Life is a joyous journey. However, sometimes, in this fast pace of life, we often become restless to think about our future hope or dream, or away from things in our past. Sometimes, we may also forget to enjoy the joyous journey of life. In that case, Meditation, which is an art of living a peaceful life, can help to take a break for a while and pay attention to appreciate how precious life is.
With this awareness, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University hosted a session on “Meditation: A Piece of Peace” for the students, faculty members and staff of the Department of English and Humanities on Wednesday on July 19, 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in ENH Seminar Room. Two members from the Counseling Unit of BRAC University Ms. Monzia Mushtaq and Ms. Kazi Rumana Haque-Psychosocial Counselors and Lecturers conducted the session.
The session was started by practicing some yoga postures to help participants to feel more relaxed and at ease with their physical bodies. Then, Soham- a guided breathing exercise was conducted. Later on, a meditation session was held where; the facilitator first conducted a relaxation session followed by an imagery guided meditation to help participants to connect better with the inner self.
Through this short meditation journey, the participants got the unique opportunities to manage stress, anxiety, depression better, enhance concentration and awareness, as well as improve mental well-being.
BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health and UNICEF-Bangladesh hosted a workshop on “Creating Evidence on Multi-Sectoral Programming for Adolescents” on 18 July. Funded by the World Bank, the objective of this workshop was to bring together a variety of stakeholders to learn about and identify opportunities for improving nutritional status of adolescents in Bangladesh.
Mr. Shamim Iqbal (Additional Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare; and Director, Administration, DGFP, MoHFW) was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Dr. A B M Muzaharul Islam (Director, IPHN; Line Director, NNS, Institute of Public Health Nutrition, DGHS, MoHFW); and Dr. Mohammed Sharif (Director, MCH- Services; and Line Director [MCRAH], MCH Services Unit, DGFP, MoHFW) were the Special Guests of the event. Dr. Malabika Sarker (Professor and Director, Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-up, BRAC JPGSPH) delivered the welcome speech.
Professor A.A. Z Ahmad gave a couple of lectures to the participants of above-mentioned course at the office of NOAMI at 10/8 Eastern Plaza on 18-7-2017. The total number of participants in the course is 21 who have been sent from various R/D organizations and Universities.
A session to share experience with the media was organized by C3ER, BRAC University on 18th July 2017 at BRAC Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Adviser of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University. Mr. Tanvir Mahmud, IBP Manager, Governance Expert, PROKAS Programme, British Council; joined along with twenty three (23) media personnel from different media. The overall aim of the workshop was to sensitize the media and get feedback regarding climate change finance, so that they can act as key stakeholder in their respective sectors. In that aspect the meeting was successful. In order to assist the developing countries in mitigating and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change, financial resources are being mobilized globally through shared platforms as well as public climate finance commitments by developed countries under the UNFCCC. According to Global Landscape of Climate Finance (2014) published by Climate Policy Initiative, in 2013, annual global climate finance flows totaled approximately USD 331 billion. According to the report, climate finance flows were split almost equally between developed (OECD) and developing (non- OECD) countries, USD 164 billion and USD 165 billion respectively. Being one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, Bangladesh is actively investing in the field of climate change. The Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) outlines a framework for climate change investments in the country. Though Bangladesh receives fund in the sector through various internal and external channels, there are still scopes for introducing an established and widely-accepted monitoring mechanism that can ensure transparency and accountability. To understand the extent and type of support that is being made available to proceed for action on climate-resilient development and to comprehend how the support is corresponding to the needs, and whether the financial resources are being spent productively, it is important to monitor the finance mechanism holistically and in details.
International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), based in Turin, Italy visited the Centre for Peace & Justice, BRAC University on 17 July 2017. Andreas Klemmer, Director of Training and Jeannette Shalabi, Chief, Partnership and Programme Development Services of ITCILO led the delegation. Saloman Rajbanshi, Workplace Cooperation Technical Specialist, and Uttam Kumar Das, Program Officer from ILO Bangladesh also accompanied the delegation. The purpose of the visit was to explore future collaboration between ITCILO and CPJ, BRAC University.
Manzoor Hasan, Executive Director gave a presentation on CPJ’s activities and a detailed discussion followed, which included CPJ’s regional and national paralegal training. Shahariar Sadat, Nilufa Sultana Sheta and Zia Uddin from CPJ also attended the meeting.
