Dr. John Corlett, Registrar of the University of Windsor (UW) along with Mrs. Kim Moore, Assistant Registrar of UW and Mr. Mel Broitman, Director, International Outreach, Canada visited BRAC University. During their visit they had meetings with Prof. J R Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer, BU and Mr. Muhammad Sahool Afzal, Registrar, BU on July 12, 2001. The issues discussed included possible co-operation between BU and UW.
The Second meeting of the Governing Board of BRAC University (BU) was held at BU Conference Room on July 09, 2001 at 11:00 am. All members of the Board attended except Dr. Hameeda Hossain, who is now out of the country. The Board approved the Organogram of BU, the composition of the different committees and Academic Council, and the Budget for the financial year 2001-2002. The Board also approved the new undergraduate programs to be conducted in the Fall Semester 2001 and the Spring Semester 2002. The Course Calendar for the Fall Semester 2001 was also approved.
Ms. Husna Mehnaz Siddiqi, Software Developer, BRAC BDMail Network Ltd. (BBN) gave a presentation on the Student Management System of BRAC University in Hall Room of BRAC University on Monday, July 2, 2001. Prof. J. R. Choudhury, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, along with a large number of faculty members and officials, attended the presentation.
A meeting of the Computer Club of BRAC University was held on Sunday, July 1, 2001. The Club selected 32 students of BRAC University as members. It was decided that the weekly meeting will be held on every Wednesday.
Prof. J. R. Choudhury led a 12-member Bangladeshi delegation to India to discuss issues related to planning, design, implementation and operation of High-tech Parks. The team, comprising BUET faculty members and officials from Bangladesh Computer Council and Ministry of Science and Technology, is involved with a study commissioned by the Government of Bangladesh for setting up a Hitech City at Kaliakoir, about 40 km from Dhaka, for which 265 acres of land has already been allocated. They visited Bangalore (International Technology Park Ltd. and Software Technology Park at Electronic City and IIIT-B), Hyderabad (ICICI Knowledge Park, Hitech City and IIIT-H) and Kolkata (WEBEL at Salt Lake City). They also had discussions with relevant officials of the Government, including the Secretary, Dept. of IT, Andhra Pradesh, who made a presentation on the E-government initiatives of the government led by Mr. Chandrababu Naidoo.The team visited some of the projects (e.g. TWINS for 0ne-s government service, CARD for registration of documents) being implemented by the government.
A meeting of the Debating Club was held on 23 June 2001. It was decided that a debating practice would be held on every Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm. The format of the debate would be British Parliamentary style as this format is the most popular and widely followed format in the world. A briefing on the rules of this format was given by Mr. Mohiuddin, the adviser of the Debating Club.
Ayesha Abed Library, BRAC University has shifted to Aarong House Campus (3rd Floor). The library has started all activities from June 17, 2001.
BRAC University was formally inaugurated by the Hon'ble President of Bangladesh and the Chancellor of BRAC University Mr. Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed at Osmani Memorial Hall, Dhaka on June 16, 2001. The ceremony was attended by seven hundred guests, among others, by members of Governing Board of BRAC University, educationists, lawyers, politicians, senior civil and military officers, diplomats, NGO leaders, students, parents, and elite of the society.
The Canadian High Commissioner HE Mr. David Preston called on the Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury on June 11. The High Commissioner, who evinced keen interest in the present and future curricula of the university, discussed prospects of cooperation between BRAC University and Canadian universities.
Professor Subir Bandyopadhyay, a distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Windsor (Canada), is on a visit to Dhaka. He is conducting a course on Object Oriented Programming in Java covering over 60 hours at BRAC Information Technology Institute. Twenty-one IT Professionals are attending the Course.
During his visit he also had meetings with Senior Teachers and Faculty Members of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of BRAC University.
Professor Bandyopadhyay attended a special discussion session on "The difference between Higher Education/University for Computer Science and the Training Institutes", at 'BRAC Centre Auditorium' on June 9, 2001.
The Mid Term Test of Spring Semester 2001 was held between 3 June and 9 June 2001. Thereafter, the students are currently having a weeklong recess. The University classes will resume from 17 June 2001.
Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, inaugurated a cyber-kiosk at the National Press Club along with a website (www.sdnbd.org) and a compact disk (CD) titled "Sustainable Development Information Bank".The cyber-kiosk was established for the journalists as well as the common people to celebrate World Environment Day 2001. National Press Club (NPC), Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and Sustainable Development Networking Program(SDNP) of the United Nations Development Program(UNDP) jointly sponsored the program.
Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury said the number of Internet users across Bangladesh have reached 4 lakh mark and number of direct Internet subscriber is over 80,000. Terming June 6 as a special day in the IT (Information Technology) history of Bangladesh Professor J R Chowdhury recalled that Bangladesh was first directly connected to Internet on June 6, 1996. He noted that deregulation on VSAT has resulted in the per minute charge of Internet. Now some ISP's (Internet Service Providers) are charging 40 paisa per minute and soon they will charge only 25 paisa per minute or even lesser than that. He said internet-kiosk in all press clubs and news organizations across the country would greatly assist the working journalists.
Professor Selim Rashid, Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, currently Director of Research, BRAC University, conducted a Seminar on "Compact Township as a Strategy for Economic Development" on Thursday, 7 June 2001 in the Seminar Room of BRAC University. The Seminar was attended by a large number of academics and environmental specialists from different Universities and organizations.
BRAC University will provide full fee waiver in the first semester and thereafter depending on the satisfactory performance in each semester. Partial fee waiver will be granted to students based on merit and financial needs. The number of students receiving fee waiver would be 5% of the total students admitted.
Computer Club has been formed with Mr. Rafiqul Hasan Chowdhury, Faculty member of Computer Science Department as the Advisor and Mr. S. M. Mahabubuzzaman ID# 01101071, Student of Computer Science Department as Secretary.
Ms. Shenin Ziauddin has been made the Advisor of the English Debating Club.
Ms. Fahmida Tani Ahmed, Student ID# 01101065, has been nominated as the Secretary of the club.
Both the clubs shall meet once every week.
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