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Bangladesh Citizens Plan to Sing National Anthem Simultaneously on Independence Day


March 26 marks the commemoration of the Independence day of Bangladesh (Bengali:স্বাধীনতা দিবস Shwadhinata Dibôsh). It commemorates the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan on late hours of 25 March 1971. The day is a memorial to the deaths of thousands of civilians who died in the subsequent Bangladesh Liberation War (Wikipedia, 2018).

Every year, March 26 brings the most tragic reminiscence of the history’s darkest episode that heralded a nine-month bloody ordeal from the night following March 25, 1971 in achieving the long-cherished independence on December 16 the same year at the cost of a sea of blood. The nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained that night. Before he was picked up, he had proclaimed independence.

2019 Celebrations:

The Independence Day is commonly associated with parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, ceremonies and various other public and private events celebrating the history and traditions of Bangladesh (Rafid, 21 March 2017). TV and radio stations broadcast special programs and patriotic songs in honor of the Independence Day. Generally, a thirty-one gun salute is conducted in the morning. The main streets are decorated with national flags. Different political parties and socioeconomic organizations undertake programs to mark the day in a befitting manner, including paying respects at Jatiyo Smriti Soudho, the national memorial, at Savar near Dhaka.

For 2019, the government plans to promote the simultaneous singing of “Amar Sonar Bangla” or the Bangladesh National Anthem on the day itself. It was written by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, and has been the national song since its independence in 1971.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation to sing the national anthem at Bangabandhu National Stadium on that day. It will also be sung across the country and Bangladesh’s missions abroad. Educational institutions associated with the Bangladeshi missions will also participate in singing the national anthem simultaneously with the country or in their convenient time on the day. (Dhaka Tribune, 20 March 2019).

The Bangladesh Embassy in Manila is also planning to celebrate the special day with different programs, activities and promotions that will be attended by the members of the diplomatic corps based in the Philippines.


  1. The Dhaka Tribune (20 March 2019). Country to Sing National Anthem Simultaneously on March 26. Retrieved from:
  2. Rafid, R.R. (21 March 2017). The 26th of March: the Emergence of Bangladesh. Retrieved from
  3. Wikipedia (2018). Independence Day (Bangladesh). Retrieved from


  1. Bangladesh Victory Day Military Parade 2017. মহান বিজয় দিবস কুচকাওয়াজ- ২০১৭
  2. Bangladesh Victory Day Parade-2017 | Bangladesh Armed Forces Military Equipment Show [Part 1] (
  3. 26 March | Independence Day of Bangladesh | Independence Day Song 2018 | PK Production
  4. BBC Documentary of the Bangladesh Liberation War:


PSA, Malaysia Continues to Show Passion for Excellence with APACC

The APACC Team with YBhg. Prof. Dato’ Ts Dr. Mohd Ismail Bin Abd Aziz, Director General of the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (front row, center), Dr. Mohd Zahari bin Ismail, Director of PSA (front row, 5th from right) and PSA officials

Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (PSA) was visited by the APACC team on February 26 – 28, 2019 for the renewal of APACC accreditation. The polytechnic, which is located in Shah Alam, Malaysia, was one of the first three premiere polytechnics in Malaysia which applied for APACC accreditation in 2014. PSA was established in 1997 and specializes on Medical Electronics. The polytechnic also offers various programs in the field of Civil Engineering, Commerce, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

The team for the 3-day on-site revisit was composed of Dr. Godelyn Hisole, Team Leader and President of Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Philippines; Mr. Gunananda Jha, Team Member and Senior Instructor, Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training, Nepal; and Ms. Felice Marquez, Support Staff and Projects and Consultancy Division Assistant, Colombo Plan Staff College. PSA was reassessed using the seven APACC criteria: Governance and Management, Teaching and Learning, Human Resources, Research and Development, Image and Sustainability, Other Resources and Support to Students.

The APACC Team with some PSA students

During the welcome remarks, YBhg. Prof. Dato’ Ts Dr. Mohd Ismail Bin Abd Aziz, Director General of the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (DPCCE) stated that PSA plays a vital role in providing good quality education and contributes to a student's holistic development. Moreover, through the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC), he emphasized that there is a need to benchmark with the best institutions and learn about their best practices. He mentioned that APACC serves as a starting point for an institution towards internationalization. Achieving genuine quality will stand the test of time and continuously strive for improvement. Lastly, he reminded PSA that in order to achieve genuine quality, full cooperation is necessary among PSA staff members and officials.

Tour of facilities

The welcome remarks was followed by a special remarks from Mr. Gunanandha Jha where he stated that the APACC on-site revisit was an opportunity to learn from everyone. He also observed the great confidence exhibited by PSA and their readiness to undergo the APACC reaccreditation.

