Sessions will take place every Friday for the next seven weeks
A two-month-long translation workshop has begun at the North South University in Dhaka, with the aim of giving a boost to the translation scene in Bangladesh.
Organized jointly by University Press Limited and the Department of English and Modern Languages (DEML) of NSU, the workshop was inaugurated by Dr M Ismail Hossain, Pro-Vice Chancellor, NSU on October 11.
In his speech, Dr Hossain reflected on the importance of having access to world literature in Bangla through passionate translation efforts.
At the inaugural, Professor Khaliquzzaman Elias and Professor Abdus Selim, co-directors of the workshop, spoke about the importance of workshop in enhancing the skills of translators.
Prof Selim raised concerns about the status of translated work, usually considered inferior to the original work, whereas the labor and intellect required for translating critical text is no less intensive compared to creating an original work.
Prof Khaliquzzaman stressed the historical fact that there is no record of any nation prospering unless they have created a body of knowledge in their own language.
In her speech, Mahrukh Mohiuddin, managing director of University Press Limited (UPL), highlighted the gap between the amount of materials available for translation into Bangla and the availability of professional and committed translators.
Dr AQMA Rahman Bhuiyan, chairman of the Department of English and Modern Languages, also spoke at the event.
31 participants from various disciplines and professions have been selected for the workshop through a rigorous application process. The sessions will take place every Friday for the next seven weeks and continue till November 29th.