International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) in Dhaka has been approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as the status of a category II institute of the UN body.
The approval came in the 197th session of the UNESCO Executive Board held in its headquarters in Paris on Saturday said a press release of Bangladesh Embassy in France.
The Executive Board members noted that “given the linguistic diversity of the Asia-Pacific region and the institute’s unique emphasis on mother tongue and multilingual education, the IMLI will serve as a hub of knowledge and research.’
The unanimous decision of the Executive Board will now be transmitted for approval by the UNESCO General Conference scheduled for November 3-18 this year. Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, senior secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration will lead the Bangladesh delegation to this session.
The press release also went on to say: “An agreement between UNESCO and Bangladesh side in this regard is expected to be signed at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”