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Tag: Department of English and Humanities
Publish Date: May 20th, 2017

May 2017 was the busiest and the most exciting time for ENH! The department successfully organized its much-anticipated and widely-circulated international conference on gender and literature, titled Redrawing Gender Boundaries in Literary Terrains on May 18-19, 2017. The conference had seventy-three paper presenters from national and international institutions.  The inauguration ceremony was held at 9.30am on Thursday May 18 at BRACU auditorium with a welcome speech by Dr. Rifat Mahbub, Assistant Professor of ENH. The Vice-Chancellor of BRACU, Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb,  honoured the guests with Uttoriyos and flowers. The VC graced the ceremony with his valuable speech where he highlighted the various exciting initiatives taken up by BRACU as such this conference. Professor Firdous Azim, Chairperson, ENH, in her welcome address highlighted the thoughts behind this conference, and thanked everyone from the VC, guests, participants, to student volunteers for making it possible. Special mention was made to City Bank and Prime Bank, the sponsors of the conference and Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam and Professor Samina Sultana for their contributions. The keynote session took place after the inauguration and the first tea break. The keynote speakers were Professor Ruth Evans from St. Louis University, Missouri, USA, and Professor Niaz Zaman, Independent University, Bangladesh. Professor Evas’s paper was titled “Unrelatability: Reading Literary Works from the Past in the Feminist Present” and Professor Zaman’s “The Accidental Feminist.” This session was moderated by Dr. Rifat Mahbub.

In addition to academic papers, the conference included a reading session by Gantha, a creative writing platform for women, on the first day, and an open discussion by Centre for Bangladesh Studies, an independent think tank, on the topic of struggles against patriarchy in Bangladesh, on day 2.  The key focus of the conference was to look at gender and its multiplicities through topics such as identity politics, gender norms and movements, bending boundaries and transnational women’s writings. From literature (both Bangla and English), film and media to politics and society, ideas and thoughts were shared inside the auditorium and classrooms as well as outside over seemingly endless cups of hot tea.  

An exciting session titled “S/heis S/he!!!: Queering Gender Performativity and Transformativity in Indian Myths and Literature” was held by a team of faculty members from Jahangirnagar University. Two lectures were given on Language, Literature and Society- the first by Sowyma Dechamma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, on "Orality, Sexuality and Caste: A Case of Minority Languages” and another by Azfar Hussain, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University and Professor of English, World Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies at The Global Center for Advanced Studies, USA, on “Giocanda Belli and Revolutionary Feminism.” The conference ended with the talk by our special guest Professor Susie Tharu, from University of Hyderabad, India. In her talk, titled,  “Women Writing in India: A Jubilee Reconsideration”, Professor Tharu revisited the twenty-five years of publication of her seminal work, Women Writing in India: 600 B.C. to Early Twentieth Century (Vol. I & II). This session was moderated by Rukhsana Rahim Chowdhury, Senoir Lecturer, ENH. In this well-attended conference, it was promised that selected papers would be published either in a book or a special edition of BRACU journal.

 

Tag: Counseling Unit
Publish Date: May 20th, 2017

Encouraging collaboration and teamwork through open communication, understanding and cooperation between the employees, the Counseling Unit, BRAC University organized series of workshops on “Group Dynamics” for the dorm supervisors and the campus management staff of the Residential Campus. The journey started from summer’16 and end up in spring’17. Seven sessions were conducted by the Counseling Unit for them. The closing session was held on 19th May, 2017 from 07.00 pm to 08.30 pm at Residential Campus, Savar.

This series of workshops was designed by applying Psychodrama, theory of Transactional Analysis and some other tools from counseling techniques. Throughout the workshops, some tools were used to explore and understand the group cohesiveness and intimacy of the members of the RS. It aimed to help them to understand a person’s psychological structure which will be significant to improve their way of communication. On the other hand, developing empathetic understanding by improving the culture of recognition towards each other through giving and accepting feedback was the other purpose. The overall goal of this program was also to enhance their potentiality which will be contributing for this organization’s welfare.

To know participants feelings and thinking regarding the workshops, facilitator took their feedback in the last session. Some benefits which were shared by the participants was that their intimacy, empathetic understanding has increased which is beneficial for them to understand others emotions, thoughts as well their situation. By understanding this, they became more cooperative to each other than previous. Another significant change they noticed that when they started practicing to recognize others, that made them confident, worthy and dedicated towards the organization. They also realized that recognizing others were helpful for them to strengthen their relationship to work in collaboration.

Overall session was supportive to increase communication skills with students and other staff members. Participants also suggested that the continuation of the program will help them to explore self and others which will be helpful for their personal growth. At the end, facilitators also shared their feelings and their journey through the sessions. Lastly, the session was ended by giving thanks to each other with great satisfaction.

