The Small Road (TB Gate School Road/Shishu Mela School Road) behind UB 2 is increasingly becoming unsafe. BRACU students & employees are strongly advised to avoid the Road & adjacent areas at all times.
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The Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Grameenphone organized a campus roadshow on Telenor Youth Forum at BRAC university campus which took place on July 16, 2017 at the Auditorium, BRAC University. Telenor Youth Forum is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with youth across boundaries and to showcase their talent and passion for digitalization and peace in a global platform.
Keynote speaker of the session was Mr. Shabbir Hossain- Deputy Director-Ecommerce and Payments. He talked about the various digital products and projects of Grameenphone and how students can get involved with Grameenphone. Mr. Syed Tanvir Husain-Head of Shared Services, Mr. Masud Mushfiq Zaman-Head of OD were also present at the session from their HR team. They shared career advice and guidelines on how the students can start preparing today for a successful career tomorrow.
BRAC University alumni Mr. Habib Ghazi-Reward & Recognition Analyst- Compensation & Benefits, Israt Zahan-Reward Analyst-Compensation & Benefits, Junaid Ahmed-Talent Manager-Organizational Development were also present in the session.
Enthusiastic students attended the session in large numbers, putting their queries to speakers. Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR was present at the session and coordinated the event.
Ms. Anima Ashraf, Environmental Management Specialist, C3ER, BRAC University was selected to present her photography on Chittagong Hill Tracts in a three day long photographic exhibition. On the occasion of the 19th Founding Anniversary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs a three day long photographic exhibition inaugurated on 16 July 2017 at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs graced the event as Chief Guest while Mr. Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing MP, Honorable Minister of State, Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs and Professor Dr. AA M S Arefin Siddique, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka were present as special guests
With the theme of “Parenting with Mutual Respect and Trust”, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University hosteded a Seminar on Parenting on Saturday, 15 July 2017 from 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm at BRAC University Auditorium. The main objective of the seminar was to promote a healthy relationship between parents and children based on empathetic understanding. Both the parents and children participated in this seminar.
The seminar was facilitated by Professor Mehtab Khanam, Chairperson, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of Dhaka and the Adviser of the Counseling Unit of BRAC University. At the beginning of the seminar, Mr. Shami Suhrid Coordinator, Psychosocial Counselor and Lecturer of Counseling Unit, BRAC University briefly described the objective of the seminar and the activities of the Counseling Unit. The Director of the BRAC Institute of Languages and the Head of the BRACU Counseling Unit, Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, discussed about the significance of parenting for the overall development of adolescents. Shortly after that Professor Mehtab Khanam facilitated the seminar where the students of BRAC University and their parents shared their barriers of communications with each other. In the second phase of the seminar, Professor Mehtab Khanam gave a presentation on the significance of nonviolent communication and empathetic understanding for the healthy parent-child relationship. Overall, the seminar was a professional platform to share and discuss about the diverse experiences of parent-child relationship. Moreover, it was an opportunity to explore the idea to make this significant relationship a healthy one with trust and respect. Both the parents and children expressed that the seminar was insightful for enhancing a healthy parent-child relationship. They also felt that such types of seminars need to be hosted more. Around 130 participants attended the seminar.
Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University has conducted a field visit to Shyamnagar Upazila at Satkhira district to analysis an agenda about exchange visit to India. The field work was conducted at Kaligonj Upazila at Satkhira district from 13-15 July 2017. In Bangladesh competition of demand of water for the water supply and sanitation, agriculture, industry, fisheries and wildlife, navigation, hydropower and recreation is accelerating day by day. The project aims to make transboundary water governance grounded in local contexts and be more inclusive and sustainable. Six Unions of Shyamnagar Upazila at Satkhira district- Kashimari, Nurnagar, Kaikhali, Ramjannnagar, Padmapukur and Gabura are selected for sensitization analysis. At the present circumstances, it is crucial to understand the problems faced by the local communities and work for the solutions. Therefore, it is necessary to perform sensitization analysis through sensitization and consultation workshops at six unions of Shyamnagar Upazila, Satkhira District to understand the gaps in policies and at the role of local stakeholders.
