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FOUR YOUNGSTE RS AND A DREAM

Magazine Desk     8 October, 2015 12:00 AM printer

FOUR YOUNGSTE RS AND A DREAM

 

 

This is the story of four youngsters, their journey and dream. Emon, Asraf, Faisal and Shihab first came together when they noticed that most of the times the science based events, designed for young people, namely science fairs, camps, seminars and so on, are held in Dhaka only; as a result the teenagers living outside Dhaka, mainly in the rural parts of Bangladesh, are not getting enough exposure to science.
They decided something had to be done to popularise science among the young minds living outside Dhaka and so began a journey. As their first step they opened a science club in their native Gazipur on September 9, 2014; and named it Omega Prime.
After establishing the science club they began working with different schools in Gazipur and received some success, next they decided to expand their activities in other districts.

 

 

 


“Under the banner of our science club we arranged a number of science seminars in different schools. After that we decided to expand the club’s activities in the neighbouring districts,” shared Kamruzzman Emon, one of the founders of the club, who is studying at Government Science College.
“After our initial success we decided to open an online science portal to spread the activities of our club across the country. However, we soon realized that many villages in Bangladesh are yet to receive internet facilities so we decided to publish a Bangla science magazine and we named it Omega Prime, after our club,” Emon added.
The first issue of the magazine was published on May 2015.

 

 

 


“We were not very experienced with printing back then and naturally we had to face a lot of problems. After publishing the magazine we sent 600 copies to twelve districts outside Dhaka and Chittagong and much to our surprise all of the copies were sold,” shared Faisal who is studying at Government Science College.
The second issue of Omega Prime was published in July this year. Over 2000 copies of the second issue were sold.
“We used facebook to advertise our magazine among the readers and it worked as more people bought the magazine,” shared Shihab Shikder, a first year student at B.A.F Shaheen College.

 

 

 


The fourth member of the group is Ashraf Ul Islam. A first year HSC student at Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School, Asraf shared their future plans regarding Omega Prime.
“In future we want to publish Omega Prime as a regular monthly magazine. We have plans to enrich our website omegaprime.org and make it a complete science portal. We want to spread science in the 86,000 villages of Bangladesh and hope that there will be one science club in each village. So we still have a long way to go,” said Asraf.
“Alongside our website omegaprime.org, we are developing an e-commerce website point.omegaprime.org. We hope to provide students with a website where they can purchase scientific equipment and books,” added Asraf.

 

 

 


As their next project the four youngsters are out to make short films on life and works of Bangalee scientists. The films will be made available on youtube.
“We want to show the world that like the developed countries, our nation has also produced many great minds time and again. We hope that such short films will inspire the future generation to follow in the foot steps of great scientists of our nation. The first short film will be made on late prof AR Khan,” Asraf ended.

 magazine and we named it Omega Prime, after our club,” Emon added.
The first issue of the magazine was published on May 2015.
“We were not very experienced with printing back then and naturally we had to face a lot of problems. After publishing the magazine we sent 600 copies to twelve districts outside Dhaka and Chittagong and much to our surprise all of the copies were sold,” shared Faisal who is studying at Government Science College.
The second issue of Omega Prime was published in July this year. Over 2000 copies of the second issue were sold.
“We used facebook to advertise our magazine among the readers and it worked as more people bought the magazine,” shared Shihab Shikder, a first year student at B.A.F Shaheen College.

 

 

 


The fourth member of the group is Ashraf Ul Islam. A first year HSC student at Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School, Asraf shared their future plans regarding Omega Prime.
“In future we want to publish Omega Prime as a regular monthly magazine. We have plans to enrich our website omegaprime.org and make it a complete science portal. We want to spread science in the 86,000 villages of Bangladesh and hope that there will be one science club in each village. So we still have a long way to go,” said Asraf.
“Alongside our website omegaprime.org, we are developing an e-commerce website point.omegaprime.org. We hope to provide students with a website where they can purchase scientific equipment and books,” added Asraf.

 

 

 


As their next project the four youngsters are out to make short films on life and works of Bangalee scientists. The films will be made available on youtube.
“We want to show the world that like the developed countries, our nation has also produced many great minds time and again. We hope that such short films will inspire the future generation to follow in the foot steps of great scientists of our nation. The first short film will be made on late prof AR Khan,” Asraf ended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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