Independent University, Bangladesh hosted a seminar titled ‘Preventing Terrorism and Extremism through Community Engagement’ at the university’s own campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka on Monday.
Anti Terrorism Unit (ATU) of Bangladesh Police, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) at IUB and Community Development for Peace jointly organised the seminar. The objective of this seminar was to create awareness against terrorism and extremism and thereby involve community and society for making a social movement to stop all this.
ATU Additional Deputy Inspector General Md Moniruzzaman presented the key note in the seminar. In his presentation, he gave an overview of terrorism and extremism and explained that youth are most vulnerable both in terms of getting involved with these devastating activities and being victimized of these attacks. Therefore, he urged upon the students to remain alert and talk to their families and peer groups so any inappropriateness can be faced strategically.
Later, ATU Additional Inspector General Mohammad Abul Kashem, 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.
IUB Chairman, Board of Trustees, A Matin Chowdhury; Vice Chancellor (Acting) Professor Milan Pagon; High Commissioner (Acting) of Australia in Bangladesh Penny Morton; British Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh Kanbar Hossein–Bor; ATU Deputy Inspector General Md Didar Ahamed; Additional Deputy Inspector General Md Haider Ali Khan, 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, like 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, the 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 for making a terrorism free society.
During the next phase of the event, a mini workshop was held where faculties and students separated in ten different groups and made their presentations.
Deans, senior members of the faculty & administration and full house of students attended the day-long seminar.