Recently, there has been an increasing use of qualitative research across various disciplines to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations, and providing insights into the problem to develop ideas for potential quantitative research. To cater to this growing need, the James P Grant School of Public Health organised a training on “Thinking Qualitatively” from 13-14 March. The course was facilitated by Dr. Shahaduz Zaman, Research Fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK.
In this training workshop, participants were introduced to the basic ideas behind the qualitative research, gaining a deeper understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation in qualitative research. The course was attended by development practitioners and aspiring researchers working in public sector institutes, NGOs, academia, research institutions and other civil society organisations who are involved in qualitative/mixed method projects.
Mr. Sayeed Nasir, Deputy General Manager, Organizational Development, Human Resources Division, Bkash and Mr. Nawed Wahed Asif, General Manager,Treasury, IPDC Finance Ltd. were one of the notable speakers in this semester’s PSDP Sessions.
New Faces at BRAC University
Management and Admin
Mr. Saud Sarwar has joined as Fixed Asset Management Officer in the Department of Finance and Accounts in March 2017. Mr. Sarwar completed his BBA from Heriot Watt University.
Ms. Fahmida Rahman has joined as Officer, Special Project in the Office of Vice Chancellor in March 2017. Ms. Fahmida completed her Bachelor in Anthropology from BRAC University.
Left from BRAC University
Mr. Md. Saddam Hossain, Admin Officer, Relationship Management Office (RMO) got separated from BRAC University in March 2017.
Student Mentors Interview
FYAT advisers at OSA selected ideal candidates for the position of student peer mentors through extensive interviews from a pool of applicants. Total 86 students submitted their CV’s showing their interest to apply for the position. Among the newly applied candidates, 49 students have been shortlisted and were called interview session. Finally 21 new mentors have been selected for summer 2017 FYAT Program along with existing 20 student mentors from Spring 2017 semester. During the interview the advisers were looking for knowledge regarding university rules and regulations aside with their communication skills. These student mentors along with their respective faculty advisers shall be responsible for facilitating the transition of the Summer 2017 freshman cohort at BRAC University.
Post Midterm Individual Advising Session
The existing FYAT groups of Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 have successfully completed their post midterm individual advising sessions. The main aim of these sessions was early identification of students at risk of entering into academic probation and providing appropriate support through referrals, consultations and tutorials where applicable.
Meeting with Student Mentor
Two separate meetings with FYAT student mentors from Spring 2017 and Fall 2016 were held on March 05 and March 14 respectively. The main discussion points of these meetings were to aid the students with proper instructions and appropriate referrals. Also, mentors were instructed to set up one-on-one meeting in between the adviser and the students of their respective FYAT group.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with PANACEA Live organized a career session on 14thMarch 2017(Tuesday) from 11:00am to 12.00pm in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03, BRAC University. PANACEA Live is a technology company working to eliminate counterfeit medicines from Bangladesh. They are up against the brazen medicines counterfeiters in the country who threaten our health with fake drugs. They provide verification service to pharmaceutical companies so they can make their medicines strips uniquely identifiable which lets consumers check their authenticity accurately.
The target audiences of this session were CSE students of BRAC University. PANACEA shared their story, why they started the company and how they can contribute. They also heard from the students that how they want to contribute in the technological advancement of the nation and be a changemaker.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat and Ms. Anika Tasnim from OCSAR coordinated the event.
“Women’s economic opportunity is not an isolated issue. It draws on all factors in society,” said Dr. Kaniz N. Siddique, at the Technical Validation Workshop titled Evidence-based Foundation of Women’s Economic Empowerment at UNDP on 14 March, 2017, to review a set of four studies on the current state and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh.
The study was done to gain a better understanding of the characteristics, opportunities and constraints for women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh. It also attempted to provide an evidence-based foundation for government, development, UN and civil society partners for promoting and supporting women’s economic empowerment. Four related studies on Gender Aware Macro-economic Analysis, Analysis of Institutional and Social Constraints to Women’s Economic Engagement and Benefit, Opportunities Analysis: Market and Opportunities Analysis: Policy was completed for this purpose.
The Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) of BIGD, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh and UN Women Bangladesh arranged the workshop.
Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh inaugurated the session which was followed by introductory remarks from Christine Hunter, Country Representative, UN Women Bangladesh and Shaila Khan, Assistant Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh. The presentation and open discussion sessions were moderated by Simeen Mahmud, Head, Gender Cluster and CGST, BIGD.
Representatives from different Ministries and Departments of the Government of Bangladesh were present as participants, along with representatives from development partners, think tanks, local NGOs, private sector and different UN Programmes. Discussants acknowledged that more intensive initiatives must be undertaken to strengthen women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh and suggested more critical perspectives through which market opportunities for women can be analyzed.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with AIESAC organized a Career session on 13th March 2017 (Monday) from 11:00am to 12.00pm in BRACU Indoor Games room UB03 9th floor, BRAC University. Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
Vice Chancellor Certificate of Residential Semester, Fall-2016 will be distributed on Thursday, March 16,2017 at 2.00 pm at Vice Chancellor's conference room.
Nominated students are required to report to the Vice Chancellor's office by 1.45pm to receive the certificates.
Find name of the students who have selected for the certificates below:
[ Student list ]
Residential Campus, Savar
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with IPDC and Enroute organized a recruitment session on 12th March 2017(Sunday) from 1:00pm to 5.00pm in BRACU Auditorium UB02, BRAC University.
The program details is given below –
Time - 1.00 pm - Meeting with the Head of BRAC Business School, Faculty members of BBS and OCSAR
Time - 3.00 pm - Seminar for Management Trainee Program of IPDC
Venue - BRACU Auditorium UB02
Ms. Gulnaz Alam, Head of Human Resources, Mr. Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman Shawon, Manager, MME Business, Mr. Nawed Wahed Asif, Head of Treasury and Mr. Ahashanuzzaman Shujan, Manager, Human Resources from IPDC Finance Limited and Mr. Tareque from Enroute had an interactive session with the final year students by explaining the opportunities that they will be given if they are selected as Management Trainee.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
"Decision-taking process is getting expedited now as e-filing is taking place in 59 districts. But bringing more transparency in this process, mutual accountability of the people involved in the process will have to be ensured," said Dr. Mashiur Rahman while speaking at the Development Economics Conference jointly organised by BIGD and International Growth Centre (IGC), at a city hotel on 12 March, 2017.
Prime Minister’s Economic Advisor Dr. Rahman said efficient officials are needed in the government offices for formulation of right policies and their implementation. Otherwise, it is not possible to implement the government's plans properly, he said, adding that at the same time emphasis will have to be given on taking decision quickly.
First and second sessions of the conference were chaired by Dr. Shamsul Alam, member of the General Economics Division of the Planning Commission.
Dr. Minhaj Mahmud, Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in his research paper 'Infrastructure and Well-Being: Employment Effects of Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh' showed that several numbers of mega projects are changing rural economies and they are helping in the market integration. Infrastructure developments like a bridge over the river Jamuna are integrating economic factors in Bangladesh that are helping the economy to grow, He said.
Along with the ongoing economic development process the government needs to focus its attention on several other sectors like improving industrial sector, facing catastrophe due to climate change, increasing skill in revenue collection and bringing changes in bureaucracy.
Dr. Asadul Islam an Associate Professor of Monash University presented a paper on 'Social Network, Referrals and Technologies Adoption: Evidence from Randomized Field Experience’ in the conference. He showed that information technology adoption among rural people can increase productivity and can also provide right-time information to farmers about using seeds, plantation and use of instruments for mechanised farming.
In the second session Adnan Khan of IGC presented his paper on 'Incentivizing Bureaucrats through Performance-Based Postings' and Dr. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak of Yale University presented on 'General Equilibrium Effects of Emigration on Rural Labor Markets'.
The last session chaired by Dr. Mashiur Rahman, was also marked by three research papers presented by scholars from Ohio State University, Harvard University and of BIGD.
Emily Breza of Harvard University in her research paper on 'Scarcity at the End of the Month - A Field Experiment with Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh' said through removing bottlenecks in mobile financial transactions among garment workers it is possible to help them in proper money transfer among their family members. Wage payment through electronic system, particularly to bank accounts, encourages workers to save, she added.
Joyce Chen of Ohio State University in her paper on 'Migration and Climate Change: Environmental Vulnerability and Location Choice in Bangladesh' has shown that Bangladesh's coastal people are badly affected due to climate change consequences. She said people are migrating to another places and some who are not migrating are fighting against the changed environment calamities like salinity, drought and others.
