DHAKA: Bangladesh’s social scientists could contribute more in shaping the development agenda of the country, speakers in a daylong conference said.
“Economists and economic studies inform our development policies where social research and social scientists may play a crucial role,” said Dr. Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid, Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) at the inaugural session of a day long conference titled Applied Sociology: Connecting Theory to Practice, held at city’s Brac INN.
Dr. Murshid was addressing the conference in capacity of the Chief Guest where as Mr. Edward Rees, Peace and Development Advisor of the United Nations in Bangladesh addressed the conference as a special guest.
Applied sociology is a term that describes practitioners who use sociological theories and methods outside of academic settings with the aim to ‘produce positive social change through active intervention.’
Dr. Khurshed Alam, Chairman of the Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust presided over the opening ceremony. BISR Trust organised the conference to bring together researchers and practitioners from all across the country.
Dr. Alam said, “The history of Bangladesh is a history of appropriation of various applied sociological methods but it is little recognized.”
A total of 15 researchers and practitioners presented their papers in the conference where Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen Professor, Dhaka University; Dr. Haseeb Irfanullah, Program Coordinator,IUCN; Dr. Sadeka Halim, Professor Dhaka University, Shabnam Azim, Assistant Professor, Dhaka University, Dr. SM Zulfiqar Ali, SRF, BIDS and Mir Masrur Zaman, News Editor Channel-I addressed the conference in capacity of panel chairs and panel discussants.
BDST: 1500 HRS, APR 30, 2016