New Faces at BRAC University
Mr. Md. Samiur Rahman Bhuiyan joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture in September 2017. Mr. Bhuiyan completed his graduation in Architecture from BRAC University.
Ms. Fabiha Enam joined BRAC Business School in September 2017 as a Senior Lecturer. Ms. Enam completed her graduation in Marketing and Finance from BRAC University and after that commenced her master in Social Science from the University of Glasgow.
Mr. Md Mamoon Al Bashir joined as a Senior Lecturer at BRAC Business School in September 2017. Mr. Bashir completed his BBA both in Finance & Accounting and in Marketing from North South University. He did his Master of Science in International Business Management from Aberystwyth University, UK and achieved the status of Associate Fellow from the same University.
Ms. Mayesha Tasnim joined as Lecturer at BRAC Business School in September 2017. Ms. Tasnim did her BSS in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. After that she did her MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Mr. Md. Shamim Ahmed joined as Lecturer at BRAC Business School in September 2017. Mr. Ahmed completed his BBA in Finance and Human Resources Management and MBA in Finance from BRAC University.
Ms. Srabosti Saha joined as Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages in September 2017. Ms. Saha did her BA and MA in English Literature from Jadavpur University, India and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India respectively.
Dr. Md. Iftekharul Mobin joined as Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in September 2017. After completing his graduation in Computer Science and Information Technology from Islamic university of Technology, Dr. Mobin achieved his PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from Queenmary University of London.
Dr. Saifur Rahman Sabuj joined as Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in September 2017. Dr. Sabuj achieved his PhD in Information Systems Engineering from Kochi University of Technology. Before that he completed his B.Sc in Communication Engineering from Military Institute of Science and Technology and M.Sc in Information and Communication Technology from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
Ms. Sadia Wahid joined as Lecturer in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in September 2017. Ms. Wahid did her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and The University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Ms. Najeefa Nikhat Choudhury joined as Lecturer in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in September 2017. Ms. Najeefa completed her B.Sc in Computer Science and Engineering from BRAC University and M.Sc in Distributed Systems and Services from Aalto University, Finland.
Ms. Afsana Tasnim Oshin joined as Lecturer in the Biotechnology Program of the department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in September 2017. Ms. Oshin has just completed her Graduation and Post-graduation in Biotechnology from BRAC University.
Mr. M H M Mubassir joined as Lecturer in the department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Biotechnology Program in September 2017. Mr. Mubassir completed his B.Sc in Agriculture and M.Sc in Biotechnology from Bangladesh Agriculture University. Later on, he did another Master of Philosophy in Bioinformatics from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Mr. S M Rakib-Uz-Zaman joined as Lecturer in the Biotechnology Program of the department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in September 2017. Mr. Zaman completed his Graduation and Post-graduation in Biotechnology from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology. Soon after that he did another Post-graduation in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine from the University of Oulu, Finland and Leibniz Institute on Aging-FLI, Germany.
Left from BRAC University
The following members were separated from BRAC University in September 2017:
Dr. Md. Rizwanul Islam, Associate Professor, School of Law
Ms. Safinoor Sagorika, Assistant Librarian, Library
Mr. Mahbub Alam, Department Coordination Officer, BRAC Business School
Faculty on Study Leave
Mr. A K M Badrul Alam, Senior Lecturer, BRAC Institute of Educational Development went on study leave in September 2017 for pursuing his Doctoral Studies in the Program of Curriculum and General Education from the Southwest University, China.
Mr. Avijit Das, Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering went on study leave in September 2017 for pursuing his PhD Program in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, U.S.
Mr. Rachaen Mahfuz Huq, Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering went on study leave for his Masters Program in September 2017. Mr. Huq will be doing Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University, Canada.
Ms. Marzia Alam, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering went abroad on study leave in September 2017 for doing M.Sc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Mr. Shehzad M Arifeen, Lecturer, Department of Economics and Social Sciences went on study leave at the University of Chicago, US for his MA program in Social Sciences (MAPSS) in September 2017.
Ms. Rehnuma Jahan Islam, Lecturer, Department of Economics and Social Sciences went on study leave for commencing her Master of Public Policy Program from the School of Public Policy of Simon Fraser University, Canada in September 2017.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat, Officer, OCSAR, Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations went on study leave for doing her Masters of Management Program in Human Resources Management from the University of Windsor, Canada.
Mr. Masrur Bin Ansari, Lecturer, School of Law went on study leave in September 2017 to pursue his LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
As part of its commitment to the betterment of society and ensuring social justice, BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) has successfully completed an English Language Course for the children of the employees of BRAC International and BRAC University. The course was entirely run by MA in TESOL students and was free of cost. Based on the needs assessment carried out for the target students, two groups of students were created: beginner (grade six to eight) and elementary (SSC to HSC level). TESOL students were put in various groups to teach the target students. The course teacher of Syllabus Design designed the syllabus for the participants, whereas the course teacher of Teaching Practicum 1 guided the TESOL students in preparing and using materials for hands-on practice.
