Muhammed Shahed Rahman:
The inaugural and introductory meeting of Chhatak Education Trust UK was held on 22 November at the London Enterprise Academy, East London.
S M Shujon Miah, the patron of the organisation, presided over the inaugural ceremony and former Cllr Ruhul Amin conducted the event, while Labour Party MP from Bethnal Green and Bow constituency Rushanara Ali was present as the chief guest. Zahid-ul-Islam, Minister (Political) of Bangladesh High Commission in London, was present as the special guest.
A fifty-one-member executive committee with Ruhul Amin as its president, Ansar Ahmed Ullah as general secretary and Askar Ali as treasurer, was announced at the event. Zahid-ul-Islam, Minister (Political), conducted the oath-taking ceremony of the members of the executive committee.
In her keynote speech, Chief guest Bangladeshi-born British MP Rushanara Ali said that this is a great initiative. She expressed optimism that the underprivileged people of remote areas will benefit from it. She called on the members of the trust to prioritise women in the field of education.
In the speech of the special guest, Zahid ul Islam said that he hopes the trust will provide support and assistance in the education of poor, neglected and underprivileged boys and girls of the Chhatak area.
Newly elected President of the organisation Ruhul Amin, General Secretary Ansar Ahmed Ullah, former Leader of Tower Hamlets Council Helal Abbas, Councillor Leelu Ahmed, Councillor Faroque Ahmed, Councillor Abdal Ullah, former Councillor Matin uz zaman, former Councillor Shahid Ali, former Councillor Kahar Chowdhury, Vice Presidents Akmal Hossain, Moulana Muhammad Mujahid Uddin, Coventry activist Mokuddus Ali, Joint Secretaries Mansuz Zaman Mohan, Professor Anwar Hossain, Ananta Kashem Hizol, Shahanara Sumi Ali, , Education Secretary Dr Shamim Ahmed, Organising Secretaries Abdul Towhid Koyes, Sheikh Kabir, Abu Shahid, Kamruz Zaman, Trustees Hossain Ahmed, Ahsanul Haque Tanvir, Helal Miah, Alomgir Shahriar, Dowarabazar Rahim Islam Mislu, Sijil Miah, Balaganj Trust’s AFM Kamal., EC member Selim Siddique, Golapganj Education Trust’s Abdul Basir, Balagonj Trust’s Jamal Ahmed Khan, Balaganj Trust’s Koddus Miah, Shah Mustafijur Rahman Belal of Balaganj Osmaninagar, Humayun Kabir, Heathrow activist Shamim Ahmed among others, spoke on the occasion.
In the event’s second phase, there was a cultural programme led by renowned singer Himanshu Goswami and Shatabdi Kaur. They were supported by Amith Dey and Pappu. A souvenir was published to coincide with the event under the editorship of joint secretary Ananta Kasem. Guests were treated to Bengali cuisine