interview

 

1-400The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has been created mainly to cater the needs for infrastructure development in the rural areas of Bangladesh. Accordingly, it has been all through taking a pioneering role towards planning and implementation of rural infrastructure development programs across the country in collaboration with the local government institutions, said Engr. Md. Wahidur Rahman, Chief Engineer of the LGED, in an exclusive interview with The Guardian.

The Chief Engineer categorically mentioned that because of quality production and timely delivery, LGED has also been given the responsibilities of providing requisite technical supports to other government organizations and Ministries for their capacity development within the framework of the inter-agency collaboration.

In this context, he further told that since LGED’s starting in early Sixties, LGED has become able to set up many milestones in the area of development of infrastructures both rural and urban in Bangladesh. LGED’s involvement with multifarious development activities and technical assistance programs countrywide has led to a tremendous increase in its workload over the years. To cope up with this imbalance work overloading, the organization needs all its vacant posts to be immediately filled up.

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He informed that LGED is implementing 75 projects all over the country in the current fiscal year with an allocation of Taka 5,195.38 crore. A few more projects are also in the pipeline expecting an early government concurrence.

In reply to a question, Engr. Rahman, a man with high organizational background, long experiences and super-excellence in LGED, said, “LGED seeks whole-hearted support and full cooperation of the local people, beneficiaries and elected representatives of the Local Government Institutions and the Parliament for planning and implementation of its activities with the highest degree of success and for the sake of a sustainable development and good governance at the local level.”

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In an exclusive and exhaustive interview, the LGED Chief Engineer replied to several questions asked by The Guardian, covering the entire activities, contributions, problems and limitations of LGED including other issues being confronted with the development activities of LGED across the country. His deliberations are very valuable, fully informative and quite educative. The interview in full are reproduced here unaltered for The Guardian readers at home and abroad;

The Guardian: would you please briefly tell about the history of the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and its aims and objectives on the basis of which the LGED was established?

06Chief Engineer:  On the institutional arrangement for the rural infrastructure development in Bangladesh, one unique feature is the existence of a dynamic organization named Local Government Engineering Department (LGED). LGED has taken a pivotal role for planning and implementation of the rural infrastructure development programs all over the country with the participation of the Local Government Institutions (LGIs). Because of LGED’s high performance standard and timely delivery of results, LGED has been given the responsibilities for the small scale water resources development and the infrastructure development in urban areas as well facilitating employment generation vis-a-vis poverty reduction and social uplift. The organization started functioning in early Sixties in a miniature form when implementation of the three elements of Comilla Model was started. In 1970, a cell was established under the Local Government Division to administer the Rural Works Program (RWP) nationwide. It was converted in to the Local Government Engineering Bureau (LGEB) and was enrolled under the Government Revenue Budget in the year 1984, which was again upgraded into a full-fledged Department retaking its name as the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in 1992.

6-320LGED would continue to remain professionally competent, efficient and an effective public sector agency for performing the principle and complementary functions of developing, maintaining and managing transport, trade and small scale water resources related infrastructures and addressing the environmental and social issues at the local level, where LGIs and communities directly or indirectly participate; and providing technical and institutional support to strengthening the Local Government Institutions and extending multidimensional services to the local communities and other stakeholders.

The Guardian: Keeping in view the basic spirit of LGED, would you say what responsibilities and activities have taken at present and how far LGED has become able to implement them?

Chief Engineer: LGED’s major mandates are to develop and maintain rural, urban and water sector infrastructures; to extend technical support to the Upazila Parishads and Union Parishads and the the urban LGIs as well; to provide technical assistance to other Ministries; and to organize human resource development programs for LGED, LGIs and other stakeholders.

The Guardian: In this context, would you say about LGED’s present institutional form, manpower and other facilities to implement its huge programs across the country?

