The Director of Field Experience, Dr. Grant B. Littke and Assistant Dean, Dr. Murari Suvedi of Michigan State University (MSU), USA arrived in Bangladesh on January 21, 2002 for a week-long tour. During their stay, they held meetings with the VC and Treasurer of BRAC University, Director of Research and Director of Training, BRAC.They discussed the possibility of BU and BRAC jointly conducting Study Abroad and Internship programs for MSU students. They visited the different field level programs of BRAC at Manikganj, BRAC Training and Research Center (TARC), Savar and BRAC Center for Development Management (BCDM), Rajendrapur.
President of the Governing Board of BU, Mr. Fazle Hasan Abed inaugurated a four-day workshop on Contemporary Asian Art at BRAC Centre for Development Management (BCDM) on January 14, 2002. The Workshop is being organized jointly by Bengal Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpa Kala Academy. Seventy-two artists from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Denmark, Egypt, India, Iran, Khirgistan, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen are participating in the workshop. In his inaugural speech, Mr. Abed said, "This is a rare opportunity for those who are not able to go abroad and see such art works". He added that "interaction among artists would bring some new ideas for art and our lives".
BRAC University proposal for conducting an Undergraduate Program in Architecture leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture has received the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC). BU plans to start the program from Spring Semester, 2002. The last date for application is January 30, 2002. Admission test will be held on February 01, 2002.
BU is organizing a workshop focusing on online teaching. Dr. Abdul Shibli, Instructional Technologies Specialist, Harvard University, Massachusetts will conduct the workshop. Faculty members and the staff of BU will participate in the workshop. Two vacancies each have also been offered to other Private Universities of Bangladesh. The tentative starting date for this workshop is 23 December 2001 and the program will end on 29 December 2001. The participants will be required to complete a project to receive a "completion of training" certificate.
The Orientation program for new students (Spring Semester, 2002) took place as a three-day program from the January 6th to 8th. The inauguration session commenced in the BRAC Center Inn Auditorium at 9 AM on Sunday. The VC addressed the audience; he introduced students and guardians to BRAC University. This was followed by a speech by the Registrar and respective Heads of Departments.
Chairperson of BRAC and President of the Governing Board of BRAC University Mr. F H Abed has been awarded the Olof Palme Prize for "Fighting for Women's Rights and Poverty Alleviation". A message from Stockholm on December 27, 2001, said "Mr. Abed founded BRAC in 1972 which has played an important role in the transition of Bangladesh from a war-torn society to an outward looking society in which the role of women and girls was improved. BRAC provides basic education to poor children especially girls through 34,000 schools". Named after the late Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme Foundation rewards a person or an organization every year since 1989. The prize ceremony will be held in Stockholm on January 30, 2002. Previous laureates include Czech President Vaclav Havel (1989), French anti-racist group SOS Racism (1990), Amnesty International (1991), US anti-death penalty activist Bryan Stevenson (2000) and the list goes on. Paying tribute to his nation's rural poor women after wining the prestigious award Mr. Abed told AFP "I am very happy that our work for women's development and emancipation has been recognized by the Olof Palme foundation. I give full credit to the rural poor women of our country, because it is their enthusiasm and active participation that makes our work so satisfying".
Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Chairperson, Computer Science will conduct a workshop, which will be prior to Dr. Shibli's workshop due on 23 December 2001. The session will cover the ics like presentation techniques and Power Point based presentations. Teachers of the Computer Science Department will organize the training sessions, which will start from the 09 December 2001. Ms. Rafa Absar will give lectures on PowerPoint presentation and Mr. Junaed Sattar will cover HTML techniques.
Students of sociology course in BRAC University conducted their fieldwork between December 03 to December 07, 2001. The students were divided into four groups. The students collected information on the following issues: Socialization and Women's Subordinate Status, Drug Addiction & Deviant Behaviors, Urbanization & Changing Family Relationships, and Women Exploitation in Garments Industry.
Mr. F. H. Abed, President Governing Board of BU visited Japan from December 04 to December 06 on a lecture tour at the invitation of Waseda University and Tokyo University. The ics of his two lectures at Waseda University School of Asia and Pacific Studies were "Participatory Development-Its Concepts, Forms and Management Issues" and "Role of Micro-finance in Poverty Reduction". At the Department of Political Science of the university he spoke on "Thirty Years of BRAC in Development". The subject of his talk at the School of Public Health of Tokyo University was "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty". The faculty, students, government functionaries and NGO leaders attended the lecture sessions.
