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Borokuthi, a new blog of Md. Lutful Haq, board member of Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society
May 26, 2011, 4:03 pm
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Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) took an initiative to turn the historic Dutch building Boro Kuthi near Padma riverbank at Dargahpara into a heritage site. See for an interesting history of this former Dutch Silk Factory in Rajshahi Md. Lutful Haq’s blog borokuthi, http://borokuthi.wordpress.com (see links).

The former Dutch Silk Factory

The two-storied Dutch building with 12 rooms was established in Rajshahi during the 18th century. It was used as the centre of silk trade of Dutch and British traders. After the fall of Nawab Siraj-ud Doula in 1757, East India Company purchased it and later in 1833 sold it to Robert Watson and Company.The building was used as government’s supply center after the 1947 partition. Rajshahi University acquired it in 1953.



Report from Salma Islam, Deputy Director of National Archives of Bangladesh, on Archives and Records Management training in various districts of the country
May 11, 2011, 9:39 pm
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With the financial support of the Government of Bangladesh, National Archives of Bangladesh is conducting a training on Archives and Records Management for the personnel of various records creating agencies in the country. The BARM Society – Bangladesh Archives & Records Management Society – is satisfied about the Bangladeshi Government’s financial support and National Archives of Bangladesh’s Archival Training Program. This ARM training programme definitely will contribute to the improvement of the system of Archives and Records Management as backbone of the Information System in Bangladesh. Archives and Records are Governments and citizen’s memory and breeding ground for the History of Bangladesh.

The training is given in various districts in Bangladesh. Already completed are the 17 districts of Dhaka Division and the 12 districts of Chittagong Division. Training is now continuing in Rajshahi Division. Topics of training are:
1. Necessity of Archives and its importance for development of the country;
2. Classification of Records and Cataloguing;
3. Records Management;
4. Administrative reforms and the National Archives;
5. Archives Administration;
6. Conservation of Records;
7. Security of Records and Disaster Management;
8. Archives Management.

Practical sessions in the training are:
1. How to sort the files;
2. How to arrange the records in the Records Room;
3. How to classify the records:
4. How to prepare the Catalogue and
5. Group discussions and feedback from the trainees.

Teachers are linked to Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society. They are:
Dr. Mahabubul Karim, first director and founder of the National Archives of Bangladesh, ex director of National Archives of Pakistan and writer of two books regarding archives and records management. He completed his doctorate in the UK and took training in the field of Archives and Records Management in the UK.
Professor dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed, ex director of the National Archives of Bangladesh, President of the BARM Society, professor of History Department, University of Dhaka, and chief coordinator of Dhaka 400 years celebration project.
Mr. Latifur Rahman, joint secretary, ex director of National Archives of Bangladesh.
Professor Dr. Taibul Hasan Khan, present director of the National Archives of Bangladesh and former professor at Jahangir Nagar University, Department of History. He completed his Doctorate in the USSR.
Mrs. Salma Islam, deputy director of National Archives of Bangladesh. She got her diploma from National Archives of India in the field of archives and records management and got training at National Archives of Malaysia in the field of archives and records management. She joint several conferences by the ICA, SWARBICA and other archival organization in Bangladesh and abroad. She wrote a book regarding Archives and Records Management in Bangla.
Md. Nur Hussain Chowdhury, junior microfilming and photostatting officer, National Archives of Bangladesh, completed his Masters Degree at Dhaka University.
Mohammad Elias Miah, senior archivist, National Archives of Bangladesh, completed his Masters Degree at Dhaka University, got his diploma from National Archives of India in the field of archives and records management, took training from National Archives of Malaysia in the field of archives and records management and joint ICA conference held on Malaysia in 2008.
Mr. Md. Ali Akbar, senior archivist, National Archives of Bangladesh, completed his Masters Degree from Dhaka University and took training from National Archives of Malaysia in the field of archives and records management.

Lt. Kol. Md. Lutful Haq gave this following comment:
“I wish I could also join the training as volunteer trainer, which probably would ease the work load of NAB a bit and at least one staff of NAB could be spared for their routine work in NAB, which is also a pressing requirement. Mr. Fazle Mir and other BARMS volunteers could also be included in training Programme. This would develop a mutual cooperation between BARMS and NAB too.”

Mrs. Salma Islam, deputy director of National Archives of Bangladesh