FYAT advisers of Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 continued pre-midterm advising sessions with their respective FYAT groups in June 2017. From Summer 2017 cohort, total 504 students have completed individual advising session with their respective FYAT advisers. The main aim of these advising sessions was to provide appropriate information among the students through proper referrals, consultations and tutorials offered by the office of student affairs (OSA). At the same time, the students from Spring 2017, who are in academic probation have been sent to their respective FYAT advisers. In Spring 2017, there were total 1258 FYAT students, 1119 students result was published and 887 students have been passed with CGPA 2.0 and above. As a result, the rest of the students have been asked to meet with their FYAT advisers to get appropriate guidance for coming out from probation.
In the month of June 2017, individual probation advising before mid-term exam was taking place. Students with probation status both first time and last chance were coming to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) for individual probation advising. Solaiman Jony, Tanjia Afrin Turin and Fatema Israt Jahan, probation advisers from the OSA did the advising. During the advising sessions students informed their quizzes grades and setup action plans for midterm exam with their respective adviser.
Departmental probation advisers for the probation students also called the students before midterm exam and referred to probation advisers at the OSA for advising and remedial support services, e.g. tutorials.
The final examination of BRAC University’s second batch of midwifery students is complete, with all 163 students passing the exam. For these midwives, the Developing Midwives Project (DMP) initiated advocacy efforts around their ‘internship’ – the Community Engagement of Graduate Midwives (CEGM). This internship provides these young women with exposure to the public healthcare system especially in the under-represented community.
The DMP team met with staff from BRAC’s Health, Nutrition and Population Programme on 12 June and chalked out a draft plan of how best to place these midwives in their clinics for more hands-on support with the work at the maternal centres. Unique to this year is the inclusion of a two-month clinical segment with four months in a community setting.
Once introduced to local government health offices, the deployed midwives build rapport with the existing maternal care givers, and establish their entry into the public health domain. They interact with midwives coming from other streams, sharpen their learning by employing a hands-on approach, and widen their network of maternal care givers.
The Department of Pharmacy is very delighted to announce that two faculty members of the Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University, Ms. Zara Sheikh, Senior Lecturer, and Ms. Sinayat Mahzabeen, Lecturer, went for study leave to attend their respective Ph.D. programs last month.
Ms. Zara Sheikh joined a Ph.D. program in Respiratory Technology at the School of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia last month.
On the other hand, Ms. Sinayat Mahzabeen is going to join Ph.D. program at the Department of Pharmacology, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
On behalf of the Department of Pharmacy, we wish them all the best.
A get together was arranged by the faculty members of the Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Teaching Assistants of the Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University were also present at the event.
As part of the "Experiential Learning Activity" of Bangladesh Studies Course, a drama titled History of Bangladesh was staged by the students of Residential Semester, 45th batch, on June 10, 2017, at BRAC University Savar Campus.
The drama was divided into two sessions where half of the sections performed in the first session and rest of the sections performed in the second session. Altogether, 23 sections reflected their learning on the History of Bangladesh.
The drama covered the sociopolitical condition in the early period, different resistances and movement against the colonial regime, partition of India in 1947, Pakistani period and rise of Bengali Nationalism, Language Movement in 1952, Six-point Program in 1966, Mass Upsurge in 1969, Liberation War and the Independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
All the RS faculty members of DEV and the management staff helped to make the program successful.
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of BRAC University is currently implementing a project titled ‘Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh’ (DRFMB). To introduce and share the goal of the project, CED has been organizing inception workshops with different stakeholders. In this regard, an inception workshop was organized with the mid-level professionals of the RMG sector in Bangladesh.
The main objective of DRFMB is to supply robust data in a digital mapping platform to enable better evidence-based decision making in the RMG sector. C&A Foundation is funding the project while Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is the strategic partner of this project. The project is coordinated by BRAC USA.
The workshop took place in the “Du’a and Iftar Mahfil Program” hosted by Bangladesh Apparel Professional Society (BAPS) on 9 June 2017 at RAOWA Convention Hall, Mohakhali DOHS, Dhaka. The program was sponsored by CED.
Ms. Afshana Choudhury, Program Manager, CED, demonstrated a Power Point presentation on DRFM-B along with the delineation of the pilot phase. The discussion session was moderated by Ms. Parveen S. Huda, Project Manager, DRFM-B, she requested questions and suggestions from the participants regarding the project.