Dr. Godelyn Hisole giving her special remarks during the opening ceremony

The special remarks by Mr. Jha was followed by another special remarks and the on-site visit activities from Dr. Hisole. During her speech, she emphasized the importance of leadership in an institution wherein she also commended the PSA Director for his strong leadership. Furthermore, she stated that undergoing the APACC accreditation is a good strategy in maintaining quality education and internationalization. Dr. Hisole's remarks was followed by a short briefing about PSA which was presented by the Director of PSA, Dr. Mohd Zahari bin Ismail.

After the exit meeting with the Deputy Director General for Governance of DPCCE Ts. Hj Mohamad Amin Bin Hamat (5th from left)

During the exit meeting, Ts. Hj Mohamad Amin Bin Hamat, Deputy Director General (Governance) of the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (DPCCE), Malaysia was present to give his special remarks wherein he stated that PSA has come a long way with APACC.

The National Coordinator for Accreditation in Malaysia and Director, Curriculum Development Division of DPCCE Pn. Noor Aidi Binti Nadzri was also present to express her full support to PSA.

To cap the visit, the APACC team leader Dr. Godelyn Hisole presented the highlights of the on-site revisit including the commendations, affirmations, and recommendations.

Results of the on-site revisit activity will be communicated to PSA after the deliberation of the APACC Board.

APACC President meets MARA Officials, presents APACC awards to two institutions under MARA

The Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) President and Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Director General Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, with the goal of strengthening linkages with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) agencies in CPSC member countries, met Mr. Mahzan bin Teh, Director, Technical Vocational Education Division of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Malaysia and other officials. The meeting was held in MARA Japan Industrial Institute at Beranang, Selangor, Malaysia on March 4, 2019.

MARA is a TVET agency under the Ministry of Rural Development established in1966 and currently has a total of 343 education centers in Malaysia.

Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, APACC President and Mr. Mahzan bin Teh, Director MARA TVET Division (center) together with Directors and Deputy Directors of MARA

A presentation about MARA was shown, whereby the MARA Director discussed the organization of MARA, education system, and framework. The APACC President shared background information about CPSC and APACC including number of accredited institutions, performance per criterion of accredited institutions, updates on APACC Instrument, and future activities.

A tour of MJII facilities including the Innovation Gallery, APACC Room, Center of Excellence, some laboratories and workshops, was also facilitated to showcase the expertise of MJII.

Meeting Proper

During the half-day meeting, awarding of APACC plaque and certificates to newly accredited institutions of MARA was held. Hjh. Zarinah binti Idrus, Director of MJII and Mr. Mohd Hazlen bin Ramli, Deputy Director of Academic carry duty as Director of KKTM Kuantan received the Gold Level Awards valid for four years, on behalf of their institutions.

Awarding of APACC Plaque and Certificate to MJII Awarding of APACC Plaque and Certificate to KKTM Kuantan

International Conference on Skilling for Self-Employment held in Chandigarh

Conference tarpaulin A total of 160 teachers, administrators, participants and students flocked to the Auditorium of the National Institute for Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR) Campus in Chandigarh, India to attend the International Conference on Skilling for Self-Employment which was held from February 21-22, 2019.

The International Conference is being organized by the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), Philippines and National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh with a view to enhancing skilling in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems for self-employment of graduates for greater impact in the socio-economic development of the region.

The broad themes of the conference include: (1) Skill Development Scenario in TVET in Asia Pacific Region; (2) Capacity Building for Skill Development and Self-employment and (3) Skilling for Self-Employment: Education and Industry Perspective. It also aims to build a consensus on implementing strategies to develop skills necessary for self-employment.

The conference was formally opened in a ceremony held on February 21, 2019. In attendance are the special guests of the event composed of officials from NITTTR, CPSC, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) and I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University Jalandhar – Punjab (IKG-PTU). They lighted an oil lamp to signify the start of the ceremony and delivered their speeches that highlighted their support to the activity.

The chief guests of the conference during the inauguration ceremony (left-right): Dr. SK Dhameja, Conference Coordinator; Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General; Prof. S.K. Jain, Director of SLIET Longowal (Punjab); Prof. SS Patnaik, Director of NITTTR Chandigarh and Prof. Ajay Kumar Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of IKG-PTU Kapurthala (Punjab).

The conference was divided into three technical sessions and one plenary session spread on the course of two days. The sessions highlighted the innovations on the field of entrepreneurship, ICT, financial literacy and educational management that were developed by the respective speakers. Country papers highlighting the entrepreneurial activities in TVET from countries such as Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand were also presented. Notable industries were also present in the event, with some of their representatives sharing their experiences on how entrepreneurship and skill development changed their respective businesses and mindsets.

