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Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: June 30th, 2003

Mr. Arif Abdullah Proshno, a sophomore student in CSE department at BU worked on a project in his C++ course. His submitted research paper has been accepted for publication at ICITA, an IEEE conference to be held in China. The paper is titled " A Generic Spell Check Engine for South Asian Languages". The paper went under the theme of NLP (Natural Language Processing). This is the first time in Bangladesh that a second year undergraduate student research paper has been accepted for an IEEE conference. The conference will be held on January 8-11, 2004 in Harbin, China. The Paper is expected to be published in the Conference Proceedings. The Paper was written under the supervision of Mr. Ashfaqur Rahman, Lecturer, Department of CSE, BU.

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: June 28th, 2003

BU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok on June 27, 2003. The co-operation program between Department of Management and Business (MGB) of BU and School of Management (SOM) of AIT aims to foster advancement in teaching and research of management, to enhance the international reputations of both institutions through academic programs, exchange of academic information and materials, organization of joint management development and joint research programs, and other academic exchanges. This MOU constitutes a broad intent and understanding between MGB and SOM to further the cause of quality business education in the region, as partners committed to the above-mentioned objectives. The MOU between the two institutions focuses, among others, on setting up a collaborative program for MBA students and faculty members of BU to continue their Masters/Ph.D. program at SOM/AIT.

Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: June 28th, 2003

Mr. Sultan M. Chowdhury, CPA, Division of Insurance and Research, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (US Federal Government Agency) conducted a seminar on "IT Industry and its possibilities in Bangladesh" on June 26, 2003. Dr. Sayeed Salam, Department of CSE, BU introduced Mr. Sultan M. Chowdhury and made the opening statement. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU, all the Chairpersons and Senior Faculty Members of BU attended the program.

Tag: Residential Campus
Publish Date: June 23rd, 2003

BU has launched the Consolidation Semester at Centre for Development Management (BCDM) in Savar on June 21, 2003. This latest endeavor of the university is a result of the findings and recommendations of a BU workshop titled "BRAC University Initiative for Learning & Development" (BUILD) where it was revealed that prospective employers expect good communication and English skills together with adequate computer literacy from the Graduates. The nine week long residential semester has been designed to improve English communication and the overall personality of students. The program includes two 3 credit courses and additional contents on English and organizational culture, values and ethics. The semester commenced on June 22, 2003 and will continue till August 27, 2003. Students who have earned 60 credits or more are eligible for attending the Consolidation Semester.

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: June 22nd, 2003

BU has launched the Consolidation Semester at Centre for Development Management (BCDM) in Savar on June 21, 2003. This latest endeavor of the university is a result of the findings and recommendations of a BU workshop titled "BRAC University Initiative for Learning & Development" (BUILD) where it was revealed that prospective employers expect good communication and English skills together with adequate computer literacy from the Graduates. The nine week long residential semester has been designed to improve English communication and the overall personality of students. The program includes two 3 credit courses and additional contents on English and organizational culture, values and ethics. The semester commenced on June 22, 2003 and will continue till August 27, 2003. Students who have earned 60 credits or more are eligible for attending the Consolidation Semester.

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: June 19th, 2003

The Third Regional Training Course on Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction in Cities (EVRC-3) was held in BCDM, Rajendrapur during June 9-18, 2003. The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and BRAC University organized the course, in collaboration with the National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET), World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) and Earthquakes and Mega-cities Initiative (EMI). The Honorable Minister for Disaster Management, Mr. Kamal Ibne Yusuf, inaugurated the course on June 9, 2003, when he acknowledged the importance and need of policy implementation and awareness building on earthquakes, and the value of courses such as EVRC-3. There were 34 participants from Bangladesh and other countries including Belgium, Nepal and Pakistan. A multi-disciplinary group of 14 resource persons were gathered from a number of countries including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Thailand and USA to present talks and share their expert knowledge and experiences relating to earthquakes. The course was interactive, with extensive discussions, exercises and also presentations by participants. There was a scope for experience sharing on a regional level particularly among South Asian countries having similar conditions and backgrounds. Because the course extended over 10 days, with many of the resource persons and participants resident at BCDM, it allowed informal interaction and learning to continue beyond the boundaries of the classroom walls. At the farewell ceremony on June 18, 2003, Professor J R Choudhury, VC of BU, presented certificates to participants. A lively 'Baul' folk music performance gave an enjoyable finale to EVRC-3.

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: June 17th, 2003

Dr. Anwarul Hoque, a visiting Faculty at BU and a Senior Fulbright Scholar made two keynote presentations on Agriculture in WTO's Doha Development Agenda (posted in www.indianchamber.org/resources/presentations) in seminars on WTO held on June 16, 2003 in Guwahati, Assam organized jointly by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the American Center/Kolkata, and on June 18, 2003 in Bhubaneswer, Orissa organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the European Commission. The audience in both places comprised of people from government institutions, NGOs, Universities, and business community. Some of the participants particularly Dr. Jayanta Madhab, Economic and Financial Advisor to the Chief Minister of Assam wanted to know about BRAC activities. Representatives were also eager to know about BRAC's activities on micro-credit and agribusiness development. Dr. Haque explained these in details and also advised them to contact BRAC for further information.

