Meditation is an art of living a peaceful life. It helps to manage stress, anxiety and/or depression better, enhance concentration and awareness, expand psychological tolerance of uncomfortable feelings, and improve wellbeing. To learn and sharpen the skills of Yoga and Meditation, two members from the Counseling Unit of BRAC University; Monzia Mushtaq and Kazi Rumana Haque, Psychosocial Counselors and Lectures visited Nepal Yoga Home to participate in a Six Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat at Kathmandu, Nepal from April 21-26, 2017.
During the retreat, they got a unique opportunity to learn different types of Yoga Asana, Micro- Level Yogic Practice, Yogic Relaxation, Practice of Soul Meditation, Mantra Chanting, and Pranayama for Different Glandular System etc.
Through the Yoga and Meditation Retreat, they also learned to guide the life with authentic peace, lightness, fitness, well being, nutritious foods, healthy thoughts and self healing power. During these courses, they learned different lessons of Yoga- Meditation that are important to maintain a regular practice. This Yoga- Meditation Courses helped to clear mind and rejuvenate self.
C3ER arranged its fourth knowledge development training on Climate Change, which was designed to give a clear understanding about climate change and its impacts. The two-day long training started from 25 to 26 April 2017 at C3ER. Seven participants, mainly from BRAC University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) attended this training. The training was conducted by the reputed academicians from C3ER and BRAC under the supervision of Prof. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus of BRAC University. Moreover, the participants also went to a field trip on BRAC Agriculture Research and Development Centre (BARDC), Gazipur led by Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Training Coordinator to practically underlines the different issues of climate change. A certificate giving ceremony was arranged at the conference room of C3ER of BRACU and the participants were awarded the certificates of this training by Professor Ainun Nishat. He gave a motivational speech to the participants and encouraged them to use the knowledge of this course as well as the training in their professional working domain and research activities. He also congratulated C3ER team for organizing such effective knowledge development training and inspired the team for carrying out such wonderful initiatives along with research activities.
Water related disasters in the Brahmaputra basin arc common phenomena, and are being Frequently faced across its riparian countries. It is perceived that there are ample opportunities for cooperation in managing the destructive impacts of the river. Since 2013, the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, SaciWATERs, based in Hyderabad, India has undertaken an initiative, entitled the "'Trans-boundary Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance in Brahmaputra River" involving four riparian countries India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China. The Brahmaputra Dialogue seeks to create a platform for discussion of issues, challenges, and opportunities towards improved co-management of the river basin. Through this, it is aimed to enhance cross-sharing and understanding on disaster preparedness and mitigation across the region. In the dialogue, state and non-state actors will engage themselves in sharing best practices on disaster and river management; provide an avenue to discuss possibilities and areas for future collaboration and provide guidance towards river governance from their respective country perspectives. A daylong session titled Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Disaster Management for the Brahmaputra Basin held on 26 April 2017 at BRAC Inn Auditorium. Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University; South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) and Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS) jointly organized the workshop. Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, and Advisor, C3ER, BRAC University chaired the event. Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Secretary, MoWR, Bangladesh was presented as the Key Note Speaker. The workshop started with the welcome note by Mr. ATM Zakir Hossain, Executive Director, JJS followed by opening remarks by Dr. Aditya Bastola, Senior Fellow, SaciWATERs. After that Dr. Anamika Barua, Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati, India moderated high-level panel discussion on knowledge sharing, policy perspective, mapping priorities for cooperation through disaster management. The workshop concluded with the concluding remarks by Professor Nishat, C3ER and Dr. Anamika Barua, Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati, India followed by a vote of thanks by Mr. Zakir, JJS.
BIGD organized a meeting with Counterpart International on April 25, 2017 and had a discussion on developing a USAID proposed five years program that will support a broad array of civil society actors to improve governance and promote reform in Bangladesh. The program will educate, and empower these groups and support platforms, tools and initiatives that will enable them to advocate for better governance, and inclusive democratic practices. Ms. Allison Strype, Senior Manager and Mr. Saiful Bhuiyan, Consultant from Counterpart International and Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow of BIGD attended the meeting.
The James P Grant School of Public Health organised a flagship course on Understanding Disability and SRHR: Problems and Implications in Bangladesh from 23-25 April. The course explored how disability and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are understood in Bangladesh, opening the platform for discussion about the importance and limitations of rights, specific to people with disabilities. The course was facilitated by Margrit Shildrick (Professor Emerita of Gender and Knowledge Production Linkoping University, Sweden) and Anita Ghai (School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, India) and attended by researchers, activists and development practitioners from across the country.
