Chemistry is the central science and plays significant role in shaping the destiny of a nation. The present civilization is facing many challenges viz. environmental pollution, global warming and climate change etc. Chemists can play a significant role to meet these challenges.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry at its 63rd meeting in December 2008 with UESCO as the leading UN agency, together with International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as the partner. The theme of IYC 2011 is “Chemistry– our life, our future”. Bangladesh Chemical Society has formed a broad based organizing committee with representatives from different universities, industries, research organizations and colleges for celebrating IYC 2011 in a befitting manner in Bangladesh and has planned year round activities.
The IYC 2011 celebrations will be focused on, “Achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well being of human kind”. It aims to raise awareness of chemistry among the general public and to attract young people into the chemical field as well as to highlight the role of chemistry in solving national, regional and global problems.
Over the last few years, the number of chemistry students in colleges, especially in degree courses in Bangladesh is declining. In general, the interests of students in chemistry are decreasing. I do hope the celebrations of the IYC 2011 under the banner of Bangladesh Chemical Society will play a significant role in popularizing chemistry to the students in particular and also to the general masses of the country and make them aware that chemistry plays a pivotal role in the progress of the nation, viz. in industry, agriculture and overall economy.
BCS is also organizing this year- “Chemistry Olympiad” nationwide, for popularizing chemistry to the higher secondary and college level students.
One of the main objectives of the Bangladesh Chemical Society is to encourage teaching and research in chemistry and allied fields. The society is also trying to protect the professional interests of chemists. We believe that meaningful interactions and cooperation amongst the academics, researchers and chemists working in the industries are most urgently needed for the progress of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Chemical Society shares the common objective of the world community of chemists and the members of the society are devoting their knowledge, skill and expertise for the national development. I do hope that the members of the Bangladesh Chemical Society will be able to fulfill the objectives of the society by their sincere efforts.
I wish every member of the Bangladesh Chemical Society success in their professional life.
(Prof. Jasim Uddin Ahmad)