BRAC University (BRACU) celebrated Independence Day this year with due festivity and fervour organising a series of programmes.
An indoor football tournament titled “Independence Futsal Cup 2017” was organised by the Football Club of BRACU at the university auditorium on 25 March (Saturday), 2017.
The next day, some 50 BRACU students of BIZ BEE accompanied by administrative staff went to the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar and in a procession placed a wreath at the foot of the memorial to pay homage to the martyrs of the Liberation War.
Today a number of programs were organised including a “movie show” by BRACU Film Club, a “drama show” by BRACU Drama and Theatre Forum and a cultural program by BRACU Cultural Club where songs dedicated to the independence were rendered.
The day’s events ended with a performance by “SHUNNO”, a popular local band. The Office of Co-curricular Activities with support from Airtel coordinated these events.
Earlier on 21 March 2017 a cultural program, “BRAC University Bangla Gaaner Vabna O Poth Chola”, was organised at the auditorium with the theme “Songs of Patriotism and Independence”. Students and teachers rendered relevant Bangla songs and poems there.
BRAC University (BRACU) launched a new 15 day certificate course titled “THE IMMERSION IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (IDP)”. BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D. inaugurated the website link of the course in the university’s Mohakhali campus in the capital recently (Thursday, 23 March 2017).
The programs views that knowledge of development management will remain inadequate until students involve themselves in real-life development programs. In light of that, IDP @ BRACU focuses on practical learning through fieldworks to experience development paradigms, strategies and governance.
The IDP includes modules of comprehensive and action-based learning focusing on ground realities of development and poverty alleviation processes, along with intensive exposure to the theory and critique of development.
The courses are designed to enhance knowledge and skills at an accelerated pace to give an exposure to managing development programs. It is expected that the program participants will attain an in-depth understanding of how development mana
gement processes effectively drive change under different social and cultural contexts.
The program also aims to formulate and manage public policy for future leadership roles in development administration and management as well as providing a significant upper-hand in development management professions to help demonstrate leadership and results much earlier in careers.
Eminent development academicians and successful practitioners drawn from relevant BRACU faculty and Brac project managers will moderate the course through classroom sessions, field immersion and exercise. Course modules include Microfinance, Public Health, Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, Early Childhood Development, and Gender Justice and Diversity.
It was also informed during the launching that international course participants would be received at the airport by BRACU personnel, who would remain assigned to the participants during the 15 day program.
Further details on IDP is available on http://www.bracu.ac.bd/bidp/
BRAC Business School (BBS) of BRAC University organized a study excursion on 25th March, 2017 to power plant of Baraka Power Limited in Fenchuganj, Sylhet. Students undertaking the courses of ‘Principles of Entrepreneurship (BUS321)’, ‘Business Strategy (MGT401)’ and ‘Introduction to Business (BUS101)’ joined the industry visit that was led by Ms. Humaira Naznin, Senior Lecturer of BRAC Business School.
Baraka Power Limited is one of the major power producing companies in Bangladesh, operating with a mission of supplying uninterrupted electricity throughout Bangladesh. A team of five managerial representatives of Baraka Power Limited gave a brief presentation to the group of students on their vision, mission, management team, current business strategies and future business plan. After the presentation, the students were guided to the control room and experienced a live demonstration on how nineteen of their engines produce 51MW electricity (capacity of 55MW) and supply it to BPDB (Bangladesh Power Development Board). The students not only got a chance to learn about their distribution channels and visit the production plant, but also received the opportunity to discover the challenges faced by the company, which is primarily the management of disasters and the rigid schedule for maintenance. This renowned company is certified by the Moonlight International from USA, has received several national and international awards and is now focusing on increasing their production capacity to 100MW.
The industry visit was indubitably a great learning experience for the business students. They had a practical experience of the management, operations, and supply chain and production activities of Baraka Power Limited which will contribute to their future endeavor of academic and professional career. They also acknowledged the importance of practical knowledge as an integral part of the theoretical studies. The two days excursion came to an end on 25th March, 2017 with a brief visit to the natural sights of Sylhet.
Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, ED of BIGD delivered his speech as the Guest of Honor at the Inaugural Session of the First Southern Social Science Congress on Social Science: New Paradigms Towards Sustainable and Prospective Future. The Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) and Indian Council of Social Science Research Southern Regional (ICSSR) Centre organized the congress on 23-25 March, 2017 at Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad, India.