Several questions and suggestions were raised in the discussion session regarding the project strategy, methodology, sustainability, etc. The workshop ended with the acknowledgement of Major Md. Mizanur Rahman Khan (Retd.), President, BAPS. He commented that DRFM-B will be a significant project as the RMG sector of Bangladesh is currently facing new challenges, and to overcome these challenges, issues of transparency and accountability are needed to be addressed.
From the very beginning, BUCC (BRAC University Computer Club) has always tried to encourage BRAC University students, regardless of their department to upgrade and expand their skills.
As an extension of that motto on the 8th of June 2017, BUCC had organized a workshop on writing CVs and PR Bulletins which was open for all. The main objective of the event was to guide the students into becoming a better CV and PR writer. The key speaker was Annajiat Alim Rasel, esteemed lecturer of BRAC University Computer Science and Engineering Department.
The event had started at 4:30 pm and took place in the BRAC University Auditorium. The event was initially anchored by Monamy Islam, Director of BUCC PR & Publication. Firstly she discussed a bit about the importance of writing and how it can help us in our professional life.
Later on, she asked Wasif Shafaet, a final year student, to share the stage with her and talk about his experience of thesis publication. He expressed the struggles that he faced during the time of writing and emphasized on the importance of reading other publications to gain knowledge and experience.
Followed by Md. Ali Shaown who is the Director of BUCC Human Resource, came to the stage and talked about the different types of CV. Moreover, he discussed about how an individual can create his/her career by becoming a professional CV writer.
It was almost 5 PM when Annajiat Alim Rasel came to the stage. Before starting his speech, he asked Monamy Islam to continue her discussion. Monamy Islam continued the session afterwards and started with how to write perfectly and improve the quality of PR bulletins, which included discussions about common mistakes, bulletin titles and techniques on how to make PR bulletins more interesting. The event continued later on after Asr prayer break.
Annajiat Alim Rasel discussed about the CV checking system of the corporate world and talked about the different techniques of making a CV more effective when applying for a job. The mistakes, weaknesses and strengths of different types of CVs were analyzed as well. Afterwards, he focused on how to write PR bulletins attractively and the techniques of improving the quality of a PR.
He emphasized on using technologies such as QR code to improve the value of a CV and the usage of different softwares to minimize grammatical errors in writing. He gave the students few words of inspiration and taught them how to cope up with failure. He also pointed out that we need to keep learning as our knowledge and understanding of technologies is often becomes severely backdated when compared with how quickly the technological world is evolving.
Finally, he talked about the importance of having an professional online presence in LinkedIn, Twitter etc. and concluded his informative speech.
To make the workshop successful all the member of BUCC worked with full dedication. Credits are to be given to Jamius Siam, Ahmed Bin Sabit, Mushfiqur Rahman Sarot, Muyeed Shahriar, Mustaqim Khan, Jahanara Akter, Al Junayed Islam Brohi and Touhidul Islam Chayan for making this event a success. Wasik Ahmed, Fatema Islam Meem, Abdullah Al Reza, Anita Islam Shrabonti, Annur Majid Sabin, Leonard Michael and Sadman Amin worked hard as the photographers of the event and helped to capture the special moments.
BRAC University Computer Club General Body Meeting (GBM) have long held the tradition of providing a platform for all of the different members from various departments of BUCC to collaborate and share their ideas on how to improve the club.The GBM held on the 8th of June, 2017 at the BRAC University Auditorium was no exception. However, this particular GBM was extra special for everyone as the Annual BUCC Iftar took place right after the GBM had concluded.
The GBM began at 6:20 pm, right after the end of the workshop on CV writing and PR Bulletin which was conducted by Annajiat Alim Rasel. Not to mention, the presence of highly esteemed BRAC University lecturers of CSE department, Annajiat Alim Rasel and Md. Shamsul Kaonain made the evening even more delightful.
The floor was then taken by the director of Event Management, Humayun Kabir who asked Annajiat Alim Rasel and Md. Shamsul Kaonain to come to the stage. They honored the hard working and dedicated members of BUCC with a certificate of appreciation, recognizing their contribution to the BUCC family.
Md. Shamsul Kaonain, Hasin Raihan Amin and former vice president of BUCC, Asif Bin Khaled took the floor next and appreciated the devotion of long standing members of BUCC by announcing their promotions within the ranks of the club. They were admired for the time and effort which they selflessly gave to the club in order to help it grow and prosper. This was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise for everyone as promotions are usually not announced in such manner.
