The founding convenor of Non Resident Bangladesh (NRB) Council USA
Engr. Jalil Khan
Engr. Jalil Khan Executive Director of Little Bangladesh Inc. LA, USA. He is the Executive Director of Bangladesh American Political Action Committee (BAPAC) and devoutly participates in humanitarian work. In 2006 Jalil Khan founded the Bangladesh American Sheriff Advisory Council (BASAC) in LA, USA and being an activist, he had organized several Fundraiser Campaigns during 2007-2008. Jalil Khan is also the director of Bangladesh American Charitable Organization (BACHAO) and his initiatives for charity programs in Bangladesh include – Gramay Cholo Gram Goro, North Eye Hospital and Rota Center Primary School. He has received global recognition and prestigious awards notably the Golden Hat from American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects (AABEA) and an award from the Professional Engineers of California Government (PECG) amongst many others. Jalil Khan currently resides in CA and works at CALTRANS whilst devoting himself to activities that promote Bangladesh and aid the underprivileged.
INTRODUCTION AND VOLUNTEERY SERVICES/CONTRIBUTION
Engr. Jalil Khan, USA licensed Professional Engineer working with California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS). Caltrans is the most leading Government Transportation Agency in the world and deals with million miles of Freeway as well as millions of Traffic everyday and maintains 24000 Bridges
Engr. Jalil Khan is the Past President of American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architect (AABEA), Southern California Chapter . As president and Job Committee Chairman of AABEA he helped many people including engineers to find jobs. At present more than 150 Engineers are working in Caltrans from Bangladeshi origin. He contributed and worked hard for job placement for the new immigrants including engineers, from mentoring to resume writing; training and trough interview process for the engineers, so that they could be hired by the California State Department or other engineering Firms. Basically he helped other needy people of the community seeking jobs. There are instances even Taxi Driver (Diploma engineer) being hired by the State Department through his relentless efforts and later promoted to the Graduate engineering position. Still he is the Job Committee Chair for AABEA Southern California Chapter. Being associated with AABEA, he is active in the community for finding jobs and helping others. Till to-date he receives emails and phone calls from all over USA, who are looking for jobs. During his term, AABEA-SC raised enough funds for introducing Research Award in Bangladesh in the fields of Engineering, Science & Agriculture. Even today he is actively involved in AABEA’s daily activities including Inaugural fund raising. He raised major funds during AABEA-CEC’s convention in Southern California few years ago. In 1998 while he was the President, Southern California Chapter got the best Chapter award in New York Convention. In his time a whole new generation of engineers became members of AABEA and membership jumped from 100 to 200.
After Cyclone SIDR hit Bangladesh, Jalil Khan with other BAPAC Directors (Dr. Saiful Islam and Shafiul Islam) raised more than 20.000.00 dollars and directly distributed among the victims.
Engr. Jalil Khan also involved with Friends of South Asian American Communities (FOSAAC) and he is the Co-Chair (FOSAAC) for Bangladesh. During Democratic Primary he participated in fund raising for the Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and raised quarter million dollars.
Jalil Khan raised major fundings for the Bangladesh Parade Day in Los Angeles in the year 2007 & 2008. In the year 2007 (during Parade), he along with President-Elect (AABEA-SC) Mr. Nasimul Gani launched a major sign-up drive to recruit more Congress members for Bangladesh Caucus.
“Little Bangladesh” – In the year 2007 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the Chief Guest at the Bangladesh Parade Day in Los Angeles. Jalil Khan convinced the Mayor to declare a portion of Business district as “Little Bangladesh”. Now Little Bangladesh is being recognized by and officially declared by the City Council of Los Angeles. This is milestone achievement for Bangladeshis living in USA and they are proud to find themselves in the World Map!
Jalil Khan served twice as the President of Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG), Los Angeles Section. He is the first South Asian to be elected in such an honorary position, previously he also served as the Secretary. He was the elected President having 4000 Engineers members for the State of California from all over the World. As PECG President, he played a key role for the pay-raise (about 30% t0 40%) of the members of Professional Engineers of California Government.
Engr. Jalil Khan is the founding Convenor of NRB (Non-Resident Bangladeshi) Council USA. NRB Council is being established for promoting many concerns and issues of Immigrants from Bangladesh living in many different countries of the world. NRB Council USA requested Bangladesh Government to set up a Bangladesh Overseas Facilitation Center (BOFC) for the benefit of Non-Resident Bangladeshis. NRB Council USA proposed that The Ministry of Expatriate’s Welfare and Overseas Employment in association with Board of Investment should form a Facilitation Center, which will act as “one-stop-shop” for addressing all the queries of the Non-Resident Bangladeshis regarding opportunities available in the country.
Jalil Khan is one of the Directors of “BACHAO”, a non profit Organization, provides funding for the distressed children of Bangladesh. Last year BACHAO funded about $30,000.00 for very poor children of slums and the others who do not have means to survive. BACHAO allocate funding through different Organizations in different Districts for those children, who do not have food, shelter, education and health care. To view BACHAO’s activities please visit: WWW.BACHAOhelp.org
NRB Council USA proposed installation of less costly Solar Power electricity production in Bangladesh with the help of World Bank (80% of the cost) through Member of Parliament Mr. Monirul Islam.
NRB Council USA submitted a Memorandum fostering a durable relationship with Bangladesh and its visitors including student to the Congressman Brad Sherman through Bangladesh member of Parliament Mr. Monirul Islam.
NRB Council USA presented a Rehabilitation Plan (including housing plan) for Dhaka Slum Population through Member of Parliament Mr. Monirul Islam.
NRB Council USA proposed Intelligent Traffic Management Systems (ITMS) to resolve burning issue of Traffic Congestion of Dhaka City to the Government through Member of Parliament Mr. Monirul Islam.
RECIPIENTS OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS
Golden Hat award from American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects (AABEA) for contributing in mainstream American politics for the benefit of Bangladesh
Excellence in Community Services Award from Bangladesh Unity Federation of Los Angeles (BUFLA)
Ekushe Padak on behalf of Bangladesh Community from Los Angeles Baishakhi Mela
Award from Professional Engineers of California Government (PECG) for the contribution and services rendered for 4000 professional engineer members.
Certificate of Appreciation from American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers, Southern California Chapter (AABEA-SC) for the promotion and support services for engineering members.