The Congress was inaugurated by Chairman of the ICSSR S. Thorat, and presidential address was given by Samar Verma, Senior Programme Officer for the Think Tank Initiative, IDRC’s Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi. Professor S Ramachandram, Vice Chancellor of Osmania University attended the congress as the Chief Guest. The three-day event was a meeting place for a wide variety of disciplines and provides a forum for academicians, researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
Eminent social scientists and policy makers from reputed organisations and industry presented papers on major themes like Development models, Inclusive growth, Agriculture and Rural Development, Gender Issues, Corporate Social Responsibility, Health, Democracy and Development, Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, Social Justice and Equity and change, among others.
The James P Grant School of Public Health conducted the second photography course, “Documenting People on the Margins” from 12 – 23 March for keen photographers looking to enhance their skills in documentary photography and storytelling. The course was facilitated by noted documentary photographer Shehzad Noorani and focused on capturing the marginalised communities living under the shadows of discrimination including people with disabilities, those who suffer from tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, commercial sex workers, and hijra and Bede communities.
A book comprising of selected photos from the course will be published this year.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Marico Bangladesh organized a written test for the 2nd Phrase of the recruitment process for Management Trainee. The program details is given below
Date - Thursday 23rd March 2017
Time - 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Venue - UB03 Indoor Games Room
Mr. Sidhartha Das, Director, Ms. Suzana Erfan, Assistant Manager, Corporate HR and Mr. S M Ahtashamul Hoque, Divisional Sales Head Marico Bangladesh Ltd. were the notable speakers in the session.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
Forty five undergraduate students of biotechnology along with two teachers Ms. Jebunnesa Chowdhury and Ms. Kashmery Khan visited the BCSIR to have a practical idea about the microbiological and biotechnological research activities going on there. During the visit they explored different research aspects of plant biotechnology, microbiology, fibre and polymer sciences. This tour will help the students to understand various techniques that they are studying in several courses. The team came back enriched with experience and renewed hope for the advancement of biological research and development in the country.
Currently, tuberculosis is considered to be an epidemic affecting the world fatally. It is responsible for the death of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, occurring mostly in the developing countries. Therefore, awareness is needed among the mass people to combat the disease. With the intention to create awareness on this global epidemic, BRAC University Pharma Society (BUPS) conducted a campaign on March 23, 2017, which is the day before the World Tuberculosis Day. In this occasion, they arranged an awareness booth at the BRAC University lobby. The booth was decorated with lots of posters on tuberculosis. The club members provided useful information to the visitors on the causes, symptoms, and treatment strategies of tuberculosis through presentations and videos.
The Counselling Unit of BRAC University organized an awareness campaign titled ‘Anti-Smoking Campaign’ at Residential Campus of BRAC University on March 23, 2017. This campaign was initiated by Mr. Rehan Ahmed, Campus Superintendent of the Residential Campus. The objectives of the campaign were to create awareness about the negative consequences of smoking and to encourage students to quit smoking and embrace a healthy life.
The day began with a rally against smoking where students of the current batch, faculty members, and administration and management staff participated. After the rally, a session was held at Anandapur, which was hosted entirely by the students. The session included motivational speeches from the students on the benefits of quitting the habit of smoking. In addition, a role-play activity was presented and a short film was screened to help the students realize how smoking can negatively impact their lives. Later on, a group song and a dance were also performed by the students. To celebrate this special day further, colourful posters containing encouraging messages were placed in different corners of the Residential Campus.
At the end of the session, the Counselling Unit conveyed their heartfelt thanks to all the students of Spring-2017, faculty members, and administration and management staff who supported them in organizing the ‘Anti-Smoking Campaign’ successfully.
A journal review session took place on March 23, 2017, at the Meeting Room of BRACU Savar Campus. Ms. Rifat Jahan, faculty member of Bangladesh Studies, discussed the article titled “Role of NGOs in rural poverty eradication: a Bangladesh observation” by Syeda Feroza Begum, Sawlat Hilmi and Mohammad Shahin Khan.
Ms. Jahan began with the writers’ evaluation of NGOs in poverty alleviation, especially in the rural area of Bangladesh. Therefore, the background of rural poverty, NGOs and the poverty situation in Bangladesh are discussed in details. The writers successfully point out how the NGOs are significantly contributing to eradication of rural poverty by their multidimensional projects and programs.
