To celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of BRAC University, a three daylong program was organized. Opening Ceremony was held on April 15, 2003. Professor J R Choudhury, Vice Chancellor of the University inaugurated the Program by cutting a cake at the BU Building. A large number of students, teachers and administrative staff were present.
Dr. Sean Riley, President, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada accompanied by Ms. Mary Coyle, Vice President & Director, COADY International Institute visited BU and had a meeting with Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU on April 15, 2003. The possibility of collaboration between the two universities came up during the meeting. Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer, BU, Professor Abdur Rab, Chairperson, Department of Management & Business, BU, Dr. Golam Samdani Fakir, Director, Training Division, BRAC & Member Academic Council, BU and Mr. Mahfuzul Bari Choudhury, Training Division, BRAC were also present during the meeting.
Mr. F H Abed, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC and President, Governing Board of BRAC University received the Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award 2003 on April 14 at the Harvard University. Mr. Abed was given this year's Award for his outstanding contribution in Eradication of Poverty. The Award wad presented by Mr. Allan Gleitsman the Chairman of the Foundation. The Gleitsman International Award is announced every year since 1989 to honour individuals in the international community " who have inspired change and motivated others in the realm of social activism." The winners are selected on the basis of exceptional perseverance, selflessness and leadership in striving to combat social injustice in their community, nation or the world. Among others, Mr. Nelson Mandela received this award in 1993. Mr. Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic Presidential candidate addressed the ceremony as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Abed also addressed a seminar and a number of classes of Harvard University.
BRAC University Computer Club (BUCC) organized an Intra-University Programming Contest for the first time named "BUCC Intra-University Programming Contest (BIPC)" on April 12, 2003. Forty participants took part in the daylong program. The three top contestants were Jahangir Hossain, Jahangir Alam and Razia Sultana Rima. The Judges of the Contest were Mr. Shahriar Manzoor, Judge of Programming Contest's World Final and Online Judge of Valladolid Site and Mr. Shafquat Rahman, Lecturer, CSE. Students who participated in the contest were all students of Programming Language 1 course.
Md. Amirul Islam, student of CSE Department and active member of BUDC (BRAC University Debating Club), has secured the 1st place in both the "Barowari Speech Competition" (Extempore Speech) and "Nirdharito (Selected) Debate Competition" organized jointly by Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) and Dhaka Rotary Club. The competitions were conducted on April 10, 2003 and there were 48 participants. Topic for Barowari Speech Competition was " Amar Shanti Shomriddho Prithibi Chai..." and for Nirdharito Debate Competition was "Juddho Kokhonoi Shantir Onughotok Hote Pare Na".
BRAC University Computer Club (BUCC) organized the launching ceremony of Computer Aided Education (CAE) Software "Virtual Biggan O Gonit Shikhon"- software developed by BUCC in association with Temporal Education Online Limited and Datasoft Systems Limited for the secondary level students at BRAC Centre Inn on March 8, 2003. Dr. M Osman Farruk, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Education, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh attended the function as the Chief Guest. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU and a large number of invited guests, IT professionals, teachers and students of BU attended the event.
The following teachers and administrative officers have joined BU during the month of March, 2003:
1. Ms. Khadiza Tahera, MS (Monash University,Australia), Lecturer, Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
2. Ms. Maheen Islam, MSc (Dhaka University), Lecturer, CSE
3. Mr. Tanzir Ahmed, MSS (Delhi University), Lecturer Economics
4. Mr. Md Nazim Uddin, MA (Dhaka University), Deputy Librarian, Ayesha Abed Library, BU
5. Ms. Rosy Sharif, MA (Dhaka University), Human Resources Officer
Professor Firdous Azim, Chairperson, Department of English and Humanities attended a seminar on "ASIAN HEGEMONY" related to literature written in English in Asia held in Kualalampur, Malaysia from March 28 to March 29, 2003. She was invited as an expert in the subject from South Asia.
Mr. Abdullah Hasan, Management & IT Consulting Executive, Ernst & Young and Deloitte Consulting Division of Deloitte & Touche, conducted a Seminar on " A Strategy for Advancing Bangladesh using ICT " 2003 in the Conference Room of BRAC University (BU) at 10:00 AM on March 27, 2003. The Seminar was attended by a large number of teachers from the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Management & Business.
BU Cricket Team reached the semifinals of the second Inter Private University Cricket Cup Competition-2003 where eventual champions American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) beat them on March 25, 2003. The Cricket team performed superbly and had won 3 matches on the trot to reach the semifinals. The BU team now will be eligible to play in the National Inter-University Championships with the other government universities from next year. The BU team took part in the tournament under the supervision of the BU Cricket Club. The club patron is Dr. Fuad H Mallick, Chairperson, Department of Architecture and coordinator is Mr. Junaed Sattar, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science & Engineering. Mr. Mahfuzul Haque, Student Counsellor was the Manager of the team.
Dr. Avas Khugaev, a nuclear astrophysicist from Institute of Nuclear Physics, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is currently visiting Department of Mathematics & Natural Science. Dr. Khugaev arrived on March 25, 2003. A collaborative research in nuclear and plasma astrophysics is being conducted in the department.
Heritage Forum organized a visit to Savar Jatiya Smriti Shoudha (The National Martyrs Memorial at Savar) on March 26, 2003. BU faculty members, staff, and students walked to the Smriti Shoudha and placed a floral wreath.
Professor Mofiz Uddin Ahmed, Chairperson, Department of Mathematics and Natural Science of BU, has received an award from University Grants Commission (UGC), Bangladesh, for his scientific research published in the Physical Review E (USA), 55 (5), 5894 (1997). An announcement to this effect was made on March 25, 2003. The title of the published paper is "Linear Modes in the Rotating Neutron Star Polar Cap Electron-positron Plasma" related to plasma astrophysics around pulsars- says a letter from UGC. Pulsars are the rotating neutron stars with super strong magnetic field. Jocellyn Bell and Antony Hewish in 1967 observed some repeated regular signals from space, which later on was confirmed as radiations coming from pulsars. Both the Scientists were awarded the Noble Prize for their discovery in 1969.
A new Physics Lab was set up in the Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences. Students started attending classes in the new lab from March 16, 2003.
Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer BU visited Asian Development Bank (ADB) Head Office in Manila and gave a presentation on BRAC, BRAC University (BU) and the Masters in Development Studies (MDS) Program of BU on March 14, 2003. The presentation was followed by a discussion attended by Dr. Edward Hough, Director, Social Service Division, ADB, Dr. Juoko Sarvi, Education Specialist, Dr. Vincent de Wit, Senior Health Specialist, Dr. Sultan Hafiz Rahman, Director Operation Coordination and about 15 Specialists of ADB. Dr. Salehuddin then went to Kyoto, Japan and attended the 3rd World Water Forum meetings and deliberations from March 16-21, 2003.
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