Dr. Wahid Abdallah, Research Fellow of BIGD in his research paper 'Electronic Filing System, Bureaucratic Efficiency and Public Service Delivery: Evidence from Bangladesh' suggested for adopting electronic filing systems in the public offices like deputy commissioner’s office.
Among others the conference was attended by renowned economists, academicians, civil society members and senior public officials from home and abroad.
The Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University continued conducting seminars every week on Thursdays with the students as the speakers. The aim of these seminars is to enable the students to acquire in-depth knowledge about their courses and also to improve their communication skills and confidence. Last month, the students talked about interesting topics like skin disease, migraine, manufacturing of tablet etc. The interactive sessions turned out to be very lively and an effective learning experience for the students.
BIGD in association with the General Economics Division (GED), Ministry of Planning organized a training on Implementation of National Plans and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Project Identification and Design, held on March 11, 2017 at BRAC CDM. The prime objective of the training program was to enhance the capacity of the government officials so that they can use the plan effectively to identify and design a project as the Government is very keen to render its long term plan and global commitments into a set of pragmatic interventions.
The broad objective of this programme was to enhance the knowledge-base of the policy makers about the conceptual and methodological approaches to realizing the SDGs and provide practical knowledge to participants to achieve the targets through project implementation. More specifically, it would provide the participants with a comprehensive knowledge about all project related documents used by the Government of Bangladesh such as relevant project management tools, rational for undertaking a project, problem analysis (problem tree), objective tree, and logical framework analysis, financial and social/environment impact assessment tools, deal with approval procedure and develop a revision mechanism along with a monitoring and evaluation system, and address challenges at the implementation stage of the project.
Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow of BIGD chaired the event. Professor Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division (GED), Ministry of Planning attended the event as the Chief Guest. Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Project Manager, Support to Sustainable and Inclusive Planning (SSIP) and Mr. Naquib bin Mahbub, Chief, GED & NPD, SSIP, attended the event as Special Guests.
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) held its nineteenth Journal Club session on March 09, 2017, at the Writing Centre of BRAC University. Ms. Farrah Jabeen and Mr. Pankaj Paul, Lecturers at BIL, individually presented the article titled “Humanistic Education: Concerns, Implications and Applications” by Mohammad Khatib.
As the title suggests, the article is about the concerns, implications and applications of humanistic education. The presenters focused on the physical and psychological condition of learners in language classrooms. They further discussed the obstacles that learners may face in humanistic education and how to help those learners. According to the author, humanistic education goes beyond the cognitive development of the learners. The article encourages instructors to think about learners as a ‘whole person’ and to focus on their ‘self-actualization’ instead of providing only content-based education.
Most of the participants present in the sessions were enthusiastic to share their teaching experiences in relation to the topic. However, while discussing how humanistic education could be useful for language teachers and how it could be implemented, they showed their concern regarding the barriers of humanistic education. According to them, humanistic feedback could be provided, but humanistic education may become difficult to deliver.
Overall, the session was informative and collaborative as all the faculty members shared their opinions and knowledge with one another. The topic was deemed beneficial by the faculty members as they had the chance to consider how humanistic education may be delivered in class.
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University (BRACU) organized a day-long workshop on “Business Plan Development” on 9 March 2017 at the Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of BRACU. The program is funded by the sub-project titled “Establishing a Business Incubation Centre for Graduate Students” under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) by the Government of Bangladesh.
The workshop aimed at providing necessary support for developing the business plans/ideas submitted by the BRACU students who intend to become successful entrepreneurs. The workshop is expected to aid them with entrepreneurial knowledge and skill of these aspiring entrepreneurs. As the Adviser of CED, Workshop on Business Plan Development presented the welcome speech. A total of 20 individuals participated in the workshop.
On 9th March 2017, Professional Development Centre (PDC) organized a workshop on Differentiation and Differentiated Instructions in the Classroom. Dr. Faheem Hasaan Shahed, Associate Professor and Head of Research, BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) facilitated the workshop. The main purpose of this interactive workshop was to highlight the idea that a teacher should deal with his/her students differently in classrooms instead of following a common one-size-fits-all strategy. 25faculty members from departments like BBS, OSA, BIL, MNS, Counseling Unit, OSA, ARC and CSE attended this very engaging workshop.
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