A roundtable discussion titled ‘Accelerating progress towards reaching SDG6 sanitation target in Bangladesh: Role of universities’ was held on UIU campus in the capital on Tuesday.
The Department of Civil Engineering of United International University (UIU) organised the event in partnership with International Training Network, BUET (ITN-BUET).
Prof Dr Md Abul Kashem Mia, vice chancellor (in-charge), United International University, presided over the discussion.
Prof Dr Afzal Ahmed, head of Department of Civil Engineering, UIU, delivered welcome address while a keynote speech was presented by Prof Dr Md Mujibur Rahman of the department in the session.
Professor Emeritus Dr M Rezwan Khan, executive director of IAR and Former VC of UIU, Md Abdul Moqaddem Treasurer of UIU and Prof Dr Tanvir Ahmed, Director, ITN-BUET, were present at the discussion, among others.
The speakers discussed in detail the importance of the sanitation system in the country, obstacles, proper use and its proper implementation in the roundtable discussion.
In addition, the speakers mentioned different roles of the universities of Bangladesh in achieving SDG6 sanitation targets.
UIU Vice Chancellor (In-Charge) Abul Kashem stressed that the government, academia and the WASH sector must work jointly to reach our SGD6 sanitation target.
He further mentioned the importance of social mobilization in achieving the sanitation target.
Faculty members, officials, academicians, government officials, researchers and other distinguished guests from various universities, national and international organizations were present in the programme.