Chief Engineer: LGED is headed by a Chief Engineer and he is assisted by 5 Additional Chief Engineers, 11 Superintending Engineers, 43 Executive Engineers, 18 Assistant Engineers and other professional staffs at the headquarters level. There are 2 other Additional Chief Engineers at the divisional level and 14 Superintending Engineers at the regional level, 64 Executive Engineers at the district level and 485 Upazila Engineers at the Upazila level. LGED has a total strength of 11,068 officers and staffs. LGED is a highly decentralized organization.

The Guardian: In view of the changing needs, would you suggest what further steps should be taken to enhance the institutional capacity, manpower and other modern facilities of the LGED so that it becomes able to implement its overall activities and development programs effectively?

7-320Chief Engineer: Because of the inherent quality of attractive performance and timely delivery of services, LGED has been trusted for implementing the development and technical assistance programs of some other sectors of the Republic. LGED’s workload has been increasing tremendously thereby. To manage the ever increasing volume of works with an inadequate workforce, LGED had to look for an effective alternative organizational management through establishment of the Rural Development Engineering Center (RDEC).

To compensate the prevailing manpower shortage, LGED has given a strong thought to be ICT oriented with a special attention to the optimum utilization of GIS and MIS. LGED is continuously trying to make these two Departments gradually stronger. There is a strong ICT infrastructure and connectivity at headquarters and field level offices of LGED. LGED’s present day success towards utilizing GIS and MIS is quite surprising. May be LGED is the pioneer organization in Bangladesh in introducing GIS and MIS for institutional operation and management.

The Guardian: Would you mention the number of LGED’s ongoing development projects across the country and comment on the progress of all these projects?

8Chief Engineer: LGED is implementing a total of 75 projects having a total allocation equivalent to US$ 649.42 m. in the current financial year. Satisfactory physical and financial progresses have so far achieved.

The Guardian:  It is learnt that LGED is involved in preparing Road Master Plans and design works. Would you say what types of Master Plans and designs it prepares and how these Master Plans and designs are used?

Chief Engineer: Road classification in Bangladesh was first made by the Bangladesh Planning Commission in the year 1996 delineating responsibilities of road development and maintenance for the different categories of roads to RHD, LGED and LGI. Upon revision of the classification of roads and re-appropriation of their ownership by the Government, LGED prepared one Rural Roads Master Plan on the Upazila roads, Union roads, Village roads Type-B, growth centers, rural markets and Union Parishad Complexes in the year 2005. The Master Plan has covered a total of 20 years period starting from the financial year 2005-06, and ending in the financial year 2024-25 in 4 phases. Each phase consists of 5 years. The Master Plan has received Government vetting. Road design standards were finalized in the year 2003 by the Bangladesh Planning Commission either, which covered different categories of roads assigned to RHD, LGED and LGIs. These standards are strictly being followed by LGED while developing the rural roads under its jurisdiction.

The Guardian: Would you give us a brief idea about the rural infrastructure development activities carried out LGED across the country?

Chief Engineer: The major activities carried out by LGED in the rural development sector comprise construction/improvement of Upazila Roads, Union Roads, Village Roads; construction of bridges and culverts on Upazila Roads, Union Roads and Village Roads; development of growth centers, rural markets and women market sections; construction of small scale water resources schemes; routine maintenance of earthen roads, paved roads; construction of Union Parishad Complex and Upazila Parishad Complex; maintenance of Rural Roads, bridges/culverts and growth centers/rural markets by the destitute women; construction of ferry landing stage; re-excavation of derelict ponds for pisciculture; construction of storage godowns and multipurpose centers; construction of submersible roads in Haor areas; construction of school buildings, office buildings, residential quarters, cyclone shelters and earthen mounds or ramparts and tree plantation along the Upazila Roads, Union Roads and other embankments.

Preparation of a Rural Development Project undergoes a lengthy processes and considers a number of indicators such as poverty, population density, literacy rate etc. Soft components like multilevel participation, social issues, gender equity, environment protection, resettlement etc. are given due importance by LGED for a sustainable development of infrastructures.

