The Academic Council has formally approved "Minor in Law" courses for BBA students of the Department of MGB on August 9, 2004. It would be a coherent program to enable BBA students to learn and understand the legal framework of business transactions and have recognized skills in a different discipline, in order to acquire an edge in the job market.
The 13th Meeting of the BU Academic Council was held in BU Conference Room on August 9, 2004. Professor J R Choudhury, VC BU, chaired the Meeting.
Barrister Sara Hossain, an eminent lawyer of the Supreme Court and a women's rights activist, gave a talk on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Woman (CEDAW) as part of the LAW 202 course for Summer 2004 semester on August 5, 2004. The topic has special relevance to BRAC, and the talk was attended by students, Dr Salehuddin Ahmed BU Treasurer BU, Mr Manzoor Hasan, Bar-at Law, OBE Deputy Executive Director BRAC, Mr. K Shamsuddin Mahmood, Head Undergraduate Progam, School of Law BU and Ms. Sheepa Hafiza Program Head, Human Rights & Gender, BRAC.
The Departmental Orientation/Briefing sessions for incoming undergraduate students were held on August 4, 2004. The newly selected students were briefed at their respective departments.
The Campus Super's monthly dinner was held on August 4, 2004. Mr Mamun Rasid, CEO, Citi Bank, NA, Bangladesh was the Guest of Honour. Mr Mamun spoke to the students on the current employment trends in the business world and answered their queries.
A team from James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BU, visited BU Campus, TARC Savar on August 3, 2004. The team was comprised of eminent scholars and researchers in public health, and led by Dr. John Rohde. They talked to the students, sought their opinions on the Residential Semester, and toured the campus facilities.
The BU Drama Club staged a show in Markuli Hall, BU Campus, TARC, Savar on the evening of August 2, 2004. All students, teachers and families of BRAC staff located in BU Campus, TARC, Savar attended the function.
BRAC University Flood Relief Coordination Committee organised a relief activity on July 31, 2004. Bread and halua were prepared and distributed through the BRAC Relief Centre located in Mahakhali. At the BU Relief Collection Centre items like dry food, water purifying tablets, saline, biscuits, clothing and cash are being collected on all working days. Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, VC BU and Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed Treasurer BU also participated in the relief making and collection efforts. Faculty members and administrative staff of BU have donated their one-day salary, through BRAC, for the flood victims.
BRAC University Photography Club (BUPC) organized a workshop conducted by eminent photographer Hasan Saifuddin Chandan, with the aim of imparting knowledge on basic film based still photography on July 30, 2004. Various types of films and cameras and their applications were explained to the participants. Camera operation, setting of shutter speeds and apertures, depth of field, exposure bracketing and lighting are some of the important issues demonstrated in the workshop. The presentation was followed by simple assignments.
Dr. Deepa Ollapally, Senior Fellow, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University, Washington DC, gave a Talk on "US Policy in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects" on July 28, 2004 in the BU Conference Room. Senior faculty members of BU and academic and foreign policy specialists from Dhaka attended the event. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU chaired the session.
A meeting of Chairpersons to review the flood situation was held in BU Conference on July 28, 2004. Professor J R Choudhury VC BU chaired the meeting. The Meeting decided not to suspend the academic activities both at the Dhaka and Savar campuses of the University unless the situation turned grave. The Meeting also formed a flood Relief Committee with Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer BU as the Chairperson.
BU Drama and Theatre Forum staged their BU Drama 2004 at National Museum on July 27, 2004. This year the Forum presented a collage of selected portions from four of Rabindranath Tagore's plays. Rowshan Jahan Nupur directed theplay. The performers were well accepted by the audience. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer, BU, Theatre Forum Patron Professor Firdous Azim, a large number of faculty members, Administrative staff, students and parents attended the impressive event.
"Professional & Skills Development Program" offered by British Council Dhaka and organized by BRAC University started on July 27, 2004. Ms. Vivienne Thorpe, a Senior Trainer from the British Council is conducting the course. A total of 17 faculty members and 3 management executives are attending the eight-week program.
The Editorial Board Meeting of BRAC University Journal was held on Monday, August 23, 2004. The agenda was BRAC University Journal, Vol. I, No. 2, 2004.The Meeting was chaired by Professor Mofiz Uddin Ahmed, Chair, Department of Mathematics & Natural Science and Chair Editorial Board of BU Journal.
Dr. Nazrul Islam, Associate Professor, Department of MGB presented a research paper titled "Agents Perspective on Marketing of Life Insurance Policies in Bangladesh" at the 8th International Conference of Asia Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA). The conference was held in Seoul, Korea from July 18 to 21, 2004. Dr. Islam's research paper was nominated for the Best Papers Award.
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