International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) of Dhaka has got the recognition of UNESCO Category-2 Institute.
The decision was taken unanimously on Saturday in the ongoing 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference at its headquarter in Paris, an official release said.
IMLI becomes the first ever UNESCO recognised institutes in Bangladesh, it added.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid is leading the Bangladesh delegation at the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference, which is being held in Paris.
While addressing on the occasion, the education minister expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to all the member states for their support for the establishment of International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh as UNESCO Category-II Institute.
"We also thank the Education Sector of UNESCO, in particular ADG Tang, for his continuous support throughout the long preparatory phase," he added.
The establishment of IMLI bears testimony to Bangladesh's strong commitment to linguistic diversity, multilingualism and the importance of education through mother language.
"We hope that IMLI, through research and focused programs will become a centre of excellence on multilingual education, benefiting countries of the South Asian region and beyond, thereby promoting both education through mother language as well as multilingual education, which are priority areas of UNESCO's work," he added