* 11:00 PM, August 10, 2017
Students attending the Residential Semester (RS) in Fall 2017 will be registered for courses by the Registrar’s Office; therefore, they do not have to do pre-registration.
Vice Chancellor Certificate of Residential Semester, Fall-2016 will be distributed on Thursday, July 27, 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:
[ Students' list ]
Residential Campus, Savar
A seminar/discussion on “Is our universe a massive computer simulation?” was conducted by Professor Shafiqur Rahman at BRACU Auditorium on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00am. The speaker was introduced by Professor Dr. A. A. Ziauddin Ahmad. MNS chairperson Professor A F M Yusuf Haider along with faculty members and some students were present in the seminar. The speaker, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman is a Professor in the Physics Department at Allegheny College, USA. His current research is in the area of Statistical Physics (computer simulation of complex systems). He received his BS degree in Physics from Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Northwestern University, USA. In the seminar Dr. Rahman discussed the emerging field of Information Theory, an interesting conclusion of which is that the number of computations that can be performed in the universe has an upper limit and how this will lead to the death of the universe. Finally, new ideas was presented which tend to suggest that our entire universe, rather than being real, could be a gigantic computer simulation being performed by a highly advanced civilization.
First hand or practical learning is something that enables a learner's innate curiosity and the desire to investigate real phenomena which theoretical learning is not capable. Students of BRAC University had visited Millennium Textiles LTD, Boro Rangamatia, Ashulia, Savar on 20th JULY under the supervision of Ms. Tania Akter, faculty member of BRAC Business School.
The journey was start at 9.30 from BRAC University Mohakhali campus by university bus. Millennium Textiles (Southern) Ltd. manufactures casual and formal woven shirts and blouses. The company is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Millennium Textiles (Southern) Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Renaissance Group.
Khondokar Younus Al Hossain, Director and Md. Ashrafur Rahman, COO of the company was present in this event and they gave different information regarding their operations. This company has different unit for completing their work smoothly. These are Fabric store room, manufacturing unit, inspection room, boiling room, lunch room, day care service. The product manufacturing unit is divided in mainly four sections. These are: Cutting, Sewing, Finishing and Packaging. The quality check (QC) is under finishing section.
The leading role of a cutting department is to cut garment components from fabric rolls as per style specifications. Moreover, send the cut components to sewing department in bundles. The designs or styles are usually provided by the ordering company. However, the garment has specific unit for designing. They also produce their design by getting approval of ordering company. The fabrics also provided by the company. A cutting department of a garment manufacturing unit includes following sub-processes. Fabric spreading / layering on cutting table, marker making, machine cutting, shorting and bundling, inspection of cut components, re-cutting of panels if necessary.
Millennium Textiles (Southern) Ltd also offer some other benefits to their worker. They have day care system for the children of workers. The workers also have separate place to lunch. Counselling unit, union are also part of the company. They also provide incentives for excellent work.
The company in charge were present to help the students. They described everything in detail and answered every question. They were heartily allowing them to visit every section. This tour was a part of BUS 101 course taught by Ms. Tania Akter, faculty of BRAC Business School, to help students understand and get the feeling of real business environment, processes, and challenges, dealing orders from foreign buyers and the total process of finished garments and so on.
Water Aid Bangladesh organized a Financial Management Training on 17-20 July 2017 at CSS Ava Center, Rupsha Strand Road, Khulna. Mr. Biswajit Barai and Mr Probal Saha participated in the Training as the representative of C3ER. The event took place in order to train up financial management system to the partner organizations. The training started with a welcome speech by Md. Anwar Hossian Shikder, Director Finance and Accounts, Water Aid Bangladesh. He welcomed and informed everyone about the aim of this training.
Mr. Hasan Sarkar, Finance Officer, Water Aid Bangladesh gave a presentation and descried the training session. He also described the topics of training period in short like Concept, agreement, Vat & Tax, Financial report, Fund request, inventory, procurement process etc. Md. Moinul Haque, Finance Officer, Water Aid Bangladesh successfully completed many important session like agreement, books of accounts, financial reporting, petty cash register etc. Md. Anwar Hossian Shikder, Director Finance and Accounts opened the floor for group work, presentation and open discussion among the representative of partners NGO”s. At the end of the training period Water Aid Bangladesh gave a certificate for this successful Financial Management Training.
In 2017, two batches of midwives will be graduating with a 3-year ‘Diploma in Midwifery’. In July, all 163 students (2nd batch A) in five academic sites completed their course requirements. In this connection, all five academic sites (Dhaka urban at Mirpur, FIVDB in Sylhet, GBC-CHP in Mymensingh, LAMB in Dinajpur; and PHD in Khulna) organised colourful graduation ceremonies at their respective academic sites. Health professionals from the locality, midwifery graduates and students, their guardians and faculty members attended the ceremony. Shuriya Begum, Registrar of ‘Bangladesh Nursing & Midwifery Council’, attended the ceremony at the Dhaka site and applauded the initiative.
