History

On 8 August 1995, Dr. Khondkar Siddique-e Rabbani, a Professor of the Department of Physics, Curzon Hall building, University of Dhaka, organized a meeting inviting some of his colleagues and students at his office and proposed the formation of a society with a vision to promote and foster science & technology research relevant to the needs of the common people – in order to enhance the quality of life of all people in Bangladesh and throughout the world. The individuals present at the meeting agreed to the proposal and joined hands to form a society named ‘Relevant Science & Technology Society, Bangladesh (RSTS)’. They met again on 5 September 1995 and signed a Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of RSTS which was submitted for registration by the Government under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. After necessary official procedures RSTS was given a registration certificate on 6 January, 1996 by the Registrar of the Joint Stock Companies, Dhaka, Bangladesh; the registration number being S-1694(43)/96. The first registered address was 20/5 West Panthopath, Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh. Twenty two persons were signatories to the formation of RSTS on 5 September 1995 and their names and occupations are given in the following list.

 

List of signatories to the formation of Relevant Science & Technology Society, Bangladesh (RSTS) on 5 September, 1995
Serial Name Occupation
1 Dr. Khondkar Siddique-e-Rabbani Physics Teacher
2 Dr. M. Adnan Kiber Physics Teacher
3 Mr. A B M Humayun Kabir Physics Teacher
4 Dr. Reza Bin Zaid Medical Consultant
5 Mrs. Kamila Afroj Physicist
6 Mr. A K M Shamsul Huda Physicist
7 Mr. Moinuddin Hassan Physicist
8 Mr. A S M Ibrahim Physicist
9 Mr. Md. Jahangir Alam Physicist
10 Mr. Muzaddid Sarker Physicist
11 Mr. Tanvir Noor Baig Physicist
12 Mr. Farhad Gias Milki Physicist
13 Mr. S.M. Zakir Hossain Physicist
14 Ms. Nahreen Maherukh Physicist
15 Mr. Suman Ahmed Sabir Physicist
16 Ms. Suravi Islam Physicist
17 Ms. Naureen M. Rahman Physicist
18 Ms. Sabera Rahman Physicist
19 Mr. Sabbir Hossain Physicist
20 Mr. Md. Habibur Rahman Akand Physicist
21 Mr. Mahmudur Rahman Physicist
22 Mr. Md. Shaheen Mia Physicist

 

The first general body meeting after registration was held on 23 January, 1996 at Curzon Hall building of the University of Dhaka, presided over by Professor Khondkar Siddique-e Rabbani. The meeting was attended by the following members:

 

 

  1.    Professor K.S. Rabbani
  2.   Mr. Md. Moinuddin Hassan
  3.   Dr. M. Adnan Kiber
  4.   Mr. A.B.M. Humayun Kabir
  5.   Mr. Md. Jahangir Alam
  6.   Mr. Muzaddid Sarker
  7.   Mr. Md. Habibur Rahman Akand
  8.   Mr. Md. Shaheen Mia
  9.   Mr. Md. Shumon Alam
  10. Mr. Sabbir Hossain
  11. Ms. Suravi Islam
  12. Ms. Sabera Rahman
  13. Ms. Nahreen Maherukh
  14. Mr. Sumon Ahmed Sabir
  15. Mr. Tanvir Noor Baig
  16. Mr. Farhad Gias Milki
  17. Mr. S.M. Zakir Hossain
  18. Dr. Md. Reza Bin Zaid
  19. Ms. Kamila Afroz

 

 

There they distributed the portfolios of the first Executive Committee of RSTS as follows:

President Professor K.S. Rabbani
Vice President Dr. Reza Bin Zaid
Treasurer Ms. Kamila Afroj
General Secretary Dr. Adnan Kiber
Joint Secretary Mr. A.B.M. Humayun Kabir
Members  
Mr. A.K.M. Shamsul Huda
Mr. A.S.M. Ibrahim
Mr. Md. Jahangir Alam
Mr. Muzaddid Sarker
Mr. S.M. Zakir Hossain
Ms. Nahreen Maherukh

 

 

Rules and Regulations to act as Guidance only,

invoking individual responsibility of the leadership

The general body of RSTS observed that traditional ‘Rules and regulations’ or ‘Constitution’ often fail to provide the objective of an organization in practice. This is because it is impossible for human beings to perceive of every situation beforehand and formulate all-encompassing flawless constitutions or rules. However, the requirement to abide by such rules and regulations frequently blocks the exercise of human conscience and judgement in individual circumstances. In many cases, if there is hypocrisy in leadership, it leads to distortion in the interpretations of the rules to the advantage of the leadership, but at the same time shunning their own personal responsibility, putting it all on the ‘rules and regulations’ or the ‘constitution’. There is no alternative to trust, honesty, sincerity and transparency in the leadership to get a humane society. The existing procedure of ‘mistrust-check and balance’ has not given us a nice world to live on. Rather, the general body of RSTS realized that the procedure should be based on trust which allows human conscience to get the upper hand. A trust also invokes individual responsibility which the existing system based on mistrust takes away. Therefore, the general body of RSTS resolved that all rules and regulations of RSTS as delineated in the ‘Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations’ will actually be treated as a Guidance. Each member of the Executive Committee individually will hold the responsibility of any action taken by the Committee and will be answerable to the General Body.

Future

RSTS is looking towards much more engaging activities in line with its vision and mission, at both home and abroad.