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Tag: Residential Campus
Publish Date: May 7th, 2017

The Summer 2017 orientation program of Residential Semester (45th batch) took place on May 06, 2017, at Markuli Hall, BRAC University Savar Campus.  The orientation session was conducted by Mr. Rehan Ahmed, Campus Superintendent, and Ms. Farrah Jabeen, Senior Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL).

Mr. Rehan started the day-long orientation session with a welcome note. He emphasized on the necessity of taking advantage of the unique experience of RS and then discussed the diversity of students and how students should use the opportunity of having this varied community in order to acquire new knowledge and excel in their competencies.

Later on, Mr. Rehan and Ms. Farrah put further emphasis on the importance of practicing English at Savar Campus and also on the competency that students must have in English for academic and professional purposes. The first part of the session came to an end with Course Coordinators’ discussion on the academic courses of RS, which are Bangladesh Studies, Ethics & Culture, English and French Languages.

In the second part of the session, Mr. Rehan talked about “Social Capitals”—the honor code of RS—that students will follow for the next three months in order to ensure smooth community living, gain positive approach of sharing and caring, and enhance leadership skills.

Towards the end, Mr. Morshedul Haque, Senior Dorm Supervisor, introduced the students to the campus facilities, supports and services. Mr. Rehan concluded the session by highlighting on the need for strengthening their spirit to make the semester a successful one with the cooperation of all the stakeholders involved.  

All RS faculty members were present in the session, along with BIL faculty member Ms. Farrah Jabeen, part-time faculty members of RS, and management/admin staff. Overall, the day-long orientation session was successful in all aspects.

Tag: Department of Pharmacy, Administration
Publish Date: May 7th, 2017

BRAC University students have embarked with a revolutionary idea to save the Buriganga river pollution, by attempting to create a genetically modified bacteria to eradicate the harmful heavy metals of the river water. The idea was brainstormed by seven participating teams. The team with the best solution was awarded as the winner of the First Ever ChemBio HACKATHON in Bangladesh organized by Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University on Thursday April 30, 2017.

Their computationally designed microorganism was acknowledged by the HACKATHON judges as the most feasible one among all comparable entries from the seven participating teams.

The competitors started off with a HACKATHON challenge given to them to design a bacteria similar to a sample bacteria from the Singapore River, the waters of which in the 1970s resembled that of what flows in the Buriganga at present.

Using In silico sequencing tools, databases, computational modelling and visualizing softwares, the students made bacterial genetic alterations to engineer a bacteria which is capable of turning the toxic hexavalent chromium (Cr [VI]) into a less toxic trivalent chromium (Cr [III]).

The winning team also proposed to craft the bacteria in the laboratory and test it’s effect by using water samples from Buriganga river and, once successful, attempt the actual clean up of the river by bringing along industrial partners.

The winners also used different softwares and tools to propose the most workable solutions to two other HACKATHON challenges on computer aided drug designing during the ChemBio HACKATHON.

One challenge was to repurpose a drug to treat colon cancer, one of the most prevalent cancer in Bangladesh. The third challenge was to design biologics to prevent tumour growth during cancer.

The HACKATHON day was a non-stop 11 hours session on 1 April, 2017 where the teams were given resources and support to brainstorm their ideas to the HACKATHON challenge and then came up with some solutions. The teams delivered their results during the HACKATHON Presentation Day on 13 April, 2017 at the BRAC University Auditorium in front of distinguished guests, faculty members and students from different universities. Earlier, they took part in a three days long ChemBio HACKATHON training session started on 28 March, 2017.

Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D and Professor Eva Rahman Kabir, Ph.D announced the winning team of the First Ever ChemBio HACKATHON in Bangladesh and awarded certificates to all participants and four trainers during the Award Ceremony held at BRAC University, 66 Mohakhali, Dhaka from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

He said students have to take ownership of national interests, especially the environment. He pointed out the dramatic changes that have been brought about by BRAC University students in various occasions such as nation’s first ever nanosatellite Onnesha. He also urged on industry-academic ties to become stronger.

Professor Andaleeb also hoped that the water of Buriganga and all other rivers will get the desired oxygen levels and the marine life will return. He asked the students to focus on it by addressing such problems.

He further added, BRACU stood out as its faculty engaged students in real time scientific enrichment instead of just imparting lessons in classes and assessment through exams, and this can lead to increased manifolds of the amount of knowledge gained by the students, he said.