Roufa Khanum, Coordinator (Operations), C3ER, BRAC University participated in development of proposed programme on addressing poverty and climate vulnerability organized by Oxfam on 25 April 2017 at Jamuna Meeting Room, RAOWA Complex, Oxfam in Bangladesh Country Office. The event was organized to gather expert input from various Ministries of Government of Bangladesh, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, including those working on women’s and human rights, private sectors and scholars. Bangladesh is one of the world's most thickly populated nations, with around 160 million individuals stuffed into a delta measured 130,168 square kilometers, which discharges into the Bay of Bengal. The topographical setting of Bangladesh combined with environmental change makes it subject to calamitous catastrophic events. Specifically, Bangladesh's 600km coastline is a standout amongst the most catastrophe inclined areas in the world. Poverty is profound and broad; half of the populace lives on short of what one dollar for every day. Oxfam has been working since the independence of Bangladesh, through contributions during Liberation War, which have since continued over the last four decades through implementation of development initiatives. Over the past 7 years, Oxfam has implemented a programme named “Resilience through Economic Empowerment, Climate Adaptation, Leadership and Learning (REECALL)”. C3ER is also working as a strategic partner with Oxfam in Bangladesh since for last two years
Beth Trudell, an English Language Consultant at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) and Consultant at Professional Development Centre (PDC) conducted a workshop on ‘Rubric Design’ on Monday, 24 April 2017. Sabrina Syed, Muhammad Foysal Mubarak and Hamim Al Ahsan from PDC attended the workshop along with other faculty members of BIL.
Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of BIGD and Ms. Simeen Mahmud, Head, Gender Studies Cluster, BIGD attended a two-day long BIDS Critical Conversation 2017, held during 23 and 24 April, 2017 at a hotel in Dhaka addressing the “Bangladesh Journey: Accelerating Transformation”. Dr. Hafeez chaired a session titled Sustainable Cities in Bangladesh: Issues and Strategies, where Ms. Mahmud was a Distinguished Panelist at the session titled ‘Status of Women Entrepreneurship: What have we achieved?’. The event created an opportunity for the policy makers and a broad spectrum of academics, practitioners, experts and civil society members engaged in a genuine conversation on the current state of development and critical challenges for the future.
BRAC University is looking for reputed suppliers dealing in processing electronic signatures and imparting security to a number of their documents including original certificates.
Vendors are invited to show a demo of various technologies and features and processes of securing documents, printing documents in secure environment using secure printers and may include the following :
- Methods such as special paper with thread, copy-void features, registered holograms, HD QR codes, UV technology etc. are thought to be the most significant way that the original certificates can be secured, besides existing sequential verifiable number at the back and embossed seal feature in the certificates.
- Security features to elevate authenticity like Secure holographic strip bordering the certificate, registered water mark all over the background and microtext printed all over the certificate or in specific part of the certificate.
- Special printers with secured access with various security features have been explored which provide additional security in printing original certificates and transcripts.
For further information, vendors are requested to make preliminary contact with the following members:
1. N. Alamgir – Head of I.T., email address : nalamgir[at]bracu.ac[dot]bd
2. Hasina Afroz – University Librarian , email address : librarian[at]bracu.ac[dot]bd
3. Shafik Waes – Deputy controller of Examinations, email address: waes[at]bracu.ac[dot]bd
The Demo should focus in giving our management a clear picture of the various available technologies and methods that may be used to generate secure certificates, printing of those certificates and electronic signature processing.
After the demo, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be sent out to bidders who can participate in a competitive bidding process with their technical and financial proposal.
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The last date for paying tuition fees for the applicants of Scholarships and Financial Aid for Summer-2017 is May 31, 2017 (Wednesday).
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It is our great pleasure to inform you that a team lead by Dr. Jia Uddin, Assistant Professor, CSE visited Staffordshire University, United Kingdom under inter-institutional agreement between BRAC University and Staffordshire University (SU) in April 2017. Other team members were Ms. Moin Mostakim, Lecturer, CSE and three undergraduate project/thesis students (Abdullah, Tanzila Jamil and Md. Shadnan Azwad Khan). As a part of duty, Dr. Jia and Mr. Moin visited different modern laboratories: human computer interaction (HCI) laboratory, digital Forensics laboratory, gaming laboratory, web programming laboratory, IoT and big data analysis laboratory of school of computing, SU. They worked as a proxy teacher in different theory and lab classes in school of computing and learnt the class environment at SU. They met with different research groups and discussed the possible future collaboration between department of CSE, BRACU and school of computing, SU. Under this agreement, the invited three undergraduate students will do research at SU for next 5 months. On behalf of SU, Dr. Hasan, Ms. Christine Dover, and Ms. Kelly Bradley coordinated the detailed schedule during the stay at SU, UK. The course leader MSc computer science, Dr. Mohammad S. Hasan, SFHEA briefly introduced the currently offered MSc. program at SU. The faculty and students exchange program is funded by European Union under Erasmus+ program.
