Tag Archives: Gazipur

Training Workshop on Training Need Assessment Regarding Foundation Training Course Curriculum Development for New NARS Scientists Held in National Agriculture Training Academy,Gazipur,Bangladesh:Dr. Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

A Training Workshop on Training Need Assessment Regarding Foundation Training Course Curriculum Development for New NARS Scientists was held in National Agriculture Training Academy(NATA) on 8 March 2017 with participants from all relevant organizations.The event was organized as a step for launching the Foundation Training for new scientists recruited in various research organizations under National Agricultural Research System (NARS) of Bangladesh.National Agriculture Training Academy(NATA) is a recently established organization under the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) which evolved from Central Extension Resources Development Institute (CERDI) for imparting training to all categories of officers under the Ministry of Agriculture and allied agencies.It is located in the district of Gazipur in Bangladesh.

The event was implemented in two phases.In the first phase, inauguration was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Math hurul Haque,Director General,National Agriculture Training Academy.Dr.Md.Jalal Uddin,Executive Chairman,Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council(BARC) graced the occasion as the chief guest.Munshi Mohammad Hedayetullah,Director(Administration),NATA presented the welcome speech and Mir Nurul Alam,Director(Training),NATA presented the keynote paper focusing on the background and progress of NATA in the journey of managing training activities for the officers of the Ministry of Agriculture and its allied agencies.In his speech as the chief guest Dr.Md.Jalal Uddin,Executive Chairman,BARC emphasized on imparting the Foundation Training to the new scientists of NARS so that they can enjoy the training experience and pledged to provide full support to achieve the goal.He inaugurated the event with a note of optimism. Dr. Muhammad Math hurul Haque,Director General,NATA in his speech as the chair person thanked the Ministry of Agriculture,Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council and NARS organizations for their continued support for implementing the foundation training of the new scientists and hoped that more efficient scientists will be created through the ongoing collaborative efforts of the concerned agencies.He also urged the participants to contribute their best to develop the curriculum of the Foundation Training so that the new scientists can face the challenges of coming years.The inaugural phase was anchored by S.M. Kaiser Sikder,Senior Assistant Director (Agriculture extension),NATA.

The second phase was facilitated by Professor Dr.Md.Abdul Momen Miah,Consultant,NATA and Mir Nurul Alam,Director(Training),NATA.Professor Dr.Md.Abdul Momen,Consultant,NATA initiated the activities with a presentation on Curriculum Development Process.Then five groups were formed and exercises were done for Training Need Assessment in several steps.Each activity was accompanied by a group discussion and an enthusiastic presentation.Finally the findings were discussed by the participants and facilitators for inclusion in the curriculum of the Foundation Training of the new scientists of NARS.
A brief closing session was held to wrap up the exciting and innovative exercises of the day and to thank all for their best contributions.It was hoped from the organizers and participants that new scientists of the modern time would be able to face the challenges of the future through the participatory curriculum of the Foundation Training.

Blue Mormon-An Elegant Butterfly of Bangladesh: Syeda Tasnim Jannat

I was walking along a country road of Gazipur recently on a holiday.
The road passed through dense vegetation comprising jackfruit,mango,jujube,Indian olive,tamarind,amloki,various citrus species, Sal ,Bajna,acacia and many domestic and wild plants.The area was a part of Sal forest and characterized by red soil.
While enjoying the lush green beauty of the landscape
I saw a large butterfly flying over my head.The butterfly soon settled on a leaf of Sal tree in front of me.It sat on the leaf and spread its wings.I was astonished to see the beauty of the elegant butterfly.Its wings were mixture of blue,black and white.I took my
Samsung mobile phone and captured its images.
I checked the images of the butterfly in the net and could identify it.It was Blue Mormon.Its scientific name is Papilio polymnestor.The butterfly species was declared as the State Butterfly of Maharashtra of India.Authorities of India has chosen
a really beautiful butterfly for one of its states.
Later,I saw Blue Mormon butterfly on Ixora and rose flowers.Its beauty enhanced with its presence on various flowers and foliage.

I also saw a number of photos of the butterfly in Flickr posted by some butterfly enthusiasts of Bangladesh.The photos showed the butterfly sipping nectar from Ixora flowers indicating its preference of the host plant.The butterfly was photographed from Dhaka and Barisal in the said photos.

Torben Bjorn Larsen cited the species in Butterflies of Bangladesh : An Annotated Checklist.He mentioned that he saw the species in Dhaka Botanical Garden,Jahangir Nagar University Campus,Savar and in Sylhet.

The occurrence of the elegant Blue Mormon in wide areas and in many locations of Bangladesh is a vital proof that it is a native species of our country.

Let us hail this elegant butterfly and enjoy its divine beauty.

I have posted some links of photographs and videos of Blue Mormon from Flickr and Youtube.They will help you identify the elegant butterfly in the environment.

Blue Mormon (Papilio polymnestor)


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


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.

[showads ad=connect]