Professor Eva Rahman Kabir, PhD, Chairperson (Current Charge), Department of Pharmacy, gave the welcome speech and thanked all the distinguished guests for coming to the Award Ceremony. She mentioned that Chem Bio HACKATHON was not just an event but was the beginning of something different, leading to innovation in the world of Data Science and Big Data.

Mohammad Kawsar Sharif Siam, a faculty member of the Department of Pharmacy and an organiser, said the ChemBio HACKATHON aimed to bridge between theoretical knowledge and related scientific solutions to inspire the next generation students so that they engage themselves to address the critical problems of our environment and our health care system.

Anika Nawar Mahmood, a member of the ChemBio HACKATHON winning team and one of the students of Department of Pharmacy said that success was possible only because of an effective team work.

Shannon Sherwin Moreino, a student of Department of Pharmacy, BRACU, who won an award for the best presentation, hoped for more such competitions to sharpen his skills.

Nuvista Pharma Limited Chairman & Managing Director Akhter Matin Chaudhury graced the event with his presence. Other distinguished guests of honour included Kamran Bakr, Chairman & Managing Director, Unilever Bangladesh; Afroz Jalil, Country Manager, Roche Pharmaceuticals; and Sk. Abdul Goni, Head of Market Access & Biosimilar Lead, Roche Bangladesh Limited; Nawabur Rahman, Technical Operations Director, SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Limited.; Nakibur Rahman, Marketing Director, GSK.; and Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, BRAC University.

Tag: Announcement, Office of the Registrar
Publish Date: May 6th, 2017


Find below the Class Schedule for Summer 2017 semester:


Please contact with your advisor for swapping courses/sections by Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Architecture  students are advised to contact with your respective department for class schedule.

For any kind of assistance, contact with Coordination Officer (DCO) of your respective Department/School. 

 

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Office of the Registrar
BRACU 

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: May 6th, 2017

International Day of the Midwife (IDM), observed on 5 May every year, offers an opportunity to recognise the contributions midwives make towards the health and wellbeing of a nation. This year, the international theme was ‘Midwives, Mothers & Families: Partners for Life!’

In Dhaka, the Developing Midwives Project (DMP) of JPGSPH joined the Dhaka urban team of Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh hospital to take part in a rally. Following the rally, an open dialogue to exchange views was organised by the Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (in partnership with UNFPA, USAID, BRAC University, Innovations for Poverty Action, Bangladesh Midwifery Society, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, and International Confederation of Midwives). Sardar Abul Kalam (Honourable Additional Secretary, Health Education and Family Welfare Division, MoHFW) was present among other dignitaries from the Government of Bangladesh, private sector, academia, private sector, and mainstream media. At the open dialogue, Subhash Chandra Sarkar (Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) said that the Government will look to absorb 600 midwives in the public health system before the next IDM. This news ushered in a general round of applause.

All seven Academic Sites of DMP located in Mirpur, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Cox’s Bazaar, Dinajpur and Khulna observed the day simultaneously. They invited local government officials and the civil society, organised pop-up health centres for the community people, extended free health checkups, and pre-and postnatal support for the people in their locality.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Languages
Publish Date: May 5th, 2017

Md. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), was present as a special guest at the closing ceremony of the 11th Amrita Lal Dey International Rating Chess Tournament held in Barisal city on May 04, 2017. Mr. Sheikh Md. Maruf Hasan, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Barisal Range, graced the occasion as the chief guest and Ms. Rani Hamid, Woman International Master in Chess, was present as a special guest.

In his speech, Mr. Duha highlighted the history of BRAC University Chess Club and the significance of chess as an educational tool. Around 20 students from BRAC University Chess Club (BUCHC) participated in the tournament and 5 of them achieved international rating.

Tag: Professional Development Centre
Publish Date: May 5th, 2017

On the evening of 3 May, 2017 BRAC University Professional Development Centre (PDC) commenced its Certificate program in Teaching Strategies for Higher Education with the third batch at the Savar campus.  The induction sessions ended the next day, 4 May, 2017. The certificate program is a semester long program where the faculty members of different departments are participating. For this time, a total of 14 faculty members have been nominated by their departments. The two key objectives of this certificate program are to introduce new teaching techniques for higher education and a focus on student centered learning.

Tag: Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations
Publish Date: May 5th, 2017

The Office of Career services And Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized a recruitment seminar  for the Last year students of BRAC University on 4th May 2017 in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03 (9th Floor).

