On March 16, 2017, Ms. Shahana Sharmin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University received the NST fellowship award for 2016-2017 year from the Ministry of Science and Technology-Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as a Ph.D. student. She was awarded with this scholarship by the honorable Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Ms. Shahana Sharmin is currently doing her Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Diakonia Live organized a career session on 15thMarch 2017(Wednesday) from 4.00pm to 5.00pm in BRACU GDLN Centre. This skype seminar was exclusively organized for BRACU students interested to pursue masters in France. Ms. Hong Jie, the Director for International Affairs of IESEG School of Management , France provided a brief about the admission process, opportunities for BRACU students who wants to study in IESEG, France.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
BRAC University (BRACU) today (Thursday, 16 March 2017) brought together Maisun Ibn Monowar, Abdulla Hil Kafi and Raihana Shams Islam Antara to share their journey into building BRAC ONNESHA, the first nano-satellite by a Bangladeshi university.
BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb Ph.D. appreciated the dedication put up by the three, pointing out that on an average they spent around 16 hours every day in the lab at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.
Stating that Antara had already patented a part of her research, he reiterated the need for putting the focus on value addition in education instead of just attaining certificates in universities.
Professor Dr AA Ziauddin Ahmad, Chairperson, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, cited that Bangladesh had already tapped three vital areas of nuclear, space and oceanography and would soon start reaping benefits.
He emphasised on increasing collaboration with government agencies as he believed youths can achieve miracles.
Greeted with flowers, cheers and rapturous applause from an audience, mostly comprising students, at the BRAC University auditorium, the three narrated how they finished their undergraduate course in the electrical and electronic department before the idea came up to do their higher studies in space technology.
A video was played on the development of the satellite and its deployment and the three explained its components and the way they overcame hurdles, starting with the 14-month timeframe to complete all tasks before the launching.
Six students were introduced who graduated from BRAC University and are working on building the ground station for the satellite with hopes of inaugurating it next month.
During a question and answer session, it was pointed out that the money being spent to keep the satellite afloat for six months would repay in experience for years to come and save a tremendous amount of effort in future endeavours and insight into everyday electronics.
The talk, “BRAC ONNESHA: Beyond the horizon”, ended with the organisers, Robotics Club of BRAC University (ROBU) and BRAC University Electrical & Electronic Club (BUEEC), presenting crests of appreciation to the three.
One student of the UG biotechnology program, Dola Khandaker gave her thesis presentation required on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 in Room UB21511 of the MNS Department. The title of her thesis was ‘In Silico Structural and Functional Analysis of Cobra Snake Venom Component- Kaouthiagin.’
The Viva-Voce Examination for the presentation was chaired by Professor A. A. Z. Ahmad and attended by Dr. Mahboob Hossain, Dr. Aparna Islam, Ms. Jebunnesa Chowdhury and Ms. Eusra Mohammad.
1 March, 2017:
Five students, Tashfia Anwar, Tasnim Tamanna, Lutful Alam, Syeda Samiha Haque and Kazi Sarjana Safain, pursuing BS in microbiology presented their internship reports on 1 March 2017. They carried out their internship at ICDDR, B, and ideSHi under the supervision of Dr. Mahboob Hossain and Ms. Fahareen Binta Mosharraf. The viva-voce examination was chaired by Professor A. A. Z. Ahmad and attended by Professor Mahboob Hossain, Mr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddiqee, Ms. Fahareen Binta Mosharraf, Ms. Namista Islam, Ms. Trosporsha Tasnim Khan and Ms. Nazneen Jahan.
15 March, 2017 :
Nine students, Kabirul Islam Kanon ,Yashna Tahjib Meghla, Aqief Afzal, Ariful Azam, Prateem Das, Fahim Bin Najib, Fahim Sarwar, Tanzir Rasul Taman and Fuad Mustafa presented their internship reports on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 and Thursday, 16 March, 2017 respectively in Room UB 21511 of the MNS Department.
The Viva-Voce Examination for the presentation was chaired by Professor A. A. Z. Ahmad and attended by Dr. Aparna Islam, Ms. Jebunnesa Chowdhury and Ms. Eusra Mohammad.
23 March 2017 :
Seven students, Jakia Rahman, Sinthia Kabir Mumu, Sameya Tasneem Aurna, Aakib Parvez Sajol, Anzinur Nahar Shamantha, Sadia Tasnim and Md. Mahmud Al Hasan, pursuing BS in microbiology presented their internship reports on 23 March 2017. They carried out their internship at ICDDR, B, and ideSHi, under the supervision of Dr. Mahboob Hossain and Ms. Fahareen Binta Mosharraf . The Viva-Voce Examination for internship was chaired by Professor A. A. Z. Ahmad and attended by Prof. Mahboob Hossain, Mr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddiqee, Ms. Fahareen Binta Mosharraf, Ms. Namista Islam, Ms. Trosporsha Tasnim Khan and Ms. Nazneen Jahan.
