Site Launched October 2005
Link among scholars
will help dev nation'
It is a great initiative and a dream indeed to unite the Bangladeshi
scholars at home and abroad through a network to exchange their
ideas and knowledge for the development of the motherland.
With that view in mind, M E Chowdhury Shameem, a Bangladeshi expatriate
in New York, USA launched a web site, named www.scholarsbangladesh.com
and designed by his sole effort of last 10 years, at a function
in the city yesterday.
Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury and M.E.Chwodhury Shameem (Source: The Dailystar October 2005)
Briefing the contents of the web site, Shameem said Bangaldeshis
living around the world can find out the names, contact addresses
and notable works of the scholars of this land in the web site.
All other information including job opportunities at home and
abroad including scholarships will be available there, he added.
Abdul Moyeen Khan, Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Prof AFM
Yusuf Haider, Prof Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, M.E.Chowdhury
Shamim, Debapriya Bhattacharya, Prof MM Akash, Dr Atiur
Rahman, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Syed Monjurul Islam.
The web site will also help recognise the individuals for their
extra-ordinary contribution to education, research, science, technology,
arts and culture, medicine and politics, Shameem noted.
the project Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan said
the web site will play a pioneering role in bridging the gap between
the Bangladeshi scholars at home and abroad.
"We do not have the lack of scholars, but of their coordination
around the globe, and I hope Shameem's initiative will reduce
the gap and help the nation bloom with its full potentials,"
Dr Moyeen added.
the web site at Brac Centre Inn,
of Brac University Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury said there were
some efforts in the past to bring together the expatriate scholars
of Bangladesh, but in vain.
think the endeavour of Shameem is much more comprehensive than
any others made previously and hope that it would work. Issues
regarding qualifications and willingness of the scholars, however,
should be considered seriously while including their names in
the database,"he suggested.
Lauding Shameem's initiative, Economist Dr Atiur Rahman said there
are many negative impressions about Bangladesh abroad, but there
is also a lot to be proud of it as well.
"Through this web site we can bring together all the Bangladeshi
talents around the world and bring back the name and fame of the
country," he added.
Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue Debapriya
Bhattacharya, however, expressed a bit sorrow saying that the
remittance sent to Bangladesh mainly comes from the unskilled
and semi-skilled temporary expatriates.
The skilled tend to settle abroad, he said, adding that a notable
share of foreign investment of China and India comes from its
science fiction writer and teacher of Shahjalal University of
Science and Technology Muhammad Zafar Iqbal also said in a sad
mood that for some unknown reasons the expatriates of India are
seen to have more patriotism, which is not evident among the expatriates
"There might be debates, but links will have to be established
with Bangladeshi expatriate scholars to help flourish our language
and culture in everywhere in the globe," said Syed Monjurul
Islam, a teacher of English department of Dhaka University.
Noted educationist Prof Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, Pro-VC of Dhaka
University Prof AFM Yusuf Haider and Prof MM Akash also spoke.
Intellectuals' directory and much more (Source : Daily Star)
A large number of Bangladeshi scholars have been living in different
developed countries of the world and are engaged in services in
their respective fields. But the country in which they were born
and bred is unaware of their outstanding services and expertise.
The aim of a recently launched website, scholarsbangladesh.com,
is to bridge the gap between these scholars and their homeland.
Currently listing more than 10,000 scholars, the website stores
information on the scholars of Bangladesh by their profession,
village and name. Anyone can search for their required person
through these three criterions.
Scholarsbangladesh.com wishes to form a 15-members advisory council
to administer the regular activities of the website. National
experts living in different parts of the world are to be selected
in the fifteen member council that is planned to include two members
living in Bangladesh, two from Asia-Pacific, two from Europe,
one from Africa, five from North America, two from Australia and
one from the Middle East.
Scholars in the news
There is a monthly section for scholars who have been written
about or who's ideologies or any other contribution has been acknowledged
by the newspapers.
Scholars of the year
The website invites those scholars who have contributed to the
nation by means of education, research, science, technology, culture
and political influences. The five best scholars will be recognised
in the 'Scholars of the year' section for their role in national
Birth dates of the nationals who have contributed to the development
of the nation are posted on the website, which allow fans to make
their greetings and wishes to their desired persons.
There is a journal section, where professional scholars make their
contributions and therefore information and knowledge seekers
can find worthy information in this place written by various professionals.
Next Generation scholars
The website also holds information on the nationals who were born
abroad or lived outside the country such as the non-residential
Bangladeshis and made various inventions or innovations.
Those who wishes to come back and serve their country but seek
jobs prior arriving can put their resumes on the website as well
in the jobs section. Both, the employers and job seekers would
be benefited out of such information.
This is where non-residential Bangladeshis can participate for
the development of Bangladesh by means of their contribution in
aspects such as their own opinions, ideologies and knowledge sharing.
This section will also mention the procedures of contributing
and the persons' tour information if required to visit the country
for that purpose. On the other hand even the nationals who contribute
outside the country will be able to find their credit for their
performance and achievements.
As mentioned in the website, general people can make their enquiries
regarding various issues to professionals and eminent personalities.
Vote and opinion
Those who are willing to share their views and ideas can do so
in this section. This will also be counted as part of the development
in the society and the nation as well. If the advices and opinions
are valid or relevant, only then they would be published on the
Scholarsbangladesh.com has arranged a section containing important
links to those websites that are worthy.
This section lists the publication houses including important
books and journals.
Scholarsbangladesh.com was established by Scholar's Foundation.
Those who are admitted in the government colleges and medical
universities or engineering would be provided scholarships through
this foundation. Research and development for basic education
will also be carried out by this foundation. Educational institutions
established at home or abroad by the nationals would receive scholarships
from this foundation too.
The site's founder and president ME Chowdhury Shameem who was
working for IBM Corp. New York, Poughkeetsie, told The Daily Star that the site's concept is not
entirely new. The United Nations was among the first to explore
an innovative way to non-resident professionals back to their
country through their programme called Transfer of Knowledge through
Expatriate Nationals (Tokten). This programme was launched by
the UNDP with the aim of reversing patterns of brain drain by
encouraging expatriate nationals to volunteer their expertise
in the service of their homelands for short period of time. It
is currently instituted in more than 25 countries such as Turkey,
India, China, Philippines, Poland, Palestine, Vietnam, Lebanon,
Syria, where highly skilled expatriate provide successful technical
expertise, policy advice and research to governments, public and
private sector expertise, universities and research centres in