The Builder, Digital Bangladesh
Sajeeb Ahmed Wajed Joy
Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed (Bangla: সজীব ওয়াজেদ জয়) (born July 27, 1971), also known as Sajeeb Wazed Joy, is an IT professional who was selected by World Economic Forum as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders of the World. He is the son of Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh and the grandson of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President of Bangladesh. Early life and education Sajeeb Wazed was born in 1971 during the Bangladesh Liberation Warto the eminent Bengali nuclear scientist Dr. M. A. Wazed Miah andSheikh Hasina Wazed. His birth during the war and subsequent victory of the Bengalis earned him the nickname given by his maternal grandfather,Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, "Joy" which in Bengali means victory. Wazed received his early education in India. He attended Kodaikanal International School in Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu. He later studied inBangalore University where he pursued a Bachelor of Science in computer science, physics and mathematics. Wazed then studied computer engineering at the University of Texas, Arlington in the United States. Subsequently, Wazed attended the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University, where he completed a Masters in Public Administration. Politics In 2004, Sajeeb Wazed visited Bangladesh amid speculations that he would be taking up the Sheikh family's political mantle. He and his wife received a rousing reception as they landed in Shahjalal International Airport. Thousands of people lined Dhaka's roads to have glimpse of Joy and his wife. During the visit he rejected a letter sent by Tarique Rahman, son of the then Prime Minister and his mother's arch rival, Khaleda Zia. The letter congratulated Sajeeb's possible entry into politics. In 2007, Wazed was selected by the World Economic Forum in Davosas one of the "250 Young Global Leaders of the World". The forum cited his role as Advisor to the President of the Bangladesh Awami League. During the 2006–2008 Bangladeshi political crisis and Minus Two controversy, both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia were arrested by the military backed interim government on charges of corruption and "anti-state" activities. Hasina maintained that the charges were baseless and her detention was part of efforts by the military to keep her out of the political arena in order to pave the way for another period of quasi-military rule in Bangladesh. Sajeeb Wazed began campaigning in the United States and Europe for the release of his mother and other detained high-profile politicians. Hasina was eventually released in June 2008. She subsequently traveled to the United States for medical treatment. In December 2008, Bangladesh held national elections that saw Sheikh Hasina's Awami League and its coalition partners secure the biggest parliamentary majority since 1973, capturing 262 seats in the 300 seat parliament, 230 of which went to the Awami League. Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as the 14th Prime Minister of Bangladesh on 6 January 2009. Prior to the elections, Wazed wrote an article in the Harvard International Review in which he outlined a "secular plan" to stem the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh. Wazed gave an interview to the BBC in February, 2009 in the aftermath of the violent Bangladesh Rifles mutiny. Asked about security threats faced by his mother from tension provoked in the military by the mutiny and whether certain quarters were trying to stage a scenario similar to that of his grandfather's assassination in 1975 during a coup by junior army officers, Wazed commented that there was a "distinct possibility" of such a situation being intended. He also stressed that security was beefed up at the Prime Minister's residence and went on to praise his mother's handling of the mutiny. "This is probably the biggest incident Bangladesh has had since 1975 and our government and the prime minister has handled this compassionately, pragmatically but decisively to bring the situation under control" he said Primary membership On 25 February 2009, Wazed officially joined the Awami League as a primary member of the Rangpur district unit of the party. Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif handed over Wazed's membership form to district party leaders. Rangpur is the ancestral home district of his father Wazed Miah. The move by Wazed to formally join the Awami League was widely welcomed by leading political leaders and commentators, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Senior BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan gave his party's official reaction by stating "we see the matter positively" Digital Bangladesh Within days of joining the Awami League as a primary member, Wazed, in his capacity as a software developer, unveiled the concept paper and action plan for the government's ambitious "Digital Bangladesh" scheme; to develop a strong ICT industry in Bangladesh and initiate e-governanceand IT education on a mass scale. Wazed emphasized the use of information technology to achieve Bangladesh's development goals. He also noted that the Digital Bangladesh "scheme" would contribute to a more transparent system of government through e-governance, as it would greatly reduce massive bureaucratic corruption in Bangladesh. He also spoke of Bangladesh's potential to become an IT outsourcing hub in the next few years given its various advantages in a growing young educated population with a "neutral" English accent. Wazed stated that by the 2021, the IT industry can overtake textiles and readymade garments as the principal foreign exchange earner for Bangladesh.