Bikroy.com has several openings in different departments (Junior Executive/Executive, Senior Executivesand Managers) they believe theycan offer career opportunity to our business graduates in BRACU.

Ummay Kulsum Asha, Executive, HR & Administration and her team encouraged and outlined the jobs and responsibilities along with the procedures of applying in the vacant positions.

Tag: Student Affairs
Publish Date: May 4th, 2017

The Office of Career services And Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized a recruitment seminar for the Last year students of BRAC University on 4th May 2017 in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03 (9th Floor).

Bikroy.com has several openings in different departments (Junior Executive/Executive, Senior Executives and Managers) they believe they can offer career opportunity to our business graduates in BRACU.

Ummay Kulsum Asha, Executive, HR & Administration and her team encouraged and outlined the jobs and responsibilities along with the procedures of applying in the vacant positions.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: May 4th, 2017

Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow of BIGD chaired a session titled Societal Perspective on Gender Based Violence at a daylong knowledge fair on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), organized by Share-Net Bangladesh on May 3, 2017 at a city hotel. Two presentations titled Prevention of Violence Against Women (VAW) by engaging Male Community Support Group and Young People’s attitude towards Government of Bangladesh (GoB) were presented at the session.

Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information, GoB, inaugurated the Knowledge Fair as Chief Guest. Three scientific plenary sessions were held on three major topics, child marriage; gender based violence; and menstrual regulation where almost 300 participants from more than 60 organizations joined the fair.

Tag: Student Affairs
Publish Date: May 4th, 2017

BRAC University (BRACU) continues with its exciting first year advising program for the fresher of Summer 2017. As a part of the Freshman Orientation program, new students met with their First Year Advising Team (FYAT) during the FYAT Day on May 03, 2017. Each FYAT group comprises of a faculty adviser and student peer mentor who provide individual and group advising to support new students, monitor their academic needs and performance, and guide academic planning during their first year at BRACU.

The fun-filled day, entirely ran by students of BRACU, started with the inaugural speech by Dr. Ansar Ahmed, on the first year experience, academic expectations and campus learning and advising resources at BRACU. Ms. Farina Haque faculty member from BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) briefed on Speaking Activity. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir gave a presentation on OCSAR and Mr. Ipshit Tarfdar gave presentation on OCA. This was followed by a brief speech on the FYAT activities by Md. Solaiman Jony, FYAT Coordinator. Video and student presentations were shown to the fresher on various student services and campus resources. The program ended with a raucous program (e.g. singing, dancing and drama) performed by the senior students of BRACU. Total 550 fresher students attended the FYAT day including faculty members, student mentors and student volunteers.

Tag: Student Affairs
Publish Date: May 4th, 2017

OSA arranged an interactive session with parents of fresher students on May 03, 2017. During the session the FYAT Coordinator introduced the student services and campus resources that support student development at BRAC University. Programs offered by OSA such as FYAT, PASS and Tutorials were briefed to the parents. Also, representatives of the various academic and non-academic departments provided detailed overviews of their respective programs and services for students such as scholarship policies, student counseling and co-curricular activities. All the facilitators responded to the queries of the parents. Total 150 parents attended the session.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: May 4th, 2017

Share-Net Bangladesh organised a day long Knowledge Fair on SRHR on 3 May at Six Seasons Hotel, Dhaka. At the Fair, Share-Net Bangladesh discussed research findings, lessons learned, policy implications and change in practice of projects and organisations between people working on any issue pertaining to SRHR through interactive sessions. There were three scientific plenary sessions on three major topics of SRHR, which were: child marriage; gender based violence; and menstrual regulation.

Mr Hasanul Haq Inu (Minister of Information, Government of Bangladesh) inaugurated the Knowledge Fair as Chief Guest, emphasising on the importance of issues related to disseminating right based information on SRHR through a knowledge platform. Martine van Hoogstraten (Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands) was the Special Guest in the Knowledge Fair. Karen T’Hooft (Share-Net International Country Coordinator) was also present in the event, discussing the vision of Share-Net through a short presentation. Dr Annie Vestjens (First Secretary, SRHR & Gender, the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands) delivered the closing speech at the event, stating that the Embassy would support Share-Net to work on this vital issue in future.

