Highlighting Hertitage Archives Bangladesh History on International Archives Day Bangladesh, 9 June
May 17, 2016, 8:36 pm
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9 June 2016 International Archives Day Bangladesh (IADB) should be celebrated with special attention to Dr. Mahbubur Rahman’s Heritage Archives Bangladesh History (HABH). Please take a look at the most helpful and attractive website: HABH is a milestone in Bangladeshi Archival History: started in 1999 by prof. dr. Mahbubur Rahman in Rajshahi Kazla Gate. Partially inspired by Mahabub’s cooperation with the  Dutch prof. dr. Willem van Schendel; interviewing many persons in Bengal / Bangladesh relevant for social and political and cultural history of Bengal and Bangladesh. Acquiring important magazines, books and archival collections for social, economic, cultural and political history of Bengal / Bangladesh as a whole and in Bengal regions and also about local history. Prof. Mahbubur and his helpers like Moonlight, Yasin, Tofael, Youssuf Shikdher and several more, offer the researchers most helpful facilities to conduct their research. In whole Bangladesh you will find individuals and sometimes small groups of historians, either students of Dr. Mahabub or researchers in the Heritage Archives Bangladesh History in Kazla Gate. In this way Barm Society as well as Bangladesh Itihas Samiti for example may be grateful to dr. Mahabbur’s initiative. Important is how can the future and further development of this most important institution become secure? IADB should highlight this question.

BARMS meeting 30 april 2016 at North South University
May 8, 2016, 11:30 am
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BARMS report of 30th April 2016, venue: North South University. President Prof. Dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed.

  1. Confirmation of the minutes of last meeting.
  2. International Archives Day Bangladesh (= IADB) 9 June 2016.
  3. Review of the grant of annual development fund for district record rooms: IMPROVEMENT of District Archives.
  4. A two day seminar and visit to record rooms in Barisal.
  5. Preservation of historical record rooms – letter to Ministry of Cultural Affairs ( = MOCA).
  6. Any other business

Special guest / participant at the BARMS meeting was Prof. Dr Nill from India (History Department NSU). Furthermore present all known BARMS members.

Dr. Sharif asked Elias Kanchon to inform the meeting about his work on archives in Kishoreganj. After informing the meeting Sharif suggested to start a program on the Kishoregonj based “Archives Records Management Research & Development Project” with BARMS & Dutch Barm support. Members of the meeting, among thema also Ali Akbar, Fazle Mir Ahmed Chowdhury, Hasan Mahmud, confirmed. Draft of the project will be written and send to Florus and Sigfried of Dutch Barm. Besides Sharif advised Hasan Mahmud to train Bondushova in ARM and when trained to do field work on local level (like Florus does).

Other topics discussed:

  1. A two-days visit and seminar on ARM will be held in Barisal after Ramadan. Eid Ul Fitr will be 7 July 2016.
  2. IADB 9th of June 2016 to be celebrated by BARMS and National Archives Bangladesh together.
  3. Need of 300 T-shirts fort his celebration.
  4. Set up Programme to investigate how to use the budget of Tk 5 lakh to be spend for IMPROVEMENT of the District Collectorate Record Rooms of the 64 districts of Bangladesh, which will be supervised / controlled by Rokon Audallah (official from Ministry??).
  5. Preservation of the so called 17 old English Record Rooms according to the letter of Cultural ministry meeting for Preservation of the Archives of those 17 District Record Rooms. According to the proposal of Dr. Sharif Uddin.
  6. These results of our meeting and some more discussions about our work of the last year can lead to the conclusion that we made some real progress .

Meeting on archives, use of information, good governace, 29 April, Kishoreganj; org. by Elias Kanchon
May 7, 2016, 4:58 pm
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Reports of the meeting on ARM at Kishoregonj on 29 April 2016 by Elias Kanchon.

More the 30 participants were present at this meeting. Among them local authorities like District Commissioner & Superintendant of Police.

First specific local activities of Kishoreganj municipality / paurashava were discussed. After this introduction Elias Kanchon gave his lecture on Archives and Records Management. Present at the meeting was also Bipul Mahade who is working on Jalal Ahmed’s archival programme supporting District Collectorate Record Rooms (64 districts). Bipul knows of BARMS activities from Shatabdir Konto. Bipul also gave information about Florus’ & Sigfried’s visits and all other news about use of Archives. Members of Shatabdir Khonto who were present: Pranesh Kumar Chowdhury, Kashem, Khaled Pathan and Sadi. Also present were: municipality record keepers Niher Roy & Sudipta Majumder who also invited all people interested in archives to visit the record keeping department of Kishoreganj municipality / paurashava.

Lecture was about:

  1. What are archives?
  2. Why are archives important and why we should know about them?
  3. How to use archives to solve local, district and national problems in Bangladesh?
  4. How to use archives and practice records Management, how much facilities? Example: An attentive student always mentions while practising Archives management special data like time/date / issue; he’s doing this in office and  during other activities of daily life.
  5. How to find archives and how to do research with archives?

After the lectures opportunity was there for putting questions and discussion.

Proposals / suggestions and dicissions fort he coming period:

  1. Preparation of the celebration of IADB.
  2. Celebration of International Archives Day Bangladesh (IADB) on the 9th of June.
  3. A round table meeting on ARM will be organized in District Commissioners office on International Archives Day. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), NGO’s, staffs of Municipality, Hospital, Schools, Bank (Agrani Bank, Sonali Bank, BRAC Bank) will be invited fort he meeting.
  4. To organize a campaign “Against Smoking” at BIAM Laboratory High School on 16 May with some lecture & debate with students group.

Importance of the meeting was also creating / developping network which is helpful to organize local activities and visits to schools, local government, hospital and health care centres to raise awareness on the importance on good governance, record keeping and use of information. When programmes on ARM will be organized in Dhaka and elsewhere, network can support Elias Kanchon and will participate in any program about use of information in daily life and work.