Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India for two days from Friday to attend convocation of Vishva Bharati University, officials said on Wednesday.
The Bangladeshi Prime Minister will be conferred with honorary Doctor of Literature (D.Litt) Degree by Kazi Nazrul University at Asansol in the Indian State of West Bengal.
She will leave Dhaka on Friday for Kolkata at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
Hasina and Modi will jointly inaugurate the newly constructed Bangladesh Bhaban at Shantiniketan and hold an official meeting there, he said.
Hasina will go to Shantiniketan near Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal, approximately 180 km north off Kolkata by a helicopter on Friday.
Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharati University Professor Sabuj Koli Sen will receive the prime minister at Shantiniketan, while Narendra Modi will welcome her later at Rabindra Bhaban of the university.
Hasina will attend the convocation ceremony of the Bisva Bharati University as the guest of honour.
The convocation will also be attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Hasina and Modi will jointly open the newly constructed Bangladesh Bhaban having a modern theatre, display room, a large library for books on literature, culture, history and liberation war of Bangladesh and India, and books on Bangladesh-India relations.
Besides, two big murals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Biswa Kabi Rabindranath Tagore have been set up at the two ends of its entrance.
After the inaugural ceremony of Bangladesh Bhaban, Hasina and Narendra Modi will hold a meeting. Issues of bilateral interest and international concerns are expected to come up for discussion in the talks.
On her return to Kolkata, Hasina will visit “Jorasanko Thakur Bari”, the residence of poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Leaders of Kolkata Chamber are scheduled to call on Hasina at Hotel Taj Bengal.
On Saturday, the prime minister will go to Kazi Nazrul University at Asansol where she would be conferred with the honorary DLitt Degree at a special convocation there.
Hasina will deliver a speech at the ceremony and hand over gold medals among the meritorious students. She is scheduled to return home on Saturday night.