An interview report was published in Dhaka Tribune on 3rd April, 2017. The interview dealt with various aspects of economic relationships between India and Bangladesh. The aspects included trade, investment, transport connectivity, water resources, energy and Indian lines of credit to Bangladesh.
An interview report was published on Thursday 06 April 2017 in the Bengali daily Prothom Alo. The interview focused on , inter alia, the reasonable size of the upcoming FY 18 budget, revenue target, desirability and feasibility of uniform 15% value added tax, corporate tax rate, annual development program and choice of priority sectors for allocation of expenditure and constraints to private sector investment.
01 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in a discussion broadcast by TV channel DBC. The other participant was Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow and former Executive Director of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). The discussions centered on the upcoming budget for FY18—potentially implementable size, challenges to enhancement of revenue collection and the needs for higher allocation to some priority sectors such as transport, energy, health, education and social safety net.
05 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a program broadcast by TV channel 24. The discussion dealt with various issues connected with the upcoming FY 18 budget. Among the issues considered were implementation capacity on revenue collection as well as expenditure side, sectorial allocation, poverty and social safety net.
09 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Kazi Akram, former President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries, participated in a discussion program broadcast by TV channel News 24. The topic of discussion was the Hsonorable Prime Minister’s visit to India. Six agreements and sixteen memoranda of understanding signed during the visit were reviewed. It is disappointing to observe that none of these dealt with major issues in Indo-Bangladesh economic relations such as trade gap, water sharing, foreign direct investment from India and labor movement.
13 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by Ekushey TV. The discussion dealt with the prevailing situation in the capital market and likely developments in the near future.
16 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Ahmedul Kabir, Former Chairman of Rupali Bank participated in a discussion broadcast by TV channel NTV. Among the issues examined were the reasonable size of the upcoming budget, priority areas for enhanced expenditure and actions needed for remedying the usual under-performance.
24 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in an Expert Group discussion convened by the Centre for Policy Dialogue to finalize the outline of a Bangladesh country report on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals for global citizens’ platform.
26 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a book launching ceremony. The title of the book is Youth Entrepreneurship. It is authored by Mr. Syed Rabius Shams. The book contains a collection of previously published articles dealing with challenges facing young entrepreneurs in Bangladesh and case studies of how some of them have overcome the challenges.
27 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a seminar on Monetary Policy convened by the Faculty of Business Studies of Dhaka University. The discussions centered around the transmission mechanisms of the effect of monetary policy on various objectives such as accelerating economic growth and containing inflation. The structural limitations of the effectiveness of monetary policy in Bangladesh are also reviewed.
29 April: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a seminar organized by Economic Reporters’ Forum and the Association of Chartered Financial Analysts. The subject matter was the basis for determination of prices of stocks in the capital market. In this context the role of capital market in raising finance for investment in the real sectors was also discussed.
A delegation from BRAC University (BRACU) met Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Brac Founder & Chairperson and BRACU Founder and Board of Trustees Chairperson, at Brac Centre Inn in the capital on 28 April 2017 marking his 81st birthday the day before.
A special stage adaptation of ‘Socrates er Jobanbondi’ was arranged at the auditorium there on that day.
Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, presented a bouquet and greeting card on behalf of BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D.
Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of Brac Institute of Languages (BIL), was also present.
- Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow of BIGD participated in the Sharing and Validation Workshop of SDC Local Economic Development Project in Bangladesh, organized by Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh on April 13, 2017.
- Dr. Shanawez delivered a Lecture on the topic “Urbanization and Urban Transport Governance in Bangladesh” in a course titled Master in Environmental Management in Independent University (IUB) as a Guest Lecturer on April 8, 2017.
- Sahida Khondaker attended the findings sharing of a Qualitative Assessment Study on Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health Facilities in Bangladesh conducted by Population Council, held on April 26, 2017
- Dr. Shanawez appeared in an interview of a TV Channel named News24TV on Traffic and Public Transport of Dhaka City Based on BIGD State of Cities Report, 2016 on April 26, 2017.
