English is not an enemy of Bangla: Rizvi

CHITTAGONG- Prime Minister's international affairs adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi today urged the new generation to develop proficiency in English, saying it was needed for internationalising Bangla as well alongside keeping pace with the globalised world.

"We will learn to speak our mother tongue fluently but we must not deprive our next generation of English", Rizvi told an international public speaking competition staged by English Speaking Union (ESU) this afternoon at Faujdarhat Cadet College.

He added: "English is not an enemy of Bangla rather learning English is vital for spreading our mother tongue as well as international purposes".

UK-based ESU's Bangladesh chapter ESU-BD staged the national level grand finale of the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC), an annual event of the organization which nominates the best performers for the final round of the competition held in London.

Addressing the function as the chief guest Rizvi said rhetoric was one of world's oldest subjects and one must be efficient in oral communication to express his or her emotions and thoughts properly.

He expected the international level competition to help develop young learners' oratory skills to represent Bangladesh before the world.

Eight participants from different institutions who earlier came out successful in the selection round took part in the grand finale. Cadet Tahmid Bin Bashar of Faujdarhat Cadet College became champion and selected for IPSC's international round to be held in London in May this year.

ESU-BD chairman Mohammad Asif A Chowdhury presided over the function, joined as special guests by Bangladesh army's Chittagong area commander Major General Mohammad Jahangir Kabir Talukder and First Security Islami Bank's managing director Syed Waseque Mohammad Ali.

ESU-BD general secretary Major General (retd) Jibon Kanai Das and Faujdarhat Cadet College principal Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Rakib Uddin Bhuiyan also spoke on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)