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Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: August 18th, 2017

BIGD, BRAC University and Urban Development Programme (UDP) of BRAC signed an MoU to work on issues related to urban dynamics and challenges in light with achieving SDGs, SENDAI Framework, HABITAT III New Urban Agenda etc. Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, the Executive Director of BIGD and Mr. Asif Saleh, Senior Director--Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International signed the MoU. Researchers from Urban, Climate Change and Environment (UCCE) cluster of BIGD and BRAC-UDP also attended at the ceremony held on 17 August, 2017 at BIGD.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 18th, 2017

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 2014, annual global climate finance flows increased by 18% in 2014 and totaled approximately USD 392 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) outline a framework for climate change investments in the country. Though Bangladesh receives fund in this 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 precede 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. Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM) has been initiated in January 2017 and is being implemented by a consortium (consortium-1) among Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in association with the British Council. Consortium-2 of this project constitutes Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST Trust) as the local level partner. The CFTM project is an innovative project that would enable the funding for climate change in Bangladesh to be more effective in helping the most vulnerable communities become better adapted to climate change impacts and help improve the overall levels of transparency in governance in general in Bangladesh. The goal of this project is to increase the efficacy of climate change funds both from government and donors in tackling the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh. Promoting Knowledge for Accountable Systems (PROKAS) Program of British Council, funded by UKAID is supporting the project financially now. A session to share experience with the senior government officials was organized by C3ER, BRAC University on 17 August, 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. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD); Dr. A Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, BCAS; Tanvir Mahmud, Head of Programmes (Climate, Labour Governance), PROKAS Programme, British Council joined the meeting as resource persons. Twenty one (21) Joint Secretaries of Government of Bangladesh from different ministries and three (03) high officials from Defense (Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air) participated in the meeting.

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: August 17th, 2017

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 6th International Conference on Asian Economic Development (AED 2017) on August 15-16, 2017 at Faculty of Economics of Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Dr. Habib delivered his talk on “Academic Supply Chain Management: A Novel Approach Contribution” in that conference as the Invited speaker. He illustrated the significance and implications of Supply Chain Management (SCM), as a new branch of Management, 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 Australia, Singapore, Japan, USA, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, etc. presented their papers.

It’s noted that Dr. Habib was invited by Dr. Pairut Kanjanakaroon, Dean of Faculty of Economics of Chiang Mai, Thailand. During the conference and talk, Dr. Habib discussed with distinguished renowned professors, including Professor Peter Warr (Australian National University), Prof. Dr. Mark Goh (NUS, Singapore), Dr. Pairach Piboonrungroj (Thailand), about 1st International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2017), organized by BRAC Business School (BBS) on September 21-22, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: August 17th, 2017

Publications during the month of August

An op-ed article was published in Bonik Barta on 16 August 2017. The article dealt with structural constraints which undermine the efficacy of monetary policy in Bangladesh and in that light provided an evaluation of Bangladesh Bank’s Monetary Policy Statement for the first half of FY 18.

An article titled “Budget 2017-2018: Looking through the Glass” was published in Am Cham (a journal published by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh) Vol 10, Issue No. 2. The article dealt with the reliability of GDP growth assumption, unrealistic nature of the size of Annual Development Program as well as target of tax revenue collection, appropriateness of allocation for the state-owned commercial banks for meeting capital deficit, and the increasing burden of interest payments because of excessive reliance on sale of saving instruments to finance deficit.

Other Activity during the month of August

07 August:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was only discussant in talk-show broadcast by Ekushey TV. The primary focus of discussions was the role of good governance in promoting investment and economic growth. Governance is considered important for ensuring cost-effective public investment and thereby crowding in private sector investment.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: August 16th, 2017

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University recently achieved the certificate of approved study centre of The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), UK and ranked up from the registered study centre to approved study centre authorized by CIPS. Till now BIGD is the one and only exam centre of CIPS in Bangladesh. BIGD applied for the study centre approval in the year of 2016 and now it has become the approved study centre in Bangladesh for providing Diploma, Advance Diploma and Professional Diploma of CIPS to achieve the MCIPS awarde from Bangladesh.   CIPS has a network of almost 100 study centres in the UK, and more than 150 centres worldwide.