The Guardian: In this context, would you say how LGED works at an appropriate urban planning and what types of urban infrastructure improvement the LGED undertakes?

9-320Chief Engineer: LGED follows the Urban Management Policy Statement 1999 while planning its urban infrastructure development programs. To make the development sustainable, LGED provides Technical Assistance to the urban LGIs and carries out activities and the items are: integrated town centre (bus terminal, markets etc.), municipal roads, bridges & culverts, storm water drainage, water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, slum upgrading, land use planning, survey & mapping, institutional development of municipalities such as Computerization of billing system, promoting local governance and the last but not the least the preparation of Master Plans for the Pourashavas.

The Guardian:  Would you also reflect on the poverty alleviation activities and programs of LGED?

Chief Engineer: Overall goal of infrastructure development programs is to alleviate poverty directly and indirectly and in both the ways. LGED’s activities through development projects contribute towards poverty alleviation. While implementing the projects huge employments are directly created through engagement of workersin the way of constriction of project facilities. Same is with the implementation of maintenance programs. Some of the LGED’s programs have the unique feature of employing directly the hapless and destitute women in the implementation of physical works of the development projects and maintenance programs. These exclusively designed and implemented programs and projects are routine maintenance and tree plantation programs, Rural Employment and Road Maintenance Programs, Market Infrastructure Development Project in Charland Regions, Sunamganj Community Based Resource Management Project, Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Project.

The Guardian: It is learnt that LGED plays an important role in assisting the municipalities to enhance their efficiencies, income generation and revenue collection activities. Would you say what are these roles played by the LGED?

Chief Engineer:: Under LGED’s different urban projects, this organization has kept lot of space for the capacity development of the Pourashava staffs and instilling good governance and transparency in the Pourashava activities as well in order to improve the resource base of the Pourashavas and benefit their residents. Towards that end, Tax Collection Method and also the Pourashava Accounting System have been computerized. For an integrated area development, Master Plans for the Pourashavas are also being prepared with the Technical Assistance from LGED.

The Guardian: Would you make some discussions on the water resources development programs of LGED?

Chief Engineer: The activities under the sector include among others construction of embankment to reducing the effect of flood to the cultivable land (up to 1000 hector), improvement of irrigation system, construction of water control structure, excavation/re-excavation of canal, construction of Rubber Dam and conservation of water for irrigation.

The Guardian:  Can we ask you to light upon the gender and development programs of LGED?

10-320ChiefEngineer: Local Government Engineering Department has been carrying out its development programs in the light of the Poverty Reduction Programs of the Government of Bangladesh and the National Women Development Policies. LGED prepared Gender Equity Strategy in 2002 which covers LGED’s Overall Strategy, Rural Sector Strategy, Water Sector Strategy and Urban Sector Strategy. Sector-wise levels of actions have been identified as central level, sector level and field level details of actions have been worked out for all the four areas at these three levels. On expiry of the full period, LGED has updated Gender Equity Strategy and Action Plans for a further period of 2008-2015.

 

LGED’s has formed a Gender and Development Forum, which sits regularly on quarterly basis to advise LGED management at the policy making level in consistent with the Gender and Development related activities within the sector-based projects and on the capacity enhancement measures in the respective areas.

The Forum, since its formation, has been observing the International Women’s Day in the headquarters and at the district levels.

The following are a few gender-related programs, which were taken up by the different projects of LGED under the Rural, Urban and Small Scale Water Resources Development Sectors:

The distressed women are astringed and employments are being created by involving them in routine road maintenance works of Union roads and Upazila roads, road side tree plantation and their tending and infrastructure development like improvement of Village roads with HBB, Market sheds, construction of pipe culverts and U-drains, raising of dwelling lands, reclamation of derelict tanks, embankment construction, re-excavation of canals et cetera. The contractors are motivated to engage women workers in the infrastructure construction works implemented by them and to maintain wage equity for both men and women labors for similar works.