Tag: Office of Co-curricular Activities
Publish Date: May 19th, 2017

Cricket BRAC University (CBU) has successfully organized Inter Semester Cricket Championship 2017 (ISCC) on the previous month starting from 18th May.

It is battle of cricket among the semester team in BRAC University. Summer 15 have won the championship in this year's edition defeating Summer 16 in the final.

On 18th May, 2017 tournament had been started at the 13 no Banani field.12 team dividing into 4 groups had participated to get the crown of ISCC. After two nail biting semi-final “Summer 16” and “Summer 15” had faced each other on "All Summer Final".

Nuren from Summer 15 adjusted for 'Man of the final' for his brilliant bowling while Aname from Summer 16 selected for the 'Man of the Tournament' for 163 run with the bat and 4 wickets with ball throughout the tournament. Aname also got the award of 'Best batsman' for 163 run with an average of 54.33 and Nuren got the award of 'Best bowler' taking 12 wickets in the tournament.  

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: May 19th, 2017

Six students, Ishrat Binte Aftab, Syeda Naushin Tabassum, Maliha Nuzhat Munir, Niaj Mohammad Tanvir, Farzana Rahman and Akash Ahmed, pursuing BS in microbiology presented their internship reports on 18 May 2017 in room  UB21511 of the MNS Department. They carried out their internship at ICDDR, B, Mohakhali, Dhaka and ideSHi, Institute of Public Health Building, Mohakhali Bazar Rd, Dhaka under the supervision of  Professor Mahboob Hossain and Ms. Fahareen Binta Mosharraf. The Viva-Voce examination for internship was chaired by Professor A. A. Z. Ahmad and attended by Professor Mahboob Hossain, Mr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddiqee and Ms. Fahareen Binta Mosharraf. The Examination Committee appreciated the hands on experience they got at ICDDR’B and ideSHi.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: May 19th, 2017

Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University successfully organized and completed fifth professional certificate course on Introduction to Climate Change, which was designed to focus and develop the intellectual and practical skills for the application and advancement of the climate change science and subsequent adaptation and mitigation policies. The five-day long certificate course started from 14-18 May 2017 at C3ER. Seven participants from BRAC and C3ER participated in this course. The course was conducted by a pool of nationwide renowned academicians and reputed professionals from various organizations such as BUET, DU, BRACU and BRAC under the supervision of Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, BRAC University. As a part of this course, the participants went on a field trip to Gazipur district led by Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Training Coordinator to practically highlight the different issues of climate change. After completion of the course, a certificate giving ceremony was held at the conference room of C3ER. Participants were awarded the certificates by Dr. Sajidur Rahman, Assistant Professor, C3ER. He gave a motivational speech to the participants and encouraged them to use the knowledge in their working domain as well as research activities. He also congratulated and thanked C3ER team for organizing such an effective certificate course and inspired the team for carrying out such wonderful initiatives along with research activities.

Tag: Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations
Publish Date: May 18th, 2017

Law Alumni Relations BRAC University (LAABRACU) along with OCSAR organized an event titled “Exploring a Legal Career in Bangladesh”on 17th May, 2017 in BRACU Auditorium UB02. The aim of this seminar was to assist and encourage BRAC University Law students to take the first step towards the legal profession. The LAABRACU was given logistic support by the BRAC University Law Society.

The honorable special guests and the keynote speakers attending the seminar were; Justice Mr. Siddiqur Rahman Miah, former Justice of the Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh Mr. Abdul MatinKhasru, M.P., Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Bar Council and Prof. K. ShamsuddinMahmood, Dean, School of Law, BRAC University, Ex-Officio Chairman of LAABRACU.

Mr. Abdul MatinKhasru, M.P., commented that lawyers are the soldiers of truth and truth is the soul of justice; the whole exercise in the course is to find out the truth.  Justice Siddiqur Rahman Miah said that students should not study law to pass exam; law should be loved. There is no shortcut to become a good lawyer. The moment one becomes a lawyer, he becomes the architect of the society. In his observations, Prof. K. Shamsuddin Mahmood said that a good lawyer assimilates and analyzes the facts. He also added that learning law is not enough; learning ‘lawyering’ is the art that one should achieve to become a good lawyer.

Tag: School of Law, Student Affairs
Publish Date: May 18th, 2017

Law Alumni Relations BRAC University (LAABRACU) along with OCSAR organized an event titled “Exploring a Legal Career in Bangladesh”on 17th May, 2017 in BRACU Auditorium UB02. The aim of this seminar was to assist and encourage BRAC University Law students to take the first step towards the legal profession. The LAABRACU was given logistic support by the BRAC University Law Society.

