National committee of Bangiya Grantha Jadughar
Ratan K Das, 4 November 2018, Dhaka
Bangiya Grantha Jadhughar (Museum) is the first book museum in Bangladesh. Its national committee has been formed on 26 October. On that day, a meeting was held at the Finance Minister’s Government house at Hare Road in the capital. Mr Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, honourable Finance Minister and a Bengali Language Movement Veteran has taken charge as the Chairman of the Bangiya Grantha Jadhughar. He said this museum would be established as a national specialised institution.
The Executive Chairman’s post has gone to Mr Nuh-Ul-Alam Lenin. The 47-members committee has been elected without any contest. This working group will write a constitution immediately. During the meeting, a sub-committee for writing the constitution was created.
Mr. Abdullah Abu Sayeed, the Chairman of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK); Dr. Nazrul Islam, former Chairman of University Grant Commission (UGC); Rasheda K Choudhury, former Advisor of Caretaker Government; Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, eminent economist and Chairman of the PKSF; Prof Dr. Harun-or-Rashid, Vice-Chancellor of National University; Professor Dr. Biswajit Ghosh, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra University; Professor Mahfuza Khanam, Chairman of Asiatic Society; Mr. Imdadul Haq Milon, Editor of The Daily Kaler Kantho; Mr. Syed Hasan Imam, Mr. Ramendu Mazumder were also present at the meeting among others.
Bangiya Grantha Jadughar was established in the village Konkasar, under Louhajang Upazilla in Munshiganj. Honourable Finance Minister inaugurated the museum back in 2016.
Agrashar Bikrampur Foundation, a socio-cultural organization based in Munshiganj established this museum, where people can research on literature and society matters. There will be several sections like archive, publication, collection, research cell etc.
Currently, the museum is running in a tin-shed one-storied house. Approximately, 20 thousand books, manuscripts, puthi (a book of poetic fairy tales and religious stories of rural ancient Bengal which were read by a senior educated person while others would listen; according to Wikipedia) are preserved for all. Borrowing facilities haven’t created yet. But the user can stay in their boarding.