Synergy between teaching and research is must for universities in Bangladesh”- Prof. David Lewis
An eminent British Scholar Professor David Lewis had joined a conversation with a young South Asian Scholar Dr. Mohammad Tarikul Islam on 20 June 2020. Inspired by the relentless support of around 1500 valued members, Local Government- Centre for Social Harmony and Development has recently launched a monthly conversation where an enlightened person is invited to share his/her contribution to the state society.
the outset, Dr. Mohammad Tarikul Islam who is the Founder and Administrator of the Centre as well as an Associate Professor of Government and Politics at Jahangirnagar University had expressed his gratitude to Professor David for talking in the inaugural episode.
Professor David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development in the Department of Social Policy at LSE, UK. David is also a Faculty Advisory Group member in the LSE South Asia Centre. David had studied at the University of Cambridge and Bath respectively.
An anthropologist by training, most of his work has tried to draw on the relationship between anthropology and development studies. His field work has been primarily in South and South East Asia, mainly Bangladesh.
He has authored several books, including 3 specifically on Bangladesh. He has presented his work at many universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Oxford and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
‘Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society’ is the most popular book among the students of Political Science, Development Studies, Public Administration and Anthropology at different universities in Bangladesh.
In forty minutes long conversation with Dr. Islam, David had shaded light on illuminating discussion covering different emerging issues like higher education amid COVID pandemic, research based universities in Bangladesh, strategies for encountering COVID, motivation for the young faculty members and his 4 decades of research in Bangladesh.
For encountering the adverse impact of COVID pandemic, Professor David had emphasized on expanding social protection scheme by the government of Bangladesh to ramp up action to curb the health emergency, protect their people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and set the stage now for fast economic recovery in partnership with different stakeholders.
As stated by David, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed teaching methods across the globe. As universities continue to move all of their operations online, staff and faculty of LSE are working hard to deliver students high-quality teaching remotely and digitally.
LSE has taken hybrid approach to learning in pandemic where in-class learning is taking place maintaining social distance. He told that, universities in Bangladesh need to be good at both teaching and research, and that there are useful synergies between them.
Professor David Lewis is currently working on a co-edited book (with D. Rodgers and M. Woolcock) called ‘New Mediums, Better Messages? How Innovations in Translation, Engagement, and Advocacy Are Changing International Development’, Oxford University Press, 2021 forthcoming).
In his concluding remarks, Professor David had highly appreciated Dr. Tarik for his persistent academic endeavor and gave special thanks for winning the prestigious Best Writer award from Nepal. Professor Islam had ended up his inaugural episode with a vote of thanks to the guest and viewers on the Facebook page.