Most notable promotions of the evening included Sakib Rahman (promoted to Vice President), Md. Ali Shaown (promoted to director of HR), Humayun Kabir (promoted to director of Event Management), Amitabha Dey (promoted to director of Marketing), Mahmudul Hasan and Monamy Islam (promoted to director of Press Release), Fazle Rabbi Riyon (promoted to director of finance) alongside Parisa Tabassum, Raihanoor Rayon, Mitashree Halder, Abdullah Al Reza, Leonard Michael, Wasik A.Khan and Sakib Ahmed Sumdany who were all promoted to the position of Assistant Director of their respective departments.
The relatively new members of the club who proved themselves to be a valuable part of the community were promoted to senior executives of their respective departments.
In the meantime, when the announcements were done, it was almost time for Iftar. The students and respected faculty members were asked to sit in rows as the volunteers of the event distributed the meals of Iftar alongside bottles of mineral water. Munajat was offered prior to the Iftar and at 6:45 pm, the Iftar began with the Maghrib Adhan.
The month of Ramadan is largely considered to be the month of togetherness and forgiveness. Needless to say, this BUCC GBM did a fantastic job of sharing the blessings of Ramadan by bringing the whole BUCC family together under one roof and spreading the love of this holy month. The GBM finally concluded with an amazing group photo that is to serve as a memory of yet another successful BUCC event.
Special thanks are to be given to Jamius Siam, Ahmed Bin Sabit, Mushfiqur Rahman Sarot, Muyeed Shahriar, Mustaqim Khan, Jahanara Akter, Al Junayed Islam Brohi and Touhidul Islam Chayan for their selfless contribution in making the event a success. Wasik Ahmed, Fatema Islam Meem, Abdullah Al Reza, Anita Islam Shrabonti, Annur Majid Sabin, Leonard Michael and Sadman Amin are appreciated for working as the photographers of the event and capturing all of the special moments of the evening.
From 4th June to June 8th, 2017, BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED) organized a training session on “Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Counseling Skill for Adolescents”. Conducted by Nahama Broner, Ph.D, Professor & Psychologist, New York University, U.S.A, the purpose of the training session was to develop the capacity for the members of BIED’s Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing (CfPW) in regards to understanding the effects and impact substance abuse. The session provided participants the opportunity to get a detailed knowledge about the different forms of substances and drugs available, their effect on the human brain & behavior, and diverse therapeutic techniques to treat substance abusers. Further, a curriculum for short courses on substance abuse, under the supervision of Nahama Broner, has been accomplished successfully.
On 8 June, two research teams from JPGSPH presented their projects to representatives from BRAC. Breaking the Shame – towards SRHR education for adolescents in Bangladesh project (led by Farhana Alam, Project Coordinator) and the Digital Sister for the Urban Youth: creating digital platform for sexual and reproductive health and rights information project (led by Bachera Aktar, Project Coordinator) presented information and findings pertaining to their respective projects. They were joined by Sabina Faiz Rashid (Dean, JPGSPH), Ahmed Mushtaque Reza Chowdhury (Vice Chair, BRAC; Advisor, JPGSPH), Asif Saleh (Senior Director, BRAC), Abdul Bayes (Director, Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC) as well as other representatives from BRAC’s Health, Nutrition and Population Programme, Research and Evaluation Division, and Urban Development Programme. The purpose of this meeting was to find scope for collaboration between BRAC’s Urban Development Programme and the James P Grant School of Public Health with a focus towards research and activities relation to youth and adolescents which has the potential to change the scope of research in the development sector.