- Dr. Shanawez delivered an online guest lecture for the students of RMIT University, Australia on the topic, ‘Traffic and Transportation in Dhaka, Bangladesh- Governance Perspective’ for the Course, 'Urbanisation Issues in the Asia Pacific Region' under the UN Habitat Project: State of Cities in the Asia Pacific Region, on April 28, 2017.
- Dr. Shanawez, Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow; Sahida Khondaker, Sadia Mustafa and Nuzhat Sharmeen, Research Associates of BIGD attended the sessions titled “Can Bangladesh Continue to Grow without ‘Good Governance’?” and “Status of Women Entrepreneurship: What Have We Achieved?” at the BIDS Critical Conversations 2017.
In April 2017, three students of the Department of Pharmacy, Iffat Ara Shomi, Maisha Yasna Chowdhury and Jerin Mahbub started their industrial training at Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited, Bangladesh. The training session started on April 29, 2017 and will continue to till mid-May, 2017. The Department of Pharmacy is hopeful that that this training will provide the students with useful practical experiences that will help them in their future career.
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The Professional Development Centre (PDC) at BRAC University (BRACU) celebrated its first certificate awarding ceremony on Thursday, 27 April 2017 recognizing faculty members who successfully completed the Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Programme.
Presenting the keynote speech, Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, PhD, asked the teachers to go for active learning so that instead of saying “so now what” after graduation, students are confident to do whatever they wish to pursue as a profession. He also said that the reward of being an effective teacher can come after many years in the form of a flurry of emails from past students. A faculty member’s attitude and behaviour, positive or negative, stays with a student for a very long time. The Vice-Chancellor pointed out some characteristics of an effective faculty member: to have purpose, high expectation from students, to be enthusiastic and engaging, and to master classroom management skills.
He acknowledged Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG for his vision for the university, and asked all to strive for higher and higher goals.
Professor Andaleeb later awarded the certificates at the auditorium of the university. Dr Ansar Ahmed, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, gave the welcome speech.
The key objective of the programme was to introduce new teaching techniques and to focus on student-centered learning. There were a total of 61 participants in the training program, of which 45 were present to receive the award. The certificate program drew facilitators and resource persons from both BRAC University and external organisations such as the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh and the Institute of Education and Research of Dhaka University.
In testimony of the effectiveness of PDC, a student named Zaber Mohammad shared his story. He is a CGPA 4 student of the Computer Science department and attributed his success to his teachers who had trained at PDC. In addition to a cultural program, Ms. Adiba Naoshin, Lecturer from BRAC Business School and Dr. Md. Hasanuzzaman Sagor, Assistant Professor from EEE Department reflected on their experience and application of what they learned from PDC.
The Vice-Chancellor indicated that PDC will continue to excel as an important part of BRACU helping faculty attain more quality in teaching and in research.
A faculty member of the Department of Pharmacy, Md. Samiul Alam Rajib, Senior Lecturer participated in a training program entitled “Advanced Training on Next Generation Drug Discovery” from April 23, 2017 to April 27, 2017 at BCSIR (Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Chittagong. It was organized by MMDDL (Molecular Modeling and Drug Design Laboratory), BCSIR Laboratory Chittagong and BBCBA (Bangladesh Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Association) of Bangladesh. It was actively conducted by S. M. Zahid Hosen, Scientific Officer, Project Leader & Lead instructor, MMDDL, BCSIR Chittagong; Raju Dash, and Md. Junaid, Research Assistant, MMDDL, BCSIR Chittagong. The participants included varied group of students, research scholars, industry representatives and faculty member etc. coming from different institutes across Bangladesh.
The objective of this training program was to enhance the productivity of participant’s research knowledge on computer-based methods in the fields of organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry or molecular design of pharmaceuticals. Keeping this in mind, the training program was indeed an initiative to pave the way of next generation drug design and development.