The main objective of this field visit was mainly about the purpose for the development of Master Water Management Plan for Shyamnagar Upazila, a visit to neighboring country India will be organized soon and the requirements for their visa, passport and other official papers were the subject of the meeting. An exchange visit will be made to visit Kanpur or Fatepur in India to understand the “Jal Chopal” and similar situation there to manage the water scarcity. This visit to India will help to modify and update the Water Master Plan at Shyamnagar Upazila. The meeting was held at Shushilan head office. The meeting took place in order to receive the consent from the stakeholders and chairmen’s of the six unions of Shyamnagar Upazila. The meeting started with a welcome speech from Mostafa Aktherujjaman, Deputy Director, Shushilan then followed by SM Abdur Rouf, chairman of Kashimari. Ms. Roufa Khanum explained them the importance of this visit to India and later on Mr. Probal Saha gave them a list of documents that they need to submit. The meeting was successful and all the stakeholders present there showed their gratitude and appreciations.
Digital ID card for students is being launched from July 16, 2017. Use of current hard copy ID card & Digital ID card shall continue on trial basis till 30 August 2017. Exclusive use of Digital ID card by Students shall be effective from 1st September 2017.
Students are advised to update "BRACU Mobile App" in mobile device from Google Playstore and generate digital ID card by clicking on the icon "ID Card" in the main menu.
Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Associate Professor of BRAC Business School (BBS) and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM) – Scopus Indexed, joined the 3rd International Conference on Materials Mechanics and Management (IMMM 2017) on July 13-14, 2017 at College of Engineering Trivandram (CET), Kerala, India.
Dr. Habib delivered his Keynote Speech on “Supply Chain Management (SCM): The Latest Innovation in Industrial Engineering” in that conference. He illustrated the significance and implications of SCM, as a new branch of Industrial engineering, upon manufacturing and service industries through basic models as well as demonstrated ITESCM (Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management) Model which was developed by Dr. Habib in 2009.
In addition, Dr. Habib inaugurated the conference with other distinguished guests. Lots of participants from various countries, particularly Japan, USA, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, etc. presented their papers.
On July 13, 2017, Dr. Habib was invited by Dr. G Chandramohan, Director of CET School of Management, College of Engineering Trivandrum in order to deliver a talk on Supply Chain Management for their freshmen MBA students. In that talk, he triggered a thinking process among the students about the wide applicability of supply chain management.
During the conference and talk, Dr. Habib discussed with distinguished renowned professors about 1st International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2017), organized by BRAC Business School (BBS) on September 21-22, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH) organised a three day course on “Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis in health research”. Held from 11 – 13 July, the course provided participants with an introduction to basic components of systematic reviews; from research question to protocol development, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
The course was facilitated by Dr. Shaikh A. Shahed Hossain (Professor, BRAC JPGSPH; Consultant Scientist, Health Systems and Population Studies Division, ICDDR,B) and Dr. Malabika Sarker (Professor & Director of Research & Director CoE on the Science of Implementation & Scale-Up, BRAC JPGSPH).
Due to the immense popularity and success of the first course, a second course is being offered again from 22 – 24 August.
Twenty-seven students of the biotechnology and microbiology programs of the MNS Department visited the National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory (NFDPL) with Professor M. Mahboob Hossain on July 13, 2017. NFDPL was established in 2006 within the premises of Dhaka Medical College Hospital for the purpose of DNA finger printing in various cases involving criminal investigation. The students were given an informative briefing on the procedure of DNA finger printing. They were shown around the different sections of the laboratory and introduced with the various equipment used in finger printing analysis.
A session with former Residential Semester (RS) students was organized for Summer 2017 Pre-University students on July 13, 2017, at BRAC University. The objective of the seminar was to share the experiences of attending Residential Semester of BRAC University with the students of Pre-University, Summer 2017.
The session started with a panel discussion, which was facilitated by Mr. Pankaj Paul, Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), and three students who completed their Residential Semester at Savar. The faculty member from BIL and the former RS students shared their memories and the experiences that had an impact on their day-to-day lives and academia. Students also shared how living in a new environment influenced their perspective towards life. In addition, a video created by students was shown, where students shared the photos of the Savar campus.