Self-employment opportunities are created for the distressed women by organizing them in to groups, making savings from their income and lending small loans. Skill enhancement trainings are provided for self-employment on the merits of the beneficiary demands.

To provide scope for participation of women in the development and expressing their views, women have been included in the various committees. Rural Market Management Committee is one of such scopes that among-others includes one woman UP member and one woman trader’s representative. At the same time the Poura Bazar Management Committee includes women councilors. In order to directly involve women at the planning stage of project preparation, sub-project identification or scheme selection, women have been included as Chairmen and Members in the various committees at Pourashava level e.g. Town Level Coordination Committee (TLCC), Ward Level Coordination Committee (WLCC), various Standing Committees & Sub-committees, Community Based Organization (CBO), Slum Improvement Committee (SIC), Community Development Committee.

The Guardian: Would you make some discussions on the tree plantation programs of LGED?

11-320Chief Engineer: Tree plantation, as a part of national program, is an important component for almost all LGED’s development projects. Tree plantation program is implemented as an integrated activity with the routine road maintenance activities. Tree plantation largely contributes towards protection of a road from erosion and thereby prolong its life, production of forestry resources and maintaining ecological balance. Tree plantation data are received from the Executive Engineers of the districts and are furnished regularly to the Local Government Division and the Prime Minister’s office as required.

Implementation Guideline for Tree Plantation and Care Taking and Distribution of profits earned through tree plantation was prepared by LGED in 2003. The Guidelines include, inter-alia tree plantation and caretaking in the office premises of LGED and other fallow lands; road side tree plantation and caretaking; tree plantation and their tending along any other embankments; detailed procedures and technical aspects of tree plantation and tending, implementation of road/embankment maintenance, tree plantation and caretaking schemes, training, supervision and inspection, payment of wages of labourers, distribution of benefits received from tree plantation, roles/responsibilities of LGED officials and representatives of LGIs, contract to be signed by the various parties etc.

The Guardian: It is learnt that LGED has some specialized laboratories. Would you please tell us the names and significance of all these laboratories?

Chief Engineer: LGED has established its own quality control laboratories for assuring quality of infrastructures constructed and/or maintained by it. LGED has so far established Quality Control Laboratories in 70 numbers at its different levels, which are 1 Central Quality Control Unit, 14 Regional Quality Control Units, 50 District Quality Control Units and 5 Environment Laboratories.

These laboratories possess sophisticated testing equipment and other requisite facilities to test quality of every construction materials. In all cases, LGED follows international testing standards as well. Recently some tests are carried out even at Upazila level that saves time and create test-related expertise even at the bottom level.

In addition, LGED attaches special importance to the environmental aspects of its each and every project. To this effect, 21 mobile laboratories on the basis of greater districts and 5 region-wise regional laboratories have been established. For tests of general type, test kit type portable equipments are used by the mobile laboratories and high standard equipment are used in the regional laboratories.

The capacities of all LGED laboratories will tremendously improve and transparency of maintaining works’ quality will further be ensured in the laboratory management with the introduction of Software, which have already been developed and now undergoing test runs.

The Guardian: Please tell us about the road maintenance activities of LGED?

12-320Chief Engineer: Management of the road networks in an effective and efficient manner is a universally accepted prime need so as to make roads well maintained and durable that ensures road safety and riding comfort as well. LGED also goes with this universal ethics and considers the infrastructure maintenance aspects as one of its basic responsibilities and prime needs. A well-planned maintenance program of roads is essential to safeguarding the investments in road sectors.

The major challenges that are at present encountered by LGED maintenance management are rapid deterioration of pavement surface, a big gap between budgetary provision for road maintenance and its yearly financial needs, the huge and complex road network critically effects efficient maintenance management. LGED always follows pro-active implementation procedures for implementing its maintenance programs keeping in mind the fund savings optimally, maintaining standard quality and fast decision making. The actions include giving fair conception to the officials and contractors connected with the program implementation by holding several meetings, discouraging revise estimates preparation, regular progress monitoring and ensuring proper utilization of the limited scarce resources by maintaining quality.