A coordination meeting was held at C3ER, BRAC University on 17 July 2017. Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Adviser of C3ER, BRAC University, Dr. A Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of BCAS and Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD participated in the meeting. Mr. Tanvir Mahmud, IBP Manager, Governance Expert, PROKAS Programme, British Council; Ms. Roufa Khanum, Coordinator, Operations from C3ER and Mr. Fokhrul Alam Khandaker joined along with the three experts. The meeting started with a welcome speech by Dr. Ainun Nishat. After that Dr. Nishat explained the background and briefed about the issue based project Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM) and the roles of the five partners in this project.
Mr. Tanvir Mahmud, explained the outcomes that are expected to be achieved. He has also explained the three circles of relationship. He informed that the second phase of the project would be with the IMED. There is a probability of having an annual review on CFTM on next month. So the achievements of PROKAS and its evaluation can have impact on extension possibility of the program.
Dr. Huq said that tide changed from negative to positive. DFID is more positive than before but each case has to be assessed carefully. By this year some definitions and categorization are expected to be identified, Dr. Huq added.
Dr. Rahman spoke about emphasizing on the poor as well as the people at grass roots level for better contact in the second phase.
The Small Road (TB Gate School Road/Shishu Mela School Road) behind UB 2 is increasingly becoming unsafe. BRACU students & employees are strongly advised to avoid the Road & adjacent areas at all times.
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The Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Grameenphone organized a campus roadshow on Telenor Youth Forum at BRAC university campus which took place on July 16, 2017 at the Auditorium, BRAC University. Telenor Youth Forum is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with youth across boundaries and to showcase their talent and passion for digitalization and peace in a global platform.
Keynote speaker of the session was Mr. Shabbir Hossain- Deputy Director-Ecommerce and Payments. He talked about the various digital products and projects of Grameenphone and how students can get involved with Grameenphone. Mr. Syed Tanvir Husain-Head of Shared Services, Mr. Masud Mushfiq Zaman-Head of OD were also present at the session from their HR team. They shared career advice and guidelines on how the students can start preparing today for a successful career tomorrow.
BRAC University alumni Mr. Habib Ghazi-Reward & Recognition Analyst- Compensation & Benefits, Israt Zahan-Reward Analyst-Compensation & Benefits, Junaid Ahmed-Talent Manager-Organizational Development were also present in the session.
Enthusiastic students attended the session in large numbers, putting their queries to speakers. Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR was present at the session and coordinated the event.
Ms. Anima Ashraf, Environmental Management Specialist, C3ER, BRAC University was selected to present her photography on Chittagong Hill Tracts in a three day long photographic exhibition. On the occasion of the 19th Founding Anniversary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs a three day long photographic exhibition inaugurated on 16 July 2017 at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs graced the event as Chief Guest while Mr. Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing MP, Honorable Minister of State, Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs and Professor Dr. AA M S Arefin Siddique, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka were present as special guests
With the theme of “Parenting with Mutual Respect and Trust”, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University hosteded a Seminar on Parenting on Saturday, 15 July 2017 from 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm at BRAC University Auditorium. The main objective of the seminar was to promote a healthy relationship between parents and children based on empathetic understanding. Both the parents and children participated in this seminar.
The seminar was facilitated by Professor Mehtab Khanam, Chairperson, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of Dhaka and the Adviser of the Counseling Unit of BRAC University. At the beginning of the seminar, Mr. Shami Suhrid Coordinator, Psychosocial Counselor and Lecturer of Counseling Unit, BRAC University briefly described the objective of the seminar and the activities of the Counseling Unit. The Director of the BRAC Institute of Languages and the Head of the BRACU Counseling Unit, Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, discussed about the significance of parenting for the overall development of adolescents. Shortly after that Professor Mehtab Khanam facilitated the seminar where the students of BRAC University and their parents shared their barriers of communications with each other. In the second phase of the seminar, Professor Mehtab Khanam gave a presentation on the significance of nonviolent communication and empathetic understanding for the healthy parent-child relationship. Overall, the seminar was a professional platform to share and discuss about the diverse experiences of parent-child relationship. Moreover, it was an opportunity to explore the idea to make this significant relationship a healthy one with trust and respect. Both the parents and children expressed that the seminar was insightful for enhancing a healthy parent-child relationship. They also felt that such types of seminars need to be hosted more. Around 130 participants attended the seminar.
Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University has conducted a field visit to Shyamnagar Upazila at Satkhira district to analysis an agenda about exchange visit to India. The field work was conducted at Kaligonj Upazila at Satkhira district from 13-15 July 2017. In Bangladesh competition of demand of water for the water supply and sanitation, agriculture, industry, fisheries and wildlife, navigation, hydropower and recreation is accelerating day by day. The project aims to make transboundary water governance grounded in local contexts and be more inclusive and sustainable. Six Unions of Shyamnagar Upazila at Satkhira district- Kashimari, Nurnagar, Kaikhali, Ramjannnagar, Padmapukur and Gabura are selected for sensitization analysis. At the present circumstances, it is crucial to understand the problems faced by the local communities and work for the solutions. Therefore, it is necessary to perform sensitization analysis through sensitization and consultation workshops at six unions of Shyamnagar Upazila, Satkhira District to understand the gaps in policies and at the role of local stakeholders.
The main objective of this field visit was mainly about the purpose for the development of Master Water Management Plan for Shyamnagar Upazila, a visit to neighboring country India will be organized soon and the requirements for their visa, passport and other official papers were the subject of the meeting. An exchange visit will be made to visit Kanpur or Fatepur in India to understand the “Jal Chopal” and similar situation there to manage the water scarcity. This visit to India will help to modify and update the Water Master Plan at Shyamnagar Upazila. The meeting was held at Shushilan head office. The meeting took place in order to receive the consent from the stakeholders and chairmen’s of the six unions of Shyamnagar Upazila. The meeting started with a welcome speech from Mostafa Aktherujjaman, Deputy Director, Shushilan then followed by SM Abdur Rouf, chairman of Kashimari. Ms. Roufa Khanum explained them the importance of this visit to India and later on Mr. Probal Saha gave them a list of documents that they need to submit. The meeting was successful and all the stakeholders present there showed their gratitude and appreciations.
Digital ID card for students is being launched from July 16, 2017. Use of current hard copy ID card & Digital ID card shall continue on trial basis till 30 August 2017. Exclusive use of Digital ID card by Students shall be effective from 1st September 2017.
Students are advised to update "BRACU Mobile App" in mobile device from Google Playstore and generate digital ID card by clicking on the icon "ID Card" in the main menu.
Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Associate Professor of BRAC Business School (BBS) and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM) – Scopus Indexed, joined the 3rd International Conference on Materials Mechanics and Management (IMMM 2017) on July 13-14, 2017 at College of Engineering Trivandram (CET), Kerala, India.
Dr. Habib delivered his Keynote Speech on “Supply Chain Management (SCM): The Latest Innovation in Industrial Engineering” in that conference. He illustrated the significance and implications of SCM, as a new branch of Industrial engineering, upon manufacturing and service industries through basic models as well as demonstrated ITESCM (Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management) Model which was developed by Dr. Habib in 2009.
In addition, Dr. Habib inaugurated the conference with other distinguished guests. Lots of participants from various countries, particularly Japan, USA, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, etc. presented their papers.
On July 13, 2017, Dr. Habib was invited by Dr. G Chandramohan, Director of CET School of Management, College of Engineering Trivandrum in order to deliver a talk on Supply Chain Management for their freshmen MBA students. In that talk, he triggered a thinking process among the students about the wide applicability of supply chain management.
During the conference and talk, Dr. Habib discussed with distinguished renowned professors about 1st International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2017), organized by BRAC Business School (BBS) on September 21-22, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH) organised a three day course on “Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis in health research”. Held from 11 – 13 July, the course provided participants with an introduction to basic components of systematic reviews; from research question to protocol development, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
The course was facilitated by Dr. Shaikh A. Shahed Hossain (Professor, BRAC JPGSPH; Consultant Scientist, Health Systems and Population Studies Division, ICDDR,B) and Dr. Malabika Sarker (Professor & Director of Research & Director CoE on the Science of Implementation & Scale-Up, BRAC JPGSPH).
Due to the immense popularity and success of the first course, a second course is being offered again from 22 – 24 August.
Twenty-seven students of the biotechnology and microbiology programs of the MNS Department visited the National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory (NFDPL) with Professor M. Mahboob Hossain on July 13, 2017. NFDPL was established in 2006 within the premises of Dhaka Medical College Hospital for the purpose of DNA finger printing in various cases involving criminal investigation. The students were given an informative briefing on the procedure of DNA finger printing. They were shown around the different sections of the laboratory and introduced with the various equipment used in finger printing analysis.
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