Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahmna, Executive Director of BIGD attended a think tank level BBIN Conference organized by Institute of Strategic and Socio-Economic Research (ISSR), held on 17-18 April 2017 at Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Rahman attended there as a Speaker in a session titled Potential area and way forward for enhancing Cooperation at the Sub-regional level in South Asia. The session was chaired by Hon Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat, Former Finance Minister of Nepal.
IEEE BRAC University Student Branch organized a seminar on “Electric Power Engineering Education : a 21st Century Model” on the 17th of April 2017 at the GDLN Centre, BRAC University. Professor Saifur Rahman, PhD, director of Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute Arlington, USA, was gracious enough to share his experiences with the respected faculty members and students during this event. Our honored guest serves as the Chair elect of IEEE PES and have various ventures in the research of renewable energy, smart cities, smart grids, storage applications, electric vehicles and so on. He talked about his ongoing projects and gave everyone the link to his website where the necessary information can be found in details. The Chairperson of the EEE Department, Dr. Shahidul Islam Khan led the entire session, representing BRAC University. Many professionals from other organizations, such as EnergyPac etc. were present to make this event a great success. A bouquet of flowers and refreshments were served after the concluding speech by our guest. Overall, the event was extremely informative as an insightful question answer session made everyone more aware of the potential of engineering around us.
A day-long cartoon camp titled "Life in Dhaka" was opened by Gallery Cosmos on Thursday at Cosmos Centre in Malibagh in the city.
Acclaimed artist and cartoonist Shishir Bhattacharjee inaugurated a cartoon camp. Dr. Sajid Bin Doza, Assistant Professor, Mahbub Alam, faculty of fine arts at the University of Development Alternative (UODA), Syed Rashed Imam Tanmoy, Mehedi Haque, Refat Bin Salam and others were attended the day long cartoon camp.
New Faces at BRAC University
Dr. A F M Yusuf Haider joined as Professor in the department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in April 2017. Dr. Haider achieved his PhD in Solid State Physics from the Australian National University (A.N.U), Australia and completed his Post-doctoral research on Laser physics and Non-Linear optics from the Institute of Quantum Electronics, Italy. He did his Bachelor in Physics from Dhaka University. During his 43 years career in the University of Dhaka, he held a number of positions like, Pro- Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor (Acting), Director, Provost, Dean, Professor, etc.
Professor Mohammed Ali Rashid joined as Professor in the department of Economics and Social Sciences (ESS) in April 2017. Professor Rashid achieved his PhD in Economics from Newcastle University, Australia. He did his Bachelor and Masters in Economics from Dhaka University. In his eminent teaching carrier, Professor Rashid served at Dhaka University, North South University and Southeast University. He also worked as the member of Tariff Commission in the Govt. of Bangladesh while on deputation from Dhaka University.
Management and Admin
Mr. Ripon Rana joined as Senior Manager, Software Development and Maintenance in the Office of IT System in April 2017. Mr. Rana completed his Bachelor in Computer Science & Engineering from National University.
Mr. Nur Nahid Hasan joined as Sr. Software Engineer in the Office of IT System in April 2017. Mr. Hasan completed his Bachelor in Computer Science & Engineering from University of Information Technology and Sciences (U.I.T.S).
Ms. Naznin Akter joined as Department Coordination Officer (DCO) at BRAC Business School in April 2017. Ms. Akter completed her Bachelor in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Military Institute of Science and Technology.
Mr. Sakib Afsari joined as Admin Officer in the Relationship Management Office in April 2017. Mr. Afsari completed his Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from BRAC University.
Mr. Md. Habibulla Belale joined as Assistant Dorm Supervisor at the BRAC University, Savar Campus in April 2017. Mr. Belale completed his Bachelor in Social Science from National University.
Ms. Jasmin Akter joined as Assistant Dorm Supervisor at the BRAC University, Savar Campus in April 2017. Ms. Akter completed her Bachelor in Business Administration from National University.
Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman joined as Assistant Dorm Supervisor at the BRAC University, Savar Campus in April 2017. Mr. Moniruzzaman completed his Bachelor in Social Science from National University.
Ms. Tahmina Tamanna joined as Assistant Dorm Supervisor at the BRAC University, Savar Campus in April 2017. Ms. Tamanna completed her Bachelor in Mathematics from National University.
Mr. K.M. Talha Jubaer joined as Assistant Dorm Supervisor at the BRAC University, Savar Campus in April 2017. Mr. Jubaer completed his Bachelor in Management from National University.
Mr. Md. Belal Hossain joined as Assistant Dorm Supervisor at the BRAC University, Savar Campus in April 2017. Mr. Hossain completed his Bachelor and Masters in Management from National University.