The Guardian: It is also learnt that LGED brings out publications and arranges seminars and workshops. Would you say what types of publication it brings out and discuss the importance of LGED publications as well as its seminars and workshops?

 

13-400Chief Engineer: LGED has developed a number of technical documents and made many other publications. The purpose of publishing the different development related documents are to guide various target groups on the right track and to enhance their capacity, to stride for efficient planning, implementation, monitoring and quality control and to perform with optimum accuracy within minimum time. LGED’s regular publications are normally prepared in the form of Guidelines on different issues and procedures, Technical Specifications and Schedule of Rates, Training manual and documentation of Seminars/ Workshops/Exchange visits.

For a wider public relation, LGED also publishes a few journals ever year on regular basis, which are LGED’s Annual Activity Report, Union Barta (Half-yearly), Nagar Sangbad (Quarterly), Pani Barta (Quarterly) and Newsletter (Quarterly).

Besides, LGED published special Bulletins captioned “Uttaraner Teen Bachor” and “Uttaraner Char Bachor” projecting progress made by the LGED in fulfilling the assurances made in the Ruling Party’s Election Manifesto.

The Guardian:  Would you please brief us about the names of all these programs and their impacts on the socio-economic life of Bangladesh?

14-400Chief Engineer: LGED has stepped into the introduction of the Geographical Information System (GIS) with the objective of developing geo-spatial database to sustain infrastructure planning and monitoring activities throughout the country. GIS and Remote Sensing (RS) technology, which LGED made operational in early Nineties, is a unique example of embodied modern ICT tool for planning and management in any public sector organization. The Upazila Base Maps and District Maps developed by LGED are so far widely used tools by the government, non-government and local government institutions for planning of local level infrastructure development programs and other development activities. There are many milestone achievements in the area of GIS in LGED. The geo-spatial database of Upazila and District covering the whole country are being used not only in LGED, but in many other Government and non-Government organizations for their planning and monitoring purpose. These Maps are now available in the LGED Website for public use. LGED is actively working towards introducing e-Governance to reap the benefits of information and communication technology. The robust ICT infrastructure and a full-range connectivity at all functional levels are going to be established soon. LGED has already introduced the on-line tendering process. A huge ICT training for field level staffs are now in progress. Development of an Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) for LGED is in the offing where the system would facilitate the Management in taking appropriate decisions within the minimum possible time. The Financial Management System is being developed that would automate the disbursement and reporting of the allocated funds. All these ongoing and upcoming activities would contribute to further improve the LGED’s institutional capability.

RDEC

Reflecting strong initiatives of the Government for pursuing rural prosperity, induction of the volume of investment program into the development of rural infrastructure has been continuously increasing. Apart from the quantity aspect, high and reliable quality rural infrastructures are requested to meet the social demand for efficient utilization of scarce public investment. However, to cope up with the rapid increase of workload per person without increasing the staffing strength under the tight regulation of the Government sector, LGED sought a way of organizational reform by introducing an effective management system. In this context, LGED established Rural Development Engineering Center (RDEC) as a technical resource center of LGED. JICA (erstwhile) came forward with both financial and expert assistance in establishing the RDEC.

Under the Technical Assistance Project JICA opted for capacity development of the LGED Engineers. Under RDEC Setting-up Project, JICA fielded three Long Term Experts and one Coordinator. During three years of the project, 14 Japanese Short Term Experts were dispatched and 14 Short Term Local Experts were engaged in different disciplines. Achievements so far made under RDEC Setting-up project, are quite appreciating.

RDEC Setting-up Project, during January 2003 to January 2006, also contributed significantly for setting up of RDEC for capacity enhancement of LGED staff. Erstwhile JICA further agreed to launch another project titled “Strengthening of Activities in Rural Development Engineering Centre (RDEC) Project” on four years term from 17 September 2007. The very caption of the project is self explanatory of its purpose. Three Long Term JICA Experts are working under this Agreement. The project is running smoothly and contributing a lot for improving the capacity of the LGED engineers.

