Group setting is the opportunity to share individual’s experience and take insight about particular issue. Moreover, it creates the unique opportunity to meet others who have similar experiences and who also want to pursue personal growth. In a safe and supportive environment, one may experiment with new, more rewarding ways of relating to people from the group. Therefore, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University took the initiative to start Group Counseling sessions for the students of BRAC University. This time the topic of the Group Counseling was “Anger Management”.
Anger is a completely normal, healthy, human emotion, but sometimes happens to be negatively perceived words in society as a person in a state of anger may lose much of his capacity for rational thought and reasoning which may lead the person towards destruction. Hence, participatione in the group counseling sessions helped the participants to explore the anger and reason behind it. Moreover, how they perceive the anger and ways to manage it, were discussed in the sessions. Some techniques were shared in the sessions to deal with anger like positive self talk how to take time and mini relaxation which helped the participants to be more relax in time of anger.
Ms. Tasnuva Huque, Ms. Anne Anthonia Baroi and Ms. Kazi Rumana Haque organized and facilitated the sessions. Two sessions has held on July 14 and July 31, 2017. The sessions will be continued in the month of August, 2017 also. In the last two sessions participants showed their satisfaction and full engagement in the session.
Probal Saha and Nureen faiza Anisha, C3ER, BRAC University participated in the “Dhaka Water Conference in Bangladesh” from 29-30 July 2017. The conference started with the presence of Delta Coalition and High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) Sherpa. He attended the four technical sessions on safe water, sanitation, water quality and water management in the conference. The 2-day long conference inaugurated on 29 July 2017 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka organized by theLocal Government Division (LGD) and Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE). The theme for this conference is “Water Sustains Development,” which is based on Sustainable Development Goal-6. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the coalition's ministerial conference at Sonargaon Hotel.
A total of 82 representatives, including ministers and state ministers, from 27 countries would participate in the conference. The 12 members of the Delta Coalition Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Japan, Mozambique, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam also attended the conference. The policymakers of the platform came up with 20 decisions as mentioned in the “Delta Coalition Dhaka Declaration” adopted at Dhaka Water Conference 2017. Delta Coalition members have decided to introduce some programs to stop ongoing migration and displacement of coastal people. They have also agreed to actively address the situation emanating from the permanent loss of cultivable land and human habitats owing to coastal soil erosion, sea level rise and coastal flooding, land subsidence due to over extraction of underground water. The Delta Coalition is the world's first international coalition of governments that have formed a partnership to deal with coastal flooding, wetland loss, shoreline retreat and loss of infrastructure to make the deltas more resilient. The coalition agreed on stepping up efforts to mobilize funding from private sector, bilateral development partners, and international financing institutions and funds for inclusive and sustainable development and management of the deltas. The member states also agreed to forge cooperation among them to deal with deltaic water governance issues at sub-regional, regional, multilateral and international levels. They decided to pursue integrated development and sustainable delta management and cross-border cooperation for basin wise management of the trans-boundary/international rivers and initiate/continue discussions at regional, sub-regional and international levels despite having divergent pursuits and realities of various countries.
Dr. Christine P Stewart (Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis) visited the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health on 29 July to deliver a talk for the Master of Public Health programme students and JPGSPH staff. The topic of her presentation will be "Effect of daily provision of eggs early during complementary feeding on stunting and biomarkers of nutritional status: Results from a randomized controlled trial in Ecuador".
Kazi Sarjana Safain of B.S. in microbiology program of the MNS Department presented her thesis on July 30, 2017. The title of her thesis was “ Screening of silver resistance gene in clinical isolates and determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for silver nitrate.”. The work was supervised by Dr. Kaiissar Mannor, Head, Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi). The Examination Committee was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider, Chairperson, MNS Department. Professor M. Mahboob Hossain, , Ms. Romana Siddique, Mr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddiquee and Ms. Trosporsha Tasnim Khan were also present as members of the Examination Committee.
Two students, Samiha Kabir and Sheikh Mehbish Jahan presented their undergraduate theses on Monday, 30 July.2017 in Room UB 21511 of the MNS Department. The title of their theses were ‘Apple, Guava and Pineapple Fruit Extracts as Antimicrobial Agents against Pathogenic Bacteria, and ‘Comparison among the Antimicrobial Activities of Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia bellerica’ respectively. They were jointly supervised by Professor Mahboob Hossain and Ms. Romana Siddique.
The Viva-Voce Examination for the presentation was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider and attended by Professor Mahboob Hossain, Dr. Aparna Islam and Ms. Romana Siddique.
Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 29, Saturday: A major initiative to map all apparel factory in Bangladesh was launched. The project called ‘Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh’ (DRFM-B) is the first ever of its kind to attempt to digitally map the entire garment sector in Bangladesh and marks a transformative industry shift toward more transparency.
This locally owned and managed project will collect credible, comprehensive and accurate data on factories across Bangladesh and disclose it in a publicly available, online map. The map will provide a detailed industry-wide database of factories, including names, locations, numbers of workers, product type, export country, certifications, brand customers, etc. Verification will be crowd sourced from the public to ensure that information remains up-to-date and accurate.
The digital mapping project will be implemented by BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), coordinated by BRAC USA, with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) as the Strategic Partner, along with lead funding from C&A Foundation. DRFM-B will be guided by a multi-stakeholder Project Advisory Committee (PAC), including representatives of workers, NGOs, employers, and industry associations.
The launching ceremony of DRFM-B kicks off on July 29 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with attendance of the honorable Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA); Vice Chancellor, BRAC University; and Adviser, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University.
"This project will send a strong signal to all stakeholders that transformative change is happening within the ready-made garment sector. Through its mapping and relationship building, DRFM-B will fuel Bangladesh's garment industry advancements, inspire shared responsibility, responsible sourcing, collective action, and builds upon pre-existing improvement efforts through informed decision-making," says Parveen S. Huda, Project Manager of DRFM-B.
The Chair of the programme, Professor Dr. Rahim B. Talukdar, Adviser, CED, BRAC University said, the contribution of the RMG sector over the last 40 years has been phenomenal. However, the learning curve of the industry has not been very smooth. In spite of the success of the industry, some unfortunate incidents (like Rana Plaza and Tazreen) have brought the whole sector under the question of transparency and accountability. DRFM-B project is an attempt to address these issues. The aim of this project is to collect real-time industry data by conducting a nationwide census, and to exhibit the data in an interactive, publicly accessible, online platform like the Google Maps. It is our commitment to bring to the notice of the world outside that Bangladesh RMG sector is aspiring to be ever transparent and accountable in terms of meeting the global standards. The crowd sourcing technique built into the map will enable different stakeholders to point out any deviations they observe.
Ms. Parveen S. Huda, Project Manager, DRFM-B, CED, BRAC University said, the expected outcome of this mapping project will be an interactive web-based map consisting different type of information on factories. This will help establish transparency and awareness, and ultimately lead to long-term sustainability and competitiveness of the Bangladeshi RMG sector. We anticipate a lot of challenges as we try to implement this unique project, and we seek support from all stakeholders present here today to help us achieve this daunting task.
Special Guest Mr. Shantanu Singh, Unit Leader, General Manager, C&A Sourcing Bangladesh said, “the whole topic of the project is about transparency. Unfortunately, many other countries are not thinking the way Bangladesh is thinking. So this project itself is unique not only to Bangladesh, but also to globally. This is something that we all can be proud as Bangladesh is again taking a lead here when it comes to global sourcing. As a retailer, C&A is one of the leading sourcing brands in Bangladesh and Bangladesh is very important to us as a sourcing market. So this project demonstrates the commitment and collaboration we have to this country.”
In his speech, as a Special Guest, Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D, Vice-Chancellor, BRAC University thanked C&A Foundation for their confidence on BRAC University and for awarding this 4- year project after the pilot phase. He said, “I like to focus on 3 issues. First one is change, because in RMG sector we are the second largest exporters in the world but can we become complacent? I like to bring to attention of the RMG sector how are we preparing to meet the changing challenges that are really coming in front of us. If the change is eminent, then what would be our next step with the sector? I think the next step is research. Research will help us anticipate the change. If we can do good research, we can be there before the change happens. My question would be for the RMG sector, do we know where we will be in next 10 years? Do we have any prediction model? If we don’t, the now this is the time to start. If the world is changing and if we need research, then we need another thing, the third thing I would argue for it, it is the industry-academic partnership. Any good endeavour requires partnerships. I would propose that perhaps we could start a centre for comprehensive research just for ready-made garments. My point is we must work together, the industry and the academia, and the centre for research would be a great start for the advancement of RMG sector.”
For more than 30 years, the apparel industry has dominated the Bangladeshi economy, making it the world's second largest garment-producing country. ‘’DRFM-B is driven by the fundamental belief that transparency and traceability lead to long-term industry advancements and improved working conditions. By funding this project, we aim to increase industry accountability to transform fashion into a force for good,’’ says Naureen Chowdhury, C&A Foundation Program Manager Supply Chain Innovation & Transformation.