The outgoing students reminisced about their stay at the dormitory, appreciated the friendly learning environment and the precious moments they have had with juniors and the faculty members. The 3rd midwifery batch decorated the venue in honour of their seniors and wished them luck with their work. As a token of appreciation, DMP gave the graduating students stethoscope, digital thermometer, fetoscope, BP machine and measuring tape in a backpack that read “I am Midwife” in Bengali.
Publication during July, 2017
An article titled “MPS for H1 of FY 18: Expectations” was published in The Financial Express dated 17 July, 2017. The article analyzed the challenges presently prevailing in the financial sector as well as the real economy that should be addressed in upcoming Monetary Policy Statement (MPS). The challenges include persistence of high spread between interest rate on deposits and on advances, high excess liquidity in banking system, real interest on deposits turning negative, rising volume of classified loan, slow growth of credit to the private sector, large scale capital flight, dramatic slowdown of export growth and devastating fall of remittances.
A four page interview article was published on 16 July, 2017 in Arthojagat, a fortnightly financial magazine. The article dealt with challenges to implementation of FY 18 budget, credibility of government’s estimate of 7.24% of GDP growth for FY 17, desirability of allocation from the budget to meet capital shortage of state owned banks, problem of rising nonperforming loan in the banking system, creation of business friendly environment etc.
Other Activities during July, 2017
03 July: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. G.M. Quader, former Minister of Commerce participated in a talk-show broadcast by TV Channel News 24. The discussions dealt with the issues connected with the realization of various targets envisaged in FY 18 budget relating to GDP growth, inflation, collection of revenues, mobilization of external assistance and implementation of Annual Development Program.
09 July: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in an Expert Group Consultation convened by Bangladesh Bank regarding the upcoming Monetary Policy Statement for the first half of FY 18. The participants included former Governors of Bangladesh Bank and a number of eminent economists and bankers. The discussions dealt with what should be the focus of attention in the monetary policy statement in view of the prevailing situation in both financial and real sectors of the economy.
I6 July: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by Ekushey TV. The discussion focused on the implications of postponement of the new VAT law in the budget for FY 18, implementation challenges for the budget and constraints to private investment. Suggestions were offered regarding measures needed to deal with the relevant challenges.
I8 July: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in a TV program broadcast by Channel DBC. The other participant was Mr. Jamal Uddin, Member Board of Directors of Bangladesh Bank and Secretary General of Bangladesh Economic Association. The discussion dealt with the justification or otherwise of the Finance Minister’s statement that the Government is considering the change of fiscal year from July-June.
19 July: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in a TV program broadcast by News 24 channel as the only discussant. The discussions covered a wide range of economic issues such as likely GDP growth, constraints to private sector investment, drastic slowdown of export growth, major decline in remittances, implementation of FY 18 budget and the latest Monetary Policy Statement i.e. for the first half of FY 18 etc.
New Faces at BRAC University
Mr. K. M. Nafiul Haque joined as Lecturer at BRAC Business School (BBS) in July 2017. Mr. Haque completed his BBA and MBA in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Dhaka. Later on he did another MBA in Information Systems from the Emporia State University, USA.
Dr. Mohd. Raeed Jamiruddin joined as Assistant Professor at the department of Pharmacy in July 2017. Dr. Jamiruddin achieved his Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Physiology from Kumamoto University, Japan. Earlier he completed his B.Sc and M.Sc in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka.
Ms. Shejuti Rahman Brishty joined as Lecturer at the department of Pharmacy in July 2017. Ms. Shejuti accomplished her B.Pharm and M.Pharm from the University of Dhaka. After that she did Master of Medical Science in Biomedicine from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Mr. Saif Shahriar Rahman Nirzhor joined as Lecturer at the department of Pharmacy in July 2017. Mr. Nirzhor completed his B.Sc in Physiology and M.Pharm in Pharmaceutics from the University of Minnesota, USA.
Mr. Masrur Bin Ansari joined as Lecturer at the School of Law (SoL) in July 2017. Mr. Ansari completed his L.L.B and L.L.M in from the University of Dhaka.
Mr. S M Hasib Mahmud joined as Lecturer at the School of Law (SoL) in July 2017. Mr. Mahmud completed his first L.L.B from BRAC University and later from the University of London. He accomplished his L.L.M from Southeast University.
