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Educational & Cultural connectivity required apart from trade with NE India: Bangladesh Commerce Minister

Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM honouring Shri Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh at USTM on 23rd October 2019

9th Mile, Ri-Bhoi, 23 October 2019: “Educational and cultural connectivity between Bangladesh and India’s North East is very much required, apart from business and trade relations,” said Shri Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh at the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya here today. Shri Munshi was addressing students and academicians in a programme on “India’s North East and Bangladesh: Higher Education Roadmap” organised by USTM. The programme was also attended by Dr AHM Ahsan, Jt Secy Ministry Commerce, Bangladesh; Salim Hussain, Deputy Secty. Ministry of Commerce Bangladesh; Dr Abdul Hannan and Azizur Zaman, both eminent social worker and businessmen from Bangladesh; A Hoque, Commerce Councillor, Bangladesh; Dr SM Tanvir Monsur, Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, apart from others.

Shri Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh is guided through the campus of USTM by the Chancellor M Hoque on 23rd October 2019

Addressing the gathering, Shri Tipu Munshi said that connectivity of ‘heart to heart’ is very important for advancing relationship between Bangladesh and India which includes educational, sports and cultural connectivity. “I really appreciate the success story of Mahbubul Hoque within 19 years’ time and his effort in promoting higher education in the region. His dream can be distributed everywhere, USTM and the North East can be the next education destination from Bangladesh. I believe USTM is one of the best universities in North East India”, he added.

Shri Munshi also expressed his gratitude to the Government of India for helping Bangladesh at the period of its crisis. He said that road connectivity between Shillong and Chittagong has to be improved and promised to do something in this direction. He said that considering the 1741 Km long land border which the India’s north-eastern region shares with Bangladesh there are tremendous potentiality for the growth of Northeast India-Bangladesh cross border trade through the surface route.

Earlier, welcoming the delegates, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM said, “As we are going global, we feel that the Act East Policy of India has not taken any initiative in the field of higher education, sports and culture which has the potential to increase people to people bonding”. He said that Bangladesh Commerce Minister’s visit to India would create new vistas in developing the Indo-Bangladesh international corridor which is vital to India’s Act East Policy advancing mutually beneficial partnership in both conventional and non-conventional areas including Education, Research, Culture and Sports.

Shri Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh addressing students and academicians at USTM on 23rd October 2019

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tanvir Monsur said that educational and cultural connectivity between Bangladesh and India’s North East can be started initially by introducing programmes like students’ exchange, 15-days excursion and workshop and then 4-years graduation programme. He also mentioned about tourism sector in Meghalaya with potential tourists from Bangladesh. The other delegates from Bangladesh also delivered brief speeches on the occasion.

The programme came to end with the vote of thanks given by Dr Mridul Hazarika, Principal Advisor to USTM who stated that education is the primary aspect which can connect lives.

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