PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva Bharati University

Friday, 25 May, 2018

Visva Bharati has allocated 11,112 square meter land adjacent to the Indira Gandhi Centre at Santiniketan for the construction of Bangladesh Bhavan.

After the inaugural function, Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi will sit in the meeting. The Bangladesh Bhavan features a museum that showcases renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore's association with that country, the Liberation War of Bangladesh and Indo-Bangla relations. It has been built at a cost of Rs 25 crore, which was provided by the Bangladesh government.

The chief minister said it was not new for her to attend the (Visva-Bharati) convocation.

She recalled how her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was inspired and influenced by Rabindranath Tagore.

PM also said that both India and Bangladesh face similar challenges like climate change.

Terming Bangladesh-India ties beyond strategic, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday hoped that the two countries will be able to solve their any problem maintaining their bonds.

"Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh. You can take a pledge that by 2021, when Visva Bharati will complete 100 years, to develop 50 more villages with electricity supply, gas connection and online transaction facilities", he said.

Mr Modi will also visit Jharkhand and lay foundation for various developmental projects.

The prime minister said this while inaugurating the newly constructed Bangladesh Bhaban jointly with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at Bisva Bharati University here this afternoon. Our relationship is very honest and ever-lasting.

"There was a time when there was a perception that a resolution of these complex disputes was impossible". We've given them a place on humanitarian grounds.

"One such example is Bangladesh Bhavan", PM Modi said here. "I apologise for the inconvenience caused", said the PM as those present in the audience broke into loud cheers and chants of "Modi-Modi".

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport at 9:40am (local time).

On the occasion, the Prime Minister spoke about the bard and his elder brother Satyendranath Tagore's Gujarat connection.

Upon arrival at Santiniketan by a helicopter, Visva-Bharati's Vice-Chancellor Professor Sabuj Koli Sen greeted her.

Further, Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Education Minister, Cultural Affairs Minister will be accompanying Prime Minister Hasina, as per The Daily Star.

Tagore's song "Anandaloke Mongolaloke" was played at the ceremony. "As the chancellor, I tender my apology", Modi said as he started his speech at the university.