CHITTAGONG, Mar 10: Bishwa Shahitya Kendra (BSK) and Grameenphone awarded 6,313 students in Chittagong division for winning their book reading programme.
The award giving ceremony was held at the City Corporation Municipal High School in Chittagong on Friday.
Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin inaugurated the programme as the chief guest.
Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, founder president of BSK, and Shaon Azad, circle business head of Grameenphone, Chittagong were present at the function.
Eminent personalities present at the event included Dr Md Mahmud Ul Haq, additional secretary and project director of SEQAEP, Begum Sarwar Jahan, acting divisional commissioner of Chittagong, Abul Momen, writer and journalist, Anisul Hoque, joint editor of Prothom Alo, Md Abul Hossain, acting CEO of Chittagong City Corporation, Prof Dr Md Golam Faruk, director, Directorate of the Secondary and Higher Education, Chittagong region, Sharif Md Masud, director of BSK, and Alex Aleem, associate professor and organiser in Chittagong division.
In 2016, nearly 17, 000 students from 81 schools in Chittagong division participated in the Book Reading Competition.
The two-day function was organised to award the participants who could successfully prove their mettle in the contest.
Students present at the event were provided with apt encouragement through inspirational speeches by the guests.
The city mayor said, "Students need to develop themselves through reading books. They must improve human qualities in them by reading not only textbooks but also others."
Abdullah Abu Sayeed said, "There is a powerful source in everyone's soul. We need to ignite that by reading books. And we can do that. All have to do a lot to gain success in life."
Shaon Azad said, "The journey of our life is not smooth. However, knowledge helps to smooth the road over, and takes us to places. Expansion of book reading programmes across the country will take us from darkness towards light."
He called upon the students to read more books.
Out of the 6,313 participants, 4,286 received awards on Friday.
A total of 2,027 students will be given awards in the third round today.
Under its country-wide programme, BSK has been holding Book Reading Competition in nearly 2,000 educational institutions across the country.
Till date, students in Dhaka, Barisal, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Khulna divisions have been awarded in festive ceremonies.
On March 24, 2017, a total of 3,543 students in Khulna will be awarded.
In case of educational institutions outside the five divisions, students are awarded through institution-based programmes.