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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 Urban Mosquito Problem:Current Status and Management Options

A seminar has been organized by Zoological Society of Bangladesh on 1 February 2014 at the Conference Room of National Press Club,Dhaka,Bangladesh.The seminar is very important in the context of growing problems caused by mosquitoes in the recent years.
The seminar entitled,”Urban Mosquito Problem:Current Status and Management Options” will be attended by Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose, Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as the Chief Guest.Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh will chair the seminar.
The detailed program of the seminar has been given below:

Seminar Program

Venue Conference Room, National Press Club, Topkhana Road, Dhaka

Date February 1, 2014 (Saturday)

10.30 AM Registration of participants. (Tea / Coffee)

11.00 AM Opening remarks, introduction of guests and speakers by Prof. Khan Habibur

Rahman, Vice President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

11.10 AM Urban Mosquito Problem: An Overview.

Mr. Tauhid Uddin Ahmed, Former Head, Department of Entomology, IEDCR

11.15 AM Current Mosquito Population Density and Distribution in Dhaka City Area

Dr. Kabirul Bashar, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology,

Jahangirnagar University, Savar

11.30 AM Integrated Mosquito Management for Dhaka City: An Environment

Friendly Option.

Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

11:50 AM Role of Media in Integrated Mosquito Management Program

Mr. Masood Kamal, Senior News Editor, Banglavision

12.00 Noon Address by the Chief Guest, Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose,

Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

12:15 PM Open Discussion

12:45 PM Address by Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society

of Bangladesh.

12:55 PM Concluding remarks and vote of thanks

Prof. Khan Habibur Rahman, Vice President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

01:00 PM Lunch

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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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Seminar on how does the importance of different species change when economists consider gender concerns?(Gender Concerns When Noah Prioritizes Biodiversity)Speaker David W.Martin PhD,Professor of Economics,Davidson College,Davidson,USA

A seminar was held on how does the importance of different species change when economists consider gender concerns?(Gender Concerns When Noah Prioritizes Biodiversity) in Dhaka University,Dhaka,Bangladesh  on 25 May 2013.The speaker of the seminar was David W.Martin PhD,Professor of Economics,Davidson College,Davidson,USA who is also a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar at Institute of Economic Growth,University of Delhi,Delhi,India.

The seminar was jointly organized by The Zoological Society of Bangladesh(ZSB) and The Department of Zoology,Dhaka University,Dhaka,Bangladesh.The seminar was chaired by Dr.Manjur A.Chowdhury,President,ZSB and it was graced by Mr.Sayed Marghub Murshed,former Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh as the chief guest.They presented valuable speech citing various aspects of biodiversity.The seminar began by the welcome address of Professor Dr.M.A.Bashar.General Secretary,ZSB ,Dr.M.Niamul Naser introduced the speaker, David W.Martin PhD,Professor of Economics,Davidson College,Davidson,USA.Vote of thanks was offered by Dr.Moksed Ali Howlader,Chairman,Department of Zoology,Dhaka University.

The abstract of the seminar has been presented below for the information of interested persons.

Because the financial commitments to preserve biodiversity fall short of what is needed,the elements of biodiversity must be prioritized so that limited funds can be used most effectively.The key issue I address here is the weaknesses of species prioritization mechanisms with respect to gender concerns. I begin by defining biodiversity,gender,and economic development.Finally,I conclude by demonstrating that the net impacts of those biases could lead to either a deflation or an inflation of the ranking for species valued by women and by discussing the implications of that complexity.

 

Bangladesh : Fertile Land of Freelancing By Syed Ahmed Zaki and Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

Thousands of  youths   arrived from  across the whole country to learn about new opportunities at the Digital World Summit held during 6-8 December 2012 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC)located in Dhaka,the capital of Bangladesh.The summit incorporated many events that might  help all classes of people interested in digital technologies.The  events of the summit were based on the following agenda.

Agenda of Digital World 2012:

  1. Growing Regional Business Opportunities
  2. Role of the IT Industry (Software, IT enable service, Hardware, Network & Free lancing/Outsourcing) in Sustainable Development
  3. Revenues from telecommunications to shift from voice to data
  4. The Field of Influence of Mobility to Expand
  5. Mobility, Also the Driving Force in the Health Industry
  6. Tendering Period for Emergency Communication system to Start
  7. Examination of Banking with Technology in Bangladesh
  8. Social Media to be Included to Business Processes
  9. How to transform Into a Smart City with digital lifestyle
  10. Cyber Crimes/Security
  11. Bangladesh – competitive IT Industry
  12. Matchmaking/twinning meetings
  13. Software as Craft

Freelancing

Among all the agenda freelancing was found as one of the most attractive subjects favored by the youths.

The second day of  the summit, 7 December,2012 was specially earmarked for the events on freelancing though events of the first day  also considered this issue as deemed necessary.

We attended the workshop entitled,”Freelance Outsourcing:Future Ahead” held in Carnival Hall of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) during 10.00am-12 noon on 7 December,2012.The excitement and enthusiasm

of the innumerable youths turned the hall as a place of festival. There were no room left   in the hall.There were females,males,young and old – all were eager to hear from the high officials of the  renowned freelancing companies

of the world.

The workshop began when high officials from world renowned freelancing companies,dignitaries and organizers took their seats on the  spacious dais.The high officials of freelancing companies were Matt Cooper,Vice President of Operations,Odesk.com,Kjetil J.Olsen,Vice President(Europe),Elance.com,David Harrison,Vice President of Engineering,

Freelancer.com and Jesson Sev Hoy,Chief Operating Officer,99 Designs.com

Architect Yafes Osman, Hon’ble State Minister for Science and Information & Communication Technology, Govt. of People’s Republic of Bangladesh and  Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy,ICT Specialist also graced the workshop.

Fahim Mashroor,President,Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services(BASIS) acted as the facilitator of the workshop with talented manner.

The high officials of the world renowned freelancing companies presented precious information about the participation

of Bangladeshi freelancers and income earned by them.They expressed their satisfaction over the quality of work of Bangladeshi freelancers and advised them to improve their efficiency through constant efforts.They hoped to expand their activities in Bangladesh considering the potential and opportunities prevailing in this country.

Architect Yafes Osman, Hon’ble State Minister for Science and Information & Communication Technology, Govt. of People’s Republic of Bangladesh presented a pleasant rhyme(sora) encouraging the youths of Bangladesh in the digital arena referring the scaling of The Everest by two female and two male male youths of Bangladesh recently.

Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy, ICT Specialist highly praised the performance of Bangladeshi freelancers.He described the support of the Govt. of People’s Republic of Bangladesh in facilitating employment of youths through digital activities like freelancing,arranging remittance of money as payments through paypal and other payment options and enhancing connectivity of internet.

Many youths attending the  workshop raised pertinent questions and problems related to freelancing connectivity and payments.Officials of the freelancing companies,Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed  Joy and Fahim Mashroor replied to their questions

and hoped that the all  problems will be solved in phases.

Finally,the workshop was concluded with the enhanced enthusiasm of transforming Bangladesh as the Fertile Land of Freelancing.