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National River Olympiad held at IUB



IUB Live: To identify and encourage ‘river-talent’ among the university students and to make ‘save the river’ movement more credible in Bangladesh; ‘National River Olympiad: Private University Round’ took place at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) on Saturday at its own campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka. Upholding the theme ‘know your river, revive it better’, the Olympiad was jointly organized by the Environmental Club, IUB, Riverine People and Samakal Shurid Samabesh. In the inaugural session, Annisul Huq, Mayor, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) was present as the Chief Guest while Abdul Hai Sarkar, Chairman, ESTCDT was the Special Guest and Golam Sarwar, Editor, Daily Samakal was the Guest of Honor. The session was presided over by Prof. M. Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, IUB.

The Chief Guest, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, Annisul Huq highlighted the efforts taken by DNCC to stop environmental pollutions of Dhaka city. He also shared his plans and urged all concerned, especially the youth to come forward and participate in environment saving movements. Special Guest Mr. Sarkar stressed on raising people awareness to stop river pollution and river encroachments. Guest of Honor and Samakal Editor, Golam Sarwar focused on saving the rivers as our lives and livelihood largely depend on them.  He assured providing all essential supports in this connection from his institution. The Chair of the session Prof. M. Omar Rahman identified crucial reasons for rivers being extinct from our country. Prof. Rahman stated serious negative impacts of this situation that can create terrible hindrances on mankind and requested all to work together for making Bangladesh a better living place.

About 200 private university students from graduate and post graduate levels participated in the daylong program. In the River Olympiad quiz competition, participants had to answer twenty-nine MCQs and one analytical question within sixty minutes. After the competition, a lively and interactive panel discussion based on the questions asked by the participants was held where relevant experts of this sector took part.

In the closing session, certificates were awarded to 21 winners who will participate in the final round of River Olympiad to be held at the University of Dhaka. Among others, Dr. Ainun Nishat, former Vice-Chancellor and Professor Emeritus, BRAC University, Sharmeen Murshid, Member, National River Commission and officials of Riverine People and Samakal Shurid Samabesh spoke in this session.

The Olympiad started with the welcome speech given by Dr. Md. Abdul Khaleque, Dean, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) and ended with the vote of thanks delivered by Prof. Milan Pagon, Pro-Vice Chancellor, IUB. Faculty members and senior officials of IUB, faculties from other universities, researchers from different international and national institutions, development activists from different national and international NGOs, organizers and officials of Riverine Bangladesh and Daily Samakal and more than 200 hundred students of various universities were present in this grand national event.

Dhaka, 02 April, ( //AM

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