Furthermore, Ms. Jahan adds that a very important and effective innovation by NGOs is the strategy of teaching the poor people of rural areas about the benefits of forming groups and working cooperatively to ultimately make them more empowered. Although there are some limitations observed in the NGO’s effort to eradicate poverty, the writers are hopeful that if they overcome these limitations then they can continue working for the benefit of the people.
At the end of the discussion, the faculty members agreed on the importance of this article for their course on Bangladesh Studies and discussed how they could incorporate relevant parts of the article in the course.
A rapid chess match between the faculty members and the students was held at BRAC University Auditorium on March 23, 2017. The match served as a symbolic representation of the friendly teacher-student relationship at BRAC University.
VC of BRACU, Prof. Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D., inaugurated the event and graced the occasion as the chief guest. Director of BRAC Institute of Languages, Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed and Grandmaster Reefat Bin Sattar were present as special guests. BRACU VC appreciated the initiative and congratulated the organisers of the event. He emphasised on having a vision and expected to see Bangladeshi chess players to bring success in world championships in near future.
Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Prof. Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D. led the faculty team. The other team members of the faculty team were the coordinator of MA in TESOL Programme Prof. Sayeedur Rahman, Ph.D, Instructor of Chess Activity of Savar Residential Semester Almasur Rahman, Ph.D, and Lecturer of BRAC Institute of Languages Md. Shams Ud Duha.
Shihab Shariar from BRAC Business School led the student team. The other team members of the student team were Bukenya Henry from Electrical and Communication Engineering (ECE), Mohammad Shakil from Electrical and Electronic Engineering and (EEE) and Galib Ashraf from Computer Science & Engineering (CSE). The game ended in a draw.
On 23rd of March, 2017, BRAC Business School organized a seminar “Let’s Build a Brand” for the marketing enthusiasts of the department. The keynote speaker of the event was Mr. Khandakar Ashik Iqbal, Head of BTL Operations, Marketing Communication, Banglalink Digital Communication Limited. The seminar was organized by Ms. Rahma Akhter, Lecturer, BRAC Business School and was chaired by Dr. Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury, Dean, BRAC Business School. A total of 60 people attended the seminar.
During the seminar, Mr. Iqbal discussed the factors that need to be considered when branding a product, while also sharing some examples of how Banglalink itself had been branded leading to its successful acceptance by customers. He pointed out the importance of logo designing, choosing colors and using a catchy tagline, through different videos. Apart from that, Mr. Iqbal mentioned how celebrity figures were utilized in numerous publicity and branding approaches. The seminar created a perfect bridge between the theories from the book and how those are implemented in real scenarios.
On March 23, 2017, Professor Firdous Azim, Chairperson of ENH, acted as a discussant in the event, Raise Your Voice, Break the Silence: Right to Consent and Choice and Gender Based Violence, jointly organised by JPC BRAC School of Public Heath and BLAST. The panel discussion interrogated gender-based violence from feminist, activist, and legal perspectives.
On 9 March, 2017, Dr Rifat Mahbub, assistant professor of ENH, was invited at Central Women's University to give a talk on her PhD research. The title of the talk was Life in Diaspora: Educated Bangladeshi Women in 21st Century Britain.
Drawing on her Phd work Education as Capital: Educated Bangladeshi Women in 21 stCentury’s Britain, the speaker has formulated academic question on Bangladeshi women's diasporic experiences in Britain within the framework of social science. The key point of her presentation focuses on how the intersectionality of gender, social class, national and transnational contexts can develop a complicated trajectory of the Bangladeshi immigrants’ value of academic capital beyond national boundaries. In the discussion session, the audience speaks of the contemporariety of this topic. The programme was graced by Prof. Dr. Parween Hasan, Vice Chancellor of the university, faculty members and students of various departments.
BRAC University Computer Club (BUCC) partnered with Women Techmakers Bangladesh (WTM) and the ICT Division of the Government of Bangladesh to organize an event at BRAC University (BRACU) as part of the International Women’s Day Celebrations. The event was held on March 22, 2017 at GDLN Center, BRAC University. Professor Haider Ali, Adviser, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), BRACU, Dr. Khalilur Rahman, Associate Professor, CSE, BRACU, Sadia Hamid Kazi, Assistant Professor, CSE, BRACU, Rakhshanda Rukham, Lead, Women Techmakers Bangladesh, Meherun Faruque, Project Manager of QuintilesIMS, Nilim Ahsan, CEO of Userhub, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Lecturer, Undergraduate Course Coordinator, CSE, BRACU & Advisor of BUCC and Aniqua Nusrat Zereen, Lecturer, CSE BRACU were present in the event. The event was anchored by Nuzhat Khan, the BRAC University Lead of WTM.