The course ‘Teaching Practicum,’ being a functional approach to teaching, creates spaces where fundamental language teaching skills are expressed through organizing and utilizing TESOL students’ learning experiences. It provides TESOL students with first-hand experience of implementing course concepts, language theories, teaching methods, approaches, and techniques in real life settings.
Usually, students of such professional courses utilize Lab Schools for class observation and practice teaching tasks of practicum course on which they are required to write reflective reports. Instead of Lab Schools, BIL initiated this unique opportunity for the TESOL students by inviting the target students of outreach community. This internship-like experience has allowed the TESOL students to gain valuable educational experiences, apply the language teaching skills in real settings, investigate the gaps between theories and practices, and contextualize theories with the classroom settings. As the classroom teaching approach was functional, interactive and participatory, the target students had a unique exposure to various innovative and effective classroom experiences. It was seen that they were extremely enthusiastic and motivated and also eager to continue the course.
At the end of this course, the participating learners were awarded with certificates by Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BIL. This exercise in providing the platform for teaching practice in authentic setting has surely proven to be another feather in the cap of the MA in TESOL program of BIL.
BIGD’s ED Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman had several meetings in September 2017 with a number of distinguished personalities such as prominent academics, policy makers and researchers regarding the research collaborations and other relevant issues of BIGD.
Dr. Rahman had meetings with Dr. Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Vice-Chairperson, BRAC; Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, Dr. Ramiz Uddin, Head of Results Management, Ms. Rumana Sharmin, Results and Knowledge Management Expert, Access to Information (a2i) Programme, Prime Minister's Office; Ms. Hasina Mushrofa, Director, Urban Dept Program (UDP), BRAC; Austin Davis, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer, Yale University rearding Rohingya refugee work; Prof. Dr. Jaap M. de Heer, Team Leader , Bangladesh Delta Plan regarding formulation of Project Delta Plan Bangladesh -2100; Mr. Atiqur rahman Khan, Director General and Dr. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Commissioner of Anti Corruption Commission, Dr. Moinul Khan, Director General, Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation, Syed Mushfeque Rahman, Additional Commisssioner and Deputy Project Director, VAT Online Project, of National Board of Revenue and Mohammad Abdur Rab, Joint Director, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit.
Dr. Rahman also attended a Forum meeting on International Education for Global Citizens, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) where he also met with Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Mohammad Asif-Uz-Zaman, Secretary, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education. He also participated the second annual RESOLVE Network forum in Washington, DC organized by U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).
He also had several Skype meeting with Anna Bellver, Senior Consultant, World Bank; Dr. Sufia Askari, Director, Children's Investment Fund Foundation; Dr. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics at Yale University; Farzana Bhuiyan, Programme & Executive Assistant at Porticus. Dr. Rahman also attended the Academy Council meeting of BRAC University and a roundtable of HELVETAS. Dr. Rahman also attended a dinner meeting hosted by USAID Mission Director to meet Dr. Loiuse FOX, USAID Chief Economist and a lunch meeting with Centre for Policy Dialogue regarding a Think Tank Initiative programme.
Haque, M. M. (2017). The need for “Needs Analysis”: A tertiary level EAP course in
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Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements in association with the Bengal Foundation has recently arranged a conversation titled “The future is the City but What will it be?” between two prominent architectural historians and critics, Adnan Morshed (Professor and Chairperson, Department of Architecture, BRAC University) and Kazi Khaleed Ashraf (Director-General, Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements) on Thursday, September 14th, 2017, at Chhayanaut Auditorium, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
A large number of architects, students, and concerned citizens actively participated in this galvanizing debate, first of its kind. The two debaters reflected on the nature of urbanization and development, increasing automobile dependency, ecological susceptibility, and the pedagogy of the architects.
A complete video of the conversation can be viewed through the following link:
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) conducted the 21st Journal Club Session on September 13, 2017, at the BBS Conference Room of BRAC University. Ms. Beth Trudell, Consultant at BIL, presented and facilitated a discussion around the article titled “The Case for the Rebel” written by Ashley Lamb Sinclair.
In the article, the author attempts to make a case for rebellious and disruptive students by saying that these very ‘difficult’ students grow up to be academic over-achievers and high-earning, successful adults. The author further highlights the opinion of experts who suggest that procrastination, tardiness, and defiance towards authority figures are actually important characteristics for original thinkers who help change the world positively. Therefore, the author suggests that even though handling disruptive students in the classroom is not easy, teachers can nurture these students by creating “strengths-focused classrooms” which provide opportunities for them to showcase their natural talents and innate behaviors.