Recently, there has been an increasing use of qualitative research across various disciplines to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations, and providing insights into the problem to develop ideas for potential quantitative research. To cater to this growing need, the James P Grant School of Public Health organised a training on “Thinking Qualitatively” from 13-14 March. The course was facilitated by Dr. Shahaduz Zaman, Research Fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK.
In this training workshop, participants were introduced to the basic ideas behind the qualitative research, gaining a deeper understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation in qualitative research. The course was attended by development practitioners and aspiring researchers working in public sector institutes, NGOs, academia, research institutions and other civil society organisations who are involved in qualitative/mixed method projects.
Mr. Sayeed Nasir, Deputy General Manager, Organizational Development, Human Resources Division, Bkash and Mr. Nawed Wahed Asif, General Manager,Treasury, IPDC Finance Ltd. were one of the notable speakers in this semester’s PSDP Sessions.
New Faces at BRAC University
Management and Admin
Mr. Saud Sarwar has joined as Fixed Asset Management Officer in the Department of Finance and Accounts in March 2017. Mr. Sarwar completed his BBA from Heriot Watt University.
Ms. Fahmida Rahman has joined as Officer, Special Project in the Office of Vice Chancellor in March 2017. Ms. Fahmida completed her Bachelor in Anthropology from BRAC University.
Left from BRAC University
Mr. Md. Saddam Hossain, Admin Officer, Relationship Management Office (RMO) got separated from BRAC University in March 2017.
Student Mentors Interview
FYAT advisers at OSA selected ideal candidates for the position of student peer mentors through extensive interviews from a pool of applicants. Total 86 students submitted their CV’s showing their interest to apply for the position. Among the newly applied candidates, 49 students have been shortlisted and were called interview session. Finally 21 new mentors have been selected for summer 2017 FYAT Program along with existing 20 student mentors from Spring 2017 semester. During the interview the advisers were looking for knowledge regarding university rules and regulations aside with their communication skills. These student mentors along with their respective faculty advisers shall be responsible for facilitating the transition of the Summer 2017 freshman cohort at BRAC University.
Post Midterm Individual Advising Session
The existing FYAT groups of Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 have successfully completed their post midterm individual advising sessions. The main aim of these sessions was early identification of students at risk of entering into academic probation and providing appropriate support through referrals, consultations and tutorials where applicable.
Meeting with Student Mentor
Two separate meetings with FYAT student mentors from Spring 2017 and Fall 2016 were held on March 05 and March 14 respectively. The main discussion points of these meetings were to aid the students with proper instructions and appropriate referrals. Also, mentors were instructed to set up one-on-one meeting in between the adviser and the students of their respective FYAT group.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with PANACEA Live organized a career session on 14thMarch 2017(Tuesday) from 11:00am to 12.00pm in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03, BRAC University. PANACEA Live is a technology company working to eliminate counterfeit medicines from Bangladesh. They are up against the brazen medicines counterfeiters in the country who threaten our health with fake drugs. They provide verification service to pharmaceutical companies so they can make their medicines strips uniquely identifiable which lets consumers check their authenticity accurately.
The target audiences of this session were CSE students of BRAC University. PANACEA shared their story, why they started the company and how they can contribute. They also heard from the students that how they want to contribute in the technological advancement of the nation and be a changemaker.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat and Ms. Anika Tasnim from OCSAR coordinated the event.
“Women’s economic opportunity is not an isolated issue. It draws on all factors in society,” said Dr. Kaniz N. Siddique, at the Technical Validation Workshop titled Evidence-based Foundation of Women’s Economic Empowerment at UNDP on 14 March, 2017, to review a set of four studies on the current state and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh.
The study was done to gain a better understanding of the characteristics, opportunities and constraints for women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh. It also attempted to provide an evidence-based foundation for government, development, UN and civil society partners for promoting and supporting women’s economic empowerment. Four related studies on Gender Aware Macro-economic Analysis, Analysis of Institutional and Social Constraints to Women’s Economic Engagement and Benefit, Opportunities Analysis: Market and Opportunities Analysis: Policy was completed for this purpose.
The Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) of BIGD, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh and UN Women Bangladesh arranged the workshop.
Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh inaugurated the session which was followed by introductory remarks from Christine Hunter, Country Representative, UN Women Bangladesh and Shaila Khan, Assistant Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh. The presentation and open discussion sessions were moderated by Simeen Mahmud, Head, Gender Cluster and CGST, BIGD.