Nureen Faiza Anisha, Research Associate from C3ER, BRAC University has been conferred the highly prestigious Asia Foundation Development Fellowship 2017 as one of the 12 emerging future leaders of Asia from a competitive application pool of about 900 applicants across Asia. Coming together for the first time as a community of young change makers representing 12 Asian countries, the 2017 Development Fellows participated in a customized Leadership Training Program held in Korea, held with the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, and with generous support from the Hansae Yes24 Foundation from 9 to 22 April 2017. In Korea, the Development Fellows participated in an intensive Leadership Development Workshop program with the larger objective of enhancing leadership skills and potential. The training focuses on strategic thinking and decision-making, working with participants on developing critical perspectives, solving complicated problems, managing change, and introducing innovative approaches in leadership and management. The Fellows then continued to Vietnam for an applied Workshop on Asian Development, where development challenges and innovations will serve as a contextual backdrop for applying theories and concepts in international development. The Workshop on Asian Development is held each year in a different Asian nation, where development challenges and innovations will serve as a contextual backdrop for applying theories and concepts in international development.
Now on its fourth year, the Development Fellows program recognizes and empowers a dynamic community of rising young Asian leaders – NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics – in their pursuit of creative solutions to the region’s most critical development challenges. The members of the 2017 class represent Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The Asia Foundation website mentions about Ms. Anisha: “Nureen Anisha is a researcher and activist in the field of climate change, environment, and water resources in Bangladesh. An engineer by training, she is also an award-winning public speaker, debate coach, and TV show host of “Projonmo Agami,” which raises awareness on religious tolerance, communal harmony, civic responsibility, and other contemporary social issues impacting youth in Bangladesh.”
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) organized and celebrated Pohela Baishak with a potluck party on April 20, 2017. Faculty members and staffs decorated the office with a variety of colourful items, including handmade kites, to give it a festive look appropriate for the occasion. In addition, the home-made food items brought by faculty members were selected to offer a traditional cuisine to all the participants. Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BIL, and respected guests from other departments were entertained with traditional folk music and also a cultural performance by faculty members. The day ended with the screening of the movie Oggatonama by Tauquir Ahmed in the Listening Lab of BRAC University.
Academy of Work (AoW), an initiative of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Bangladesh, in collaboration with Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, was inaugurated through a Press Conference on April 20, 2017 at a hotel in the city. The AoW is a three-month academic programme for mid-level trade unionists. It is the very first initiative in Bangladesh that enables emerging young leaders from the trade union movement to participate in an intensive cross-sector training programme in the field of industrial relations, economy and the decent work in the global supply chain in their very own language.
Mr. Mujibul Haque, State Minister for Labour and Employment graced the event as Chief Guest. The event was attended by Michel Sommer,Vice Chairman of the FES and former President of the International Trade Union Confederation and German Confederation of Trade Unions, Dr. Thomas Prinz, German Ambassador to Bangladesh, Professor Martin Allespach from the University of Frankfurt. Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed, Executive Director of BILS, Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of BIGD and Franziska Korn, Resident Representative of FES Bangladesh also spoke on the occasion. Prominent trade union leaders, government representatives and academicians also attended the event.
Md. Reaz Uddin Khan, Lecturer, C3ER, BRAC University participated in the Consultation Workshop on Sphere Handbook Revision at BRAC Centre Inn on 20 April 2017. Disaster Management and Climate Change (DMCC) programme of BRAC chaired the workshop. The Sphere Handbook captures best practice, evidence and experience in humanitarian response to establish minimum standards that can be applied worldwide in various contexts. The Handbook is currently being revised to prepare the fourth edition which will be published in 2018. In the workshop, some thematic areas have been identified by the participation of different humanitarian organizations and selected the cluster head of every thematic area. By 15 May 2017, the draft handbook will be available to share with relevant stakeholders and validated for final submission at the end of May 2017.
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