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Seminar on Re-Visiting Historical Records of South Asia held at ULAB

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The Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) and the Department of General Education (GED) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) jointly organized a seminar titled Re-Visiting Historical Records of South Asia on Sunday, December 04, 2022 at 11:30 am. The seminar was held at ULAB’s Main Campus (688 Beribadh Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh). The Seminar commenced with a welcome speech by the Vice Chancellor of ULAB Professor Imran Rahman. In his speech, he highlighted the activities of the ULAB’s Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) as well as the significance of epigraphy, a primary tool of archaeology, for the reconstruction of history. Professor of the Department of Ancient Indian History & Culture, University of Calcutta Dr. Susmita Basu Majumdar delivered a lecture titled Interrogating Mauryan and Contemporary Records in the seminar. In her lecture, she brings to light the character of the Mauryan empire, for example, the emperor Ashoka and its policies, thoughts including its relationship with the other regions by analyzing selected inscriptions from the eastern sector of the Mauryan territory including Mahasthan stone inscription. The second speaker Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Ancient Indian History & Culture, University of Calcutta Dr. Sayantani Pal discussed Epigraphy as a text based on the B.D. Chattopadhyaya’s book on Early Mediaeval Rural settlements and Society. Professor of History and the former Vice Chancellor of the National University, Bangladesh Dr. Abdul Momin Chowdhury delivered his valuable remarks on the contribution of historians of the sub-continent by mentioning the very point in 3rd century B.C. the idea of democracy, welfare state being discussed in that Ashokan inscription at the seminar. The seminar was enlightened by the live discussion, questions and answers of the eminent historians, archaeologists, and social scientists, as well as ULAB faculties and students participating in the seminar. Finally, the Professor of Archaeology, Head of the Department of General Education (GED) and the Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Dr. Shahnaj Husne Jahan concluded the seminar.

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