Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will award scholarships to 30 female students every year to help them pursue higher education. The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to study at the Asian University for Women (AUW).
FBCCI signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the AUW on Saturday.
While speaking at the signing ceremony, FBCCI President Md. Jashim Uddin said, "Out of the responsibility to the society, FBCCI comes forward to ensure the underprivileged women get access to higher study."
He hoped that the initiative would improve women empowerment and participation in the country’s development process.
Md. Jashim Uddin said other countries maintain an intimate relationship between academia and industry. "Bangladesh also needs to enhance such collaborations.
FBCCI has established links with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and North South University in this regard, he added.
AUW Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rubana Huq mentioned that the underprivileged women have to struggle with many hurdles in accessing higher studies.
Earlier, in his welcome speech, FBCCI Senior Vice President Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu commemorated the great contributions of the former FBCCI President late Annisul Huq to the development of trade and commerce and the construction of different chambers’ infrastructure.
Babu urged the authorities that the university should give priority to the Kurigram district of Bangladesh in selecting students.
The founder and CEO of AUW Kamal Ahmed said that no country can move forward leaving half of their population behind. He called for ensuring quality education and universal right to higher education.
Among others, FBCCI vice-presidents Md. Amin Helaly, Salahuddin Alamgir, Md. Habib Ullah Dawn, M A Razzak Khan Raj, director and secretary general Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque were also present at the MoU signing ceremony.