An online panel discussion titled “Effective Industry-Academia Collaboration – What is an Appropriate Model?” organized by the department of Chemical Engineering, BUET held on Saturday, 7 November 2020. The panel discussion aimed to bridge a collaboration between academia and industries with a focus on chemical and manufacturing industries. The keynote speaker of the event was Prof. Rafiqul Gani, the current holder of the prestigious M A Naser Chair. Dr. Rafiqul Gani, former Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, the Technical University of Denmark, and CEO of a Thailand based company PSE for SPEED joined the program from Denmark.
‘M A Naser Chair’ was initiated and established by the BUET Chemical Engineering Alumni Association (ChEAA) at the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET in recognition of the contribution made by Professor M A Naser, pioneer in chemical engineering education in Bangladesh. This program was the last event of the series of programs carried out under 3rd M A Naser Chair activities.
The program was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Satya Prasad Majumder, Honorable Vice-Chancellor of BUET as the Chief Guest. Prof. Dr. Abdul Jabbar Khan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BUET, joined the panel as a Special Guest. Prof. Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia, Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, BUET hosted the program. The session presented discussants from select industry leaders, faculty members and alumni representatives. Among the panelist were Mr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Chairman of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), Mr. Rabiul H Chowdhury, CCO of Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (KAFCO), Mr. S M Nurul Alam Rezvi, Chairman of Walton Hi-Tech Industries LTD and Vice Chairman of Walton Group, Mr. Syed S Kaiser Kabir, CEO and Managing Director Renata Limited and Mr Rahman Murshed, distinguished ChE Alumni and Member of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). Prof. Dr. M A A Shoukat Choudhury, Dr. Kazi Bayzid Kabir and Dr. Nafisa Islam talked on behalf of the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET. Prof. Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, President of the BUET Chemical Engineering Alumni Association and member of the University Grant Commission was also present in the discussion session.
In the key note speech Prof. Rafiqul Gani gave examples of successful industry academia collaboration and suggested ways on how such collaborations could be made effective. The panelists recognized the importance of industry academia collaboration and encouraged such initiatives. Faculty members of chemical engineering department presented the current status and future vision of the department as well as of BUET in terms of industry-academia collaboration, especially, the aim of IQAC, BUET and the activities of Industrial Advisory Board of the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET.
At the end of the program Prof. Dr. Ijaz Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Engineering presented the vote of thanks. Dr. Nahid Sanzida of the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET coordinated the online program and different activities of the 3rd MA Naser Chair.
About 118 participants including faculty members, final year students and alumni of BUET along with faculty members and participants from chemical engineering and allied departments of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Jashore University of Science and Technology, Rajshahi University Engineering and Technology joined the online event.