The Professional Development Centre (PDC) at BRAC University celebrated its first certificate awarding ceremony on Thursday, 27 April 2017 recognizing faculty members who successfully completed the Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Programme. Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, gave the welcome speech. Presenting the keynote speech, Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, asked the teachers to go for active learning so that instead of saying 'so now what' after graduation, students are confident to do whatever they wish and to pursue it as a profession. The key objectives of the program were to introduce new teaching techniques and focus on student-centered learning. There were a total of 61 participants in the training program, of which 45 were present to receive the award.
From the Counseling Unit of BRAC University, two members; Ms. Safina Binte Enayet and Ms. Monzia Mushtaq achieved this award as they successfully completed this program. Ms. Safina and Ms. Monzia facilitate the courses of Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) and Psychology for Architects (PSY 421) at BRACU. This award will motivate them to accomplish more quality in teaching and research as faculty members.
The certificate programme drew facilitators and resource persons from both BRAC University and external organizations such as the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh and the Institute of Education and Research of Dhaka University.
Dr. Sajidur Rahman, Assistant Professor, C3ER, BRAC University attended at the Dialogue on Developing Work Strategy for the Application of the Overseas Employment and Migration Act-2013. The event was organized by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) on 27 April 2017 at the Conference Room of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Kakrail, Dhaka. Overseas Employment and Migrants Act was passed in 2013 and an Act to promote opportunities for overseas employment and to establish a safe and fair system of migration, to ensure rights and welfare of migrant workers and members of their families. RMMRU is working on the Fairer Labour Migration (FLM) project supported by British Council to establish good governance in migration sector in Bangladesh. Under the project RMMRU will take a series of initiatives at grassroots level to ensure application of the Migration Act, 2013. Seniors officials of concerned ministries and departments, law practitioners, migrant community and human rights activists shared their experiences and insights in the application of the aforesaid law. Mr. Selim Reza, Director General of BMET attended as the Chief Guest.
ON-CAMPUS RECRUITMENT SESSION FOR AIr Asia
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Air Asia Bangladesh organized an interview session as part of the recruitment process for Management Trainee program on Tuesday 25th April 2017.
Mr. Nehal Ahmed, Chief Operating officer, Air Asia Bangladesh Ltd. conducted the interview session. The session took place at the OCSAR Conference room, BRAC University. A total number of 25 students participated in the session.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir from OCSAR coordinated the event.
ON-CAMPUS RECRUITMENT SESSION FOR Yellow
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Yellow Bangladesh organized an interview session as part of the recruitment process for the position of Business Planning and Development on Wednesday 26th April 2017.
Mr. Shehryar Burney, Executive Director, Yellow Bangladesh Ltd. conducted the interview session. The session took place at the OCSAR Conference room, BRAC University. A total number of 10 students took part in the session.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir from OCSAR coordinated the event.
Summer 2017 Freshman Orientation of BRAC University will be held on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 at Army Golf Garden at 08:45AM. Students are required to attend.
Note that, this program is only for students. Students are advised NOT to bring their parents/guardians to the Orientation Program.
Venue: Army Golf Garden, Dhaka
Date: Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Session I: 08:45 AM
Session II: 11:00 AM
FYAT advisers of Spring 2017 conducted post midterm individual advising session with the students of their respective FYAT groups. After completion of the advising deadline, total 943 students came across for advising and were guided through accordingly.
As an integral part of the First Year Advising Team (FYAT) program, the faculty advisers of OSA and peer student mentors took part in a “Briefing Session” on April 26, 2017 at the indoor games room where they were introduced to the objectives and activities to be undertaken throughout the next two semesters. The mentors’ coordinators explained the responsibilities to the new mentors. The faculty members of OSA gave detailed explanations on the developmental advising procedures and responded to the queries from the participants regarding the program.
The Faculty advisers of OSA also met with students volunteers who have been worked on FYAT day. Volunteers have been briefed the responsibilities and received the responses of their queries and detailed explanations of their responsibilities.
The FYAT Coordinator Md. Solaiman Jony distributed certificate to the old mentor who were responsible to serve FYAT for Fall 2016 and Spring 2016 two consecutive semesters.
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