Left from BRAC University
The following members got separated from BRAC University in April 2017:
Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, Visiting faculty, Department of English and Humanities (ENH)
Dr. Asifa Sultana, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Humanities (ENH)
Ms. Kazi Sinthia Kabir, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Mr. Kazi Lutful Kabir, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Mr. Sikder Tahsin Al-Amin, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Faculty on Study Leave
Ms. Tasneem Tazeen Rashid, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), went on study leave for commencing her Masters Program in Computer Science from the University of Bonn, Germany in April 2017.
Mr. S. M. Mohibul Hasan re-joined as Lecturer in the Department of English and Humanities (ENH) in April 2017. Mr. Hasan is pursuing his Ph.D in Communication Disorders from Dhaka University and expects to defend his work by August 2017
Every year, the James P Grant School of Public Health organises a festive programme to mark the occasion of Boishakh (the Bengali New Year). This year, the event was celebrated on 16 April and staff from the School as well as the Master of Public Health students participated in the programme. The School organised a festive event featuring poetry recitation, traditional dance and song, and a dramatic representation capturing the spirit of Pohela Boishakh.
There were five performances by the MPH students which included music, dance and poetry recitation. The international students also took part in the festivities. Students from Nepal Bandana Bhandari, Sadichhya Shrestha and Elawati KC made a dance performance on a Nepali song about rivers and took to the stage fully dressed in their cultural attires. Other students Abhiyan Gautam, Raja Ram Bista, Sandesh Pantha and Saugat Pratap Kc (all from Nepal), sang a popular Nepali song. Saugat also performed a rendition of a Bengali song which he had learned only a month ago during his field trip to Rangpur. Apart from the performances, the students also contributed their own write-up for the wall magazine, including poems and songs.
A group of students of the Department of Architecture under the course ARC 394 : Contemporary South Asian Architecture have visited National Parliament Building of Bangladesh on 16 April 2017. The building is one of the best piece of works of world renowned Architect Luis I Kahn. The tour was conducted by the faculty Dr. Sajid Bin Doza, Sheikh Rubaiya Sultana, Dr. Nandini Awal, S M Kaikobad.
BRAC University organised a “BRACU Annual Potluck Event 2017” on April 16, 2017 in its Mohakhali campus in the capital as part of Pahela Baishakh celebrations.
Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar, Treasurer; Professor K. Shamsuddin Mahmood, Dean, School of Law; Professor Dr. A. A. Ziauddin Ahmad, Chairperson, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D., Director, Institutional Effectiveness; Professor Firdous Azim, Chairperson, Department of English and Humanities; Professor Dr. Eva Rahman Kabir, Chairperson (Current Charge), Department of Pharmacy; Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research; Professor Rahim B. Talukdar Ph.D., Adviser, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development; and Muhammad Sahool Afzal, Registrar, were also present.
Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director, BRAC Institute of Languages, graced the occasion at the university auditorium with her presence, cutting a mouth watering cake as part of the festivities.
Administrative directors, unit heads, officials and staff spent some time together through light conversation at the social gathering and treated themselves to a myriad of succulent dishes, each of which were prepared by members of the administrative departments.
The auditorium was decorated under the traditional themes associated with celebrations marking the first day of the Bangla calendar, evoking a refreshing ambience on the occasion.
Dr Shahidur Rahman, Associate Professor of ESS, has been awarded a project by International Labor Organization (ILO). The project is to develop National Plan of Action on Occupational Safety and Health. The National Plan of Action (NPA) has been undertaken as a response to the commitment of the Bangladesh Government, development partners, NGOs and civil society to create a roadmap for ensuring that the Occupational Safety and Health is successfully implemented. Initially this project will be implemented to five sectors – agriculture, RMG, construction, leather and ship breaker industry; later will be extended to other sectors including informal economy. Dr Shahidur has already signed the contract with ILO and is working closely with Ministry of Labor and Employment.
Architect Farasha Zaman, Lecturer, Department of Architecture, voluntarily worked to contribute in a 'Bamboo Design Build Workshop' organized by Paraa, during the period from 15 April to 5 May 2017.
She has worked as one of the lead organizers of the workshop hosted by Paraa in support from EMK Small Grants Award and Street Children LEEDO. The workshop primarily focused on experimental design and construction with bamboo and on the potential of bamboo as a material for creating the next generation public spaces. The project, situated in Washpur Garden City, Bosilla, Mohammadpur, is currently open to public.