LCS

Labor Contracting Society (LCS), since introduced by LGED in early Eighties, has been continuing as a completely new and an innovative contracting mode for construction and maintenance of physical infrastructures. LCS is a group of landless (Having less than 0.5 acre of land) men and women laborers organized by the formal group of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB), Non Government Organization (NGO) and other informal groups, being engaged to implement small construction and maintenance schemes on contract basis. Introduction of LCS is considered as a landmark in targeting poverty alleviation directly with infrastructure development. The LCS are now engaged under the different rural infrastructure development projects of the LGED with the very objectives of involving the landless groups directly in the implementation of infrastructure construction and maintenance works, providing employment and income opportunities to the landless groups/destitute women, eliminating intermediaries for the project construction and maintenance activities, ensuring fair wages to the laborers and achieving required quality/standard of construction and maintenance works.

The Guardian: It is further learnt that LGED is involved in the implementation of development activities of other Ministries of the Government of Bangladesh. Would you please mention the names of all these activities and also say how far it is possible on the part of LGED to implement them when it is already termed to be overloaded with its own huge activities?

15Chief Engineer: LGED was basically created for rural infrastructure development activities. LGED earned high reputation both in home and abroad by virtue of its quality performances and timely output. LGED has, as such, been entrusted with infrastructure development activities of some other Ministries of GOB. On the same ground LGED is further required to provide support in aid to other government organizations to build up their capacity within a frame work of an Inter-agency Collaboration. LGED has also been working with the Election Commission in preparing their Constituency maps. In the current year LGED is carrying out development programs of the other Ministries namely Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Forest and Fisheries, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts and Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.

 

LGED’s organizational structure is highly decentralized, which allows LGED to become comfortable in providing Technical Assistance to other agencies, on the top of carrying out its own obligations and responsibilities.

The Guardian: In view of its gigantic volume of activities, it is said that LGED needs huge budget to run its establishment and to implement development programs. So, would you mention the budgetary allocations made to LGED in the current fiscal year for running its overall activities, including the revenue and development expenditures and comment how LGED would be able to work up to the expectation with this allocation?

Chief Engineer: LGED has been given an allocation of Taka 5195.38 crore against 75 projects/programs under the Development head for the current fiscal year. It will receive an allocation of Taka 834.80 crore against maintenance and Taka 1,985.92 crore against 5 projects under the Primary and Mass Education Ministry during the same period. LGED is very mach careful to keep its administrative expenses at minimum and to optimize its development investments.

The Guardian: In this context, would you disclose how many new projects or programs LGED is expecting to add to its program list for the fiscal year 2012-13 and implement them as well?

Chief Engineer: In the current financial year, the Government has already approved 5 new projects for LGED and another 42 are in the pipeline.

The Guardian:  Would you mention the number of local and foreign consultants, experts and organizations involved in the various activities of LGED and also comment on their performances?

Chief Engineer: In GOB funded projects, there is no provision for consultancy services. In case of the foreign assisted projects, there remains a provision of consultants, local and foreign, depending upon the provisions of the bilateral or multilateral Agreements made with the Development Partners. However, amount of such consultancy service is kept at the minimum only as a back-up support to LGED.

The Guardian: Would you also mention the relationship of LGED with other public organizations like DPHE, BWDB, BRDB and others working in the same area across the country?

Chief Engineer: As a public sector organization, LGED strongly believes in maintaining good rapport with DPHE, BWDB and BRDB apart from keeping specific linkage in the cases of the respective programs and projects co-implemented with them. LGED’s bilateral relation with them is fine and LGED always receives from them every cooperation and possible support as and when required vice versa.

The Guardian: Would you give your reaction to the allegation that LGED is one of the major corrupt organizations in the country, and there exists a high rate of corruption at its rank and file?