A brief question-answer session was held after the discussion, where Pre-University students asked for more details regarding the Residential Semester at Savar. The session ended with a vote of thanks by the senior students who encouraged Pre-University students about their exciting journey ahead in BRAC University.
At the end of the session an interesting quiz competition was held and the winners were awarded with prizes.
All the faculty members of Pre-University and existing students attended the session.
The Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Robi Axiata Limited organized "Internship Seminar & On-campus Interview session" on 13th July 2017 at BRAC University Indoor Games Room. The objective of the program is to provide the top students of leading universities an opportunity to experience working with Robi. More than 120 students from BBS participated in the program. The participants were the students who will pursue their internship in Fall 2017.
The whole event was divided in two different parts. In the beginning of the program Mr. Md. Zaved Parvez-Vice President, Resourcing discussed the internship recruitment process of Robi Axiata Limited. HM Tarikul-Cluster Market Director, Airtel, Ekaramul A Hasan Shaykat-Specialist, Central Cluster Market, Airtel, Rawnak Afroze-Specialist, Resourcing, Mohammad Jishanur Rahman Rumi-Graduate Trainee, Resourcing were also present in the program and shared their experiences.
The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about the career and growth opportunities in Robi.
In the second part, thirty shortlisted students from BBS & EEE departments were interviewed by the HR team of Robi in two different panels. These students are expected to join Robi in the 1st week of September as interns.
Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR coordinated both the seminar & the interview session.
Recently, BRAC University Entrepreneurship Development Forum first time arranged “Market Research for Startups” of this semester. It was held on 11 July. The main topic of this seminar was market analysis for any startups. The chief guests who enlightened this event by their presence were Mr. Ahmad AD, CEO & Co-founder of hungrynaki.com and Mr. Mubir M. Chowdhury, CEO of Humac Lab Ltd. Mainly both of the speakers focused on market research, why it is important and how a business fails without proper market research. The event started by the speech of Mr. Ahmad AD, CEO & Co-founder of hungrynaki.com. Hungrynaki.com is a 100% Bangladeshi online food ordering and delivery service launched in 2013. Mr. Ahmad AD told about market research based on his personal experience. He told that how he started this business and made this a successful one. He inspired the audience by telling both of his failure and success stories. “The job you do whether it is business or fixed job under a company, you have to enjoy it”, Mr. Ahmad AD said. The next speaker was Mr. Mubir M Chowdhury, CEO of Humac Lab Ltd. Humac Lab Ltd is specialized in developing mobile apps along with web developments. He told about his company and how he started it. He told about his past and struggling days, which was very much enlightening. He suggested the students to know about themselves first, their lacking and then, he asked them to work on those so that the students can get success. In addition, he stated that, proper market research is important for starting a business. Both of the speakers told about their experience and gave information about the business world. By their speech audience were very much encouraged. Later Mr. Mahmood Syed Moosa, former vice president of EDF and founder of studentbd24.com, thanked the guests for managing time to share their experiences with the student of BRAC University. Finally, the event was concluded by handing over crests among the distinguished guests by the former president of EDF. It was really an inspirational and motivational program indeed.