After two years as an approved study centre, BIGD will be able to apply for an upgrade to ‘Centre of Merit’ and following a further two years’ continuing demonstration of additional criteria, BIGD will also be able to achieve ‘Centre of Excellence’. 

Tag: Centre for Entrepreneurship Development
Publish Date: August 15th, 2017

Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of BRAC University has taken initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship among the students of BRAC University through various competitions and one of them is D-Prize. CED, BRAC University is a member of the international consortium of D-Prize Global Social Venture Competition, an international business competition organized regularly. Total 22 groups from different departments of BRAC University registered for the Round 2 D-Prize competition. They attended 4 webinars and 2 workshops for developing business proposals on their social ventures. Total 9 groups became eligible to submit their business proposals after the initial elimination process, and 2 groups competed for the final round and went through all selection process and final interview. The team titled “Unnoti” has been rewarded for a grant of US $10000 (BRACU contributed half of it as a D-Prize consortium member). “Unnoti” team Members are – Ms. Maheen Absar Neha (CSE), Mr. Md. Intisher Rahman (CSE), Ms. Tanjima Hoque (BBS) and Mr. Shah, Md. Nasir Rahat (CSE).

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: August 15th, 2017

BIGD’s ED Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman had several meetings in August 2017 with a number of distinguished personalities such as prominent academics, policy makers and researchers regarding the research collaborations and other relevant issues of BIGD.

Dr. Rahman had meetings with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Chairperson, BRAC; Dr. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) regarding discussion on Money laundering Project; Dr. Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist and Mr. Masud Mozammel, Senior Communications Officer of World Bank regarding Public Procurement Reform Project; Mr. Hasanuzzaman, Outreach Manager, Copenhagen Consensus Centre; Ms. Sufia Askari, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF); Mr. Peter D’souza, Senior Economic Adviser, Mr. Mashfique Ibane Akbar, Private Secter Development Advisor, Mr. Issam Mosaddeq, Economic Advisor of DFID; and Ms. Rokshana Kader, Additional Secretary and Mr. Ruhul Amin, Joint Secretary, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC). He also attended International Growth Centre (IGC)’s quarterly meeting and skype meeting with Mr. Fran Hannan, HR Partner of London School of Economics and Political Science.

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: August 13th, 2017

Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Associate Professor, BRAC Business School (BBS) and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM) – Scopus Indexed, has recently been selected from Social Innovation Lab, BRAC, a co-host of Australia Awards South and West Asia (AASWA)Alumni Innovation Challenge,to mentor Dr. Kamleshwar Lohana, one of the winners of Australia Awards Innovation Challenge, supported by the Australian Government.The innovation challenge program concentrates on developing South and West Asian students’ innovation skill. The project searched for experts who would help the students to add value to their skills utilizing their years of experience.It is noted that Dr. Kamleshwar, mentee of Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, aims to provide professional development opportunities for Mehran University students in Pakistan.

On August 8, 2017, as a part of mentorship, Dr. Habib conducted an online training on“Student engagement in the projects as well as effectiveness of university-industry- government linkages” in the session “Training of Trainers (ToT)”,organized by Mehran University Institute of Science, Technology and Development (MUISTD),Pakistan. Moreover,on August 11, 2017, he delivered an online lecture in the training program ‘Professional Development of Mehran University Students’. In addition, Dr. Habib enthralled the over 200 students concentrating on ‘Graduates with Desirable Quality’, ‘Quality Research Outcomes’as a ‘Guest of Honor’. He delivered his lecture in both the trainings and shared interesting experiences of university- industry-government interaction.

Furthermore, Dr. Habib’s inspiring speech via skype in the closing ceremony on August 11, 2017 had a great lasting impact on the participants. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asalm Uqaili, Vice Chancellor MUET, Prof. Dr. Shahida Sajjad (Ex-Dean faculty of Education Karachi University), Prof. Dr. Arabella Bhutto (Co-Director MUISTD), Dr. Zahid Ali Memon (Secretary and Associate Professor MUISTD), Dr. Asif Ali Shah (Assistant Professor MUISTD) and Dr. Kamleshwer Lohana (Assistant Professor, MUISTD) were present in the session.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 12th, 2017

