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Inauguration of Oceanography Department

A new department called the Department of Oceanography, was inaugurated in the Dhaka University (DU) on 4th April, 2013. The express aim of this Department would be adding to indigenous knowledge about the country’s sea resources. Clearly, Bangladesh as a nation will have to depend increasingly on its sea resources to take care of the needs of its burgeoning future population which is likely to swell to 180 million as early as 2030.

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The newly launched Department would be an important step in increasing the country’s knowledge as well as know-how about these sea resources. As it is, Bangladesh today lacks in indigenous capability to harness its oceanic resources. The department of Oceanography is likely to fill this void. It was heartening to note that Janata Bank has donated 5 crore Taka to the Department for the purchase of equipment and books. It was reported that the Bangladesh Navy would be extending its help by allowing students and teachers of this department to use its ships and other facilities for conducting practical oceanic research.

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