SAF alumni reunion held in Dhaka
The event was attended by a large number of SAF scholars who finished their higher education in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan
The 2nd reunion of the South Asian Foundation (SAF) Alumni was held on Saturday in the capital's Gulshan Club. The event was attended by a large number of SAF scholars who finished their higher education in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, according to a press release issued on Monday.
The reunion was commenced with an introduction and speeches by the alumni, who vividly recalled their memories during their studies. Dr Kamal Hossain, an eminent jurist and senior advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court and the emeritus chair of SAF, Bangladesh Chapter, addressed the reunion.
He said the motive of Saarc is fading day by day. Therefore, the SAF scholars need to come forward to reestablish the regional ties between the Saarc member states. "The motive of SAF scholarships is to create regional harmony and cultural diversity," he added.
Published: March 20, 2023 2:20 PM | Last Updated: March 20, 2023 2:20 PM
Farooq Sobhan, chair of SAF Bangladesh, delivered the welcome speech, while Khushi Kabir addressed the closing remarks and the vote of thanks. Addressing the audience, Farooq Sobhan spoke about how Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh founded SAF in 2000 as a secular, non-profit and non-political organization comprising eight autonomous chapters.
The main objective of SAF is to promote regional cooperation through a number of Unesco Madanjeet Singh Institutions of Excellence, he said. At the event, some of the alumni shared their thoughts and proudly acknowledged that they have immensely benefited from SAF scholarships, and even for many recipients, the SAF scholarship has been a life changer in terms of personal and professional development.
They also pointed out some issues on how the chapter can work together for the betterment of the organization and for the interest of the alumni as well. The event was also graced by SAF Bangladesh Chapter's Advisory Board Members, Prof Rehman Sobhan, Prof Dr Perween Hasan, CM Shafi Sami and human rights activist Hameeda Hossain.