A lively discussion ensued at the session in which teachers shared different tactics to engage intelligent and creative, yet disruptive, students. Some of the tips shared included having one-on-one discussions with the student to take a personalized approach, creating a supportive classroom environment, initiating challenging tasks to push the students to take an active role in the classroom, etc. Overall, the controversial article generated an animated discussion with the help of all the faculty members from BIL.
The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference took place at Hotel Taj West End, Bangalore, India on 11-13 Sept 2017. Professor Dr. Aparna Islam from Biotechnology Program, MNS Dept attended the conference. Professor Islam shared her experience in overcoming salt intolerance in farmer popular Bangladeshi tomato varieties in the Plenary Session II, which was dedicated for transgenic crop production. The title of her paper was “In planta transformation following cloning of Na+/H+ antiporter gene in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to develop salinity stress tolerant variety”, a research aimed to alleviate climate change effect. Her paper was one of the two papers presented by Bangladeshi participants in the conference. In addition to the scientific paper presentation Prof Islam also talked at the Lighting Session to give a brief on the poster that has been presented in the conference. The poster titled “How Our Young Generation Perceive GM Food Crop” which was a survey based study conducted by Ms. Kashmery Khan, Lecturer, Biotechnology program and Professor Aparna Islam. The survey stirred up a huge interest among the participants both researchers and the policy makers as this is a pioneer work in post release era of GM food crop. More than 200 persons from 11 countries including researchers, academicians, and regulators participated in this three-day-long event.
BRAC University will remain open on Saturdays, September 16 & 23, 2017 and follow the academic schedule for Sunday, September 10 & Monday, September 11, 2017 respectively.
Treasurer & Registrar (a.i)
Mahbub, R. (2017). Governmentality and counter-hegemony in Bangladesh. Crossings: A
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Maximum importance should be given to children and pregnant mothers in order to eliminate the malnutrition of the country and to make a country’s nutrition programme successful, said Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Advisor Dr. Moshiur Rahman at a seminar on Nutrition Governance. He also emphasised on the diversification of crops and the spread of social security programmes. The government must work to ensure nutrition for children which are a prerequisite to attain its mission to achieve SDGs by 2030. The seminar was organized by the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University at a city hotel in Dhaka on 12 September, 2017.
“Agriculture is the centre of the discussion on nutrition since the agricultural policies affect the national health of a country” said Food Laureate and Co-winner of World Food Prize 2016 and founding director of HarvestPlus, Dr. Howarth Bouis, while presenting a keynote paper titled ‘Agriculture’s Primary Role to Provide Nutritious Diets for National Health’. He suggested that bio-fortification in agriculture would be cost-effective to arrange nutritious food varieties for the poor families.
Adequate zinc consumption is a must to ensure nutrition for all as deficiency of the essential mineral is one of the major barriers to the country's progress in nutrition indicators, he added. Zinc is essential for the function of many enzymes and metabolic processes, and the regular consumption of zinc can reduce different common infant morbidities, like diarrhoea, pneumonia and stunting, he said.
Citing a recent study, Howarth said approximately 70 percent people of Bangladesh do not have adequate zinc, thereby suffering from zinc deficiency. The government needs to put emphasis on the consumption of zinc and other nutrients, he said. It also needs to promote the crops containing nutrients to improve dietary quality, said Howarth.
Good nutrition is linked with effective intellectual capacity and higher productivity - this is critical for the social and economic development of the country, said Mr. Edouard Beigbeder, the country representative of Unicef Bangladesh. He also said the period of vulnerability to nutritional deficiencies starts when a child stays in the mother's womb, and it continues until the child becomes two years old, when brain develops significantly. “If a child is undernourished during this critical window of opportunity, the damage is irreversible and the potential to fully thrive in life will be lost,” he said.
Although the country has made a significant progress in the past decade in reducing chronic malnutrition, one in three children here are stunted which accounts for nearly 5.5 million of them being deprived of their right to survival and development, said Edouard.
Ms. Anuradha Narayan, nutrition section chief of UNICEF Bangladesh, said child stunting affected school readiness and performance as well as impacted the country’s economic productivity. She said the impact of nutritional deficiencies in food intake could reduce adult earning of the country by up to 15 per cent.
BIGD Research Fellow Dr. Shanawez Hossain said a collaborative effort was needed to solve problems in reaching remote areas with nutrition projects and in detection of acute malnutrition. Chaired by BIGD executive director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, the seminar was also addressed by parliament member Mr. Farhad Hossain, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition director Professor Sandy Thomas, Brac Health, Nutrition and Population programme head Mahfuza Rifat, James P Grant School of Public Health Professor Dr. Malay K Mridha and Dr. Md. Tanvir Hasan, Bidyanondo Foundation Finance Secretary Mr. Jakir Hossain, among others.
