A unique story of preserving permanent portrait and footprint of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was unfolded in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday evening.
A PhD level research fellowship endowed at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in remembrance of Bangabandhu was jointly inaugurated through unveiling a marble plaque by the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh AH Mahmood Ali and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai on Thursday evening at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.
The inauguration of the Bangabandhu Chair was preceded by a bilateral meeting between Bangladesh and Thailand where the entire gamut of bilateral relations was discussed.
Later Foreign Ministers of the two countries signed a visa exemption agreement for diplomatic passport holders.
In the morning Foreign Minister Ali visited the leading technology institute in Thailand to attend the inaugural Bangabandhu Lecture as the guest of honour, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok.
In his speech, Minister Ali termed the "Bangabandhu Chair" as a symbol of strong bond of friendship and cooperation between the Government of Bangladesh and the AIT.
He hoped that the creation of the Bangabandhu Chair Professor at the AIT will impact positively in realizing the goals of the SDG 7 in affordable and clean energy.
Later Foreign Minister signed a citation and placed a Bangabandhu portrait to be permanently displayed at the academic hall of the AIT.
Foreign Minister also planted a Dinajpur Litchi sapling at the AIT campus.
During the inauguration State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and Bangladesh Ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem were also present.
State Minister Hamid, in his remarks, felicitated the initiative of the Embassy to establish the first ever "Bangabandhu Chair" in a foreign country and expressed his hope that more such initiatives will be taken in the future.
Following the "Bangabandhu Lecture" the Thai language translation of the historic speech of the Father of the Nation has been unwrapped by the Foreign Minister.
An MoU between the Government of Bangladesh and the AIT was signed to establish and operate the "Bangabandhu Chair".
Chairman of the AIT Trustee Board and former Foreign Minister of Thailand Dr Subin Pinkayan and President of AIT Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai were present during the occasion.