Jahangirnagar University (JU) has organised a workshop titled 'University Students attitudes on whistleblowing: Awareness, Progress and Challenges of Implementation at the Public Sectors in Bangladesh.'
The day-long program was inaugurated on Thursday (May 19) at 9 am in the seminar room of the Department of Government and Politics by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Akbar Hussain.
Since the birth of Bangladesh, youth have played a leading role in all fields. Young people were the first to speak out against all irregularities.
"Leadership qualities will be developed among the youth by informing them about the real method of protest and the laws that are in place to protect them. Through this, I hope that the irregularities and corruption in government agencies will be eradicated,” said the Project Director and Associate Professor of the Department, Nurul Huda Shakib, about the purpose of the workshop.
As part of the workshop, Associate Professor Md Sajedur Rahman spoke on 'Whistleblowing and Virtual Whistleblowing in Bangladesh', Professor K.M. Mahiuddin discussed the notions of ‘Public-interest Information Disclosure Act (Provide and Protection), 2011’ and Faisal Zaman Shishir, Lecturer, Sirajganj Islamia Government College, spoke on 'Significance of Whistleblowing.'
In the inaugural session of the workshop, former professor of government and politics, Nasim Akhtar Hossain said, 'The kind of society we want to build depends on the activities of our youth. If they raise their voice against injustice and irregularities in any situation and they are able to create that voice response, they will be able to reach the desired goal in spite of enormous obstacles.
Project Assistant Mahfuzur Rahman said, “In order to change the culture of irregularities and corruption in our government agencies, it is important to bring change in the young society as well as the current university students, as they will lead various government agencies in the future."
"It is my firm belief that such an awareness workshop among the students will help them to increase their moral practice and take a stand against injustice. Our organisation will be successful only if the students are a little aware through this program,” he added.
Project Director and Associate Professor Dr Sakib has been awarded ‘The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)’ on ‘Transparency and Accountability in Government Exchange Program’ by US Government in 2021.
The workshop was organised with the funding of the prizes received to raise awareness among the students. Apart from Jahangirnagar University, similar workshops will be organized at Barisal University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman University of Science and Technology and Noakhali University of Science and Technology.
The workshop was attended by the students from the Department of Government and Politics, Law and Justice and Public Administration. The chairman of the department of Government and Politics, Professor Dr Nasrin Sultana, Professor Abdul Mannan, Professor Dr Md Shamsul Alam, Associate Professor Tamalika Sultana and Assistant Professor Muhammad Kamruzzaman were also present.