Muhammad Shahinur Rahman presents his expererience at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) of Bangalore
My name is Muhammad Shahinur Rahman and I am a Master student at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. I am interested in ocean sciences and follow my curriculum at the new department of Oceanography at Dhaka University.
For my Master internship, I was offered the opportunity to conduct my research project at the in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India, and more specifically within the Joint International Laboratory between France and India called the Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences (IFCWS). This was made possible thanks to the Embassy of France in Bangladesh who funded my 3-month stay at IISc. During my internship, I worked with Dr. Fabrice Papa and Dr. Fabien Durand, both scientists of the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) of France.
My project was focused on estimating river discharge of the Ganges-Brahmaputra river using satellite radar altimeter observations. Understanding the flow of large rivers is a key problem for hydrology, ocean and climate sciences. It is even more important for Bangladesh, “the country of Rivers”. For developing countries, in-situ river discharge monitoring is very expensive, so using satellite data is a great alternative. The results are very important for all the countries around the Bay of Bengal.
It was a great experience for me to work within the IFCWS, where every person was very helpful and I enjoyed my research time there. It was also my first air travel and stay in abroad. India is a rich multi cultural country and my stay was a memorable time in my life.
Recently, I presented some of results at the International Indian Ocean Experiment Symposium (IIOE-50) in Goa, India.
I am really thankful to the persons who made all this possible : the Embassy of France in Bangladesh, the director of IISc and the chairmen of IFCWS, along with the chairman of the Department of Oceanography at the University of Dhaka.
I hope this new collabration will be continued and more students of Bangladesh will have the same opportunity and achieve scientific knowledge"