Ten renowned personalities and two organisations received the 'Nawab Bahadur Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award 2014' on Friday for their outstanding contributions to different fields.
The recipients of the prestigious award are late AKM Sarwarjan Biswas (posthumously for the liberation war), Minister of Planning AHM Mustafa Kamal MP (sports), Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique (education), The
Financial Express Editor Moazzem Hossain (journalism), State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP (information and communications technology), Professor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University of New Delhi Amita Singh (women empowerment), Managing Director of the United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) Mohammad Ali (banking), Chairman of the Bangladesh Foundation for Tourism Development HM Hakim Ali (tourism), Managing Director of the Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited Mohammad Abdul Mannan (research) and President of the Nawab Ali Jubo Sangsad Md. Zahir Ahmed (youth).
Among the organisations, the Rahimafrooz received the award in environment and the Hamdard Laboratories for its contribution to poverty alleviation.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder handed over the crests to the recipients at a programme held at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the Dhaka University.
The Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali-Hasan Ali Foundation organised the award-giving ceremony.
The programme marked the 85th death anniversary of Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury, a member of the Nathan Commission which established the Dhaka University.
Hailing his glorious role, State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder said Nawab Ali Chowdhury was one of the most distinguished political leaders in British-India subcontinent in general and undivided Bengal in particular.
He said the Nawab's whole socio-political life was dedicated to the cause of the poor peasants of Bengal.
The state minister said his ideas and ideals will definitely inspire and encourage building of a prosperous Bangladesh.
Speaking on the occasion, State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government is planning to create one million jobs in the field of ICT.
He said the government has taken a number of 'key strategies' for attaining 'Digital Bangladesh'. The strategies include emphasis on building of ICT infrastructure, human resource development and setting up of secure network.
He also said the government is trying reach internet networks to upazilas by 2015 and union parishads by 2016.
Addressing the programme, DU VC AAMS Arefin Siddique said the nation commemorates Nawab Ali Chowdhury for his outstanding contribution to education, social activities, journalism etc. Of his contributions, creation of the Dhaka University is prominent and very important for the nation.
"Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali was not only involved in educational development in our country but also in the Language Movement," he said.
Expressing his feelings after receiving award, FE Editor Moazzem Hossain said he himself is very proud of being the recipient of the award and expressed the hope it would inspire others in the industry.
The FE Editor said good institutions ensure good governance. Nawab Ali Chowdhury contributed to the cause of good governance by establishing numerous institutions.
IBBL Managing Director Mohammad Abdul Mannan said the nation will remember his contribution to the cause of education and social reform.
"He is one of the few gifted persons in this land for whom we are here," he said.
UCBL Managing Director Muhammad Ali expressed his gratitude for the award.
Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali-Hasan Ali Foundation Chairman Professor Dr Akbaruddin Ahmad expressed his heartfelt gratitude to members of the jury who took pains for selecting the recipients of the award this year.
Nawab Ali was elected several times to various legislative bodies, including the Bengal and Assam Legislative Councils and Bengal Legislative Council, and he also served as a Minister of the Governor's Executive Council in Bengal.
Nawab Ali piloted the Dhaka University Bill in the then Imperial Legislative Assembly and played a major role as a member of the Dhaka University Committee formed in 1912.
Nawab Ali was born in 1863 and died on April 17 in 1929.
The fields of award are journalism, contribution in liberation war, banking and finance, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), women empowerment, sports, tourism, education and poverty alleviation, research and youth.
The award-giving ceremony was followed by a seminar on 'Asian Governance: Paradoxes of Development' and an inaugural function of the NAPSIPAG (Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance) Conference, organised by the Policy Research Centre. The three-day conference will be held at Tangail Dhanbari Zamindar Estate in Tangail.