Chief Engineer: LGED is confident enough to refute such allegations. In case of any such written complains received, LGED immediately, sincerely and seriously goes for a probe in to it.

The Guardian: Would you asses the overall achievements and failures of LGED and keeping all these in mind, would you suggest what further strategies and action plans the LGED should make to meet with success the future demand of the nation?

 

Chief Engineer: As a matter of LGED to be a full-fledged organization, I would strongly suggest for recruitment of at least the engineers/officers against all the approved  slots remaining  vacant within its organizational structure, which is an immediate requirement. Such an action would definitely further augment LGED’s institutional capacity that would obviously be one major way out to eliminate the shortcomings of LGED, if there be any.

The Guardian: In the end, would you please give your valuable message for the people of the country, and especially for all concerned with the development activities of the Local Government of Bangladesh?

Chief Engineer: LGED is always inspired with the whole-hearted support and full cooperation of the local people, beneficiaries and elected representatives of the Local Government Institutions and the Parliament for planning and implementation of its activities with the highest degree of success and for the sake of a sustainable development and good governance at the local level. LGED, a public department of exception, dedicates itself for poverty alleviation and raising the living standard of the country’s teeming millions.

Profile of Chief Engineer Wahidur Rahman

Engr. Md. Wahidur Rahman, Chief Engineer of LGED comes of a highly respectable Muslim family in Joshpur village under Chouddagram Upazila in the district of Comilla and was born on 12 December 1953.

He passed his SSC and HSC examinations in the First Division from the Comilla Board in the years 1969 and 1971 respectively. He got is Graduation in Civil Engineering in 1977 from the erstwhile Chittagong Engineering College, at present Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology (CUET) securing First Class. He obtained his Masters in Science in 1987 from the Southampton University of England.

His involvement with professional and social activities are the following

Fellow, The Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), Ramna, Dhaka.

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA. Member, Bangladesh National Forum for Rural Transport. (BNFRT). Life Member, JICA Alumni Association, Bangladesh. Life Member, Chittagong Ma O Shishu Hospital. Vice Chairman: Central Command Council, Bangladesh Muktijoddah Sangsad. Chairman, Governing Body  of Munshirhat High School,  Hazaipara Atimkhana, Chouddagram, Comilla. Founder, Bud Nursing School, Sonapur, Noakhali.

Founder, Joshpur Jayeda Azam Sikkha Complex, Chouddagram, Comilla. Founder, Mushirhat Degree College and Munshirhat Collegiate School, Chouddagram, Comilla.  Founder, Sufia Khatun Mohila Madrasha, Chouddagram, Comilla. President, Abdur Rahman Bhitti (Scholarship) Foundation. Founder, Joushpur Abdur Rahman Hafizia Atimkhana.

He received a wide range of trainings on various courses and attended different professional programs at home and abroad details of which have been given below:

Trainings on

  • Socio Economic Issues of Civil Construction in 1995 at training Unit of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) organized by LGED.
  • Project Management organized by ADB in Dhaka in 1994.
  • Use of Consulting Services organized by ADB in Dhaka in 1993.
  • Planning and Management of Growth Center Connecting Roads in 1992.
  • Planning, design & construction of Water Supply and Sanitation in 1990 at Chittagaon Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) organized by WASA.
  • Training of Trainers (TOT) course in 1985 organized by LGEB.
  • Operation & Maintenance of Small Scale water Resources Schemes organized by LGEB in 1982.
  • Counterpart Training Concerning RDEC Setting up Project at Tokyo, Japan organized by JICA from 18th to 30th November, 2002.
  • Factory Training on Laboratory Equipments” in USA from 10-20 December, 2004.
  • Participatory Technology & its adoption on Rural Infrastructure Development in Tokyo, Japan organized by JICA from 19 Sep. to 10 Oct. 1999.

