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Students Sketch out Changes

Promiti Prova Chowdhury
Photos: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

Joey Adams, the noted American comedian once said, “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions!” So, at dawn of the very first day of the pristine brand new year just at the doorstep, let us be a bit less myopic and elevate our views to another level where we shall fix what and how we are going to help our troubled motherland using whatever weapons we have, in this year and the years to come.

A singer is blessed with his or her vocal, a physician has medical knowledge and expertise, a construction worker has the uncanny physical labour while an artist's weapons are the paintbrushes and creative mind's eye. So what do the undergraduate students across the country-the prospective soldiers of near future-have to serve the nation with? Their weapons are the skills that they have and the knowledge they are gaining from their particular departments under the educational institutions and that they will utilise in their related fields. Or will they?

Md Jannatul Habib
Md Nadia Ashrafi

Md Jannatul Habib, final year student of International Relations at Jahangirnagar University looks at the brighter side where today's dynamic student community is playing the major role, while the political parties are failing. Having studied subjects like Diplomacy, International Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, Habib points out that Bangladesh lacks a proper Foreign Policy and the responsible high officials and ministers are not educated in this subject. Determined to be a diplomat in future, he aims to create new markets and friendly international relations for Bangladesh. He says, “Though India is our closest neighbour, there is a huge trade imbalance between us. We cannot think of ignoring them but we have to take other countries into consideration as well. Using the 'Look East Policy', we need to strengthen our relationships with Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. We can create a market in poorer countries of Africa as there we can export at a cheaper rate.” Pointing the ignorance and corruption of the Bangladeshi Foreign Missions he claims of assigning people with experience and background of Diplomacy instead of political consideration and plans to do so when he himself becomes one.

Fahimul Hasan Rakib
Sadia Doha

Tearing down the stereotype about studying “Agriculture”, Noor-e-Zannat, a second year student of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University unfolds the many arenas in our agro-based economy where the future Agriculturists can play great roles. Biochemistry, Soil Science, Horti Culture, Agronomy, Firm Mechanics, Antomology, Agricultural Business Management are just to name a few among subjects they are studying. The two things that she marks as the key goals of studying Agriculture are, one, with extensive research inventing new ways of maximising production at a minimised cost and two, removing oppression of middlemen. She says that the new breeds and ways of firming may not always be acceptable to the farmers who are used to age old methods. So they collect samples of lands from different districts and convince the farmers by showing practical executions. “Let's say, a farmer is growing rice in his land but during two/three months of the year there is no production and the farmer just leaves it unused at that time. But he doesn't even know that the land is suitable for growing other short term crops. So the soil scientists and agriculturists are teaching them proper utilisation of land.” She regrets why many of the Agriculture students go for BCS and do other jobs. She wants to work at prospective working stations like Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BIRRI) or the Soil Research Institute.

“In our country a crime takes place, the criminal gets punished or may not, and victim is compensated or may not. Then again another crime takes place and same thing happens. This is like a circle. But, what is crime, why it takes place and how to cut it up by roots, that is what we are studying”, states Fahimul Hasan Rakib, a second year student of Department of Criminology and Police Science, one-of-its-kind at Tangail University. Distinguishing between the job of a Police and a Crime Expert, he says Crime Experts are supposed to aid Police by scrutinising the crime incident. 'Victimology' is the uniqueness of their curriculum. “A victim eventually turns into a criminal. So the root needs to be addressed. Unfortunately neither there is any Criminologist in our country nor there is a Crime Research Institute. But in other countries it is a crucial wing of detective agencies. With their aid international agencies like Interpol and FBI even have records of crimes that might take place in the upcoming week or month.” As juvenile delinquencies in forms of jongibad, cyber crimes, drugs are increasing in an alarming rate, he strongly persists on the importance of Crime experts in educational institutes as well for constantly guiding students. This way the graduates from this department can do internships and at the same time can play great roles in minimising crime, suggests Fahimul, who is willing to work as a Criminologist.

Md Nadia Ashrafi, a third year student of Department of History at Dhaka University, the birthplace of many intellects of our country, talks about how history can come to use in determining a nation's present. “History talks about the political, social and economical lifestyle of people. Our subject is intricately related to Archaeology. The subtle difference is that Archaeology talks about preservation of antics while we research about how they were used in the past.” He also mentions about the inappropriate appointment of people. He says, “The museums and the Archaeological Department, the two potential working sectors for the students of History, do not get proper patronisation of government. Moreover people from any background are able to join there.” He also exclaims how a historian faces threat from political parties if he or she attempts to dig for authentic political history of nation. “Any new law, technology or system that you want to initiate in your society has to be accorded to the existing lifestyle of people living in it. Only then it may bring expected results. That is why we have to study history which will guide us on what we were, what we are and what we want to be”. Because of lack of opportunities, Ashrafi might go for BCS and move to other sectors or try to go abroad for higher studies.

As a final year student of Media Studies and Journalism Department of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Sadia Doha is a Mass Communication major with a minor in Business. Pointing at Bangladesh's vulnerability due to climate change, she plans to serve the country as a Development Activist using the knowledge of Development Communication and Public Relations which might give birth to an organisation to be categorised as “Environmental PR” (Public Relations). After graduation she plans to join any reputed Media House to observe their internal policies and make some connections, because without networking nothing is achieved in the field of Communication, believes Sadia. “Bangladesh is a great platform for doing Environmental PR. We have so many donor countries but it is rarely monitored how the money is utilised. Media only gives us the exposure but not the data. So a research based organisation is necessary that might link up the Media, the NGOs, the victims, which is apparently the target audience, and the government.” In next five years she along with some of her friends plan to come up with such an organisation.

So the vehement soldiers are ready to fight with utmost integrity. Let us wish them best of luck and support them to the possible extent to bring out the desired changes in society. Happy New Year!

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