The honorable special guests and the keynote speakers attending the seminar were; Justice Mr. Siddiqur Rahman Miah, former Justice of the Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh Mr. Abdul MatinKhasru, M.P., Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Bar Council and Prof. K. ShamsuddinMahmood, Dean, School of Law, BRAC University, Ex-Officio Chairman of LAABRACU.

Mr. Abdul MatinKhasru, M.P., commented that lawyers are the soldiers of truth and truth is the soul of justice; the whole exercise in the course is to find out the truth. Justice Siddiqur Rahman Miah said that students should not study law to pass exam; law should be loved. There is no shortcut to become a good lawyer. The moment one becomes a lawyer, he becomes the architect of the society. In his observations, Prof. K. ShamsuddinMahmood said that a good lawyer assimilates and analyzes the facts. He also added that learning law is not enough; learning ‘lawyering’ is the art that one should achieve to become a good lawyer.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: May 18th, 2017

Dr. Sajidur Rahman, Assistant Professor, C3ER, BRAC University participated in a three-day long Expert Group Training Workshop on Capacity Building of Environmental Statistics held on 15-17 May 2017 at the training Room-03, Statistical Staff Training Institute, BBS (Level-7, Block-B), Parisankhyan Bhaban E-27/A, Agargaon, Dhaka-1207. The training was organized by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) in collaboration with General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission. The objective of the capacity building initiative to strengthen the capacity for monitoring and evaluating of resilient targets and indicators of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). The initiative will also serve many purposes including poverty, environment, climate change, biodiversity and disaster-related policies and decisions in the near future. It will link environment/climate vulnerability data to poverty data and facilitate the use of these poverty-environment linked resilient indicators for specific policies, budgets and investment. Dr. Michael Bordt, Regional Adviser on Environmental Statistics of ESCAP and Mr. Mark Eigenraam, Director, Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting, Australia and Regional Consultant of UNDP-UNPEI provided support as an international technical expert.

Tag: School of Law
Publish Date: May 17th, 2017

Dr. Saira Rahman Khan, Professor, School of Law was invited by the KIOS Foundation of Finland to be one of the speakers of the South Asian panel at the Spring Seminar on Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights, held in Helsinki on 16 May 2017. Others on the panel were Dr. Nimalka Fernando, President of the International Movement against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) from Sri Lanka and Mr. Bijay Raj Gautam, Executive Director of INSEC, Nepal.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: May 17th, 2017

In South Asia, over the last decade and a half, there has been an improvement in women’s social, economic and political empowerment. However worldwide, the region fares better than Sub-Saharan Africa only. Progress has been considerable in improving women’s capabilities through education and health, but remains insufficient in economic and political fields. Beside this, a high prevalence of the incidence of violence against women points to the inadequate implementation of laws, finds the research on ‘Human Development in South Asia 2016: Empowering Women in South Asia’ conducted by Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) of Lahore University of Management Sciences.

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University launched the report at a city hotel in Dhaka on May 16, 2017. The research was conducted on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan.

The report demonstrates that, the overall picture of progress in South Asia not only masks the inequality in opportunity for women both between and within countries, but also across women belonging to different socio-economic, ethnic and religious groups.

The report also suggests that despite overall progress in key indicators, the promise of the MDGs is still unfulfilled and the region needs to intensify its commitment towards meeting the SDGs aiming to complete what the MDGs did not achieve-especially targeting stubborn challenges, such as in female leadership, voice and representation, as well as violence against women.

Speaking on the women’s empowerment, Chief Guest Rasheda K. Choudhury, Executive Director of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) said, there is a fundamental difference between participation and Partnership. Women in Bangladesh have progressed far in participating in various economic activities but they still lack opportunity at partnership level.

While talking about sexual violence that has happened in recent times, she described the difficulties women face in professional fields. She urged the government to increase budget in research sectors and thanked MHRC for thisreport, which is a reminder that there’s a long way to go for women empowerment.

Mr. M Syeduzzaman, Member, Board of Advisors, MHRC said, the report is a message to revisit and update the gender question in light of development in the world. The report shows the difference among different South Asian countries on gender development, educational progress, health progress, political empowerment and employment of women.

Earlier, BIGD’s Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Rasheda K. Choudhury, Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Ms. Simeen Mahmud, Head Gender Cluster and The Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) and Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman, Executive Chairperson, Centre for Development and Employment Research (CDER) launched the report in front of media. Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow, BIGD made a presentation on the key finding and recommendations of the report.

