A three-day long international seminar of Regional Network on Poverty Eradication (RENPER) held yesterday with a theme of “Advancement in technology for poverty reduction: opportunity and challenges’’ on Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymansingh at the at Syed Nazrul Islam Bhavan.Former Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Mohammed Farashuddin was a chief guest in the inaugural session while deputy VC of University Malaysia Kelantan and chairman of RENPER Prof Dato Dr Ibrahim Bin Che Omar was a special guest.
BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ali Akbar present was the chief patron while Food and agriculture organization (FAO) Bangladesh representative Dr Mike Robson was the keynote speaker.
For poverty eradication, we have to change our mindset, said RENPER chairman Prof Dato Dr Ibrahim. Bangladesh has tremendous strides in conquering poverty at a rapid pace.
Bangladesh is contemplating to apply for the 2018 review of the United Nations (UN) development planning committee for its graduation from an LDC category to a developing one, said Dr Mohammed Farashuddin.
About 141 scientific papers will be published in 6 seasons among them 88 oral presentation and 53 posters. About 200 scientists presented in seminar in which 33 foreign researchers. A fair on agro-tech also starts in agriculture faculty corridor in which different 20 research organizations participated.
RENPER is one of the initiatives for the internationalization participant of some Universities in South and South East Asia whose primary concern is to work with poor people to improve their livelihood by eradicating poverty. – BAU correspondent