News Desk : dhakamirror.com
The Green Plant Club of Independent University, Bangladesh organised the symposium round and award-giving ceremony of the 2-month long ‘IUB Green Genius Season 04’ on Saturday at IUB, said a press release.
‘Warming Cities, Sustainable Living’ was the theme for this year’s competition for environmental innovation and ideas of school, college and university students. Nippon Paint was the title sponsor of the event.
In the school-college category, ‘Team Forel’ from the Holy Cross Girls High School became champion for their idea of redesigning roads in Dhaka City to contribute less to the UHI effect.
Viqarunnisa Noon School and College and Notre Dame College came out 1st and second runners-up respectively. BACHA English Medium School, Dhaka, won the ‘Honour Mention’ and the Chittagong Grammar School team was given the ‘Courage Award’.
In the university category, team ‘Green Cap’ from IUB emerged as victors for their idea to launch a mobile application to start implementing green roofs in Dhaka to mitigate the rising temperature.
A team from University of Dhaka and another team from IUB came out as 1st and second runners-up respectively in this category.
Bushra Afreen, chief heat officer of Dhaka North City Corporation, attended the symposium round as the Event Ambassador.
Niaz Ahmed Khan, pro-vice-chancellor of IUB, said, ‘We are incredibly impressed by the level of talent and dedication shown by the participants throughout this competition. We firmly believe that their innovative ideas and projects will have a lasting impact on our environment.’
K Ayaz Rabbani, head of the Department of Environmental Science and Management, IUB, and Professor Md Abdul Khaleque from the same department also attended the award function.
The event ended with a closing remark from Md Ekhtekharul Islam, coordinator of Green Planet Club, IUB, and senior lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science and Management, IUB.
The call for submission of innovative ideas for the competition was set two months ago. Nearly 1,000 participants from more than 60 schools and colleges and 45 universities from Bangladesh and abroad submitted their ideas.
In the symposium round, which was held on Saturday, a total of 100 shortlisted teams – 50 from schools and colleges and 50 from universities – were invited to present their ideas.
The panel of expert judges were from BRAC, Thomson Reuters Foundation, ActionAid Bangladesh, Sajida Foundation, ICCCAD, Shine Bangladesh, CAPE, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), East West University (EWU) and IUB.
The sponsors of the event were Dour and Kazi Group of Companies. Golden Harvest, Mr Noodles, Garbageman, Kaaruj Bangladesh, Ice Today and BanglaNews24 were among the partners. – Press release