The 50th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu's grandson Sajeeb Wazed Joy was celebrated on Tuesday (Jul 27) amid increasing public expectations about his future role in political arena as by now he played the pivotal role in setting the country's crucial course being the beacon of 'Digital Bangladesh'.
Marking his birthday, different programmes were arranged including discussions, webinars, tree plantation, cutting of cakes, Doa Mehfil, distribution of foods among distressed people and distribution of study materials among children.
Bangladesh Awami League, Jubo League, Krishak League and different other associates and like-minded bodies of Awami League arranged programmes to celebrate his birth anniversary, local media reported.
"Thank you to everyone who has sent me birthday wishes. I am now half a century old, the same age as Bangladesh. After 12 years of our Awami League Government Bangladesh today is a middle income, digitized country. I am a now middle aged tech entrepreneur!" Joy said this in a facebook post from his verified page.
Despite being a leading political figure, Joy so far preferred a distinct course of action unlike any conventional politician, to materialize the electoral pledge of the party he belongs to and his mother Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leads to build a Digital Bangladesh.
Contemporary political history suggests that Joy, also Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Affairs Adviser, was a key figure in formulating the Awami League's Vision 2021 manifesto, based-on what the party was reelected thrice to power since 2008.
Being a member of Bangladesh's most illustrious political family, Joy's character largely reflects the qualities of his grandfather Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who founded the country to remain as the Father of the Nation.
A graduate in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in the United States, Joy was born in 1971, coinciding with the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation. His father Dr M A Wazed Miah was an internationally reputed nuclear scientist.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Tuesday released a special commemorative postage stamp, an opening day cover and a Data Card marking the 50th birth anniversary of her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy and a grandson of Bangabandhu.
The PM unveiled the 10 Tk commemorative postage stamp, a 10 Tk opening day cover and a five Tk Data Card at a simple ceremony at her official Ganabhaban residence in the morning.
A special canceller was used on the occasion. The stamp, first-day cover and data card would be sold from Philatelic Bureau of Dhaka GPO from Tuesday and those would be available at other GPOs and head post offices across the country later.
Awami League science and technology affairs sub-committee arranged a webinar titled "Progressing Digital Technology under the Leadership of Jananetri Sheikh Hasina: Pioneer from Mujib to Sajeeb" marking his birth anniversary.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader addressed the webinar as the chief guest joining it virtually from his official residence.
Sub-committee's Chairman Prof Dr Hossain Mansur chaired the webinar while AL Science and Technology Affairs Secretary and sub-committee's member secretary Engineer Md Abdus Sabur delivered the welcome address.
Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) Vice-Chancellor Prof Engineer Habibur Rahman, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Engineer Abdul Jabbar Khan and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University Vice-Chancellor Prof Engineer Munaj Ahmed Noor addressed the webinar as discussants.
Canadian University of Bangladesh Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Engineer Muhammad Mahfuzul Islam presented the keynote paper in the webinar, moderated by the Awami League sub-committee member Engineer Md Ranak Ahsan.
Krishak League arranged a Doa Mehfil and discussion in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi road number 32 in the afternoon.
Awami League Joint General Secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud addressed the discussion as the chief guest.
Krishak League President Samir Chanda chaired it.
Awami Jubo League also arranged milad and doa mahfil at its central office at Bangabandhu Avenue.
Later, tree saplings were planted on the premises of Mahanagar Natyamancha here under the arrangement of Awami Jubo League. Jubo League General Secretary Md Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil joined it as the chief guest.
Under the arrangement of Bangladesh Chhatra League, foods, study materials and health protective equipment were distributed among over 100 underprivileged children at Madhu's Canteen on Dhaka University campus.
BCL President Al Nahian Khan Joy and General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee were present, among others, on the occasion.
Bangladesh Awami Matsajibi League arranged milad, doa mahfil and cutting of cake at Awami League's Bangabandhu Avenue central office. Matsajibi League President valiant freedom fighter Saidur Rahman and General Secretary Lion Sheikh Ajgar Naskar were present among others.
Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote organized a virtual discussion with its Executive President Rafiqul Alam in the chair.
State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Murad Hassan, Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, Awami League leaders Balaram Poddar, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote General Secretary Arun Sarker Rana addressed it among others.