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Alor Pathshala starts journey

Update : 19 Mar 2014, 07:36 PM

The Bishwa Sahitya Kendra (BSK) and the Grameephone, the largest mobile operator in the country, introduced an online book reading portal “Alor Pathshala” (school for Enlightenment) yesterday with a view to enhancing reading habits of people.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has launched the website ( a function held at the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra auditorium in the city.

With Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, founder of the BSK, in the chair the inaugural function was addressed by Additional Secretary of Education Ministry AS Mahmud, information and technology expert Mustafa Zabbar and Head of Corporate Communication Department of the Grameenphone Tahmid Azizul Huq.

From now on, interested readers could download books for free after registering their names in the BSK.

Before downloading books, each reader has to face a short online evaluation test to ensure that he/she would actually read the book.

For reading every four books, the reader would get one book as prize which would be sent to them by mail/courier in every three-month.

Organisers said the programme would be expanded in future. The Bishwa Sahitya Kendra has a plan to gradually build a rich e-book library.

Through “Alor Pathshala” people from different walks of life would get the opportunity to read a number of Bangla and international books. This programme has started with 72 titles published of the BSK.

They said they were engaged in creating enlightened, efficient and committed visionary individuals who posses’ high moral values, and organise themselves as a national force to enrich the heart and soul of all the people of the nation.

Keeping this objective in mind the BSK has taken and executed numerous enhancement programmes in the past 35 years, the biggest of which is Nationwide Enhancement Programme. Currently, about 10 lakh students of 8,500 educational institutions across the country are enrolled in this programme.

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