Recently BRAC University Art Society (ASBU) hosted an art exhibition in the university auditorium, on the 9th and the 10th of July from 10 am to 5 pm both days. It was truly an event to behold! - Almost every artwork was mesmerizing to the level that you would find it hard to move on to the next one. It could be easily said that all the artworks were selected after excruciating pain of fair judgment. Moreover, the arrangement of artworks-sketches on a proper side, water color paintings at the front under focus, animated pictures on the back providing a striking contrast, and glass paintings and other abstract arts on another side were a really nice touch. There were even some small sculptures at one corner which would certainly make the paintings jealous if they had feelings! Almost around 210 artworks were submitted by the artists of BRACU and 170 artworks were exhibited. The way the entire decoration was done was far more brilliant than any individual part of the exhibition. The theme of the decoration was based on the famed fictional 'Harry Potter Series'. It is well known that the Harry Potter team recently celebrated their 20th anniversary of releasing the very first book of the series, so as a theme it instantly attracted attention. The whole auditorium ceiling was decorated with golden snitches, flying Keys and paper-made candles, with a big Deathly Hallows dream catcher hanging in the middle. One of the major attractions were the props to take photos with. Among which magic wands, the Sorting Hat and most interestingly, a photo frame with 'Have You Seen This Wizard?' written on it created the most excitement among those who came to visit!. Well, it is impossible to express in words just how things were in the exhibition. But if one has to sum it up in a word or two, one would say it was “Simply fabulous”! On the first day, 9 th of July at 10:00 am the inauguration was done by the advisor Fahmida Saadia Rahman (Senior Lecturer ESS Department) and co-advisor Md. Abdullah Al Mamun (Lecturer BIL Department) of Art Society BRAC University. Some of the other faculties and Pro VC sir showed their presence at the exhibition on the following days. And on the 2 nd day, 10 th of July there was a prize giving ceremony of “Fearless Strokes”- A street art competition which was recently hosted by Alokito Hridoy Foundation and Dhaka North City Corporation at the Banani Wabda field on the 21 st May 2017 and and Art Society BRAC University was announced the winner on the 5 th of June by Alokito Hridoy Foundation through Facebook. The judgment of this competition was made by the likes given by the viewer on facebook and the points given by the judges. By the presence of one of the judges, the cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and the Chairperson and Director of Alokito Hidoy Foundation Azwa Nayeem and Syeda Tasnima handed over the cheque of BDT 1 lac to the Co-Advisor and the whole team of Art Society and the Officer, OCA Ipshit Tarafdar gave the guests the Crest of Appreciating for their presence and for being a part of the exhibition. Moreover, the participants of the competition were given certificates of participation signed by the Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation on the ceremony. Art Society BRAC University has gifted the art work in a frame and that will be displayed on the wall of BRAC University as an achievement of the University.
The Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized a seminar on 'Leadership and Innovation' for students of BRAC University on 9th July 2017 in BRACU Auditorium.
Mr. Ejaj Ahmad, Founder and President, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center, conducted an insightful and interactive session on 'Leadership and Innovation' to over a hundred energetic BRAC University students. Through this session Mr. Ejaj Ahmad, encouraged students to become innovative and engaged citizens, regardless of their career aspirations.
Being a university student, it is important for them to realize that only academic excellence or theoretical knowledge is not enough to make it in today’s competitive world. They should recognize that leaders are made, not just born. Moreover, the opportunities to exercise leadership come before each of them, every day. The main issues are whether they recognize those opportunities and seize them to make a difference on behalf of something that is important to them.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
The theme of World Health Day 2017 was “Depression: Let's Talk” (observed on 7 April) aimed to mobilize the action on depression. Depression can happen to anybody. It is a normal response to any loss or misfortune but it becomes abnormal when it practices out of proportion to the misfortune or unduly prolonged. It causes severe symptoms that affect how we feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating or working. Depression can causes mental distress and affects people’s ability to continue everyday tasks. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated.
Therefore, to make students aware about depression, a workshop on “Understanding Depression: Feel well live well” was held on Sunday, July 09, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm at BRAC University Residential Campus. The main objective of the workshop was to create a clear frame of understanding regarding depression. Two members of the Counseling Unit, Ms. Tasnuva Huque and Md. Saifur Rahman conducted the session with twenty six students. The counselors started the session by listening expectations from the session and asking few questions related to depression. Then they discussed about the scientific definition of depression, difference between sadness and depression, causes of depression, disability due to depression. A group activity was done by students on the cognitive, physiological, emotional and behavioral symptoms of depression. At the last phase of workshop, counselors discussed about the healthy ways to deal with depression and with a depressed person as well.
The session was interactive. Different types of method were used such as, brain storming, meditation, individual and group works to make the session effective. At the end of the session, participants give constructive feedbacks. They also suggested arranging such workshop more in future.
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