The Education, Research, and Development Forum of Bangladesh (ERDFB) organized a discussion at Barisal University, titled “Terrorism, Militancy, and Destructive Politics,” which took place in the Kirtankhola Auditorium on November 23, 2023, at 3:00 PM.
Recently, Vice Chancellors from various universities reached a significant consensus on the pressing issues of political instability, terrorism, and extremism. Recognizing the need for national unity to effectively tackle these challenges, the distinguished leaders emphasized the importance of a concerted national effort to comprehensively address these concerns.
Siraj Uddin Ahmed, a renowned independence warrior, served as the principal guest at the event. In his impassioned speech, Ahmed underscored the importance of upholding Bangladesh’s ideals and spirit. He argued that those who do not align with the country’s democratic system have no place in it. Ahmed passionately advocated for heightened awareness and decisive action against the escalating threats posed by terrorism, militancy, and destructive politics in the nation.
Professor Dr. Md. Sajjad Hossain, the Chairman of ERDFB and a member of the Bangladesh University Grants Commission, presided over the ceremony. Dr. Hossain emphasised Bangladesh’s irreversible progress, which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is currently advancing following Bangabandhu’s original route mapping.
Distinguished vice-chancellors from Pirojpur, Patuakhali, the University of Global Village, Barisal, Trust University, Barisal, and Professor Dr. A Q M Mahbub of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, Gopalganj, among others, shared their perspectives at the event. Together, they emphasised the critical necessity for national unity in the face of terrorism, militancy, and destructive politics. They also expressed their support for the Awami League and the Liberation War’s objectives. With a strong emphasis on creating a safe and prosperous country for coming generations, they articulated their shared vision of a Bangladesh free from the chains of extremism and terrorism.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Badruzzaman Bhuiya, the acting vice-chancellor of Barisal University and general secretary of the ERDFB, oversaw the event’s coordination. During his speech, Dr. Bhuiya emphasised the need to support Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary leadership and the shared goal of leaving future generations with a peaceful, terrorist-free Bangladesh.
Attendees in the debate included a broad spectrum of university personnel, faculty, and students in addition to other invited visitors. They all showed a strong commitment to the stability and advancement of the country by standing united against the destructive forces of terrorism, militancy, and corrupt politicians.