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: June 17th, 2003

The 8th Meeting of the Academic Council (AC) of BU was held at BU Conference Room on June 16, 2003. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU and Chairperson of the AC presided over the meeting. Dr. Riaz Khan, Professor Abdur Rab, Professor Mofiz Uddin Ahmed, Professor A.M. Muazzam Husain, Professor Firdous Azim, Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, Dr. Yousuf M Islam, Dr. Fuad Hassan Mallick and Mr. Muhammad Sahool Afzal attended the meeting.

Tag: Department of Economics and Social Sciences
Publish Date: June 16th, 2003

A lecture on "Bangladesh-India Economic Relations" organized by BU, was held in BRAC Center Auditorium on June 15, 2003. Professor Nurul Islam, an eminent economist and first Deputy Chairman of Bangladesh Planning Commission, delivered the lecture which covered various issues related to trade, investment and labour migration. Professor Rehman Sobhan, Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Dr. Atiur Rahman, Dr. Sajjad Zahir, Dr. Binayak Sen and the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Dhaka took part in the discussion. Professor Muazzam Husain, Chairperson, Department of Economics and Social Sciences (ESS) delivered the welcome address. He said that more research was needed on these issues for greater benefit of Bangladesh while Prof. S R Osmani gave the introductory speech. In his concluding remark, Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU stated that a joint effort of policymakers, economists, traders, exporters, importers and NGO professionals was needed to conduct further research in this field.

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: June 15th, 2003

A. Q. M. Abdullah, Lecturer, Department of Architecture, BU presented a research paper entitled 'Evolution of a Shopping Street - Conflict and Compatibility' at the International Seminar 'Architecture, Overcoming Constraints' organized by Department of Architecture, BUET, from 11-13 June 2003.

Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: June 15th, 2003

The Orientation program for the first course students was held on June 14, 2003 at BU Building. To keep pace with the current momentum of the growing job market in connectivity and networking technology, BU has become an authorized CISCO Networking Academy. In addition to its own curriculum, BU is now offering the CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Program; a program recognized the world over for its quality. The main objective behind the course is to build specialized manpower in the networking sector. "It is our aim to ensure quality training in every phase so that students get proper theoretical and hands-on practical experience that may help them be leaders in relevant fields," said Dr. Sayeed Salam, project head of the CCNA program. The CCNA program is divided into four semesters. It consists of Networking Basics, Routers and Routing Basics, Switching Basics, and Intermediate Routing and WAN Technologies. Among others CISCO Networking Academy Country Co-ordinator Ms. Erika Hoffman-Kiess and Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP Dr. Najmus S. Sadiq were present. Dr. Sadiq gave an insight into the role of UNDP in ICT. As an authorized CISCO training provider, BU has faculties from renowned universities at home & abroad and is committed to provide excellent classroom resources and lab facilities. A guided tour of the University campus was then conducted for the new students. Later the students met the teachers of their respective Departments.

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: June 14th, 2003

Professor Haresh C. Shah, a distinguished Professor of Engineering, Stanford University, USA, gave a lecture on "Philosophy of Technical Education in the Evolving Environment of Global Competitiveness-A view from Stanford University" on June 13, 2003 at BRAC Centre Inn. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU introduced Professor Haresh C Shah and made the opening statement. Mr. F H Abed, Chairperson, BRAC and the President of BU Governing Board, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer, BU, Chairpersons of various departments, Muhammad Sahool Afzal, Registrar, BU and Senior Faculty Members of BU attended the program.

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: June 12th, 2003

The Global Affairs Forum (GAF) of BU visited the Dhaka office of UNICEF on June 11, 2003. A group consisting of 15 students was headed by Dr. Anwarul Hoque. Mr. Shafiqul Islam, head of the Arsenic Mitigation Project of the organization, initiated the program at the UNICEF end. The group met with the Chief of Communication of UNICEF in Bangladesh Mr. Naseemur Rehman. He gave a detailed presentation on the works of UNICEF in the country. Later the students were shown around the library. They were also shown video Clips of UNICEF activities. The UNICEF staff expressed great enthusiasm in having the BU students and specially emphasized on establishing their relationships with the University.

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: June 12th, 2003

A four-day International Conference on Human Resource for Health and proposed School of Public Health of BU was held at BCDM, Rajendrapur from June 9 to June 11, 2003. Delegates from a number of organizations and institutions from home and abroad participated in the conference. Mr. F H Abed, Chairperson, BRAC and the President of BU Governing Board, chaired the opening session. Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer, BU, attended the workshop and chaired two sessions.

Tag: Office of the Vice Chancellor
Publish Date: June 9th, 2003

Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU attended the two-day workshop on Open Access organised in Kista, Stockholm 5-6 June 2003 by the IT-University and sponsored by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) and the UN ICT Task Force. He made a presentation titled "Recent Initiatives in ICT Development in Bangladesh". He also had a meeting with the President of IT University, Professor Gunnar Landgren and discussed areas of possible cooperation between IT University, Sweden and BU.

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