BARM – Bangladesh Archives and Records Management
September 1, 2008, 6:47 pm
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BARM: Archives and records management in Bangladesh: tools for reaching effective governance, citizenship and reliable Historiography.  

ICA congress, BARM and after Kuala Lumpur  17 july 2008-07-20

19 juli 2008-07-19


BARM – Bangladesh Archives & Records Management; program for democratic governance  under Rule of Law and  historical awareness in Bangladesh.



The BARM center in Bangladesh and in Netherlands. The BARM program started in 1995 as an informal cooperation between Bangladshi and Dutch archivists and archival researchers in order to contribute to further improvement of the 1973 established National Archives in Bangladesh. as result of discussion between History professors of Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, the directorate of the National Archives of Bangladesh and an archivist from the Netherlands     The BARM Center in Bangladesh The seminar of 16 January 2007 in the White House of National Archives of Bangladesh (NAB), under chairmanship of prof. Mohsin and under directorship of prof. Sharifuddin of the NAB decided to start the Working Group on establishing the Institute for Archives Management (BARM Center) in the National Archives of Bangladesh. The NAB is operating as part of the directorate of Libraries and Archives under the Minsitry of Culture. Basic regulation for the NAB is the National Archives Ordinance 1983 (NAO 1983). On the BARM program, the NAB is cooperating with BIDS, ICDDR,B, History deptts and ISLM deptts of state- and nongovernment universities, as well as museum institutes, private Archives, like the Heritage Archives under director prof Mahbubur Rahman in Rajshahi. There is also cooperation on different levels with the National Archives of India in Delhi, the National Archives of Malaysia, the History deptt of Visva Bharati in Santiniketan (prof. Jeyaseela Stephen), the CSSS in Calcutta (Abhijit Battacharya) and the Rabindra Bhabane, Section Tagore-archives (Utpol, Tushar and Nilanjan Banerjee).     The BARM Center in Netherlands The BARM program enjoys much support from the BARM group of the ASHA – SFH (ASHA – Association of South Holland Archivists; SFH – (Solidarity Foundation Heemstede). This BARMgroup is vested in Erfgoedhuis Zuid-Holland (Heritage House South-Holland) in the municipality of Delft. BARM group ASHA,  PO box  3092,  2601  DB  Delft, Netherlands,   email:   The Barm Center according to the Seminar of 16 january 2007 is meant to be coordination center of activities on improving professional Archives Management (Knowledge Section, coordinating the collecting and updating of all relevant information on Records and Archives in Bangladesh and Education Section, coordinating the development of training courses for Record keepers, Record Managers and Archivists). This BARM Center will work on: Inspection of NON transferred Records and set standards for transferring records (after appraisal and disposal)   from record creating offices and branches to the National Archives, advise Municipalities on improving their Record Rooms, for example Narayanganj, Dinajpur, Bogra and Rajshahi. Advising the Permanent Records Committee as described in the GOB Circular 21 november 2006. Coordinating of relevant activities from several partners: like BIDS, BALID,  LISU section of ICDDR,B,  Rajshahi University Deptt on Information Management, North South University, ILIS deptt, Dhaka University, ISLM department (Dr Mezbah-ul-Islam, Mrs Rowshan, dr Zabed, dr Mostak Gausal), Dhaka University Section for University Archives, Nilkhet Highschool, Roads and Highways deptt (section Reformation of the Transport section: implementation of a digital Record Management Application, mr Sarwar Morshed), BLAST.     As follow up after the ICA congress in Kuala Lumpur, there will be organised a seminar on 5 August, in Dhaka. During the coming two weeks after returning from ICA congress in Kuala Lumpur, another seminar will be organised in Rajshahi, around the Heritage Archives.   

BARM society to be launched 4 september 2008
September 1, 2008, 2:57 pm
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BARM Society to be launched 4 september 2008!

On September 4, the first meeting of the Steering Committee will take place, with invited guests, in order to launch the Bangladesh Archives & and Records Management Society. This is a result of the meeting of 26 july 2008 in Kuala Lumpur during the ICA Congress. Delegates of Bangladesh took the initiative in order to give the archival development of Bangladesh a boost. Mohammad Elias Miah, Muhammad Lutful Haq, Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman, Fazle Mir Ahmed Chowdhury, Sharifudin Ahmed, together with BARM coordinator Florus Geraedts, while participating in the ICA congress Archives, Governance and Development: mapping the future society, found that establishment of an Archival movement in Bangladesh is vital in order to work on archival development of Bangladesh. An association of persons in Bangladesh can bring the archives as crucial tool for efficient administration under the government’s attention. Furthermore, this organisation will help create awareness in the society about the importance of archives for developing  knowledge management and creating citizenship. Last but not least this society should point the general public’s attention to the threathning loss of the archival heritage of Bangladesh and East Bengal, revealing the neglected archives and presenting suggestions and plans for rescuing archives, on national and local level.                   
The Bangladesh Archives and Record Management Society will have its office in the Arts Building, University of Dhaka, C/o Room No.1084, Ramna, Dhaka 1000

Convocation / invitation for the first meeting on September 4, 2008
A meeting of the Bangladesh Archives and Record Management Society will be
held on Thursday 4 September 2008 in the Dean’s Conference Room No.1,
Dhaka University Arts Building at 5 p.m. The meeting will be followed by

Professor Dr. Sharif uddin Ahmed
Bangladesh Archives and Record Management Society

1.Formal Launching of the Society
2.Membership and Constitution
3.Rajshahi Seminar