- Research Report: Regional Cooperation in South Asia and the Sustainability of the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Transit by Nuzhat Sharmeen, Research Associate, BIGD, BRAC University
BIGD’s ED Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman had several meetings in April 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 Mr. Pial Islam, Managing Partner, pi STRATEGY; Mr. Abdur Rouf Talukder, Additional Secretary, Executive Project Director (SEIP) and had a discussion on SEIP Phase II; and Dr. Farhat M. Iftekharuddin, Acting Pro- Vice Chancellor, BRAC University and had a discussion on some International Programmes of BIGD. He also attended as a discussant in a Roundtable organized by Resolve Network. Dr. Rahman also visited the BRAC Learning Centre to meet with the Academy of Work (AoW) participants along with Franziska Korn, Resident Representative, FES Bangladesh and Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmmed, Executive Director, Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS). He also attended several Skype and Dinner meeting.
In April 2017, final exam of Spring 2017 semester was taking place. Probation students both first timer and last chance were advised to strengthen their last-minute preparation and perform better in their upcoming final exam.
After publication of results, probation advisers from OSA collected and analyzed the results of probation students of Spring 2017 semester. From analysis it has been found that after attending PASS program (i.e. individual advising, group advising, tutorial sessions and workshops) 56.67% last chance probation students successfully overcame academic probation. Moreover, in case of the first time probation 60.31% students survived from being into academic probation for two consecutive semesters.
Probation students from Spring 2017 semester were sent to the PASS team for necessary assistance in order to unblock their student id for Summer 2017 semester. Total 108 students’ came to the Office of Student Affairs and registered in the PASS program for Summer 2017. Furthermore, OSA also completed the final assessment of 14 probation students who were allowed to take participation in the tutorial classes only offered by OSA for Spring 2017 semester. It is mentionable that these students were not advised with any regular courses in Spring 2017 semester and based upon successful attendance and performance in the tutorial classes they were supposed to be considered for further chance to continue at BRAC University. After final assessment, 8 students out of 14 were recommended by the faculty members of OSA for consideration in Summer 2017 semester.
The Human Resources Department in conjunction with BRAC Business School (BBS) organized a two session workshop on ‘Thinking Out of the Box’ for the Non-Academic Staff which was facilitated by Dr. Mamun Habib, Associate Professor, BRAC Business School in April 2017, followed by its first session held in March 2017. The aim of the workshop was to focus on how the non-academic members of a University can engage in research activities in their respective units as well as to explore new ideas that could be utilized to publish the conference papers and journal papers within limited existing available data and to contribute to the growth and development of the University through their findings.
BRAC University students, officials and staff celebrated Pahela Baishakh today bringing out a Mangal Shobhajatra from the campus at 66 Mohakhali in the capital around 10:00 am.
Donning colourful panjabis and saris, the participants played traditional musical instruments while going round nearby streets amidst fanfare and as part of festivities marking the first day of the Bangla calendar, as suggested by the education directorate.
BRAC University also celebrated Chaitra Sangkranti on the eve of the day with BRAC University Pharma Society organising a photography exhibition and a cultural program and put on sale traditional sweet treats and cakes.
A large number of teachers, students and staff enjoyed the programme on the last day of the Bangla calendar at the campus from 10:00am to 5:00 pm.
|BRAC University celebrates Chaitra Sangkranti at its Mohakhali campus in the capital yesterday marking the last day of the Bangla calendar.|
Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM) has been initiated in January 2017 and is being implemented by a consortium (consortium-1) among Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, International Centre for Climate Change moreover, Development (ICCCAD), and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in Association with the British Council. The CFTM project is an innovative project that would enable the funding for climate change in Bangladesh to be more effective in helping the most vulnerable communities become better adapted to climate change impacts, and as well help improve the overall levels of transparency in governance in general in Bangladesh. The goal of this project is to increase the efficacy of climate change funds both from government and donors in tackling the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh. A session titled Accessing Global Climate Finance: Opportunity and Way Forward for Bangladesh (Experience Sharing with the Policy Makers) to share the experience with the government policy makers was organized by C3ER, BRAC University on 13 April 2017 at BRAC Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka. The meeting started with a welcome speech by Dr. Ainun Nishat. He explained the background of the climate finance and its implications in Bangladesh. He also briefed about the issue based project Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM). Mr. Tanvir Mahmud, IBP Manager, Governance Expert, PROKAS, British Council, gave a presentation and explained the CFTM project’s background and the outcomes that are expected to be achieved. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD, explained the current state of GCF and the priority of its fund disbursement policy. Later on, Dr. Nishat gave a presentation on climate change funds- an overview and process of accessing those funds. After that, he showed the opportunities and challenges for Bangladesh in the sector of climate change. After that, a question answer session was held at the meeting. This interactive session gave the opportunity to share the views of the government officials with the experts. They recommended some steps that would be beneficial in the near future.
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