Ministry of Cultural Affairs
|Bengali: সংস্কৃতি বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়|
Sanskr̥ti biṣaẏaka mantraṇālaẏa
Government of Bangladesh Seal
|Formed||12 January 1972|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Bangladesh|
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs (Bengali: সংস্কৃতি বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়; Sanskr̥ti biṣaẏaka mantraṇālaẏa) is a ministry of the Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh, in charge of national museums and monuments; promoting and protecting the arts (visual, plastic, theatrical, musical, dance, architectural, literary, televisual and cinematographic) in Bangladesh and managing the national archives. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs is also charged with maintaining the Bengali identity.
- Directorate of Archives and Libraries
- Department of Public Libraries
- Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
- Bangladesh National Museum
- Bangla Academy
- Department of Archaeology (Bangladesh)
- Nazrul Institute
- National Book Centre
- Bangladesh Copyright Office
- Bangladesh Folk Arts and Crafts Foundation
The importance of preserving and spreading culture was recognised so following Bangladesh's independence in 1971 a separate division was created within the Ministry of Education called Cultural Affairs and Sports Division on 26 May 1972. From then the new Division devoted itself to the promotion of the cultural sector of the country. Later in 1975, the Division was adjoined with Labour and Welfare Ministry. However, in the same year it was returned to the Ministry of Education. Subsequently, in 1978 it separated from the Ministry of Education and became known as the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sports. Then again in 1979 it was renamed the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports. Then, in 1980 these three sectors were divided into two different ministries: the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Sports & Cultural Affairs.
In 1982, under Hussain Muhammad Ershad's policy of administrative rearrangement, the ministry was converted to Sports & Culture Division and placed under the secretariat of Chief Martial Law Administrator. Next in 1983 it was transferred to President's secretariat. Afterwards in 1984 the Sport & Culture Division was transferred from President's secretariat to the Ministry of Education. In the same year sports related works were separated from Sports & Culture Division and separately made a ministry and named as Ministry of Youth & Sports. And under the Ministry of Education a separate division was made named as Cultural Affairs Division.
Under the Second Khaleda Cabinet starting in 2001, the Ministry operated under the name of Ministry of Cultural Affairs under State Minister Selima Rahman. Then in the subsequent Second Sheikh Hasina Cabinet starting in 2008, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs was run under Minister Abul Kalam Azad who was simultaneously Minister for Ministry of Information. Since the Third Sheikh Hasina Cabinet, formed in 2014, the Ministry has been operating as full-fledged Ministry, under Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, with Md. Nasir Uddin Ahmed as the Secretary of the Ministry.
|Sl.||Name||Designation||Ministry||Start date||End date|
|1||Noor Mohammod Khan||Deputy Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||25-05-1988||03-10-1989|
|2||Jafor Imam||Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||03-10-1989||23-12-1989|
|3||Syed Didad Bokt||State Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||23-12-1989||06-12-1990|
|4||Alamgir M A Kabir||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||19-12-1990||19-12-1990|
|5||Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||19-12-1990||15-03-1991|
|6||Dr. AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury||Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||27-03-1991||19-09-1991|
|7||Prof. Jahanara Begum||State Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||19-09-1991||19-03-1996|
|8||Prof. Jahanara Begum||State Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||19-03-1996||30-03-1996|
|9||Prof. Md. Samsul Hoque||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||03-04-1996||23-06-1996|
|10||Obaidul Quader||State Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||23-06-1996||15-07-2001|
|11||Rokeya Afjal Rahman||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||16-07-2001||10-10-2001|
|12||Selima Rahman||State Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||11-10-2001||29-10-2006|
|13||C. M. Sofi Sami||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||01-11-2006||12-12-2006|
|14||Sofiqul Hoque Chowdhury||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||12-12-2006||11-01-2007|
|15||Ayub Kadri||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||17-01-2007||27-12-2007|
|16||Rasheda K Chowdhury||Adviser||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||21-01-2008||06-01-2009|
|17||Abul Kalam Azad||Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||06-01-2009||15-09-2012|
|Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||15-09-2012||21-12-2013|
|18||Promod Mankin||State Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||31-07-2009||14-09-2012|
|19||Hasanul Hoque Inu||Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||21-12-2013||12-01-2014|
|20||Asaduzzaman Noor||Minister||Ministry Of Cultural Affairs||13-01-2014||Present|
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- "Bhupen Hazarika - An epitome of humanity and love". 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
- "MoCA: Departments/Agencies".
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