An informal discussion session on BU- its mission and goals was held in BU Seminar Room on July 21, 2002 at 3:30 P.M. The objective of the program was to create a scope for free exchange of ideas between BRAC top executives, senior managers and BU VC and Chairpersons of the Departments. 34 senior Executives of BRAC attended the program. Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, DED, BRAC and Mr. M Enamul Haq Choudhury, MD, BRAC Bank also attended the program.
The Department of English, BU organized a seminar on "Maternity and Women's Writing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives" at the University auditorium on July 18, 2002 . A talk was given at the seminar by Dr. Radha Chakravarti, Reader in the Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University, India. The Seminar was held as part of an effort to introduce feminist and post-colonial readings of literary texts and it was hoped that many such seminars would follow.
BRAC University Photography Club organized a three daylong photo exhibition from 13-15 July, 2002 at BRAC University campus. Professor J. R. Choudhury, VC, BU inaugurated the exhibition. A total of 35 photographs taken by 8 students of various departments were put on display. The students who participated were Tareq Hadi, Mushfiqur Rahamn, Ikhtiar Mohammad, Shah M Azlan, Md. Toufic Hossain, Shoeb Ahmed, Jakir Hosain, Md. Nafisur Rahman. Md. Toufic Hossain was awarded the First Prize. Iftikhar Mohammad and Shoeb Ahmed won the Second and Third Prizes respectively.
The second workshop of BRAC University Initiative for Learning and Development (BUILD) was held at BRAC Center for Development Management (BCDM), Rajendrapur from 11-13 July, 2002. Mr. Cole P Dodge, former Country Director of UNICEF, Bangladesh, facilitated the workshop. All members of BUILD other than Professor S M Islam and Dr. G S Fakir attended the workshop. Professor S M Islam and Dr. G S Fakir are currently visiting UK and USA.
Angan conducted a Study Tour on July 10, 2002 of The Institute of Fine Arts Building, Dhaka University (formerly known as The Art College) designed by Architect Muzharul Islam in 1953. Students and the faculty of the Department of Architecture had the opportunity to visit the institute and its garden-like surroundings, which is a successful example of a modern building that respects its site and culture well.
The three-day Orientation program for new students (Fall Semester, 2002) was inaugurated by Professor J. R. Choudhury, VC, BU in BRAC Center Inn on July 7, 2002. The program included an address by the VC, introduction to BU by the Registrar and the introduction to the Departments of BU by the Chairpersons of the Departments. The inauguration session was followed by a get-together arranged for the new students, teachers and administrative staff of BU.
The 6th Meeting of the Governing Board (GB), BU was held in the Conference Room, BU on July 4, 2002 at 3 P.M. Mr. F. H. Abed, Chairperson, BRAC and President GB, BU chaired the meeting.
Based on a collaborative arrangement between BU and IMC, fifty one students of IMC (1st Course) are currently enrolled in Summer Semester- 2002. The students are taking the ENG 100, Foundation Course and CSE 103, Introduction to Computer Science. These are 3-credit courses, offered by the Department of English and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of BU. The Classes started on June 17, 2002.
A workshop on "BRAC University - mission and goals" was held at BRAC Centre for Development Management (BCDM), Rajendrapur from June 6 to June 8, 2002. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Cole P Dodge, former Country Director of UNICEF, Bangladesh. Dr. G S Fakir, Director, Training Division, BRAC acted as the Co-facilitator. The workshop ended with the formation of BRAC University Initiative for Learning and Development (BUILD). The members of BUILD are Professor J R Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, BU, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, BRAC, Dr. Yousuf M Islam, Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, BU, Mr. M Mahfuzul Bari Chowdhury, Senior Faculty Member, Training Division, BRAC, Ms. Sonia Akter, Lecturer Economics, BU, Ms. Lima Choudhury, Student Affairs and Coordination Officer, BU, Ms. Shreyasee Sharma Pati, Assistant Registrar, BU, Ms. Farzana Choudhry, Lecturer Management & Business, BU, Dr. Imran Matin, Research Economist, BRAC, Professor M Nurul Islam, Chair, Department of Mathematics & Natural Science, BU, Dr. Mohammad Rafi, Senior Research Sociologist, BRAC, Professor Abdur Rab, Chair, Department of Management and Business, BU, Dr. A A Ziauddin Ahmad, Department of Physics, BU, Dr. Fuad Hasan Mallick, Chair , Department of Architecture, BU, Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, Department of English, Dhaka University and Major General (Retired) Muhammad Sahool Afzal, Registrar, BU. BUILD will conduct research and re-define the long term mission and goals of BU keeping in view the global, regional and national academic environment.
A meeting of the Selection Committee of BU for the post of Lecturers of Department of English was held in the Conference Room of the BU on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 3:00 P.M. Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, BRAC and Treasurer, BU, Professor Niaz Zaman, Dhaka University, Professor Kaiser Md. Hamidul Haque, Dhaka University and Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, Dhaka University were present in the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Professor J. R. Choudhury, VC, BU. The Committee approved a list of teachers for appointment in the Department of English of BU.
BU organized a seminar on "Integrated Resource Planning to Address Crises" in the Seminar Room of BU on Sunday June 23, 2002. Dr. Amulya K N Reddy, former President, International Energy Initiative and former Dean of Faculty of Science, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, read out a paper in the seminar. Reputed academics, researchers and policy makers on energy issue attended the seminar. Professor J. R. Choudhury, VC, BU chaired the session.
Mr. F H Abed Chairperson BRAC and President, BRAC University Governing Board (GB) attended the annual Governing Body meeting of Institute of Development Studies (IDS) held in Sussex, UK on June 12, 2002. Mr. Abed is a member of the Governing Board of IDS.
The 4th Meeting of the Academic Council of BU was held in the BU Conference Room on Monday June 10, 2002. Professor J. R. Choudhury, VC, BU chaired the Meeting. The meeting besides taking decisions on some academic issues also approved the Master of Computer Application (MCA) and Master of Development Studies (MDS) programs for submission to University Grants Commission (UGC) for approval.
Professor H Paul, Dean of School of Management, AIT and Dr. M Nazrul Islam, Coordinator, Management of Technology Program, AIT visited BU on June 4 and 5, 2002 and had meetings with VC, BU and Professor A Rab, Chairperson of Department of Management & Business, BU. The meetings explored the probable areas of collaboration between the two institutions.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) approval for conducting MSc and M Engg programs in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) has been received on June 5, 2002. The department of CSE may start their courses at an appropriate time.
Office of Communications
University Building # 6
7th Floor, BRAC University
Tel: 04478444031-2, +880-2-9844051-4 ext. 4045,4067