhaka, Bangladesh :Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

Seminar on the Guidelines of the JSPS fellowship Programmes held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

The Bangladesh JSPS Alumni Association (BJSPSAA) and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Bangkok office  jointly organized  a seminar on  14 September 2013   to introduce the JSPS fellowship guidelines to the potential future JSPS fellows in Bangladesh.

The seminar was held at Watercress Restaurant, 186 Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Sarak, Tejgaon, Dhaka,Bangladesh under the chairmanship of    Prof. Dr. M. Afzal Hossain, President, BJSPSAA.

Prof. Dr. Kuniaki Yamashita, Director, JSPS Bangkok office was the speaker

at the seminar.He explained elaborately about the various categories of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) scholarships through a PowerPoint presentation.

Dr. Nur Ahamed Khondaker,General Secretary, BJSPSAA assisted Prof. Dr. Kuniaki Yamashita while he presented the seminar.He  appreciated and thanked Prof. Dr. Kuniaki Yamashita for coming to Bangladesh to encourage Bangladeshi scientists to secure higher opportunities.He also thanked  Dr. M. Abdul Maleque, Research and Publication Secretary, BJSPSAA for inviting and contacting personally all participants to attend the seminar.

Prof Dr M Amzad Hossain,Department of Aquaculture, BSMRAU, Salna, Gazipur who recently returned from Japan after availing JSPS program shared his experience in Japan.

The floor was opened for questions from the participants regarding various aspects of the JSPS programs. Prof. Dr. Kuniaki Yamashita and  Mr.Daisuke Yamada of JSPS Bangkok office,leaders of The Bangladesh JSPS Alumni Association (BJSPSAA) answered the questions.All of them encouraged the participants for applying for the JSPS programs.They also requested the interested persons to visit the website of JSPS for

taking timely steps for application and complying with necessary formalities.The website of JSPS is http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/ and it provides  all aspects of the international

scholarship.

Prof. Dr. M. Afzal Hossain, President, BJSPSAA thanked Prof. Dr. Kuniaki Yamashita

for organizing the seminar in Bangladesh in his concluding address. He hoped that many Bangladeshi scientists will avail the JSPS programs and thus the friendly ties between Bangladesh and Japan will be enhanced remarkably.

 

 

The seminar was followed by lunch at  Watercress Restaurant.The seminar was attended by more than 50 participants from various universities and organizations.

 

I attended  the seminar and was impressed by the sincerity of Japanese government for promotion of science in collaborative manner. I personally thank Prof. Dr. Kuniaki Yamashita, Director, JSPS Bangkok office for his great efforts.

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Forum on the prospect of Jute fibre titled “Golden Fibre in the Green Development” organized jointly by IJSG and Bangladesh Embassy, Brussels on 16 November 2012, Brussels

The news item has been taken from the website of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) which may be viewed at the following link:  http://jute.org/news.htm#58

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Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

 


A Forum on the prospect of Jute fibre titled “Golden Fibre in the Green Development” was organised jointly by the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Embassy of Bangladesh in Belgium and on 16 November 2012 in Brussels Chambers of Commerce (BECI), Brussels. The forum was followed by a buyer-sellers meet.

The event was participated among others by MEP, European Commission officials, members of Federation of the Belgian Textile, Wood and Furniture Industry (Fedustria), jute & jute goods traders both from Europe and Bangladesh, environment groups, think tanks located in Brussels and Embassy officials. A four member delegation from Dhaka led by Major General Humayun Khaled,Chairman, BJMC also attended the forum.

The meeting was moderated by H.E. the Ambassador of Bangladesh Ms. Ismat Jahan. In her opening address, Ambassador Jahan highlighted the growing importance of jute, an environment friendly natural fibre, particularly in the context of its increasing significance in “green development”. She underscored that the jute sector has to reposition itself to explore the possibilities. Unless it is strongly supported internationally, the world will be deprived of a valuable eco-friendly fibre.

She recalled that IJSG was established as sole International Community Body (ICB) for jute and kenaf in 2002 and it was at the EU’s initiative that IJSG got its unique mandate of being the only ICB with specific objective of ‘poverty alleviation’, ‘women empowerment’ and ‘sustainable development’. Considering the important mandate of IJSG and the growing significance of the jute sector globally, she urged EU’s support for extension of IJSG’s present TOR beyond 2014.

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG presented a power point on the prospect of jute fibre describing the various aspects of innovative use of jute goods and the comparative advantage of using jute fibre as a viable and sustainable product for human being. He reiterated the pioneering role of IJSG in promoting the cause of jute in both producing and consuming countries and put importance on the private-public partnership in this sector.

Mr. Seamus Gillespie, Director, EEAS, EC stated that jute can play an enhanced role in regional integration between Bangladesh and the EU. He assured the extended support from EC and reiterated that it is critical to raise these issues from the Government of Bangladesh to the EU. In her message, MEP Ms. Jean Lambert, member of the Green Group of the European Parliament hoped for greater support for the jute sector of Bangladesh.

Other speakers mentioned about enhancing the standards of the whole supply chain of jute production which is a preference for the European buyers. They urged upon the producers to produce fashionable and innovative products so that these products could go with the transformation of the society at large. They put importance on the cooperation between producing countries, international organizations and the policy makers to re-invigorate the jute sector. A carpet factory visit to BALTA for the participants was organized on 15 November 2012.

The 13th meeting of the Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) was held on 17 November 2012 at the conference room of the Embassy Bangladesh. Several associate members of IJSG participated in the meeting and discussed various issues of jute sectors. Major General Humayun Khaled has been elected as the Chairman of the Board in the meeting, the detailed report and record of decisions of the meeting will be available on IJSG website soon.

Forum on Golden Fibre in Green Development

Buyer-Seller meeting

 Carpet Factory Visit at BALTA Group

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