"This transparency initiative would significantly complement our ongoing efforts towards enhanced, more risk-averse supply chains. We believe it will empower stakeholders across the industry, including workers, factory authority, brands, government, and civil society organizations to create positive changes and strengthen the effectiveness of improvements already underway. We hope this will be instrumental toward establishing a strong marketing and branding tool for the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh through increased accessibility of information,’’ adds Mr. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, BGMEA President, Special Guest of the programme.
He also added that after the tragic incidence of Rana Plaza and Tazreen, a negative perception has been created for Bangladesh’s RMG industry globally. One of the reason for this negative impression is the lack of information about the industry and factories. In recent years, remarkable progresses in workplace safety, labour standard and sustainability have been achieved. The safety inspection reports and updated information are available in the website of DIFE and Accord and Alliance which anyone can visit from anywhere in the world. This is one of the significant examples of transparency. Moreover, Bangladesh is also a leader of green industrialization. If we can share these positive sides of our industry through a GIS based digital mapping, this would certainly create a significant impression for Bangladesh. I believe this digital mapping will help the RMG industry to adopt this ongoing culture of transparency.
In his speech, the Chief Guest honourable Minister Mr. Md. Tofail Ahmed, MP applauded this great initiative of digitally mapping the entire sector and the attribute of the digital map that it will be online, interactive, publicly accessible, easy to use, and can be visible from anywhere in the world which is going to be materialized for the first time in Bangladesh. He said, this map will surely be beneficial for all sector stakeholders especially for the brands/buyers who can directly get updated factory information from this map, and thus will establish transparency in the RMG supply chain. Consequently, this will help eliminate misconceptions regarding the sector. He said, this initiative certainly proves that soon Bangladesh will become a true “Digital Bangladesh” according to the nation’s “Vision 2021”, envisioned by the honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The Minister requested all stakeholders to support the sector from their respective positions and capabilities. He hopes that the project will show the entire world that Bangladesh has achieved many notable progresses that has established the brand value of “Made in Bangladesh”. Bangladeshi apparel producers are working hard to bring more transparency to this significant export earning sector, which has created a lot of employment opportunities; and that will surely bring respectability in the global community for us. The Minister thanked BRACU and BGMEA President for working on this project and then officially announced the launching of Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh (DRFM-B) project.
The public map is expected to go live in mid-2018 with the Dhaka cluster. The final version of the map showcasing all 20 Bangladeshi garment-producing districts is expected to be completed by mid-2021
About BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED)
BRAC University’s CED started its journey in April 2011 with the intention to encourage Bangladeshi entrepreneurs through engendering of entrepreneurial knowledge and skill. It strives to engage promising Bangladeshi entrepreneurs in innovative thinking, and facilitates the development and expansion of their ideas by building critical entrepreneurial expertise and networks. CED is committed to the qualitative improvement of entrepreneurship in Bangladesh and thereby the country’s socio-economic development. www.ced.bracu.ac.bd
About BRAC USA
BRAC USA is the North American BRAC affiliate, which builds awareness of the work being done by the larger organization in 11 developing countries and mobilizes resources to underpin the programs of BRAC, BRAC International, and BRAC University. BRAC USA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization with its own Board and resources, and works hand in glove with its Asian and African counterparts to design and implement cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. www.bracusa.org
About C&A Foundation
C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation here to transform the fashion industry. We give our partners financial support, expertise and networks so they can make the fashion industry work better for every person it touches. We do this because we believe that despite the vast and complex challenges we face, we can work together to make fashion a force for good. www.candafoundation.org
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is one of the largest trade associations in Bangladesh representing the readymade garment industry, particularly the woven garments, knitwear and sweater sub-sectors with equal importance. Starting its journey in 1983 today BGMEA takes care of an industry that is at the backbone of Bangladesh’s economy. BGMEA is dedicated to promote and facilitate the apparel industry through policy advocacy to the government, services to members, as well as ensuring legitimate rights and dignity of the workers. www.bgmea.com.bd
Students of Operations and Supply Chain Management, BBS were taken to an industrial tour to Syed Spinning and Cotton Mills Limited, Sirajgonj on 29 July 2017. Industrial tour to observe the production operations in the industry sector is a relevant and enrichment activity of the business education.
