Symposium on ‘Beat Air Pollution’ held at IUB

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The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organized International Symposium titled ‘Beat Air Pollution’ held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at IUB campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka.
Ms. Habibun Nahar, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Bangladesh attended the inaugural ceremony of the symposium as Chief Guest. Dr. Nurul Quadir, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Bangladesh was present as Special Guest. Dr. Arifur Rahman Khan, Research Assistant Professor, University of Texas El Paso, USA was the Keynote Speaker and made his presentation on ‘Earth Environment Monitoring by a Conceptual 3U Small Satellite Mission: IRISSPO’. Mr. A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB; Mr. Khandker Md. Iftekhar Haider, Treasurer & Vice Chancellor (In-charge) was also present and spoke on the occasion.
The Chief Guest of the program, Ms. Habibun Nahar stated that Bangladesh, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, has been struggling with air pollution for long. And the irony is, we ourselves are destroying our own environment, she underscored. Minister informed that the government has taken various steps to reduce emission of carbon from industries and many other activities to protect the environment. Ms. Nahar, emphasized on creating mass awareness for beating air pollution as this cannot be the task for the government merely; it is the responsibility of every individual for his or her own survival.
At the outset Dr. Md. Abdul Khaleque, Dean, SESM, IUB made the welcome address while Dr. Ayaz Rabbani, Head, Department of Environmental Science, IUB delivered the vote of thanks.
Later, the Chief Guest inaugurated a poster exhibition with other guests and visited all works done by the IUB students. The poster presentation consists of a visual display on different environmental related issues. A total of 500 students participated in the competition and 100 posters were exhibited. Students took part in the event through two different categories – Foundation and Major. There were three winners form each category - Champion, 1st and 2nd runner-ups who received Medals and Certificates of recognition.
Members from the faculty and administration, students and distinguished guests were present in the Symposium.