Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose was born in Rarikhal, Bikrampur (now Munshiganj) on 30 November 1858. Biggan O Sangksriti (a little mag on science and culture) and Shikkhalok (a CDIP education bulletin) jointly observed the great scientist's birth anniversary on 3 December this year through organizing a discussion program at CDIP (Centre for Development Innovation and Practices) seminar room in Dhaka.

Two keynote papers were presented in the program. One was: Modern consequences of the experiments done by Jagadish Chandra Bose. It was prepared, video-recorded and delivered by Scientist and Writer Ashraf Ahmed, who is Chief Editor of Biggan O Sangskriti and currently lives in the USA. The other was: Interrelation between science and culture. It was written and presented by Artist Shishir Mallick.

Many people attended the program physically and some joined online. It was chaired by Writer Saleha Begum and moderated by Alamgir Khan and Nzneen Shathi, editor and executive editor of Biggan O Sangskriti respectively.

Scientist and Writer Ashraf Ahmed explained elaborately the various experiments conducted by Jagadish Chandra Bose, especially with electro-magnetic wave. His experimental works have come to today's microwave, 5G and such others through researches of later scientists. His works on plants and the experimental tools invented by him have great relevance in today's world. Ashraf Ahmed put enormous emphasis on the celebration of birth anniversary of Jagadish Chandra Bose in his birth-land Bangladesh.

Artist Shishir Mallick did a in-depth analysis of the interrelations of science, culture, politics and development of a society and nation. His assertion is that without fully internalization of science and making it part of our inherent culture, real progress would remain elusive. What we study in the name of science here in Bangladesh hardly develops a scientific attitude towards life and society. We are becoming more adept in using modern technologies, but remaining backward in our mode of thinking with a huge burden of anti-progress beliefs. Mr. Mallick, therefore, calls for the integration of science and arts and culture in our development vision.

Senior journalist Syed Badrul Ahsan said it was very important to organize such a program in order to celebrate the birth anniversary of our most famous scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose.

Professor Dr. Md. Amin Uddin Mridha, former VC of Pabna Science and Technology University (PSTU), discussed the importance of remembering Jagadish Chandra Bose's works and the need for spreading science education further across the country.

Shajahan Bhuiya, a columnist and researcher, pointed to the interrelation of science and development practices and the need for emphasis on science study for progress in the country.

Ayub Hossain, editor of Janabiggan, a Bengali little mag on science, shed light on the life of Jagadish Chandra Bose in his discussion. He said that Biggan O Sangskriti's initiatives would contribute to starting a science movement in the country.

Serajud Dahar Khan, a cultural activist, Saikat Habib, poet and researcher, Bidyut Kumar Roy, writer of chemistry textbook for SSC, Dewan Mamunur Rashid, editor of ShikkhaSangbad, Faisal Ahmed, a writer, and Reaj Mahamood, a poet and social activist, spoke on various aspects of Jagadish Chandra Bose's life in the program.

Mr. Fazlul Bari, former DG of BARD-Cumilla attended the program online. Among others present there were Artist Biplob Datta, photographer Shameem Akanda, Poet Hanif Rashedin, Poet Aunarjo Nayeem, Documentary-maker Ranjan Mallick, Taposh Barua, Maruf Islam and others.

Biggan O Sangskriti and Shikkhalok's first joint roundtable discussion was in February this year on the need for learning and science study in Bengali, our mother tongue. This December program of celebrating Jagadish Chandra Bose's birthday has added a new dimension to their commitment of bringing science and arts and culture into a single fold of knowledge and efforts of thus promoting sustainable national development.

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