Message from the President

Bangladesh has embarked on a new path as it qualifies for graduation to the status of a developing nation and is set to formally attain the designation of a developing country in the year 2026. The Honorable Prime Minister, H. E. Sheikh Hasina, has unveiled a master plan to guide Bangladesh toward its next phase, known as ‘Smart Bangladesh’. This initiative is designed to lead the country towards becoming a technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable nation. Expanding upon the groundwork laid by the Digital Bangladesh initiative, Smart Bangladesh envisions the establishment of smart cities, smart agriculture, smart healthcare, smart education, smart energy, smart governance, and smart institutions. The overarching objective is to forge a future for the people of Bangladesh that is more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation, underscored the pivotal role of science and technology in propelling the newly independent Bangladesh forward. Consequently, the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) was founded in 1973, following the issuance of Cabinet Resolution No. 1(24)/73-BCSIR, dated November 16, 1973. BCSIR, the apex research organization of the country, takes great pride in hosting the 'BCSIR Congress-2023'. This event is specifically centered on the theme of 'Smart Bangladesh and Science and Technology (S&T)' to commemorate the organization's 50-year journey since its establishment in independent Bangladesh. Consequently, the chosen theme for the BCSIR Congress-2023 is ‘Smart Bangladesh of Tomorrow is the Science of Today’.

Bangabandhu had a vision for Bangladesh as a prosperous, forward-looking, and technologically advanced nation, often referred to as 'Sonar Bangla'. In this vision, S&T held a specific and pivotal role as the driving force behind socio-economic development. His visionary outlook laid the cornerstone for the subsequent reformation of Bangladesh into a knowledge-based society. Now his beloved daughter our Honorable Prime Minister has been thriving the vision of achieving a ‘Smart Bangladesh’, which represents the culmination of today's advancements in S&T for a futuristic Bangladesh.

To make a significant contribution to the realization of the 'Smart Bangladesh' vision set forth by our esteemed Prime Minister, dedicated scientists, engineers, and staff at BCSIR are tirelessly engaged in their duties under the guidance of Architect Yeafesh Osman, Honorable Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, along with his entire team. BCSIR has so far credited a number of achievements at national and international level, namely, development of COVID-19 test kit for the first time in the country; accomplishment of maximum (86%) genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 in the country; proudly joining the hydrogen energy race; achievement of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation for 88 water quality parameters and 8 parameters for leather products; establishment of bioequivalence study facilities; and submission of nearly 900 whole genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 to Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID). GISAID applauded BCSIR for such initiatives. According to the Scimago ranking, BCSIR ranked 1st position among the government research organizations in Bangladesh. Furthermore, BCSIR has the credit of having 827 research papers (48% of the total) published in different prestigious indexed journals during the last 3 years. The average impact factor of these journals is 2.5. BCSIR is committed to uphold such impressive progress in research publications and scientific developments through organizing various scientific events, congress, conference, symposium etc.

As the Chairman of BCSIR and the President of the organizing committee of this congress, I have high expectations that this event will serve as an outstanding platform for presenting innovative and up-to-date scientific studies conducted by our researchers. I am firmly convinced that the BCSIR Congress-2023 will be a transformative gathering for all participants. An array of intellectuals, academics, scientists, engineers, doctors, legislators, civil society representatives, agencies, and both public and private organizations from not only domestic but also international backgrounds will come together to enrich their knowledge and technical expertise. It is expected that this dynamic and thriving network will greatly enhance your professional development. With this in mind, I cordially invite you to join the congress and discover new horizons for yourself. Your enthusiastic participation in this event will undoubtedly enhance the achievements of BCSIR.

Professor Dr. Md. Aftab Ali Shaikh
President of Organizing Committee, BCSIR Congress-2023
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Former General Secretary, Bangladesh Chemical Society (BCS)
General Secretary, Bangladesh Crystallographic Association (BCA)
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Email: aftabshaikh@du.ac.bd, aftab74@yahoo.com