Seminar on Archives in Bangladesh held at National Museum

Apu | 09 November 2018 | Dhaka
Former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan said that the government records should be preserved in multiple places. Because they could be required at any time. He said this while addressing a seminar organized by Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) as the chief guest.

The seminar was held at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh, Dhaka titled ‘Archives in Bangladesh–Past Present Future’ on 3 November 2018.

Akbar Ali Khan also said that everyone needs to understand the requirements of the documentation. Everyone needs to know the necessity of this. While working in the World Bank – after the Twin Tower attack, the World Bank began to save all their records in the head office as well as in other states – he added.

The key-note paper titled ‘Record Management: Archives, Law and Education’ was presented by Professor Dr Mezbah-ul-Islam, former chairman of Department of Information and Library Management (ISLM), University of Dhaka (DU). Professor Dr Kazi Mostak Gausul Haque, Chairman of the same department, DU discussed on the key-note paper.

On the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to establish educational institutions for the development of the country’s archives. BARMS, Infofort Limited (Dhaka) and Archives and Records Management – Netherlands signed on the MoU.

Dutch Archivist Florus Geraedts and Sigfried Janzing joined the MoU signing ceremony over Skype representing Netherlands.

Professor Dr Sharif Uddin Ahmed, President, BARMS presided over the signing ceremony and the seminar while Mr Jalal Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and General Secretary, BARMS gave a welcome speech. The Director General of the Directorate of Archives and Libraries Mr Dilip Kumar Saha and the Director General of Bangladesh National Museum Mr Muksodur Rahman Patwary also spoke as the Special Guests.

Around 120 people including ISLM students, MPhil and PhD researchers, library professionals were present in the seminar.