It is a vital part of the curriculum of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Students observed very closely the demand forecasting, production planning, production operation, supply chain, inventory control, quality control and assurance, energy and industrial resources optimization, and environment control. In addition, they observed the process of transforming of input to higher value added products, yarn. The management of the company briefed the students and actively interacted with the officers who were giving the orientation. It was a good learning experience for the students to go through the practical management operations.
BRAC Business School, BRAC University is giving thanks to the management of the Syed Spinning and Cotton Mills Limited for their all-out cooperation. BBS is also giving thanks to the management of the University for providing full support and cooperation for the tour.
The education trip was under the guidance of Mr. Hasan Maksud Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, BRAC Business School, BRAC University.
BRAC Business School organized a two-day training and workshop on “Structural Equation Modeling: Basics and Applications for Publishing Research Paper” on 27 & 29 July 2017. The participants of the workshop were faculty members of different universities including BRAC University, Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB), and Presidency University. Dr. Khan M. Raziuddin Taufique, Assistant Professor of BRAC Business School was the key resource person for the entire training session. Dr. Taufique has published some 13 articles in refereed journals, presented 12 refereed conference papers and produced 2 book chapters. Besides teaching and research, he has expertise in conducting training and workshop on multivariate data analysis and supervising research students. Prof. Sayed Saad Andaleeb, PhD, the Vice Chancellor of BRAC University and the chief editor of Journal of Bangladesh Studies was also present at the closing session of workshop. Prof. Andaleeb made a short presentation on hands-on tips and guidelines for writing and publishing research paper to good quality journals. He also shared his vast research experience and advised the participants to focus on quality rather than quantity of publications.
The workshop covered a range of topics related to collect, analyze and interpret research data using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). In addition to the theoretical session, there were three special sessions with valid data set to provide the participants with hands-on experience in analyzing the data and interpreting the results using SEM applying in AMOS software. Certificates were distributed to all participants at the end of the workshop. The entire program was coordinated by Md. Saif Hossain, Senior Lecturer of BRAC Business School.
Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University conducted a Legal Appreciation Course for Youth at BRAC Learning Centre, Uttara, Dhaka held from 23rd to 28th July 2017. Twenty-three students and young community leaders participated in the course. The course made use of CPJ’s recently developed Basic Training Module for Paralegals.
An inter-university chess championship, organized by BRAC University Chess Club and sponsored by Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited, will be held at BRAC University from 25th September to 27th September, 2017. Thus, a press conference was organized at the National Press Club on 27 July, 2017, to announce the upcoming championship.
Mr. A.K.M. Sadeque Nawaj, General Manager of Marketing at Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, and Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), BRAC University, was present as the Special Guest. During the conference, Mr. Niaz Murshed, the first Grandmaster from South Asia, presented the key-note paper on the importance of chess in education. In addition, Mr. Haroon Or Rashid, International Arbiter, explained the rules and regulations of the tournament. Mr. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BIL and Advisor of BRAC University Chess Club, moderated the session.
Speakers at the conference informed the audience that this championship has been organized to promote chess at the university level in the country and that any university can participate in this championship. In this team-based event, a team will consist of four core players and two reserve players. It will follow the international rules and regulations of the game prescribed by the World Chess Federation. Also, there will be cash prizes for the top three teams (1st prize−40,000, 2nd prize−25,000 and 3rd prize−15,000) along with some category prizes. Interested universities may visit BRAC University website to gather more information.
BU-IGC, one of the active clubs of BRAC University has recently conducted an event titled “Battle of Clubs-Season 3”. This was a very successful event, where sensational players participated in Table Tennis and Carom. In this battle, six renowned clubs participated and bought their desired player through an ‘Auction’. The clubs were; BRACU Monon, Art Society BRACU, BRACU Adventure Club, BRACU Pharma Society, BRACU Computer Club and lastly BRACU Cultural Club. There were ‘Pool Players’ and ‘Local Players’ for both the games. The ever so exciting auction took place on July 11, 2017 at BRACU Auditorium. Through this auction each club bought their desired Pool layers to participate in the event. Each club got two Pool players for each game, meaning two Pool players for Table Tennis and two Pool players for Carom. The Pool players were of course very dominant at their sports field and held multiple winning titles. Every bidding junction was being guarded to avoid any means of mishap by the executives of the organizing club, which is BU-Indoor Game Club. The auction was a very successful attempt and definitely raised the expectation for the main event, which took place on July 18, 2017 at BRACU Auditorium. As this event had so much expectation, the organizers made sure that each club gets the indoor just to themselves for getting ready for the event. Each club had a specific time allocated for them to rehearse. Table Tennis and Carom, both the games were conducted side by side on the same day. Six clubs battled their way through to semi-finals and on July 20, 2017 Carom had its Champion club; BUCuC winning against BUAC. Rezaul Karim, Tanzidul Islam Mitul, Khaled Mahmud and Naafis Alam were the players who truly showed off their skills and became the ultimate winners in Carom. On July 27, 2017 the finals for Table Tennis took place and the players left no scope in mesmerizing the viewers. Sakib Bin Quader, Showmitra Sharma, Ashfaq Khan and lastly the very talented Onez Chowdhury with his killing smash took the winners title. In short, every minute of “Battle of Clubs” was breath taking and the support and cooperation from the players and the organizers left everyone in full awe.