Ms. Shaheen Akter joined as Assistant Director at the Professional Development Centre (PDC) in July 2017. Ms. Akter completed her B.Sc from Eden Girls’ College. She did her M.Sc in Psychology and M.Ed in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Dhaka. Later on she did her M.Phil in Multicultural and International Education from the Oslo University College, Norway.
Ms. Shireen Akhter joined as Senior Faculty Development Specialist at the Professional Development Centre (PDC) in July 2017. Ms. Akhter completed her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from National University.
Ms. Fazila Khatun joined as Assistant Staff Nurse at the BRAC University, Savar Campus in July 2017. Ms. Khatun completed her Diploma in Nursing Science and Midwifery from Nursing Institute, Panchagarh.
Management and Admin
Ms. Sophia Najma Chaudhury joined as Communications Coordinator at the Office of Communications (OoC) in July 2017. Ms. Chaudhury completed her B.Sc and M.Sc in Economics from the University of Dhaka. She did an MS in Population Management and Development at Center for Population Activities (CEFPA), USA.
Mr. Mohd. Nurul Hyder Bhuiyan joined as Senior Officer, Finance and Accounts at the Finance and Accounts department in July 2017. Mr. Bhuiyan completed his B.Com in Management from National University and M.Com in Management from Jagannath University.
Mr. Md. Zillur Rahman joined as Officer, Fixed Assets at the Finance and Accounts department in July 2017. Mr. Rahman completed his B.Com and M.Com in Management from National University.
Mr. Md. Mojammel Haque joined as Satellite Operation Engineer at the department of Computer Science and Engineering in July 2017. Mr. Haque just completed his B.Sc in Electronics from BRAC University.
Ms. Most. Sarmin Akter joined as Assistant Nurse at the Medical Centre in July 2017. She completed her Diploma in Nursing Science and Midwifery from Nursing Institute, Panchagarh.
Left from BRAC University
The following members were separated from BRAC University in July 2017:
Ms. Linia Tashmim, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS)
Ms. Sabrina Rahman Archie, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy (PHR)
Ms. Manal Anis, Lecturer, Department of Architecture (ARC)
Ms. Sonia Corraya, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Ms. Nazia Alam, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Mr. Md. Yusuf Khalil, Assistant System Programmer, Library
Mr. Ipshitt Tarafdar, Officer, Co-curricular Activities, Office of Co-curricular Activities (OCA)
Mr. F. A. Dain Md. Opo, Lab Officer, Department of Pharmacy (PHR)
Ms. Bristi Bernadette Palma, Admission and Registration Officer, Office of the Registrar
Ms. Romana Nasrin, Assistant Staff Nurse, Savar Campus
Associate Professor, Dr. Farzana Munshi of ESS had her paper published in RAND Working Paper Series, titled as "Transitions Between Informal and Formal Employment: Results from a Worker Survey in Bangladesh"
[We document transitions between different types of formal and informal employment using retrospective job histories from a new survey of 2,000 workers in two metropolitan areas of Bangladesh. We find that workers transitioning between jobs are most likely to remain in the same type of employment, but that there is substantial churn across employment types. Private wage employees are most likely to transit to a new job, and the observed changes in earnings and job benefits provide evidence of upward mobility. Nevertheless, we also find a non-trivial risk of downward mobility, especially for those transitioning into casual employment, which has the lowest level of earnings and benefits and the highest levels of exposure to workplace hazards and violence. Our results also suggest that self-employment is not always an activity of last resort. 30% of workers who leave private employment move to self-employment; among these workers, many quit voluntarily, and most report that they prefer it to wage employment. Overall, our findings suggest that there are elements of informal employment consistent with both the traditional view that it is a segmented portion of the labor market with few prospects of upward mobility, and the alternative view that it is a dynamic, entrepreneurial alternative to wage employment.]
Link of the publication: https://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR1199.html
Life is a joyous journey. However, sometimes, in this fast pace of life, we often become restless to think about our future hope or dream, or away from things in our past. Sometimes, we may also forget to enjoy the joyous journey of life. In that case, Meditation, which is an art of living a peaceful life, can help to take a break for a while and pay attention to appreciate how precious life is.
With this awareness, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University hosted a session on “Meditation: A Piece of Peace” for the students, faculty members and staff of the Department of English and Humanities on Wednesday on July 19, 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in ENH Seminar Room. Two members from the Counseling Unit of BRAC University Ms. Monzia Mushtaq and Ms. Kazi Rumana Haque-Psychosocial Counselors and Lecturers conducted the session.
The session was started by practicing some yoga postures to help participants to feel more relaxed and at ease with their physical bodies. Then, Soham- a guided breathing exercise was conducted. Later on, a meditation session was held where; the facilitator first conducted a relaxation session followed by an imagery guided meditation to help participants to connect better with the inner self.
