Shedding light on the study of Humanities
Centre for Advanced Research in Humanities, Dhaka University organized a two-day National Humanities Conference 2018 on 12th May. The main motto of the program was to bring into focus the crises and possibilities of Humanities studies in recent times.
The conference was inaugurated by Emeritus Professor Anisuzzaman. In his speech, he mentioned 'we have overcome many national crises in different times. So, we have to overcome the crisis of arts and humanities studies also.' In a welcoming speech, Professor Dr. Kajal Bandyopadhyay, Director, Centre for Advanced Research in Humanities, put emphasis on knowledge-based education and multifarious aspects of the study of humanities.
The flier of the conference narrates the crisis of the arts and humanities has been widening and deepening day by day. This very situation calls for immediate attention also here in Bangladesh. In the face of constant pressure from capitalist forces, the horizon of knowledge is also weakening and narrowing down here.
The formulation and selection of syllabi as well as textbooks in schools and colleges, the national budget for education, the distribution, expansion and plan of budget by educational institutions themselves etc. highlight the real picture of the ever-expanding crisis.
The focus has swung to business studies, mechanics and technology from knowledge-based education, science and research. Serving of the interests and well-being of a handful few has become central. Even public universities have adopted as their motto the creating of the necessary human resources with a view to ensuring development that causes 'widening of discrimination'.
At the conference, among others Dr. Ajoy Roy, Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam, Dr Salimullah Khan, Dr Ali Asgar, Professor Begum Akter Kamal, Dr Shahidul Islam, and Mehedi Karim Simanto discussed many aspects of the study of humanities.
The organizers told The Asian Age the main goal of the conference was to highlight the importance of the study of humanities in Bangladesh. And the speakers of different sessions of the conference also brought into focus the aforementioned issues. The conference ended with a vote of thanks by the organizers.