IUB implements a Seminar on preventing terrorism & extremism
Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) hosted a Seminar titled ‘Preventing Terrorism and Extremism through Community Engagement’ at its campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka on February 17, 2020. Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) of Bangladesh Police, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) at IUB and Community Development for Peace jointly organized the Seminar. The objective of this Seminar was to create awareness against terrorism and extremism and thereby involve community & society for making a social movement to stop all this.
Md. Moniruzzaman, Additional Deputy Inspector General, ATU presented the Key Note in the Seminar. He gave an overview of terrorism & extremism and explained that youth are most vulnerable both in terms of getting involved with these devastating activities and being victimized by these attacks. Therefore, he urged upon the students to remain alert and talk to their families & peer groups so any inappropriateness can be handled strategically.
Later, Mohammad Abul Kashem, Additional Inspector General, ATU delivered his speech and emphasized on relevant issues that might misguide our young generation. As no religion supports destructive activities, he requested the students to study more on these issues and involve community to support for a homogenous environment.
Mr. A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB; Prof. Milan Pagon, Vice Chancellor (Acting), IUB; Ms. Penny Morton, High Commissioner (Acting) of Australia in Bangladesh; Mr. Kanbar Hossein – Bor, British Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh; Md. Didar Ahamed, Deputy Inspector General, ATU and; Md. Haider Ali Khan, Additional Deputy Inspector General were also present and spoke on the occasion.
They stated that terrorism and extremism is now a global problem and all countries across the world are working tirelessly to resolve it. Only law enforcement agencies alone cannot stop militancy and terrorism. In the long run, there is a need for different stakeholders’ involvement such as educational institution and society as a whole to prevent it.
Professor Md. Abdul Khalek elaborated IUB's role and activities in preventing terrorism and militancy. Following the presentation, floor was open for question-answer session where students raised various concerned issues. Md. Moniruzzaman answered all questions and assured to provide all required support to IUB and its students for making a terrorism free society.
During the next phase of the event, a mini workshop was held where students were divided in ten different groups and made topic-based presentations under the supervision of concerned faculties. Deans, senior members of the faculty & administration and full-house students attended the day-long Seminar.