The orientation program for Master of Development Studies (MDS) of Fall 2017 semester was held on Sunday, 10 September 2017 at the BIGD conference room. The program was planned to serve as a briefing session on the nature, structure, and purpose of the MDS degree scheme. BIGD’s Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman set the scene by focusing on the broader purpose and pedagogy of higher education, followed by Senior Academic Adviser Prof. Niaz Ahmed Khan’s overview of the rationale and design of the MDS scheme. Among others, Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow and Mr. Tarikul Alam Sharif, Department Coordination Officer of BIGD spoke on the occasion. A total 23 (Twenty Three) new students – representing diverse and rich professional and academic backgrounds - attended the program.
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-> Please contact with your advisor for swapping courses/sections by Monday, September 18, 2017.
-> Architecture students are advised to contact with your respective Department for class schedule.
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The orientation program, Fall-2017 for BRAC University (BRACU) freshmen students and their parents was held on 10 September, 2017 at BRACU – Mohakhali campus. The orientation program provided the students and their family members with an opportunity to get acclimated to BRACU. All department heads, faculty members and administrative staff were present to welcome the excited fresh undergraduate students. Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, PhD, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University delivered the inaugural speech and Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Pro-Vice Chancellor delivered the closing speech. Professor Andaleeb emphasized on team work and cooperation in regular studies and drew attention upon BRAC University’s holistic approach in educational development. In addition, Ms. Nanfuka Milly, student of BBA and Mr. Ahmad Tausif Choudhury, EEE graduate shared their campus life experience and academic environment of BRAC University.
The Fall 2017 orientation program of Residential Semester (46th batch) took place on September 09, 2017, at Markuli Hall, BRAC University Savar Campus. The orientation session was conducted by Mr. Rehan Ahmed, Campus Superintendent, and Ms. Farrah Jabeen, Senior Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL).
Mr. Ahmed started the day-long orientation session with a welcome note. He emphasized on the necessity of taking advantage of the unique experience of RS and then discussed the diversity of students and how students should use the opportunity of having this varied community in order to acquire new knowledge and excel in their competencies.
Later on, Mr. Ahmed and Ms. Jabeen put further emphasis on the importance of practicing English at Savar Campus and also on the competency that students must have in English for academic and professional purposes. The first part of the session came to an end with Course Coordinators’ discussion on the academic courses of RS, which are Bangladesh Studies, Ethics & Culture, English and French Languages.
In the second part of the session, Mr. Ahmed talked about “Social Capitals”, the honor code of RS, that students would have to follow for the next three months in order to ensure smooth community living, gain positive approach of sharing and caring, and enhance leadership skills.
Towards the end, Mr. Morshedul Haque, Assistant Campus Superintendent, introduced the students to the campus facilities, supports and services. Mr. Ahmed concluded the session by highlighting the need for strengthening their spirit to make the semester a successful one with the cooperation of all the stakeholders involved.
All RS faculty members were present at the session, along with BIL faculty members, part-time faculty members of RS, and management/admin staff. Overall, the day-long orientation session was successful in all aspects.
Center for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST), BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, in collaboration with British Academy and Manchester University organized an International Symposium on Women’s Labour Market Participation and Gender Norms: the Cases of India and Bangladesh on 30 August 2017at a city hotel in Dhaka.
The Symposium presented findings of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research project on ‘Gender norms, labour supply and poverty reduction in comparative context: evidence from rural Bangladesh and India’. The research examined how poverty programmes have affected peoples' lives in rural Bangladesh and India, focusing on women, work and attitudes to women’s work. The study was a collaboration between the University of Manchester, UK, Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi, India and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development of BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The symposium consisted of three sessions titled Women’s Labour Market Participation Trends: Research Findings, Methodological Innovations for Assessing Labour Force Participation and Labour Market Participation and Changing Gender Norms. BIGD’s Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman; Dr. Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, SANEM and Dr. A T M Nurul Amin, Chair, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University chaired the sessions respectively.
Among others the programme was attended by Dr. Wendy Olsen, Professor of Socio-Economics, Department of Social Statistics, University of Manchester; Ms. Simeen Mahmud, Head, Gender Cluster, BIGD, Mr. Amaresh Dubey, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Mr. Anup Mishra, Banaras Hindu University; Mr. Santosh Kumar Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ms. Sayema Huq Bidisha, Dhaka University; Ms. Maheen Sultan, Dr. Sohela Nazneen, Adjunct Fellow, BIGD; Ms. Lopita Huq, Research Fellow; Ms. Sahida Khondaker, Research Associate; BIGD.
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