12th September 2021

Dhaka, September 9, 2021 (PR) - Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is organizing a competition titled 'Bikiron' to create awareness among university students about energy efficiency and conservation and encourage them in conceiving innovative ideas.  The opening ceremony of Bikiron was held through virtual medium on September 9.


SREDA has been taking various timely initiatives to spread awareness on energy efficiency and conservation. As part of Mujib Borsho celebrations, SREDA launched a nationwide awareness campaign titled "Shasroye Jalani, shomriddho agami (conserve energy, brighten your future)". Bikiron is being organized as part of this campaign.


Innovative solutions are being invited from university students on three categories: increasing energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings, improving quality of life using sustainable energy technology in rural areas, and making children and adolescents aware of energy conservation.  Students from any university in Bangladesh will be able to form a team of 2-4people and register for the competition through www.bikiron.org within September 19.  The most promising innovative ideas registered will pass to the next stage of the competition. At this stage, they will have the opportunity to further strengthen their ideas with the help of renowned experts from the sustainable energy sector. At the same time, webinars will be organized for their capacity development. At the end of the process the winning teams will get attractive rewards, and technical support for implementing their ideas.


The event was presided over by Mohammad Alauddin, Chairman, SREDA.  Md. Habibur Rahman, Secretary, Power Division addressed the launching ceremony as a Special Guest. The Chief Guest was Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. He congratulated SREDA on organizing such an event on sustainable energy for the youth during Mujib Borsho. He said, "I believe our talented youth will think deeply about these issues and participate strongly in the development of the country though their innovative talent and hard work.”


Farzana Mamtaz, Member (Joint Secretary), Energy Efficiency and Conservation, SREDA and Al Mudabbir Bin Anam, Program Coordinator, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program, GIZ, Dr. Md. Ziaur Rahman Khan, Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Dr. Subrata Kumar Aditya, Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dhaka University also spoke at the event.

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