Ministry of Cultural Affairs

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People's Republic of Bangladesh
Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Bengali: সংস্কৃতি বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়
Sanskr̥ti biṣaẏaka mantraṇālaẏa
Government Seal of Bangladesh.svg
Government of Bangladesh Seal
Agency overview
Formed12 January 1972
JurisdictionGovernment of Bangladesh
HeadquartersSecretariat, Dhaka[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Aktari Mamtaz, Senior Secretary
Websitemoca.gov.bd

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs[2] (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.

Directorates[3][edit]

History[edit]

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.[4]

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.

Former Ministers[edit]

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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References[edit]

  1. ^ "মন্ত্রণালয় ও বিভাগসমূহ - Cabinet Division-Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh - মন্ত্রিপরিষদ বিভাগ-গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার". cabinet.gov.bd.
  2. ^ "Bhupen Hazarika - An epitome of humanity and love". 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  3. ^ "MoCA: Departments/Agencies".
  4. ^ "MoCA: History".
  5. ^ "MoCA: Former Ministers".