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‘Students need to be curious’

Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation launched courses to encourage students to learn from outside regular classrooms, and for professionals to acquire knowledge to develop critical thinking skills

Update : 24 Mar 2019, 12:14 AM

Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation is launching a new set of social sciences and humanities courses designed to build critical thinking skills.   

The foundation, in association with University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), organized a launching ceremony on Saturday at the Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation premises in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi.

At the launching ceremony, the foundation officially introduced the first course titled: “Advanced Social Sciences and Humanities Course 1: Political Ideas, Theories, and Debates”.

Speakers at the event emphasized the importance of asking questions, and the curiosity to learn and gather in-depth knowledge. 

Dr Rounaq Jahan, distinguished fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), attended the ceremony as chief guest.

Speaking at the ceremony, she recalled some of her memories as a student and emphasized the importance of learning history, understanding critical analysis, and encouraged curiosity in students.

Bengal Foundation Director General, Luva Nahid Choudhury, put significance on the practice of sharing knowledge and learning outside of the classroom. 

She said the culture of “not questioning” needs to change and encouraged students to be curious and question to enhance their learning experience.   

Project Director Muhammad Jahangir said the young generation is very enthusiastic concerning learning about topics related to the social sciences and humanities.

“While interviewing applicants, the thirst for knowledge among these enthusiastic students made us feel that we need more space to facilitate them,” he added.

ULAB Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof  Shamsad Mortuza, was also present at the event as special guest.

The initiative encourages students to develop learning outside regular classrooms, and professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge to develop critical thinking.

The foundation seeks to become a premier institution of intellectual excellence engaged in the pursuit of learning and research on issues relevant to Bangladesh from the perspective of the social sciences, arts, and the humanities.

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