The Master of Public Health students have been undertaking the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases module from 16 July – 3 August. The students will gain an understanding of the nature of policy, its processes and contexts in informing health systems. In this course, students are oriented to a number of important viral and bacterial diseases, disease, distribution, surveillance and control strategies that are prevalent in developing countries.
As part of the experiential hands on learning, students undertake field visits to ICDDR’s famous Matlab surveillance area and BRAC’s DOTS Tuberculosis and Malaria Control programme, and learn implementation of epidemiological studies on infectious diseases. The course was taught by guest faculty Dr. Richard A. Cash (Senior Lecturer: Global Health, Ethics in Research, Infectious Diseases, Harvard University) and Dr. Stephen P. Luby (Professor of Medicine: Innovation in Global Health, Disease Control and Infectious Diseases, Stanford University).
Three researchers from the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health attended a workshop from 22 - 26 July in Chennai, India. Afzal Aftab (Research Coordinator), Ashfique Rizwan (Senior Research Assistant) and Arifur Rahman Apu (Research Assistant) from the NWO-WOTRO funded project “Psychodrama as a Transformative Intervention in the SRH of Young Men in Urban Slums in Dhaka: Proof of a Novel Approach” learned different methods of Psychodrama and Socio-drama such as role reversal, mirroring, doubling and different sociometric techniques. From this workshop, they garnered a clear understanding of the role theory of personality, which will enable the researchers to fix the indicators for measuring the behaviour change among the psychodrama intervention participants in their project.
The workshop was conducted by the Indian Institute of Psychodrama and facilitated by Sue Daniel, TEP, Director of Melbourne Institute of Psychodrama who is a pioneer of psychodrama in New Zealand and Australia.
C3ER, BRAC University conducted field investigation to assess the climate change loss and damage in Bangladesh under the project titled Floating Houses: Community Based Flood Resilience Innovations in Bangladesh funded by KPMG East Africa Limited. The field survey was carried out at Dular Char, Shariatpur from 22-26 July 2017.
During the field investigation several KIIs, FGDs and household questionnaire surveys were conducted at the selected area. The main objectives of the field visit were to collect valid information on damage to housing, damage to community livelihood and impact of the disaster on livelihood; health mobility; water supply and sanitation; poverty and occupational vulnerability; psychosocial impact and gender; education and governance system. The survey conduction had also put a sharp concentration on the vulnerable households. During the field visit a session was taken by Ioan Fazey, Professor, University of Dundee describing needs of participation of the community, what is participation etc. The team of the project also participated in several group exercise supervised by Ioan.
BUNSC arranged a poster session at the BRACU Auditorium on 25-7-2017. Professor A.A.Z. Ahmad spoke at the inaugural ceremony as its Chief Guest. There were altogether fourteen posters presented by students of various departments of BRACU. Faiza Khondokar won the 1st prize for her presentation on “Large Hadron Collider “.
On July 25th, 2017, Teach for Bangladesh (TFB) conducted a seminar on ‘Fellowship program’ in association with OCSAR, BRAC University. TFB Recruitment Director, Sadia Hossain and Associate, Arnob K. Saha detailed the components of the Fellowship program, along with special guest and BRAC alumna, Sadia Afrin Binte Azad. Ms. Azad spoke of the experiences and opportunities she received through the Fellowship program, which she completed this past year. Ms. Azad is currently serving as a Recruitment Coordinator at Teach for Bangladesh, helping to bring in top Bangladeshis into the program.
The Teach for Bangladesh Fellowship is a leadership development program that places top graduates and young professionals into low income schools to teach full time for two years as the first step in a lifelong commitment to end educational inequity. The program is a 2 year long, paid commitment that allows you to substantially advance your career while impacting the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children in Bangladesh. The Fellowship is a highly selective, rigorous, and internationally recognized program with tremendous leadership potential and an appetite for challenge.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Samiha Nusrat, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
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