In the Summer 2014-15 edition of the Dr. Anwarul Abedin Lecture Series, Dr Gowher Rizvi, who is a Political Scientist and the International Affairs Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister of People’s Republic of Bangladesh was the distinguished Guest Speaker on 27th May 2015 at American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB) Auditorium.
Dr Gowher delivered a very informative and motivating speech on ‘India-Bangladesh relations’ in the context of Indian Prime Minister, Mr Norendro Modi’s upcoming visit to Bangladesh in the 1st week of June 2015. Dr Rizvi claimed that many unresolved issues with India were settled in the last five years due to Bangladesh’s good bilateral relations with the neighboring country. Confrontations and suspicion that previously characterized relations between the two countries did not bring any good, said Dr Rizvi. "Various governments had tried to resolve bilateral issues with confrontations and suspicion. But, they did not succeed," the adviser said.
Only cooperation, not confrontation could resolve the persisting issues centering poverty, terrorism, migration, border and trade gap etc that guide the bilateral relation of the two countries, Dr Gowher added.
After the lecture, a brief intellectual exchange between the Speaker and the audience followed. The Vice Chancellor of AIUB, Dr. Carmen Z Lamagna graced the occasion with her valuable presence. A welcome speech was delivered by Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain, Dean, and Faculty of Engineering. As a sign of gratitude, a Crest was presented to Dr Gowher Rizvi by Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna the Vice Chancellor of AIUB along with Dr Tofazzal Hossain, Vice President, Academic & Dean (FSIT). Professor Dr. Tazul Islam, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Science, in his vote of thanks highlighted on the benefits of such seminars. Ms. Farhana Afroz, Head department of Media and Mass Communication was the Master of Ceremony of the program.