A daylong Conference on "Accountability in Bangladesh: Issues & Debates" was held at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) on March 29, 2018 at the university campus in Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka. The Conference was organized by 'Global Studies and Governance' program of the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS) at IUB.
The objectives of the Conference were in 2-fold; i) to identify the areas of accountability of different sectors, segments & clusters in Bangladesh and ii) recommend & utilize the findings and outcomes of the Conference to ensure quality higher education, good governance, individual responsibilities, humanity, integrities, economic, social and environmental advancement, decent & effective media performances and health & societal prosperity in Bangladesh.
The inaugural session of the Conference held in the morning and the Vice Chancellor of IUB, Prof. M. Omar Rahman opened the daylong activity as the Chief Guest. Prof. Imtiaz A. Hussain, Head of Global Studies and Governance program at IUB made a thematic presentation during inaugural session. Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Milan Pagon and Deans of SLASS and School of Business also spoke on the occasion.
Throughout the day, 11 working and an extremely fruitful plenary session were held to clinch the objectives of the Conference. In total, 34 four highly credible papers were presented while country’s renowned educationist, scholars, policymakers, civil society leaders, media experts and professional specialists took part in presenting papers and discussing on various topics & issues.
Among others, Dr. Atiur Rahman, former Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Mizanur Rahman, former Chairman, Bangladesh Human Rights Commission, Dr. Najmul Karim Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor, Far East International University, Dr. Anwar Hossain, Vice Chancellor, Northern University, Bangladesh, Dr. Amena Mohsin, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Brigadier General (Retd.) M. Sakhawat Hossain, former Election Commissioner, Dr. Ataur Rahman, Chairman, Center for Governance Studies, Dr. Salimullah Khan, Professor, University of Liberal Arts, Dr. Farid Sobhani, Dean, Business School, Daffodil University and Mr. Muhammad Shahjahan, Additional Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance participated in this high-profile Conference as external resource persons.