Bangladesh: National Seminar on Universal Design Development

Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) in collaboration with the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) organized a National Seminar on 'Universal Design Development Considering Disability' on June 02, 2005 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka.

The aim of the seminar was to sensitize architects, designers, planners, engineers and others on the the adoption accessible design in infrastructure development and the adaptation in the existing infrastructure, by forming a committee of the representatives from all concerned departments to make enforcement effective.



About 100 representatives from IAB, Department of Architecture, Government of Bangladesh, RAJUK(Capital Improvement authority), (LOcal Government Engineering Department)LGED and Disabled Peoples" Organizations (DPO) participated in the seminar. Two thematic keynote papers were presented in the seminar. One paper was presented by Abdus Sattar Dulal, Founder & Executive Director of BPKS. Another keynote was presented by Ar. Sayeda Sultana Anne, Member of Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB).

The Honorable Minister, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentarian Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was present as Chief Guest, and Dr. Quazi Mesbahuddin Ahmed Member, General Economics Division, Planning Commission, Ministry of Planning Bangladesh were present as Special Guests on this occasion. Mr. Abdus Salam, Chief Architect-Department of Architecture, Government of Bangladesh and Md. Emdadul Islam, Chief Engineer of RAJUK were present as Guests of Honor.

There was an open discussion session for experience sharing among the participants. In this session participants expressed and exchanged their own experience, further gave suggestions, comments and recommendations in favor of accessible infrastructure for people with disabilities in the house. The recommendations emphasized taking immediate action steps. Mr. Md. Saiful Islam, Chairman of BPKS presided over the function. The seminar was coordinated by Delower Hossain Assistant Director and Ms. Ashrafun Nahar Misti, Coodinator ,Women net work, BPKS


Source:

Topong Kulkhanchit
Regional Development Officer
Disabled Peoples' International Asia Pacific Region

Further Reading:

Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) http://www.dpiap.org/html/about_us/profiles_bangladesh.htm

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