In the backdrop of various efforts in the past to address the critical concerns of governance of the transboundary Ganges sub-basin, the Ganga-Padma Devising Seminar  was organized by Tufts’ University Water Diplomacy Programme, Observer Research Foundation, South Asia Institute of Harvard University and MIT Science Impact Collaborative Program on 10 and 11 August, 2017 in Kolkata. The Ganges sub-basin has been delineated as Ganga-Padma system in this devising seminar, which involved participants from not only the co-riparian nations of the Ganga-Padma system, viz., Bangladesh, Nepal, and India, but also experts from EU and the US. The prime objective of this devising seminar was to develop an array of actionable options (what was called good ideas) on issues of governance, technical capabilities and policy, from informed conversations of the relevant stakeholders. Like any devising seminar, no attempt was made to obtain commitment from any participant, but intense brainstorming sessions involving technocrats, bureaucrats, diplomats, researchers, academicians, activists, NGOs, etc. working in the domain of the Ganga-Padma system generated  a matrix of coordinated strategies which can result in actionable options for governance.

The two day event was started off with a welcome address from Ashok Dhar, ORF Kolkata, followed by a special address on water programme of ORF by Sunjoy Joshi, Director of ORF, and a short description on expectations from GPDS by Shafiqul Islam, Professor and Director of Water Diplomacy, Tufts University.  This was followed by an introduction of the participants hailing from revered institutions and various government organizations such as Oregon State University, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, BRAC University, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, IIT Guwahati, Uppsala University, International Water Association, Wright State University, Deltares, Water Conflicts, Government of Nepal and Government of West Bengal. From BRAC University Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRA University attended the two day event as an expert. After the initial plenary rounds with presentations on what devising seminars are all about from experts from MIT and Harvard, the GPDS involved intense brain storming sessions in the form of round table discussions which were modeled on three broad issues of governance, technical capabilities and policy. The discussions were focused to generate actionable options on the three time frames, which were immediate (0-5 years), intermediate (5-10 years) and long term (more than 10 years). There were four round tables of which the first three had discussions on three broad issues as mentioned above, in which each round table session was further subdivided into finer subtopics. The fourth round table acted as a summation of the first three and the participants in the three groups discussing in it, reconciled their difference of opinions and came up with mutually agreed actionable options, which were presented later. Lastly, considerable emphasis was put on the issue of rethinking cropping patterns and effective water demand management; so that water guzzling crops (i.e. sugarcane, boro paddy, etc) are replaced with more water efficient ones.

Tag: Centre for Peace and Justice
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

Shahariar Sadat, Academic Coordinator, CPJ, participated in the ‘Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Course-3’ held from 30th July to 10th August 2017 organized by Bangladesh Institute Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) at Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur, Dhaka.  

Tag: Announcement, Office of the Registrar
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017


Comprehensive seat plan - Summer 2017 (trimester programs) [ PDF ]

[Please look into additional sheet in notice board/web those exams are scheduled in multiple hall rooms]

Day 1 (9/8/17), Wednesday

Morning (10:00 AM):

ENG091 | ENG101 | ENG102 | CHN101 | FRN101 | ARC331 | ECO207 | ECO432 | LAW202 | MGT401 | MKT301 | SOC101 |

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BTE401 | CSE101 | CSE230 | CSE320 | EEE361 | HST403 | LAW303 | MGT431 | MKT201 | MKT429

Day 2 (10/8/17), Thursday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT431| ANT355 | ARC452 | ARC493 | CSE220 | ECO303 | EEE201(SEC:3) | ENV101 | FIN301 | HUM101 | LAW101 | MIC101 | MKT431

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BTE202 | BUS201 | CSE110 | CSE111 | CSE370 | CSE422 | MGT424 | MIC301 | MSC441 | POL101

Day 3(11/8/17), Friday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT202 | BTE411CHE101CSE340CSE341CSE371ECO202EEE365(sec:1,2) | ENG404 | FIN427 | GEO101 LAW102 | LAW204

Afternoon (02:30 PM):

CSE360 (Sec:1,2) | CSE460 | EEE207 EEE205HST102 | MAT103 | MKT421 | MSC301 | MSC422 | PHY111 | PHY112 |

Day 4(12/8/17), Saturday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT201 | ANT101 | ARC122 | ARC225 | BTE204 | CSE330 | ECO201 | ENG113 | ENG333 | FIN425 | LAW104 | LAW343 | MIC310 | MKT424 | PHY101 | STA101

