SESM Seminar with Clean Cooking Alliance
The word ‘Clean Cooking’ is a technology which means replacing traditional fireplaces with cleaner fuels and more energy-efficient cooking solution that reduces smoke emissions, provide cost savings, decreases time & resources need to procure fuel, and most importantly – saves lives. In Bangladesh, currently over 80% of population are living without access to clean cooking. This results 75000 women & children die every year since the households are polluting air by cooking through smoky fires. To address these issues and to create awareness among the faculties & students, a event titled ‘What’s Cooking: Clean Cooking Seminar for Young Changemakers’ was held at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in Bashundhara, Dhaka on April 29, 2019. Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA), Bangladesh and School of Environmental Science & Management (SESM) at IUB jointly organized the Seminar.
Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, former Advisor to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh and Founder Chairman, Power & Participation Research Center was present as Chief Guest. Dr. Rahman recommended to promote clean cooking campaign in various slums of Dhaka beside rural areas as these areas are more vulnerable at present. Prof. M. Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, IUB Chaired the event and emphasized on using alternative fuel rather than using coal and wood to mitigate global warming.
Mr. Abdul Karim, Managing Director, PKSF and Mr. Monzur Morshed Siddiqui, Managing Director, Total Bangladesh were present as Special Guests and spoke on the occasion. Asna Towfiq, Country Manager, CCA gave her presentation on clean cooking scenario & its prospects in Bangladesh. Mr. Mujibur Rahman, Head, Marketing & Sales, Total Bangladesh and Dr. Abdul Khaleque, Dean, SESM, IUB made separate presentations in the program. To create a buzz among the students, a quiz contest was held where 3 winners got crests and other prizes. The winner of the competition was Rabib Hossain while the first and second runner-ups were Rifa Nanziba and Tasnim Hasan.
Prof. Milan Pagon, Pro-Vice Chancellor, IUB, members of the faculty and administration and IUB students attended the Seminar. Dr. Ayaz Rabbani, Head, Department of Environmental Science delivered his vote of thanks.