Almost 300 participants from more than 60 organisations joined the Knowledge Fair. Research findings from different issues of SRHR were also presented through the poster presentations and there was stalls for organisations where they promoted and shared their works.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: May 3rd, 2017

Conscious and empowered youth can make a better world through their successful engagement in social work. For raising awareness among the young generation in protecting the environment a national level workshop titled “Engagement of Children and Youth to Save Environment” was held on 2 May 2017 at LGED, RDEC Conference Room (Level-12). It was jointly organized by the Department of Environment, UNDP, Save the Children and Green Savers Association. The workshop was attended by representatives from different environmental advocacy agencies, government organizations, and students of public and private universities as well as various schools and colleges. Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRAC University graced the event as a special guest. The main objective of the workshop was to create the awareness among the children and youth that must be made to protect the environment.  Ms. Sbarna Ershad, Environmental Economist, C3ER also attended the workshop. The workshop was introduced by the opening remarks of the CEO of Green Savers Association, Mr. Ahsan Rony. In his speech, he stressed on the relevance of the topic for mitigating environmental risks caused by pollution and outlined the event schedule for the day. The panel discussion was declared open by the chair of the panel Mr. Jiaul Haque, Director Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment & Forest. The panel consisted of Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, BRAC University; Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive, BELA; MD. Mostak Hussain, Humanitarian Director, Save the Children and Iqbal Habib, Joint Secretary of BAPA.

Dr. Nishat started his speech by defining sustainable development and environment. He explained the main ideas for sustainable development and the importance of biodiversity for development. He suggested planting native trees for supporting the existence of different local species as well as increasing greenery. He also accentuated the importance of involvement of youth in protecting the environment and reducing pollution in all forms. He encouraged the youths to go to unbiased sources for any information regarding pollution and to think of innovative solutions to solve environmental challenges. He believes that stopping harmful acts against the environment is not enough; activists should also focus on finding alternatives. He exemplified that by saying that BRAC University Environmental Club had put pressure on the street vendors to stop throwing organic waste onto the road by threatening to stop frequenting their shops. He ended his speech on this note of hope that the youth can and will come forward to stop pollution.

Tag: Student Affairs, Announcement
Publish Date: May 2nd, 2017

 

All Freshers of SUMMER 2017 session are required to attend FYAT Day which is going to be held on the 3rd May, 2017.

First Year Advising Team (FYAT) Day

Students are requested to attend the session and the reporting time is 8:45 a.m. at BRACU Mohakhali Campus.

Download [ Group-wise Room distribution ]

Date: May 3, 2017
Venue: BRACU Auditorium, Building # 1

09:10 am: FYAT Group Meetings in Designated Rooms
10:20 am: Students & Advisers return to BRACU Auditorium (UB01)
10:30 am: Inaugural Speech: Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D., Director, Institutional Effectiveness
10:50 am: Presentation on FYAT
11:00 am: Presentation on the English Speaking Activity by Farina Haque
11:10 am: Cultural session 1 (Dance)
11:20 am: Video Presentation on RS Life
11:30 am: Cultural session 2 (Song and Dance)
12:00 pm: Brief Rules and Regulations by Farhan Nafees (BBS) & Sayemin Azam (ESS)
12:10 pm: Presentation on Office of Co-Curricular Activities (OCA)
12:15 pm: Presentation on Office of Career Services and Alumni Relationship (OCSAR)
12:20 pm: Cultural session 3 (Song and Dance)
12:50 pm: Rudimentary Elements at BRACU by Bhuiyan Mustafa Tawheed (CSE) & Nuzhat Khan (CSE)
01:00 pm: Cultural session 4 (Drama)
01:30 pm: Lunch and Program Close


Freshman Parents' Orientation Program:

All concerned parents' are requested to attend the program and requested to report at the Information Desk, Building 1 at 2:15 pm.

Date: May 3, 2017
Venue: BRACU Auditorium, Building # 1

02:30 pm: Parents’ to be seated
02:35 pm: Welcome Speech and presentation on OSA, OCSAR & OCA and First-Year Experience at BRACU - First Year Advising Team (FYAT)
03:00 pm: Brief on Residential Semester at BRACU: Savar Campus - BRAC Institute of Language (BIL)
03:15 pm: Scholarship: Relationship Management Office (RMO)
03:30 pm: Counseling Unit
03: 45 pm: Q & A
04:00 pm: Closing of Session & Refreshment

 

*In case of cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances, please check website for new date.