Seminars, Conferences and Visits

  • Familiarization Visit on Saudi Arab Jeddah from 17-12-2010 to 25-12-2010.
  • Conference on the Fifth World Urban Forum at Brazil from 22-26 March, 2010.
  • Annual Meeting of the Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (CoP-MfDR) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 23-25 November, 2009.
  • South Asia Regional Forum on Mainstreaming & Managing for Development Results at Thailand, Bangkok from 13-14 November 2007.
  • Workshop on “Transport Infrastructure and Poverty Reduction” funded by ADB, Manila, Philippines from 18-22 July, 2005.
  • Gender Seminar in ADB Assisted Project in Sri-Lanka organized by ADB from 19-20 July 2004.
  • Regional Seminar on Gender, Poverty and Rural Development in Vietnam organized by ADB from 24-26 March, 2004.
  • “Workshop on MICHI-NO-EKI” in Japan from 17-20 February 2004.
  • International Workshop on Participatory Planning of Rural Infrastructure sponsored by ESCAP/UNDP at New Delhi in May, 1998.
  • Workshop on Economic Analysis of Projects sponsored by Asian Development Bank (ADB) at ADB HQ, Manila, Philippines in September 1997.
  • International Workshop on Rural Infrastructure Development sponsored by World Bank and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) at Washington DC, USA in May, 1997.
  • Seminar on Strengthening of Rural Infrastructure Development sponsored by ADB & ILO at Nepal in April 1997.
  • Construction and Maintenance of Road in New Zealand from 19th Sep. to 25th ct. 1994.

Official Business

  • Finalization of Shop & Working Drawing and Contract Signing in Tokyo Japan, from 03-06 April 2008.
  • 8th Session of the External Forum on Gender and Development at ADB HQ, Manila, Philippines from 28-30 May 2007.
  • 9th Session of the External Forum on Gender and Development at ADB HQ, Manila, Philippines from 15-17 October 2008.
  • “10th Regional Seminar for Labour Based Practitioners-Labour Based Technology for Poverty Reduction” in Tanzania and South Africa organized by DANIDA from 13th October to 17th October, 2003.
  • Loan Negotiation of the Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project-II (RIIP-II) at ADB HQ, Manila, Philippines from 12-14 July 2006 as a GOB delegation.
  • “Mid Term Review Mission (MTRM)” in Pakistan organized by IFAD from 19th February to 3rd March 2003.
  • Loan negotiation of the Northern Rural Infrastructure Develop-ment Project (NRIDP) at Japan Bank of International Co-operation (HQ), Tokyo, Japan from 5th July to 12th July 1999 as a GOB delegation.
  • Loan Negotiation of the Third Rural Infrastructure Develop-ment Project  (RDP-21) at IFAD (HQ), Rome, Italy from 28th Nov. to 3rd Dec. 1997 as a GOB delegation.
  • Loan Negotiation of the Third Rural Infrastructure Develop-ment Project for TA at ADB HQ, Manila, Philippines in September 1996 as a GOB delegation.
  • Pre Shipment Inspection of Steel Trusses Bridge at Marubeni Corporation, Japan in June 1996.
  • Pre-shipment Inspection of Laboratory Equipment in India in May 1994.
  • Resource Person for Training Program
  • “Regional Seminar on Gender, Poverty and Development Results from 3-5 May 2006 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

He was honored with the Annual Performance Recognition Award by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) while working as the Project Director of the Third Rural Infrastructure Development Project (RDP-21) consecutively for 3 years i.e. 2001, 2002 & 2003 for highly relevant project designing, effective delivery of output and creating significant impact on poverty reduction, institutional development and capacity building, agriculture and the economy, social development, and the environment. ADB in its Project Completion Report (PCR) dated 21 January 2007 rated this project as a highly successful one.

He also received the Annual Performance Recognition Award from ADB as the Project Co-ordinator of the Emergency Flood Damaged Rehabilitation Project, 2004 (Part-A: Rural Infrastructure) in the year 2005 for his outstanding performance in Project Management.