Representatives from different Ministries and Departments of the Government of Bangladesh were present as participants, along with representatives from development partners, think tanks, local NGOs, private sector and different UN Programmes. Discussants acknowledged that more intensive initiatives must be undertaken to strengthen women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh and suggested more critical perspectives through which market opportunities for women can be analyzed.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with AIESAC organized a Career session on 13th March 2017 (Monday) from 11:00am to 12.00pm in BRACU Indoor Games room UB03 9th floor, BRAC University. Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
Vice Chancellor Certificate of Residential Semester, Fall-2016 will be distributed on Thursday, March 16,2017 at 2.00 pm at Vice Chancellor's conference room.
Nominated students are required to report to the Vice Chancellor's office by 1.45pm to receive the certificates.
Find name of the students who have selected for the certificates below:
[ Student list ]
Residential Campus, Savar
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with IPDC and Enroute organized a recruitment session on 12th March 2017(Sunday) from 1:00pm to 5.00pm in BRACU Auditorium UB02, BRAC University.
The program details is given below –
Time - 1.00 pm - Meeting with the Head of BRAC Business School, Faculty members of BBS and OCSAR
Time - 3.00 pm - Seminar for Management Trainee Program of IPDC
Venue - BRACU Auditorium UB02
Ms. Gulnaz Alam, Head of Human Resources, Mr. Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman Shawon, Manager, MME Business, Mr. Nawed Wahed Asif, Head of Treasury and Mr. Ahashanuzzaman Shujan, Manager, Human Resources from IPDC Finance Limited and Mr. Tareque from Enroute had an interactive session with the final year students by explaining the opportunities that they will be given if they are selected as Management Trainee.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
"Decision-taking process is getting expedited now as e-filing is taking place in 59 districts. But bringing more transparency in this process, mutual accountability of the people involved in the process will have to be ensured," said Dr. Mashiur Rahman while speaking at the Development Economics Conference jointly organised by BIGD and International Growth Centre (IGC), at a city hotel on 12 March, 2017.
Prime Minister’s Economic Advisor Dr. Rahman said efficient officials are needed in the government offices for formulation of right policies and their implementation. Otherwise, it is not possible to implement the government's plans properly, he said, adding that at the same time emphasis will have to be given on taking decision quickly.
First and second sessions of the conference were chaired by Dr. Shamsul Alam, member of the General Economics Division of the Planning Commission.
Dr. Minhaj Mahmud, Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in his research paper 'Infrastructure and Well-Being: Employment Effects of Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh' showed that several numbers of mega projects are changing rural economies and they are helping in the market integration. Infrastructure developments like a bridge over the river Jamuna are integrating economic factors in Bangladesh that are helping the economy to grow, He said.
Along with the ongoing economic development process the government needs to focus its attention on several other sectors like improving industrial sector, facing catastrophe due to climate change, increasing skill in revenue collection and bringing changes in bureaucracy.
Dr. Asadul Islam an Associate Professor of Monash University presented a paper on 'Social Network, Referrals and Technologies Adoption: Evidence from Randomized Field Experience’ in the conference. He showed that information technology adoption among rural people can increase productivity and can also provide right-time information to farmers about using seeds, plantation and use of instruments for mechanised farming.
In the second session Adnan Khan of IGC presented his paper on 'Incentivizing Bureaucrats through Performance-Based Postings' and Dr. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak of Yale University presented on 'General Equilibrium Effects of Emigration on Rural Labor Markets'.
The last session chaired by Dr. Mashiur Rahman, was also marked by three research papers presented by scholars from Ohio State University, Harvard University and of BIGD.
Emily Breza of Harvard University in her research paper on 'Scarcity at the End of the Month - A Field Experiment with Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh' said through removing bottlenecks in mobile financial transactions among garment workers it is possible to help them in proper money transfer among their family members. Wage payment through electronic system, particularly to bank accounts, encourages workers to save, she added.
Joyce Chen of Ohio State University in her paper on 'Migration and Climate Change: Environmental Vulnerability and Location Choice in Bangladesh' has shown that Bangladesh's coastal people are badly affected due to climate change consequences. She said people are migrating to another places and some who are not migrating are fighting against the changed environment calamities like salinity, drought and others.
Dr. Wahid Abdallah, Research Fellow of BIGD in his research paper 'Electronic Filing System, Bureaucratic Efficiency and Public Service Delivery: Evidence from Bangladesh' suggested for adopting electronic filing systems in the public offices like deputy commissioner’s office.
Among others the conference was attended by renowned economists, academicians, civil society members and senior public officials from home and abroad.
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