Tag: Department of Pharmacy
Publish Date: April 30th, 2017

The Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University organized the much awaited Award Ceremony of the First Ever ChemBio HACKATHON in Bangladesh on April 30, 2017 at the BRAC University auditorium. A briefing session was hosted at the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), BRAC University where the guests from different Pharma industries and media were present. Seven teams participated in the HACKATHON, which included 33 students from the Department of Pharmacy and 2 students from the Department of Mathematics and Natural Science, BRAC University. The main event, the HACKATHON DAY on the April 1, was a non-stop 11 hours long session, where the teams were provided with resources and logistic support to brainstorm their ideas for the HACKATHON challenges given to them. On April 13, 2017, during the HACKATHON Presentation Day, the teams then presented their results at the BRAC University Auditorium in front of distinguished guests, faculty members from different universities and students. Finally, on the Award Ceremony, Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D and Professor Eva Rahman Kabir, Ph.D announced the winning team of the First Ever ChemBio HACKATHON in Bangladesh and awarded certificates to all participants and the four trainers.

In the First Ever ChemBio Hackathon, the participants were challenged with three different problem sets. The competitors started off with a HACKATHON challenge given to them to design a bacteria similar to a sample bacteria from the Singapore River, the waters of which in the 1970s resembled that of what flows in the Buriganga at present. Using in silico sequencing tools, databases, computational modelling and visualizing softwares, the students made bacterial genetic alterations to engineer a bacteria which is capable of turning the toxic hexavalent chromium (Cr [VI]) into a less toxic trivalent chromium (Cr [III]). The winning team also proposed to craft the bacteria in the laboratory and test it’s effect by using water samples from Buriganga river and, once successful, attempt the actual clean up of the river by bringing along industrial partners. The winners also used different softwares and tools to propose the most workable solutions to two other HACKATHON challenges on computer aided drug designing during the ChemBio HACKATHON. One challenge was to repurpose a drug to treat colon cancer, one of the most prevalent cancer in Bangladesh. The third challenge was to design biologics to prevent tumour growth during cancer. The winning team which includes Hasanul Karim Rafi, Sazzad Zaman Shuvo, Muhammad Sameer Hossain, Nashrah Mustafa and Anika Nawar Mahmood came up with the best solution of the problems on the HACKATHON day among the seven participating team. Shanon Sherwin Moreino, a student of Department of Pharmacy, BRACU also won an award as the best presenter of the First Ever ChemBio Hackathon. Apart from the Award Ceremony, the participants also presented their solutions of the given problems through posters to the distinguished guests. The team with the best poster will be awarded later.

During the Award Ceremony, Professor Andaleeb said that the students have to take ownership of national interests, especially the environment. He pointed out the dramatic changes that have been brought about by BRAC University students in various occasions such as nation’s first ever nanosatellite Onnesha. He also urged on industry-academic ties to become stronger. He also hoped that the water of Buriganga and all other rivers will get the desired oxygen levels and the marine life will return. He asked the students to focus on it by addressing such problems. He further added, BRACU stood out as its faculty engaged students in real time scientific enrichment instead of just imparting lessons in classes and assessment through exams, and this can lead to increased manifolds of the amount of knowledge gained by the students, he said. Professor Eva Rahman Kabir, PhD, Chairperson (Current Charge), Department of Pharmacy, gave the welcome speech and thanked all the distinguished guests for coming to the Award Ceremony. She mentioned that Chem Bio HACKATHON was not just an event but was the beginning of something different, leading to innovation in the world of Data Science and Big Data.

Mohammad Kawsar Sharif Siam, a faculty member of the Department of Pharmacy and an organizer, said the ChemBio HACKATHON aimed to bridge between theoretical knowledge and related scientific solutions to inspire the next generation students so that they engage themselves to address the critical problems of our environment and our health care system.

Shannon Sherwin Moreino, a student of Department of Pharmacy, BRACU, who won an award for the best presentation, hoped for more such competitions to sharpen his skills.

Among the distinguished guests present at the award ceremony day were Mr. Akhter Matin Chaudhury, Chairman & Managing Director, Nuvista Pharma Limited, Kamran Bakr, Chairman & Managing Director, Unilever Bangladesh, Afroz Jalil, Country Manager, Roche Pharmaceuticals, and Sk. Abdul Goni, Head of Market Access & Biosimilar Lead, Roche Bangladesh Limited, Nawabur Rahman, Technical Operations Director, SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Limited, Nakibur Rahman, Marketing Director, GSK and Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, BRAC University.

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