Prof. Mustafizur said gender-based violence costs 2.4 per cent of the country's GDP as existing laws remain inactive to protect women from violence. Bangladesh made significant progress since 2000, especially in framing policies and laws, which eased women empowerment. But we have to monitor whether the laws and policies are implemented properly or not. He also mentioned that a large number of activities, performed by women, remain outside the national accounting system.

Simeen Mahmud said that though Bangladesh's economic growth rate was third highest in the world, its public spending in human development remained lower compared to neighboring countries.

Presenting the study findings, Maheen Sultan said Bangladesh scored 0.917 in GDI to be third among the South Asian countries, while Sri Lanka secured first place scoring 0.948 and Maldives placed second on the list with 0.937 points.

Female secondary school enrollment in the region reached 63.4 per cent from 36.8 per cent within the timeframe while Bangladesh lags behind reaching 57.38 per cent. However, Bangladesh has done really well in female tertiary education enrollment attaining 32.61 per cent comparing to South Asia's average 20.10 per cent in 2013. She also showed that the female life expectancy increased from 64 to 68 years between 2000 and 2013 while the country's overall life expectancy improved to 70.7 years from 63.5 in the same period.

Focusing on the empowerment of poor women, Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman suggested improving their access to education, skill development and technology.

In conclusion, Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman said that political commitment was vital for women empowerment and hoped that the government would maintain the success while focus on addressing the challenges that remain.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: May 17th, 2017

The James P Grant School of Public  Health conducted a  three-day Training of Trainers to orient participants on the basic concepts, approaches, techniques and skills of scientific communication. Held from 14-16 May, the workshop explored the skills and techniques which come into play for the trainers and mentors while providing effective mentoring and supervision in scientific writing situations. Facilitated by Barbara Gastel, a professor of integrative biosciences, humanities in medicine, and biotechnology at Texas A&M University, the workshop attracted development professionals involved in grant proposal writing and those seeking to improve scientific writing skills and communication.

Tag: Office of Co-curricular Activities
Publish Date: May 16th, 2017

BRAC University Drama and Theatre Forum respectfully participated in the club fair of “Summer Grooves” 2017, 15th of May. Our program started with the drama “Sesh Ichcha” performed by Bayazid, Pushpol, Ayon, Sneha, Moshiul, Tania and Safat, followed by a musical drama directed and supervised by Amir Hossain Sany, Prova Bruna and Bishaka Riya, and was performed by Mugdho and Mim.

We brought an end to our program by another drama, “Mancha” written by Wohidul Islam, directed by Sibaji Roy Tirtho and performed by Dipto Mandal.

Tag: Department of Pharmacy
Publish Date: May 16th, 2017

The students of Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University went for a day-long visit to the manufacturing plant of Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company located at Tongi on Monday, May 15, 2017. A group of thirty one students from the fourth year final semester along with two faculty members, Dr. Hasina Yasmin and Md. Tanvir Kabir visited the place.

The industrial visit was a thorough learning experience for the students that will help them relate their theoretical knowledge with practical field.

Tag: Student Affairs
Publish Date: May 15th, 2017

Career Services Office arranged "Internship Recruitment" - an engagement session by Unilever Bangladesh Ltd on Sunday 14th May 2017 at BRAC University Indoor Games Room UB02. The objective of the program is to provide the top students of leading universities an opportunity to experience working with Unilever. More than 120 students from BBS participated in the program. The participants were the students who will purpose their internship in Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018.

Unilever Bangladesh divided this whole program in two different parts. In the beginning of the program Shahrin Ali, HR Officer - Employee Engagementof Unilever and her team discussed the internship recruitment process of Unilever Bangladesh Limited and how it works. Students of BRAC University who performed their internship from Unilever Bangladesh Limited were present in the program and shared their experiences. In the second part of the program, students were asked to carry out a written test provided by Unilever Bangladesh Limited for preliminary screening process.The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about the career and growth opportunities of the program.

Tag: Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations
Publish Date: May 15th, 2017

Career Services Office arranged "Internship Recruitment" - an engagement session by Unilever Bangladesh Ltd on Sunday 14th May 2017 at BRAC University Indoor Games Room UB02. The objective of the program is to provide the top students of leading universities an opportunity to experience working with Unilever. More than 120 students from BBS participated in the program. The participants were the students who will purpose their internship in Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018.

Unilever Bangladesh divided this whole program in two different parts. In the beginning of the program Shahrin Ali, HR Officer - Employee Engagementof Unilever and her team discussed the internship recruitment process of Unilever Bangladesh Limited and how it works. Students of BRAC University who performed their internship from Unilever Bangladesh Limited were present in the program and shared their experiences. In the second part of the program, students were asked to carry out a written test provided by Unilever Bangladesh Limited for preliminary screening process.The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about the career and growth opportunities of the program.

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