The Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Student and Youth Network (EASYNet) welcomes Mr. Bipul Alite Gonsalves, as the new Regional Coordinator of the Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Network (EASYNet). Bipul hails from Bangladesh and belong to the Catholic faith tradition. Since his student life Bipul has been actively involved in Young Christian Students (YCS) movement and Bangladesh Catholic Students Movement (BCSM) (local branch of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS)) and has contributed to the student community in many ways. His association with the EASYNet is not new. In fact, he started his ecumenical journey in the year 2002 by participating in an EASYNet event in Bangladesh followed by other local, national and international events including the Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Gathering (ASYG 2004).
Bipul defines EASYNet in his own words as a “spiritual and human bonding among the like-minded students and youth movements who envision for a just society”. With this experience through EASYNet Bipul continued to participate in the ecumenical initiatives and promoted the spirit of grassroots ecumenism among the students and youths.
Bipul’s commitment and enthusiastic spirit for a just society led him to serve with different youth and student movements. After serving with the Catholic Weekly Pratibeshi, Episcopal Commission for Youth and Christian Communication Center at Dhaka, Bipul was appointed as the Regional Coordinator of the IMCS Asia-Pacific, based in Manila, Philippines. During this time Bipul also had the opportunity to serve as the EASYNet moderator for 2007-2008. Presently Bipul is working as the Executive Secretary for Programmes of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh, Dhaka. He also works with the Interfaith Youth Chapter of Bangladesh as a volunteer National Director.
Apart from the above responsibilities Bipul also served in brief at Justice & Peace Programme, Caritas Bangladesh, Bangladesh Christian Boys Hostel, Dhaka YMCA, Bangladesh Christian Writers Forum and also with the Holy Cross Family Ministries, both based in Dhaka. Bipul’s vast ecumenical experiences and hands on experience with EASYNet and with a vision to build a just society, we have strong faith on Bipul’s leadership to carry forward the significant work of EASYNet among the Students and Youth movement in Asia and the Pacific region. Bipul is excited and humbled to join hands with you all to accomplish our vision of a Just society by way of our efforts in restoring the reign of God for all creation.