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23 December, 2016 00:00 00 AM

Delivering education by the army

All the institutes and medical colleges of Bangladesh Army is affiliated to Bangladesh University of Professionals. These institutions try to uphold the core values of integrity, discipline, creativity, commitment and wisdom
Col Md Aktaruzzaman
Delivering education by the army

The traditional role of the army has always been to prepare for protecting the people, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country. It is also actively engaged in non-traditional military roles such as Socio-economic activities in support of the government’s development programs.A healthy society is important for sustainable development of the country. Since, Bangladesh Army draws both its legitimacy and strength from the society, it has a particular interest in contributing to keeping that society healthy. It takes account of the changes in society and adaptsits procedures, training and education processes to turn social human capital to officers and soldiers. Through this process they create the system of discipline, training and education which can become the main tool for contributing to building a healthier society.

Rudimentary democratic consent, universal access to human essentials, freedom and liberty, equity and fairness, environmental sustainability, balance etc are the key elements of a healthy society. There is no other alternatives of quality education in establishment of all these elements. 
Educational institutions help ensure imparting quality education in the society. Educational institutions address everything children need to learn to be responsible citizens with human values and rights, interpersonal relationships, democratic decision-making, economics, health and spirituality. These institutions also teach democratic ideals by example.
It is worth our effort to review the contribution the Bangladesh Army are making to building healthy society and to suggest where the Government can make more use of this special tool. The fact is that the Army has something unique that they can offer the society. They have one of the most comprehensive and effective education programs in the country. This not only delivers civilian qualifications, but also instils qualities in the individual that make him or her a better member of the society. This also make them a more fulfilled person: discipline, a sense of purpose and responsibility, a sense of belonging, of identity, of family; self-respect and respect of peers; a willingness to learn and a desire to improve oneself.
Schools and Colleges:  Bangladesh Army has schools, colleges, institutes and universities to provide education at all levels. There are Cantonment Public Schools and Colleges; Cantonment Board Schools and English Medium Schools in all the cantonment areas of the country. There are total twelve Cadet Colleges across the country which includes three Girls’ Cadet Colleges.
Institutes: Bangladesh Army has four institutes – Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Armed Forces Medical Institute (AFMI) and two Army Institutes of Business Administration.
a. MIST, since its inception on 19 April 1998, is offering undergraduate, post-graduate, MPhil and PhD programs on various disciplines of engineering. It has ten departments under four faculties – CE, ECE, ME & NBE.
b. AFMI is the premier educational institute of the Army. It was established immediately after liberation in 1971 for imparting training and offering courses to Army Medical Corps (AMC), Army Dental Corps (ADC) and Armed Forces Nursing Services (AFNS) Officers and other paramedics on various professional matters.
c. Army Institute of Business Administration (AIBA) was established on 15 January 2015 at Savar and Sylhet. The institute offers BBA and MBA programs to students from all walks of life – military and civilians; youths and professionals seeking to build prosperous and dynamic career.
University: Bangladesh Army has one public university “Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)” and three private universities “Bangladesh Army International University of Science and Technology (BAIUST)” at Saidpur, Comilla and Savar.
a. BUP is the 29th public university of Bangladesh. It was established on 05 June 2008 at Mirpur Cantonment. It has total 56 affiliated institutes. The university provides undergraduate and post-graduate level of education including MPhil and PhD. It has total sixteen departments under five faculties.
b. Bangladesh Army International University of Science and Technology (BAIUST), a pioneer university of Bangladesh Army, started its journey from 14 February 2015. It is established at Comilla, Savar and Saidpur Cantonment with the mission to provide State of the Art education and research in science, engineering and other relevant programs. The university aims to provide innovative, multi-disciplinary courses and endeavors to make a hub of knowledge. 

Institutions for children with special educational needs :
a. “Proyash” is a specialized organization that values the holistic development of all children with special educational needs through multidimensional programs. It is functioning since July 2006. Proyash runs similar programs in Jessore, Bogra, Chittagong, Rangpur, Savar, Comilla, Shyllhet and Ghatail area. All the services and facilities are open for all types of children with special needs. The institute also serves as training and research center for the development of special education teachers and the rapists.
b. Proyash Institute of Special Education & Research (PISER) is an unique Institution which has been operating since April 2013. The institute provides high quality education and training with the objective of producing highly skilled personnel responsive to the needs of the children with disability. PISER develops professionals for special education within a broad framework of education and therapy in the current millennium.
Uniqueness of Educational Institutions Run by the Army: All the institutes and medical colleges of Bangladesh Army is affiliated to Bangladesh University of Pro­fessionals. These institutions try to uphold the core values – integrity, discipline, creativity, commitment and wisdom. 
Bangladesh Army Educational Institutions instil a sense of self discipline, teach the value of discipline and provide positive experience of the value of discipline, as well as giving young people a sense of belonging and pride in themselves and their appearance.
Besides performing the traditional role, Bangladesh Army is delivering quality education at all levels to convert the social human capital into an educated and skilled human resource. 
The uniqueness involved in army run educational institutions not only assist the students to be skilled human resource but also prepare them to attain changing global standards. 
The writer is an officer of the Bangladesh Army


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