A two daylong debate competition was held at BU on 28-29 November 2001. A total of six teams, divided into two sides (Government & Opposition), participated in the competition in the format of British Parliamentary style. The final debate was held over the ic of "This house believes that Business graduates will dominate the 21st century". Four teams participated in the final debate. Prof. Syed Manzoorul Islam gave welcome speech before starting the final competition. CIS 1-debating team emerged as the champion and CIS 2 debating team emerged as the runner up. Sumaya Taj Andaleeb was declared the best speaker. The other member of her team was Sehabun Saqueeb. Lutful Kabir and Ziad Bin Hyder were the members of the runner up team. After the debate session, a prize giving ceremony was held where Prof. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice-Chancellor of BU, attended as the chief guest. The program was concluded through a vote of thanks given by Mr. Abdul Wohab, Advisor of the BU Debating Club.
Student Affairs Committee has been formed with Ms Lima Choudhury, Student Affairs and Coordination Officer, BU as the Chairperson. Saria Choudhury, Shihabun Saquib, Shoeb Ahmed, Farrah Hamed, Tareq Hadi and Md. Kawsar Habib have been nominated as the Student Representatives. The Committee would meet once a week to review all aspects of students related administration and report all discrepancy and irregularities to the Registrar for taking immediate corrective measures. The first meeting of the Committee was held on 13 November 2001.
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, Asia Region, Dhaka Site was held in BUET, Dhaka from 9 to 10 November 2001. K M Ganiul Zadid, Marufur Rahman and Mahmudul Haque-all members of the BU Computer Club participated in the competition. Mr Rafiqul Hasan Chowdhury, Lecturer, BU and Mr. Shahriar Manzur, Advisor of the Club trained and guided the team. This was the first time that BU students participated in such a Regional Competition.
Major General (Retired) Muhammad Sahool Afzal, awc, psc has been appointed the Registrar of BRAC University with effect from 3 November 2001. MG Afzal graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy in 1969. He obtained a first class in Masters in Defense Studies. He graduated from the Army War College, USA where his overall performance was assessed as 'Outstanding' and his Research Paper was nominated for the highest writing award. He completed the International Defense Management Course at the Naval Postgraduate School, USA. MG Afzal spent a significant portion of his long career in the Army in academic related appointments. As a faculty member and later as the Commandant of Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) he was involved in the planning and conduct of the BA/BSc programs under Chittagong University. As the Chief Instructor at the Defense Services Command & Staff College (DSCSC) he was responsible for designing and conducting the Masters program in Defense Studies under National University. In the same capacity he taught Command & Leadership and Defense Management Courses. A number of his articles were published in different military journals in Bangladesh. He was deeply involved with the publications of the BMA and the DSCSC journals. As the leader of a joint army, navy and airforce team, he successfully guided the team in drafting the Joint Warfare Doctrine for the Armed Forces of Bangladesh. MG Afzal retired voluntarily from the Army in October 1998. His last appointment in the Army was General Officer Commanding (GOC) of an Infantry Division. He joined BRAC as a Director in November 1998. As the Director Information Technology (IT) he formulated the IT Strategy for BRAC. He was given the responsibility of the Project Head of BRAC University in 1999. As the Project Head he held meetings at different levels of the Government both at the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Education till BRAC University received approval in March 2001. MG Afzal was the founder Senior Vice-President of Mainamati Golf Club and was also the Vice-President of the Bhatiary Golf Club.
The newly established Language Laboratory of BU was formally inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. J R Choudhury on Monday 29 October 2001. The inauguration was followed by a demonstration by Mr. A T M Sajedul Huq, Lecturer, Department of English. The Departmental Heads, Teachers and Officials of BU attended the function.
Dr. Sadruddin Pardhan, Director for Administrative Affairs & Assoc. Professor, The Aga Khan University, Karachi visited BU on 29 October 2001. During his visit he had a meeting with Prof. J R Choudhury, VC, BU and Dr. A M R Chowdhury, Deputy Executive Director, BRAC and Member of BU Academic Council. They discussed the possibility of collaboration between the two universities.
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