Bangladesh Catholic Students’ Movement (BCSM) is a student movement. This movement is solely constituted and run by Catholic students. The center of this movement is the ideology of Christ. This movement not only builds up a Christian mentality amongst students but also it helps organize students in resolving different problems by formation and educative procedures.
IMCS (International Movement for Catholic Students) has been trying to organize the catholic students of Bangladesh under one unit since the time of Liberation. They have been communicating BD then by the method of different student’s organizations and visits. In this context, in the year of 1991 on 20-24th October NATIONAL CONFERENCE took place at NOTRE DAME COLLEGE, Dhaka and thus BCSM was formed.
Growing up a Christian mentality among students and being a witness to Christian values through work. Growing up awareness among students regarding different social and National issues and evaluating those in Christ’s Ideology. Promoting different formation programs relating to real and social life and thus inspiring students in different development works. Helping and motivating students in educational sectors. Following the methodology of IMCS.
Students from College and University are eligible to be members. The executive committee can approve the membership after the candidate fills up the necessary forms.Amount of fee: the form costs tk 5.00, admission fee is tk 20.00 and membership fee for one year is tk 25.00. In total tk 50.00. The members are to pay tk 25.00 later on for annual membership.
Types of Membership and Eligibility
There are 3 types of members in BCSM. Associate member: Those who study in Higher Secondary Level. Full Member: Those who have passed the Higher Secondary Level. Honorary Member: Those who were members of BCSM and have completed their study but still want to devote themselves in the works of BCSM. But they will have to pay a required amount of fee for this purpose.
How can one attain the membership of BCSM?
After fulfilling the necessary steps of form fill ups and then being approved by the Central Committee, Adviser Committee one can become e member of BCSM.
President, General Secretary. Treasurer, Organizing Secretary and 3 members. These 7 members constitute the EC and they are elected by the direct votes of the full members.
7 members from the EC and 2 members from each diocese in total (7+16) = 23 members make the Central Committee.
For the EC and Central Committee there are 5 persons working as advisers.
One chaplain is selected by CBCB for the spiritual and religious formation who is also a member of the Adviser Committee
The process followed to run the movement is stated below
Experiencing the reality:
This is the first step in decision making and planning. Detailed information about the decision to be taken is valued in this step.
Analysis / Judge:
The decision is analyzed in this step and different sectors are sorted. Reflection in Biblical point of view: This step helps in taking decision in the context of the Holy Scripture.
Work is to be done as per the decision taken. This is not the termination process. Rather it is a stepping stone the following works.
Coordination of the planning and action is Judged in this step.