The program started with an inspiring speech by Prof. Haider Ali. He encouraged the audience to not let gender be a barrier to success and take advantage of the numerous opportunities available for women. Then Sadia Hamid Kazi gave a motivational speech to inspire the audience. She compared the involvement of women in the IT sectors of USA and Bangladesh and concluded that Bangladeshi women were much more involved in the IT sector when compared to their US counterparts.
Rakhshanda Rukham then spoke to the audience and thanked BRAC University for supporting WTM Bangladesh in celebrating IWD. She gave a short introduction of WTM Bangladesh. Founded in 2004, the missions of WTM Bangladesh are increasing visibility, community, and resources for women in technology. Ms. Rakshanda highlighted WTM Bangladesh’s contribution amongst the girls in the rural areas and informed the audience that their work has already reached more than 10,000 girls. WTM Bangladesh is willing to provide as much support as possible to help girls who wanted to work on projects, she concluded. A quiz session was then held where the audience took part and won prizes.
After that, Meherun Faruque shared her experiences as a female student of BRAC University. Being the only female CSE student in her batch, she was happy with the subsequent increase in the number of female students studying engineering at BRACU and asked the audience to encourage more women to pursue engineering careers. Ms. Meherun then shared experiences of her successful professional career and discussed the challenges faced by women in the corporate world.
This was followed by a speech by Nilim Ahsan, who talked about her career. She started her career in 2001 by serving to Arena Multimedia. Ms. Nilim started freelancing in 2004, then she started her virtual company called Coders and Designers and then in 2012 she started Userhub with her partners. She suggested to the audience for not taking freelancing as profession. Because of there is no opportunity of learning in freelancing. She stated that freelancing can be a part time option for anyone. After that she answered some questions of audience. She concluded her speech by encouraging her audience for start working for gaining knowledge from their student life.
After that Rakhshanda Rukham shared her personal career experiences and she suggested audience to use Google plus and LinkedIn more than other social medias because in corporate life LinkedIn will be beneficial for them. She encouraged audience for making projects and participating in contest. After that she invited one of WISTEM (Women In STEM) Bangladesh fellow, Mashiat Lamisa who is working on a project for sharing her project theme towards the audience. Mashiat explained that her project is an android app called CYBE and it will give technical and mental support to the victim of cyber harassment.
In the last session of the event the faculty member of BRAC University CSE Department, Dr. Khalilur Rahman talked about the barriers of girls and he claimed that there is very less participation of girls in technical sectors. Moreover, he stated that boys and girls got the equal brain so girls should participate with courage in technical side. Then Monamy Islam, Assistant Director of PR Department of BUCC, gave a short explanation of her project which is currently used by the HR department of BRAC NGO for training their stuffs about the ethics and culture of BRAC. After that Md. Monirujjaman Moon talked about his project NOUKABAICH.
At the end of the event Annajiat Alim Rasel talked about the opportunities for girls like Grace Hopper Scholarship, Anita Borg Institute for women in STEM. He also encouraged girls to utilize those opportunities as much as possible. The event concluded with the speech of the faculty member of BRAC University CSE department, Aniqua Nusrat Zereen. She shared her experiences of student life, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) along with her professional life.
Contribution of Md. Asif Bin Khaled, Md. Imrul Kaesh, Sadman Sakib Nadvi, Surariya Rahman, Monirujjaman Moon, Leonard Michael, Sara Tasnim, Mushfiqur Rahman, Ahmed Bin Sabit, Md. Arman Hossain, Mahfuza Humayra Mohona, Monamy Islam, Annur Majid Sabin and Shakib Mahmud Dipto was remarkable for the success of the event. The event was successfully ended with refreshment and photo session. It was a great initiative by Women Techmakers Bangladesh and BUCC jointly to celebrate International Women's Day Celebration 2016 in such a wonderful manner.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Software People organized a career session named “Road to Software Development” on 22th March 2017 (Wednesday) from 12.00pm to 1.00pm in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03, BRAC University. SoftwarePeople conducted a capacity building program with the CSE department students and also discussed the set of skills a programmer needs to work in SoftwarePeople.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
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