POST TIME: 16 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Three-day book fair at IU from Feb 19

UNB, Islamic University

A three-day book fair will be held at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia from February 19. It will continue until February 21, IU Information, Publicationand Public Relations Office Director M Ataul Haque said on Friday.

IU Vice-Chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari will address the inaugural session as the chief guest while short story writer Professor Hasan Azizul Huq of Rajshahi University will be present as the chief discussant.

IU Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha will attend the function as the special guest while IU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor M Shahinoor Rahman will preside over it, he added.

All preparations have already been taken to hold the fair in a peaceful atmosphere, IU Vice-Chancellor Professor Rashid Askari said.

Roundtable on rural homesteads held at BUET

UNB, Dhaka

Experts on Wednesday mentioned that if government can utilise the working youth population of rural areas properly the national development will accelerate soon.

They gave the notion at a roundtable conference titled 'HOME.ext: Home Extension with Small Industry', with a view to drawing light on an academic project for the extension of rural homesteads arranged by Department of Architecture of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on BUET campus.

The conference was preceded by an exhibition of individual projects devised by students.

Nesmun Nahar Nipu, Head of Architecture Department at BUET, mentioned that homestead extension projects are different than other architectural endeavours as these focus more on rural economy and cottage industries.

"We seek to implement the projects as professionals would, to benefit the financially-hindered rural community," she added.

Professor Dr. Nazmul Imam of Department of architecture also one of the project coordinators pointed out that rural culture is rapidly changing due to urbanisation.

"If we put the 55 per cent working youth of our rural population to good use through these projects, we could boost our national development," he said.

Jibon Kumar Chowdhury, Joint Secretary of Public Administration Ministry lauded the works submitted by students and expressed interest to implement few of those at national level. All the speakers stressed proper implementation of the future projects in rural area prioritising cottage industries and utilisation of working youths.

Students of Design Studio in Level 5 Term 1 of Architecture Department conducted the project under six faculty members whose models focused mostly on revival and preservation of cottage industries considering functionality, environment, environment efficiency and other aspects.

Many of the technical personalities, policymakers, rural development activists and media personnel alongside other BUET faculties were also present at the event.