MYMENSINGH: The official inaugural ceremony of Smart Agro-Technology Innovation Youth Network - SAIYN held with the theme “Think great, do great, Innovate for green planet” through Zoom online video conferencing considering the global corona situation at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh on Thursday (August 26, 2021). The official logo of SAIYN has been unveiled at this time.
In this project, The Appropriate Scale Mechanization Innovation Hub (ASMIH) -Bangladesh project is funded by the United States Feed the Future Programme and USAID, and the project is running with the technical assistance of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL), Kansas State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, in the Department of Farm Power and Machinery under the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology of Bangladesh Agricultural University.
The event was graced by the Director of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC) Dr Prasanta K Kalita, Professor and Presidential Fellow; Associate Dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaigne and Director of Extension Emeritus Dr George Czapar; and Student Affairs Adviser AKM Zakir Hossain from the Bangladesh Agricultural University. Associate director of ASMIH-Bangladesh project and professor of the Department of Farm Power and Machinery Dr Chayan Kumer Saha, Managing Director of the Metal Engineer Sadid Zamil and Shabrata Rangan Das of ACI Limited described the reasons behind the establishment of the newly formed “Smart Agro-Technology Innovation Youth Network (SAIYN)” and introduced the leading advisor, six national advisors, four international advisors, six national mentors, three international mentors, 12 regional mentors, and 31 young ambassadors to SAIYN.
At the end of the introductory session, the Ambassador (Chief Coordinator), Advisors, and Mentors of SAIYN gave their welcome speech. The guest of honor, the Director of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC) of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne, Professor Dr Prasanta K Kalita, unveiled the official logo of SAIYN. He also declared the winner of the SAIYN Logo contest and handed over a check of USD 200 and a certificate to the winners. Afterward, an ambassador from SAIYN described SAIYN official logo.
The chief adviser of SAIYN Professor Dr Md Monjurul Alam unveiled the screen of “SAIYN Idea Competition-2021” at the event. The President of the programme, the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Professor Dr Md Nazrul Islam, in his closing remarks, announced the end of the inaugural ceremony of SAIYN.
The chief adviser of SAIYN Professor Dr Md Monjurul Alam said, the project has long been involved in research on the innovation and use of suitable agricultural machinery technology for field use in Bangladesh. The ASMIH-Bangladesh project established a knowledge-based platform called “Smart Agro-Technology Innovation Youth Network” or “SAIYN” in May 2021 under the Department of Farm Power and Machinery to spread modern agricultural machinery and technology ideas among the youth. SAIYN is a youth organisation based on the concepts of the University of Illinois called 4H, which represents Head, Heart, Hand, and Health. To encourage young people to innovate modern agricultural machinery and technology, the SAIYN Platform will enhance the skills of young people around the world by building friendly communication so that they can build a hunger and poverty-free, happy and prosperous green world through their creative innovations. In addition to the Bangladesh Agricultural University, there are seven other universities in the country (Hajee Mohammad Danesh University of Science and Technology, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Islamic University of Technology, Khulna Agricultural University, and Jashore University of Science and Technology) are involved.
Educationist, researchers, teachers, students, private sectors representatives, donors and invited guests were participants in the webinar.