Continuing with its programme of cultural connectivity, the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature organised the India-Bangladesh Writers Conference in Dhaka from 23rd—26th January 2004.

The Conference was comprised of the following Interactions :

1. Interaction with Members of the Bangladesh National Centre on 23rd evening at Dhaka.

2. Interaction with students and Faculty Members of Jehangirnagar University on 24th January. Besides the participation and presentation of creative writings by more than 35 students, there were presentations by the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Ms. Ajeet Cour, and participating delegates from India.

3. Interaction with students and Faculty Members of Dhaka University on 25th January. More than 50 students came forward enthusiastically to present their creative writings to the members of the Foundation and senior Indian and Bangladesh writers, and informally interacted with the visiting delegates.

4. Visit to the Bangla Academy and Meeting with Directors of the Bangla Academy on 25th January and the writers associated with the Academy.

5. Meeting with eminent writers, scholars, media persons and academicians at the Bengal Foundation on 26th January.

Monsur Musa, Director General, Bangla Academy, during FOSWAL’s Ninth Conference in Bangladesh

Ajeet Cour presenting the publications of FOSWAL to H.E. S.M.A. Faiz, Vice-Chancellor, Dhaka University

A group of students of Jehangirnagar University who presented heir creative writings at the Ninth Conference

The eminent participants from Bangladesh included the Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, Prof. Jashim Uddin Ahmad; Prof. Inamulhaq Khan, the Pro Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Imamuddin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Jehangirnagar University; Prof. S.M.A. Faiz, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University; Prof. Sadrul Amin, Dhaka University; Prof. Mansur Musa, Director General of Bangla Academy, Prof. Kaiser Haq, Mrs. Selina Hossain and other eminent academicians and writers in the Universities and in the Bangla Academy.

Several important decisions pertaining to strengthening of the Bangladesh National Centre and making it more broad-based, were taken. It was also decided that more women writers and young writers must be included within the Bangladesh National Centre as the writings of young writers’ and women writers, sensitivities and verve are an essential component of Bangla Literature.