On Saturday, a significant discussion was held, titled “Destructive Politics Free, Poverty-Free, and Educationally Prosperous Smart Bangladesh at Chittagong Press Club,” organized by the Education Research and Development Forum of Bangladesh (ERDFB) at 3 PM.
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Speakers underscored the necessity of unified resistance against disruptive activities such as blockades and strikes during the discussion. They emphasized that to free the country from all forms of politics is essential. Otherwise, the country cannot be rid of poverty, and a Smart Bangladesh cannot be built. Speakers emphasize that if an educated nation is raised, all the darkness in society will be dispelled.
Distinguished Speakers and Guests
The discussion saw the esteemed presence of Prof. Dr. Anupam Sen, Member of the Advisory Council of Awami League and Vice-Chancellor of Premier University, Chittagong. Special Guests included Prof. Dr. Shireen Akhter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chittagong; Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Alam, Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology (CUET); Prof. Dr. Md. Ismail Khan, Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong Medical University; Prof. Dr. ASM Lutful Ahsan, Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU); Prof. Dr. Selina Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor of Rangamati Science and Technology University.
The meeting was presided by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Sazzad Hossain, a distinguished member of University Grant Commissions (UGC) and president of ERDF.
The Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong Medical University, Prof. Dr. Ismail Khan, stated, “We have two things in front of us. On one side, there is a dark path, and on the other side, there is a beautiful sunny sky. It’s as if we are taking an oath to walk on the beautiful path towards the sunny sky. Let’s work together to steer the ship towards victory.”
The Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University, Prof. Dr. Shirin Akhtar, said, “Let’s all come together on January 7th and strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand. Only then can we enter a Smart Bangladesh.”
The Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Alam, said, “The United States once opposed our great war for independence. They were against our people. Now they are engaging in various forms of interference against our people. The answer to this interference will be through voting and ballots. So, to maintain the path of progress, we all want to see Sheikh Hasina as the Prime Minister again.”
Chief guest, Prof. Dr. Anupam Sen said, “If Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina leads us, the country will progress. The January 7th election is sacred for us. It is a sacred duty for us to take as many people as possible to the polls and vote for her.”
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Sazzad Hossain, stated, “We aspire for an educationally enriched Smart Bangladesh. To build Smart Bangladesh, we need smart citizens. Students should be engaged in research and innovation to create an educationally enriched Smart Bangladesh.”
Furthermore, he added, ” To construct a poverty-free, educated Smart Bangladesh, I call upon everyone to embrace the celebratory atmosphere and cast their votes on the upcoming 7th of January. Let it be a festival of victory through voting.”
The event was organized under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shahadat Hossain, a faculty member of the Computer Science and Engineering department at Chittagong University. PressXpress was the media partner of the event.
Speakers asserted that the pervasive darkness in society could be eliminated through public education. Various educators from different universities and colleges in Chittagong also shared their thoughts during the discussion.