A delegation of Army school students from Bangladesh visited Fort William on Tuesday under an MoU signed between the armies of both the countries, India and Bangladesh, to foster Indo-Bangla military ties. A batch of six girls and four boys from various Army schools in Bangladesh are on a tour of Fort William from 5 to 9 February, under the provisions of an MoU signed between the armies of the two countries on 12 December last year.

The visit is in reciprocation to the earlier visit by 10 students of Army Public School (APS), Kolkata, to military bases in Bangladesh from 16 to 19 January. The Bangladeshi delegation consisting of the students, two teachers and two Army officers is led by Lt Col Md Jubayer Rahman Akhand. On Tuesday’s visit to the Army Public School marked the end of a fruitful visit to Kolkata. The school had organised a brief cultural programme to showcase the talent of students from both the sides, which ended with a rendition of the national anthems of the two countries.

“We selected 10 children from various Army schools from all over Bangladesh and we are happy that they have gained useful insights during this tour and would carry back fond memories to Bangladesh,” remarked Lt Col Jubayer. Yesterday, the delegation met and interacted with the Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Abhay Krishna at the Fort William. Lt Gen Abhay Krishna said, “It is important that children learn how the two armies are performing the national task of enhancing bilateral relations.

They need to develop an understanding of these aspects that will help them tomorrow when they grow up to become leaders.” Later, the delegation had the opportunity to visit Senapati Bhavan, the residence of the Eastern Army Commander, on the invite of Mrs Bibha Krishna, the Regional President of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA). Dr Bhattacharjee, the principal of APS, Kolkata, said that it was fortunate that her school got selected for the pilot visit programme and she was confident that such interactions hold the promise of friendship.