The memorandum was signed by Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SUST and Kabir Bin Anwar, project director of Access to Information (a2i) programme under the PMO on Sunday.
The MoU was signed at PMO and during the MoU function were present Bangla novelist Selina Hossain, Bangladeshi children's writer and audio-visual organiser Ali Imam among others.
“Earlier a competition focusing on Bangla spelling and pronunciation named Shobdokolpodroom was arranged for Chittagong only. We want to spread the programme across the country,” said Prof Zafar Iqbal.
Prof Zafar Iqbal, who is also the president of the Shobdokolpodroom Udjapon Committee said: “Pipilika, the country's first Bangla search engine has been provided with all the technical support needed to organise the festival.
“We write wrong Bangla spelling everywhere. So the aim of the festival is to motivate the children and young generation to spell and pronounce Bangla words correctly,” he said.
Also stressing on the need for learning Bangla properly as the mother tongue, Selina Hossain said: “We have lost our concentration on pronouncing and spelling Bangla correctly. I request the youth to learn Bangla properly and to spread it globally.”
Shobdokolpodroom, the Bangla spelling contest first started in Chittagong on October 17, 2014 where over 1,500 students between grade seven to ten from 70 schools participated in the competition.