Bangladesh Daily Newspaper Prothom Alo giving training on Archives and Records Management
September 11, 2011, 10:47 pm
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Daily Prothom Alo (DPA) conducted a workshop on Archives and Records Management (ARM) for DPA trainees on the 20th of August 2011. DPA supports the Right To Information Act of Bangladeshi citizens and Rule of Law (2009) through implementation of effective ARM. Prothom Alo (First Light), founded on 4 November 1998, and nowadays with an average circulation of 435.000, is a major daily newspaper in Bangladesh, published from Dhaka in the Bengali Language. Support of a mayor newspaper on this issue is important, it helps spreading awareness on good governance in Bangladesh in the wake of RTI. Following students participated the training:
Sarder Abdul Matin (Library), Chandra Rani Saha (Library), Md Mizanur Rahman (Library), Md Anwar Hussain (Centre for research on Liberation War), Hasan Tareq (Advertisement), Manjur Hussain (Advertisement), Ismail Hussain (Advertisement), Ezazul Haque (Advertisement), Anisur Rahman (Advertisement), Faqrul Islam (Advertisement), Shamim Khan (Human Resource) and Saiful Alam (Circulation). Mr Mohammad Elias, senior archivist of Bangladesh National Archives, with the help of Encompass student Azizul Rassel, gave demonstrations on preservation of records. Professor Sharif Ahmed, president of Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) and director of the Asiatic Society, concluded the training.

Visit of Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit to Heritage Archives, Rajshahi.
September 4, 2011, 6:20 pm
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August 19, Heritage Archives (HA) in Rajshahi was honoured with the visit of Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit for launching the Heritage website ( HA has already earned trust from the people. It now receives collections on a regular base, Heritage Bhaban (building) was extended recently and now HA got a new boost with the launching of the website.
Heritage Archives was established on 23 of March 2002 in Rajshahi (300 km. west of Dhaka) by History professor dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman from Rajshahi University, Secretary of BARM Society. It is an independent professional depository of important documents, photographs, leaflets, posters, private correspondences, journals and periodicals, magazines, local history books and audiovisual and digital items. It aims at creating a new type of open, service-oriented and user-friendly archives in Bangladesh. Although not that big, HA can be compared with the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (IISG) for its focus is on:
1. Social movements (pro-democracy, labour, students, peasant, women, environmental, Islamic, nationalist, human rights) and
2. Social transformation (emergence of NGO’s, urban growth, new entrepreneurial groups, labour migration, popular culture).
For that reason, professor Willem van Schendel, head of Asia Department of IISG, visited HA more than once for research reasons.
HA recently received a donation of about 20 meters long records from a retired professor of Rajshahi University. Mostly rare periodicals, little magazines, journals and rare books on Bangladesh.
The volume of collections in the Heritage Archives is increasing day by day. The immediate task is to make the classifications of the collections. Till now professor Mahbubur Rahman himself used to make the classifications and enlisting them. But because of the time consuming work volunteers are helping Mahbabur with the technical works. Volunteers are mostly students of Mahbabur of Rajshahi University and they stay in HA for a certain period. Heritage Archives has reached to such a position that it can not depend anymore on volunteers only. It now needs a full time cataloger, a computer operator and a researcher who in the future could be the replacement of professor Mahbabur Rahman in HA. At the moment HA is not financially able to appoint any permanent staff. So Financial support is badly needed. Also for the survival of Heritage Archives BARM Society (Bangladesh) and Bangladesh Archives and Records Management in the Netherlands are working firmly together. Visit of Abul Mal Abdul Muhit is considered as a big support for Heritage Archives.

Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit writing in the visitor´s register, professor Mahbubur Rahman standing to the right of the minister

Posters of Mayor Khairuzamann Liton, actual Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation (left) and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of the nation, founder of the Awami League (right)

Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit opening Heritage Website

Staff and volunteers of Heritage Archives