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BUS202 | BUS302 | CSE423 | LAW304 | MAT110 | MAT120 | MAT215 | MKT426

Day 5(13/8/17), Sunday
Morning (10:00 AM):

BUS301 | CSE470 | ECO101 | ECO311 | ENG115 | ENG319 | FIN424 | LAW203 | MKT423 | PSY101 | SOC325 | STA201

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

ACT422 | ARC393 | BTE402 | CEE213 | CHE110 | EEE415 | ENG358 | ENV103 | MAT216 | MGT425 | PHY102

Day 6(16/8/17), Wednesday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ECO102 | EEE343 | FIN421 | LAW205 | MGT211 | MGT423

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BIO101 | BUS321 | CSE331 | CSE420 | EEE241 | ENG366 | LAW307 | MAT092 | MKT425 | MSC429 | SOC390

Day 7(17/8/17), Thursday
Morning (10:00 AM):

BUS101 | CSE161 | EEE423 | FIN441 | LAW403 | MGT201

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

ACT425 | BUS203 | CSE321 | MAT101 | MGT427

Day 8(19/8/17), Saturday
Morning (10:00 AM):

CSE461 | ECO308 | ECO313 | EEE413 | MGT301 | MGT422

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

MSC142 | MSC446

 

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

A workshop on Sub-Regional Workshop on Urban Water and Sanitation Services in South and South-West Asia was held on 9-10 August, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was organized by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and co-organized by Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation and Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, Government of Nepal. Subarna Ershad, Environmental Economist from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, participated in the event as an observer from Bangladesh. The two days workshop had some specific objectives and issues to be addressed. Delegates from 10 countries of this Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka) participated in the workshop and shared their experience and gave valuable inputs.

The two days program included the presentations from each country to identify their common problems as well as to focus on the best possible solutions. They discussed the challenges and gaps of this specific region to manage the issues of sanitation and water successfully as well as inter linkage of the SDG goal 6 and goal 11 was being emphasized to achieve the 2030 agenda. Overall the workshop was a successful one as it united the delegates from different countries in identifying the common but critical problems of the South and South-West region of Asia. When it came to the possible solution of the problems, the experts opined that understanding the past could solve the problem at present and in the future.

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

One student named Samiha Kabir presented her thesis on Wednesday, 10 August, 2017 in Room UB 21511 of the MNS Department.

The Viva-Voce Examination for the presentation was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider and attended by Dr. Aparna Islam and Ms. Romana Siddique and Ms. Shamira Tabrejee.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

Ms. Simeen Mahmud, Head of Gender Studies Cluster, and coordinator of Centre for Gender and Social Transformation, BIGD chaired the launching ceremony of the sixth Bangladesh Health Watch Report 2016 titled ‘Non-Communicable Diseases in Bangladesh: Current Scenario and Future Directions’ on 10 August 2017 at a hotel in the capital. Mr. Nahin Razzaq MP, member of the parliament standing committee on youth and sports ministry attended the ceremony as the chief guest where Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, Mr. Jane Edmondson, Dhaka Office head of United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and Mr. Anders Ohstrom, head of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, spoke among others at the event.

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

Dr. Hasibun Naher, Associate Professor of mathematics at the MNS Department participated as a speaker in the 1st International Conference on Applied & Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (ICoAIMS), Pahang, Malaysia, 08-10 August, 2017. The Conference was organized by the Faculty of Industrial Sciences and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, in cooperation with the Faculty of Mathematics & Science, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Indonesia, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society (PERSAMA), and Malaysian Institute of Statistics (ISM).

As a speaker, the Conference gave her the opportunity to explore and share ideas of mathematics and research experiences with other researchers and practitioners who came from all over the world. In her paper, new wave solutions of the prominent Zhiber-Shabat equation and its reduced form as the Liouville equation via the new extended method with nonlinear auxiliary equation have been derived for the first time. The full paper will be published in the renowned Institute of Physics (IOP) Conference Series, a highly prestigious publication indexed by SCOPUS. Many distinguished scholars and researchers participated in the Conference from all over the world. They shared the latest research results, advanced research methods and other exciting new areas for further research.

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