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An effort to nurture political discourse

Abdur Razzaq Foundation launches advanced course

An advanced course on social sciences and humanities was launched at the Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth in the capital's Dhanmondi yesterday.

The “Advanced Course on the Social Science and Humanities-1: Political Ideas Theories and Debates” for March-July 2019 is being organised by Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation in association with University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). Some 30 students are going to join the course from March 27.

Speaking at the ceremony as chief guest, political scientist Dr Rounaq Jahan said the studying of society and humanities is facing a crisis now, as different university authorities are putting emphasis on studying business and engineering due to the influence of capitalism.

“This course will increase students' capacity to think widely about society and humanities,” said Rounaq, a distinguished fellow of the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

She said there are many people who are discussing politics, but they are failing to analyse critically due to a lack of in-depth knowledge. “This course would enable a student to be more in-depth in the study of political theories.”

Citing the contribution of Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq, Rounaq said Professor Abdur Razzaq was a nurturing mentor and an inspiring presence in the intellectual and cultural sphere.

“There is no alternative to build a humanitarian world without studying social science and humanities,” said ULAB pro-VC Prof Shamsad Mortuza.

Bengal Foundation Director General Luva Nahid Choudhury said teachers who would deliver lectures to the students here would take the spirit of Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq.

A total of 70 students, from undergraduate and post-graduate levels from different universities, gave interviews to take part in the course. The authorities selected 30 of them.

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