Towards the end of the International Conference, the participants and organizers were able to adopt an 11-point strategy which pushes for a more vigorous and productive promotion of self-employment through skills. The specificities are presented below:

Recommendations of the CPSC-NITTTR International Conference on Skilling for Self-Employment
21-22 Feb 2019,
NITTTR Chandigarh, India

  1. Skill training must be integrated within the curriculum.
  2. Teaching strategies must be adopted that provide experiential learning for the students and create active learning environment for them.
  3. The subject of entrepreneurship must be included in the syllabi and an automated system of fund generation must be introduced in TVET institutions. It is also encouraged that Technology Entrepreneurship and related subjects be included to school curriculum.
  4. Skills training for unorganized sectors like agriculture, construction etc. need to be introduced.
  5. Creativity and innovation must be enhanced. Action plans are needed to be framed for sectors such as surface printing.
  6. The State and Centre Govt. officials must enthusiastically provide training to the trainers, in addition to private organizations. The training agency must be accredited by their respective state or apex bodies
  7. The industry-academia linkages need to be strong enough to fulfill the needs and requirements.
  8. Technical or profession training in selected stream should be provided to the students during regular study only.
  9. Students should be encouraged to work on live projects and after completion of training, competitions among these students must be organized. The best projects should be submitted to the respective technical Directorates or concerned departments for processing.
  10. Products and customized gifts are in on huge demand all across the globe and so this is one good option for self-employment.
  11. Entrepreneurs must come up with highly creative design, concept and advertising to stay in business and grow.

Some of the participants with Dr. Lamichhane (2nd from right) during the conference.

Mr. Amit Das, Director of Disruption Technologies Pvt.Ltd., presenting his paper in Technical Session 3

Regional Program in Chandigarh, India Convenes Member Country Representatives for Entrepreneurship in TVET

In cooperation with the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR) in Chandigarh, India, the Colombo Plan Staff College successfully held a 3-day Regional Program on Entrepreneurship in TVET from February 18-22, 2019.

Twenty administrators, practitioners, instructors and directors of TVET institutes from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand as well as representatives from CPSC’s honorary members such as the Diploma Engineers Association of Nepal (DEAN), Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) and the host, NITTTR-Chandigarh, participated in the event.

This regional program aims to enhance the awareness of the participants on the relevance of entrepreneurship education in present times and the need to divert a significant chunk of TVET graduates from wage employment to entrepreneurial careers. The program will also train the participants in adopting new strategies for entrepreneurship development in TVET, on realizing the importance of Technology Business Incubators in TVET Institutions, in having knowledge of the bankers’ perception of business plans, appreciating the importance of intellectual property rights and patenting and understanding the importance of soft skills especially communication and inter-personal skills in entrepreneurship training. Consequently this will result in a better policy formulation for intensifying entrepreneurial development in TVET system of CPSC member countries.

The program was jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Shyam Sundar Pattnaik, the Director of National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh and Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC’s Director General. Local coordination was spearheaded by Prof. Suresh Kumar Dhameja, the Dean of the Academic and International Affairs, Chairman of Academic Cell, and Professor and Head in the Department of Entrepreneurship Development and Industrial Coordination at NITTTR-Chandigarh.

Some of the academic requirements of the program were delivered in the local context through the efforts of the invited local resource persons namely: Dr. Piyush Verma, a Faculty Member in Economics, Strategy and International Business at the LM Thapar School of Management (LMTSM) - Thapar University; Engr. Amardev Singh, Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship Development and Industrial Coordination (EDIC) Department at NITTTR-Chandigarh; Dr. Sanjeev Chaddha, Professor and Head of the Management Development Centre, and Course Director in the Mahatama Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration-Government of Punjab and Mrs. Suditi Jindal, Founder and CEO of Philyra Training and Consultancy (erstwhile The Learning Curve Academy), Chandigarh. CPSC’s Finance Assistant, Ms. Belen del Monte, was sent to the program to assist in the preparations and implementation.

Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane (left) with Prof SS Patnaik of NITTTR Chandigarh (center) and Shri Manoj Kumar Parida of the Chandigarh Administration (right) during the Inauguration Ceremony.

The program was inaugurated in a special ceremony held on February 18, 2019 at the Board Room of the NITTTR Chandigarh in which notable guests were invited. CPSC’s Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, addressed the plenary as the Guest of Honor, in which he cited NITTTR Chandigarh’s significant role in the success of the Regional Programs held in India for the past years. His positive remarks were seconded by the Chief Guest, Shri Manoj Kumar Parida, representing the Chandigarh Administration as an Advisor.

During the three-day training program, the participants were able to discuss topics such as the Blue Ocean Strategy, Technology Business Incubation, Intellectual Property Rights, Appraisal of Business Plans, Entrepreneurial Soft Skills and Action Planning for Entrepreneurship. They also visited several industries in the Chandigarh area such as the Technology Business Incubation Foundation, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, Punjab and the M/S Cheema Boilers Limited, Ropar.

The International Conference on Skilling for Self-Employment, also held in the same venue as the Regional Program, commenced after the 3-day Regional Program.

Dr. Lamichhane discussing his presentation on Organizational Excellence and Technopreneurship.

The participants of the program discussing the project task with their group members.

The participants during a visit to one of Chandigarh’s beautiful parks.