The South Asian Youth Research Institute for Development (SAYRID) organized a daylong summit on July 15, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm titled 'Young Scholar Summit 2017' at R C Mozumdar Auditorium of Lecture Theatre building in the University of Dhaka, with the theme of enhancing knowledge base.
Asking question is the first step to broaden knowledge base. Questioning what we observe, what we believe and what we listen could lead us to a new discourse. Many dare to ask questions, and many discourage asking questions while this summit is all about asking questions of socio-political and cultural issues that we observe every day. This process of questioning aims to engage young scholars in knowledge production through discursive dialogues.
These were the distinct sessions in the summit: Inaugural Session, Discursive Dialogues, Formation of Pledge, SAYRID Social Research Excellence Award. There were four discursive dialogues after the inaugural session of the summit. Four panelists comprising two young scholars and two veteran scholars were assigned for each discursive dialogue. Furthermore, there were three best discussant awards in each discursive dialogue for the participants on the basis of their contribution in the dialogue.
First session was on critic of research. A critique is a systematic way of objectively reviewing a piece of research to highlight both its strengths and weaknesses, and its applicability to practice. Critical questions are important to engage in the context when researchers claim their work only the valid work.
The facilitator of this session was Juwel Rana, executive director of SAYRID. The panelists were: Dr Monirul Islam Khan--professor of Sociology, University of Dhaka and also president of Bangladesh Sociological Association (BSA), Abu Sayed Khan-- managing editor of The Daily Samakal, Sajal Roy--a PhD candidate at Western Australia University and also assistant professor at Begum Rokeya University, Md Mahbub Ur Rahman Bhuyan-- assistant professor of Social Sciences, City University.
The second session was on creativity in education. The session panelist discussed questions such as why we need creativity in education, whether our education policy put importance on creativity in education etc. The facilitator of this session was Asif Bin Ali, director, Capacity Building Division of SAYRID. The panelists were: Dr Anwar Hossain--professor of Bangladesh Agricultural University, Ajoy Das Gupta of the Daily Samakal and also an adjunct faculty in University of Dhaka, Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy--a cartoonist of Dhaka Tribune and also assistant editor of 'Unmad'.
The third session was on politics of poetics that discussed role of art-practitioners and what our art-practitioners unveil. Art is often viewed as a mean of introspection or, at best, an instrument of self-representation. The facilitator of this session was Asif Bin Ali. The panelists were: Syed Badrul Ahsan-- associate editor of The Asian Age, Mohammad Mamun Or Rashid-- associate professor of Department of Bangla in Jahangirnagar University, Ahmed Tahsin Shams-- lecturer of English at Notre Dame University Bangladesh, Mahbub Aziz-- feature editor of Samakal, Pias Majid--a poet working at Bangla Academy.
The final session was on inequality in health sector. Substantial bodies of research have shown that people who are poorest or most disadvantaged are more likely to face illness during their lifetime and die younger than those who are better off. The facilitator was Juwel Rana. The panelists were: Prof Khaleda Islam of Institute of Nutrition and Food Science in University of Dhaka, Nandeeta Samad-- research associate at SAYRID, Dr Sabrina Rasheed--a scientist at International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Md Tawhidul Haque-- assistant professor, Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka, Md Saiful Islam-- associate scientist, International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Ibnul Syed Rana--chairman of Nirapad Development Foundation, Prof M Muzaherul Huq-chairman of Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh and former, regional adviser for WHO, South East Asia.
This summit was a fusion of academicians, researchers, activist and young scholars through which a constructive pledge will be turned out with the aim of shaping a progressive country. Apart from that, there were two awards named 'SAYRID Social Research Excellence Award' for two excellent researchers in senior and junior categories.