Late Dr. M A Wajed MIa ( Shudha Mia )
nuclear scientist, Husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, father of Sajeeb Ahmed Wajed Joy and Saima Islam Putul
Short biography of international renowned nuclear scientist late Dr M A Wazed Miah
Short biography of international renowned nuclear scientist late Dr M A Wazed Miah
Born on February 16 in 1942, in a respectable Muslim family of Fatepur village under Pirganj upazila of Rangpur district, Dr Wajed was the youngest among four sons and three daughters of Abdul Quader Mia.
He studied up to class four at the primary school at his village and then up to class six at a high school under the Pirganj thana.
He obtained his matriculation with distinction from Rangpur Government District School in Rangpur district in 1956 in first division and was admitted to Rajshahi Science College from where he passed the Higher Secondary Certificate examination securing second position in merit list.
Wajed Mia was admitted to Physics Department of Dhaka University in 1958 and obtained first class first in B. Sc (hons) in 1961 and first class first in M.Sc in 1962 from same university.
He joined the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission on April 9 in 1963. He obtained his 'Diploma from Imperial College of London in 1963- 64.Dr M A Wazed Miah returned home in September 1967 after obtaining his PhD degree in Physics from Durham University of the United Kingdom and joined as scientific officer at Atomic Energy Research Centre in Dhaka. Later, he was engaged in post-doctoral research from November 1969 to 1970 in London.
Dr M A Wazed Miah tied his nuptial cord with Sheikh Hasina, daughter of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on November 17 in 1967. They have a son and a daughter - Sajib Wajed Joy and Saima Wajed Putul.
In 1969 he got the associate-ship of Italy-based International Theoretical Physics Research Centre of Nobel Laureate Professor Dr Salam where he was engaged in a research project under the world- renowned scientist. In the same year he returned home and remained engaged with Atomic Energy research Centre. In 1975 he was in the then West Germany to undergo higher training on atomic reactor science while his wife Sheikh Hasina was with her at that time and thus evaded the August 15, 1975 carnage. He was engaged in research works at the New Delhi-based laboratory of Indian Atomic Energy Commission from 1975 to 1982, the period he actually was forced to leave an exiled life after the killing of Bangabandhu along with most of his family members. On return home, he rejoined the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and retired as its chairman in 1999.
A nuclear scientist of international repute, Dr MA Wajed Mia, who breathed his last at a city hospital yesterday, is known more for his professional excellence in scientific arena but close friends and contemporaries were familiar to his role also as a student leader during the climax of Bengali nationalist movement in 1960s. His quality earned the position of the vice president of Fazlul Haque Muslim Hall while he was always under the affectionate shadow of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He even was arrested and served in jail for his leading role in the then 1962 students movement against Education Commission recommendations shrinking facilities for higher education. But his academic excellence and knack for academic pursuit made him a nuclear scientist eventually installing to the top position of the country's Atomic Energy Commission after long career as a researcher and fellow at different scientific institutes and organizations in different countries including Germany and India. He all through tried to maintain a low profile while in personal life, led a very simple life and was an amiable person but never compromised with anything unjust.
Apart from his publications on scientific research and nuclear science, Wajed Mia also authored a number of books on social and political issues including one on the memories of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The books included Fundamentals of Electromagnetics, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib-ke Ghire Kichhu Ghatana o Bangladesh'
Baby Sajeeb Ahmed Wajed Joy
Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh, son of Late Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni, founder of bangladesh Jubo League & Sajeeb Ahmed Wajed (Joy), son of Late Nuclear Scientist Dr. M A Wajed Mia (Shudha Mia) and Sheikh Hasina