A batch of 6 girls and 4 boys from various Army Schools in Bangladesh are on a tour of Fort William from 5–9 Feb 18, under the provisions of a MoU signed between the armies of the two countries on 12 Dec 17. This visit is in reciprocation to the earlier visit by 10 students of Army Public School, Kolkata to military bases in Bangladesh from 16–19 Jan 18. The Bangladeshi delegation consisting of the students, two teachers and two Army Officers is led by Lt Col Md Jubayer Rahman Akhand.
The visit to the Army Public School marks the end of a fruitful visit to Kolkata. The school had organised a brief cultural programme to showcase the talent of students from both sides, which ended with a rendition of the national anthems of the two countries. ‘We selected ten children from various Army schools from all over Bangladesh and we are happy that they have learnt a lot during this tour and would carry back fond memories to Bangladesh’, remarked Lt Col Jubayer.
The visiting delegation met and interacted with the Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Abhay Krishna at Fort William. Speaking with the guests Lt Gen Abhay Krishna said, ‘It is very important that children learn how the two armies are performing the national task of enhancing bilateral relations. They need to develop a good understanding of these aspects that will help them tomorrow when they grow up to become leaders’. Later, the delegation had the opportunity to visit Senapati Bhavan, the residence of the Eastern Army Commander, on the invite of Mrs Bibha Krishna, the Regional President of the Army Wives Welfare Association.
The delegation has been shown around landmark places like Victoria Memorial, Park Street, Science City and the Hooghly river cruise in the City of Joy. Dr (Mrs) Bhattacharjee, the Principal of APS Kolkata stated that it was fortunate that her school got selected for the pilot visit programme and she was confident that such interactions hold the promise of friendship and enhancing of cultural bonds between the two nations.