The MBA Forum has published its first newsletter on April 16, 2004. A soft copy of the newsletter has been circulated to all the staff and MBA students of the university. The objective of the newsletter is to update the BU staff and MBA students regarding the activities of the MBA forum. It also focuses on latest changes in business world, job update, professional development and book reviews.
The 3rd anniversary of BU was observed on April 15, 2004. To mark the day a cake cutting ceremony was held at BU Cafeteria. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU was present as the Chief Guest. Chairpersons of the Departments, faculty members, BU Staff and a large number of students attended the function.
Bengali New year was celebrated in BU Campus, TARC, Savar on April 14, 2004 with great enthusiasm and fanfare. A Cultural program was held in the evening jointly with BRAC trainees. Special Bengali dishes were served at lunch. All those present in the TARC, including students attended the day's events.
Professor A M Muazzam Husain, Chair Department of ESS, BU led an eight-member team from Bangladesh to observe the performance of the system of rice intensification (SRI) trials in Andhra Pradesh (AP), India. The weeklong trip from April 7-14, 2004 was sponsored by the IRRI-PETRRA project for the team to examine the special features of SRI trials in AP that led to high success of the system. The team members also attended the All India Rice Research Group Meeting held in New Delhi during the period.
The 1st Issue (Volume 1, Number 1, 2004) of BU Journal was published on April 13, 2004. BU Journal is a publication of BRAC University. The Journal publishes original research papers, short communications, book reviews, review papers/ articles in the fields of Agriculture, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business & Management, Computer Science & Engineering, Development Studies, Economics, Education and Method of Teaching, Engineering & Technology, Geography & Geology, Humanities, Literature and Languages, Health & Medical Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Philosophy and Social Sciences, and related areas after being properly reviewed by the experts in the respective fields. Copies of the Journal are available at BU library.
A one-to-many live videoconference between BU and HGSE was successfully conducted on April 13, 2004. The event took place in the evening from 6:10 pm to 8:10PM. The Topic of the conference was "Poverty and Eradication through NGO's in Bangladesh: BRAC a Case Study". Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer, BU conducted the presentation. The participants of the conference were Professor Sue Grant Lewis and graduate students of Harvard University. Ms. Fahima Khanam and Mr. Aminul Islam of BU IT Systems Section provided technical support at the BU end. Mr. David Langlois, Distance Learning/Instructional Media Support Specialist provided the technical support at the HGSE end.
A BRAC University Initiative for Learning and development (BUILD) review session was held at BU Library on April 12 and 13, 2004. The outcome and effects of the Residential Semester were discussed in depth at the Review Session. Professor Abdur Rab and Dr. Yousuf M Islam facilitated the session.
The Annual Cultural Function of BU was held at the Bangladesh National Museum Main Auditorium on April 10, 2004. BU Cultural CLUB organized the function. The theme of the function was "Prokriti O Prem", which consisted of solos, duets and chorus performances of Tagore, Nazrul and modern songs by the students. The event also had instrumental performances in guitar and flute, and three dance recitals. The Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU who made a special address at the end of the show congratulating the performers, attended the program. Teachers, staff and a large number of students of the University were present at the colourful event
Post-Graduate Diploma Program in South Asian Development and Cooperation (SADC) Studies started on April 1, 2004. The program is an evening program and consists of 10 courses covering 30 credit hours. The program is being conducted by the Department of ESS. Professor A M Muazzam Husain, Chair Department of ESS welcomed the newly registered students while Professor Abdur Rab Rab gave an introduction to BU and it's different rules and regulations. Dr. Abdur Rob Khan, the Course Coordinator gave a brief run down of the course curriculum.
The Department of MGB organized a half-day Seminar titled "Grooming For Business Professionals" on April 3, 2004 for the 45 Business Communication and Human Resource Management students. The presentation was arranged and conducted by Ms.Ameena Chowdhury and Ms. Rumana Anam, lecturers of the department. Mr. Rashed Haque, Deputy Chief Engineer, Network Operations and Technical Division, Grameen Phone was the guest speaker at the presentation. The chairperson and faculty members of the department also attended this seminar
Forty students of the Residential Semester, TARC, Savar, were taken on a study visit to the National Museum, Dhaka on April 3, 2004. The students were instructed to acquire practical knowledge on different civilizations, architecture, culture, literature, copper plates, coins, bronze relics and images of different periods. Through the study visit, the students got acquainted with the civilization, culture and architectural monuments of our country. Ms. Farhana Afroz and Md. Abdul Wohab (ESS) accompanied the students.
The BBA students of the Operations Management course visited the Babylon Garments in Mirpur on April 3, 2004. The students visited different sections of the factory, observed the production process and listened to presentation on management aspects of the company. The Course Teacher and the Teaching Assistant accompanied the students.
BU Drama and Theatre Forum arranged a workshop on "Drama Exercise and Creative Writing" on April 3, 2004.
School of Law, BU moved to the newly acquired 5th Floor of Standard Tower on April 1, 2004. The floor houses five classrooms, faculty rooms and the offices of the Director and the Head of the Undergraduate Program in Law.
Mr Matin Saad Abdullah joined as Lecturer, Department of CSE on April 1, 2004. Mr Matin obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from University of Houston, USA.
Mr Helali Mortuza Bhuiyan also joined as Lecturer, Department of CSE on April 1, 2004. Mr. Bhuiyan completed his BSc in Computer Science & Engineering from BUET.
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