AAMS Arefin Siddique, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, attends a programme to present the CSR course outline, jointly developed by the university, Manusher Jonno Foundation and MRDI, to the faculties of business studies, social science and the IBA of the university in Dhaka yesterday. Hasibur Rahman, executive director at MRDI, was also present.Photo: MRDI
Academic intervention is essential to generate workforce with clear understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as it is drawing increasing attention in the business world, experts said yesterday.
They spoke at the CSR course outline handing over ceremony to the faculties of business studies, social sciences and the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University.
Dhaka University and the Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) jointly prepared the outline as a part of the advocacy project -- Mainstreaming CSR to address poverty -- in partnership with Manusher Jonno Foundation.
"By incorporating CSR in the curriculum, we intend to develop a vibrant CSR culture, thus contributing to building a strong human resource base," said Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University.
Academic learning of CSR will help the students practise CSR more effectively in their professional lives, he said.
"Developing this course outline is the first step towards designing a full course on CSR. Time may even come when opening a separate department on CSR in the university will be possible,” said Hasibur Rahman, executive director of MRDI.
“This small effort will then be treated as the foundation of a big outcome."
The course will surely provide students with a clear perspective about business ethics and CSR, said IBA Professor Syed Ferhat Anwer.
“This orientation will help them contribute to better utilisation of CSR money of the companies in which they will work.”