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BUET hosts season finale of Bangladesh Stockholm Junior Water Prize

  • Published at 10:34 pm May 4th, 2019
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Participants of the fifth season finale of the Bangladesh Stockholm Junior Water Prize Courtesy

The project is aimed at encouraging participation of youngsters in saving the current and future generations from scarcity of affordable clean water

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Friday held the fifth season finale of the Bangladesh Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWPBD) 2019 on Friday.

After three months of extensive school campaigns in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, and Mymensingh of around 200 schools and colleges across the country, 10 teams from different regions of Bangladesh fought in the SJWPBD 2019 finale, according to a press release.

Organized by the House of Volunteers Foundation Bangladesh and sponsored by WaterAid Bangladesh, SJWPBD has been held since 2015 for 15-20 year-old pre-university students in Bangladesh as the national round of Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—a project of Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

The project is aimed at encouraging participation of youngsters in saving the current and future generations from scarcity of affordable clean water. 

During the competition, participants were closely monitored and guided by a group of mentors from BUET and WaterAid. 

The finalists presented their water research project through a poster presentation in front of an 11-member jury board consisting of faculty members of BUET, water scientists, and technical experts from WaterAid and other bodies related to water research and development in Bangladesh. 

The winning team of SJWP,BD 2019 will be sent to Stockholm, Sweden in August 2019 to compete in the international round of the competition, the press release added.

Jurors in the national competition included, among others: Dr Tanvir Ahmed, associate professor of Department of Civil Engineering at BUET, Dr Ferdous Sarwar, associate professor of the Department of Industrial and Production Engineering at BUET, and Shubhra Bhattacharjee, country coordinator at Bangladesh Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI)

Saifur Rahman, chief engineer of the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) attended as chief guest at the prize giving ceremony, while Dr Md Khairul Islam, country director of WaterAid Bangladesh was the special guest.

Didarul Islam and Md Shahriar Hasan were selected as the winner of SJWPBD 2019, with their project titled “A novel, non-invasive and chemical free synthesis of carbon aerogel from thermoplastic waste as a potential electrode for rapid capacitive deionization”. 

They will go on to compete in the international round.