Fellow Since 2002
This profile was prepared when Shamsul Palash was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Shamsul believes that today's generation of university students possesses the talent and perspective to lead the country's budding environmental movement. By joining students together in this mutual concern, Shamsul is working to develop responsible, unbiased thought leaders who do not heed narrow party agendas but instead seek solutions that will benefit the whole of Bangladesh. Going beyond Bangladesh's typical university setting divided by political lines, Shamsul identifies a broad base of university students who are committed to the environment and who demonstrate the leadership, skill, and drive to create solutions to the country's growing environmental problems. He then trains this group of individuals, enabling them to garner broad support for various projects like implementing alternative strategies for watershed protection. Shamsul's idea has spread to three additional universities and continues to involve university and secondary students throughout Bangladesh.