Through this short meditation journey, the participants got the unique opportunities to manage stress, anxiety, depression better, enhance concentration and awareness, as well as improve mental well-being.
BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health and UNICEF-Bangladesh hosted a workshop on “Creating Evidence on Multi-Sectoral Programming for Adolescents” on 18 July. Funded by the World Bank, the objective of this workshop was to bring together a variety of stakeholders to learn about and identify opportunities for improving nutritional status of adolescents in Bangladesh.
Mr. Shamim Iqbal (Additional Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare; and Director, Administration, DGFP, MoHFW) was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Dr. A B M Muzaharul Islam (Director, IPHN; Line Director, NNS, Institute of Public Health Nutrition, DGHS, MoHFW); and Dr. Mohammed Sharif (Director, MCH- Services; and Line Director [MCRAH], MCH Services Unit, DGFP, MoHFW) were the Special Guests of the event. Dr. Malabika Sarker (Professor and Director, Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-up, BRAC JPGSPH) delivered the welcome speech.
Professor A.A. Z Ahmad gave a couple of lectures to the participants of above-mentioned course at the office of NOAMI at 10/8 Eastern Plaza on 18-7-2017. The total number of participants in the course is 21 who have been sent from various R/D organizations and Universities.
A session to share experience with the media was organized by C3ER, BRAC University on 18th July 2017 at BRAC Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Adviser of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University. Mr. Tanvir Mahmud, IBP Manager, Governance Expert, PROKAS Programme, British Council; joined along with twenty three (23) media personnel from different media. The overall aim of the workshop was to sensitize the media and get feedback regarding climate change finance, so that they can act as key stakeholder in their respective sectors. In that aspect the meeting was successful. In order to assist the developing countries in mitigating and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change, financial resources are being mobilized globally through shared platforms as well as public climate finance commitments by developed countries under the UNFCCC. According to Global Landscape of Climate Finance (2014) published by Climate Policy Initiative, in 2013, annual global climate finance flows totaled approximately USD 331 billion. According to the report, climate finance flows were split almost equally between developed (OECD) and developing (non- OECD) countries, USD 164 billion and USD 165 billion respectively. Being one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, Bangladesh is actively investing in the field of climate change. The Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) outlines a framework for climate change investments in the country. Though Bangladesh receives fund in the sector through various internal and external channels, there are still scopes for introducing an established and widely-accepted monitoring mechanism that can ensure transparency and accountability. To understand the extent and type of support that is being made available to proceed for action on climate-resilient development and to comprehend how the support is corresponding to the needs, and whether the financial resources are being spent productively, it is important to monitor the finance mechanism holistically and in details.
International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), based in Turin, Italy visited the Centre for Peace & Justice, BRAC University on 17 July 2017. Andreas Klemmer, Director of Training and Jeannette Shalabi, Chief, Partnership and Programme Development Services of ITCILO led the delegation. Saloman Rajbanshi, Workplace Cooperation Technical Specialist, and Uttam Kumar Das, Program Officer from ILO Bangladesh also accompanied the delegation. The purpose of the visit was to explore future collaboration between ITCILO and CPJ, BRAC University.
Manzoor Hasan, Executive Director gave a presentation on CPJ’s activities and a detailed discussion followed, which included CPJ’s regional and national paralegal training. Shahariar Sadat, Nilufa Sultana Sheta and Zia Uddin from CPJ also attended the meeting.
A coordination meeting was held at C3ER, BRAC University on 17 July 2017. Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Adviser of C3ER, BRAC University, Dr. A Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of BCAS and Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD participated in the meeting. Mr. Tanvir Mahmud, IBP Manager, Governance Expert, PROKAS Programme, British Council; Ms. Roufa Khanum, Coordinator, Operations from C3ER and Mr. Fokhrul Alam Khandaker joined along with the three experts. The meeting started with a welcome speech by Dr. Ainun Nishat. After that Dr. Nishat explained the background and briefed about the issue based project Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM) and the roles of the five partners in this project.
Mr. Tanvir Mahmud, explained the outcomes that are expected to be achieved. He has also explained the three circles of relationship. He informed that the second phase of the project would be with the IMED. There is a probability of having an annual review on CFTM on next month. So the achievements of PROKAS and its evaluation can have impact on extension possibility of the program.
Dr. Huq said that tide changed from negative to positive. DFID is more positive than before but each case has to be assessed carefully. By this year some definitions and categorization are expected to be identified, Dr. Huq added.
Dr. Rahman spoke about emphasizing on the poor as well as the people at grass roots level for better contact in the second phase.
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