Three students of MS in biotechnology program defended their research work on 8 June 2017. Dr. Umama Khan and Ms. Sadia Afsana worked on public health issues at MNS Dept. labs, while Ms. Banjir Sultana worked on bioremediation at BCSIR lab. Title of Dr. Umama khan’s thesis was “Behaviour of gut bacteria upon stress in infants with ileostomy due to Hirschsprung disease”. Sadia Afsana carried out a study of molecular characterisation and her thesis title was “Prevalence and molecular characterization of extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates”. Both these work were jointly supervised by Professor C. R. Ahsan, Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka and Professor Mahboob Hossain of the MNS Department. Ms. Banjir Sultana carried out a research under joint supervision of Professor Naiyyum Choudhury, Chairman, BAERA and Dr. Monzur Morshed Ahmed, Senior Scientific Officer, BCSIR. Her thesis title was “Degradation of dyes used in textile industries by bacteria isolated from local textile effluents”. The examination committee was headed by Prof. A. A. Ziauddin Ahmad, Chairperson, MNS Department. Professor Naiyyum Choudhury and Dr. Aparna Islam were also present in the Evaluation Committee. The committee expressed satisfaction on the quality of the work done in these research study and Chair emphasized on publishing the results of these research in journals of repute for dissemination of these knowledge.
With a view to bringing to the fore a critical conversation on urban densities in developing countries, the Department of Architecture at BRAC University hosted a symposium, titled “Unpacking Dhaka: 1st International Congress on Ultradense Urbanism” in collaboration with Open Studio, based at the University of Arkansas, USA. The congress was planned in two phases, with a 2-day symposium from 4-5 June, 2017, that sought to explore various cultural, social, political and economic ramifications of high urban density. A host of national and international speakers offered a multidisciplinary analysis of urban density. The symposium was followed by a 3-day workshop for the students of the Department of Architecture, from 6-8 June, 2017. Professor Ansar Ahmed, Pro vice-chancellor, BRAC University, graced the occasion as Chief guest and Professor Adnan Zillur Morshed, Chairperson of the Department of Architecture, BRAC University, as the keynote speaker.
On the first day, Architect Tanzil Shafique, an alumnus of BRACU and co-director of Open Studio and Dr. Javier Sanchez Merina, a professor at the University of Alicante, Spain, discussed the politics of embodied experience in creating an urban narrative. This discussion led to another conversation about the proximity of built forms - their impact and “negative density” in between apartment buildings. In this session, architect Fawaz Rob, an architecture professor at the North South University, introduced the roles of anthropometry and ergonomics in the old and new parts of the city and how lives adapt to these phenomena.
The theme of the second day revolved around presentations by Dr. ShamsulHoque and Dr. Ruben Garcia Rubio, who discussed the relationship between density and urban communication - how dense planning can support compact transportation. In the next session architect Sujaul Khan and Dr. Paco Mejias presented two case studies: Dhaka and the American city. Both the speakers advocated smaller building footprints, not only as key element of sustainable urbanism, but also as narratives deeply embroiled in ongoing political situations.
The conference ended with a stimulating panel conversation with the following participants: Professor Adnan Zillur Morshed, Architect Jalal Ahmed, Professor Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Dr. Javier Sanchez Merina and Dr. Paco Mejias, who critically made the distinction between urban density and urban congestion in disparate contexts of cities around the world. One of the contentious points was how to approach the extreme population density in urban slums without an “ivory tower” attitude.
The following 3-day workshop was planned for the students to work in groups focusing on four critical themes. The coordinators of the workshop chose Karail as their ground for research based on the fact that this area offers one of the densest living conditions in an urban context.
Out of the four themes, “The Body in the Space” looked at changes within infrastructural systems in relation to human comfort in outdoor spaces. It presented methods of improving outdoor living conditions and green roofing through proposals such as shading devices made from discarded sarees and bamboo. The theme of “The Social and the Political” generated innovative discussions around emergency water tanks to be hidden in the minaret of a mosque, allowing water storage for fire fighting. The third group, zeroing in on “Movement in the City,” developed models in which boating facility and aquaculture became part of a broader issue of urban mobility. The fourth group, “Architecture in the Fabric,” proposed stilted housing, freeing up the ground as community spaces.
The event has been supported by Binyash Limited and the Angan Lecture Series, Department of Architecture, BRAC University.
Five chess players of BRAC University Chess Club (BUCHC) have achieved international rating after participating in 11th Amrita Lal Dey International Rating Chess Tournament held in Barisal. World Chess Federation (FIDE) has officially published the players’ names and ratings on their website.
The newly rated chess players are the university’s current students Mohammad Shakil, Nahian Habib, Golam Yeazdani and Nahian Raonak from the Computer Science and Engineering Department (CSE). Md. Hasnat Awal, an alumni and a recent graduate from BRAC Business School also earned rating from the same tournament.
Seventeen chess players from the chess club participated in the tournament including the club’s rated chess players. Ejaz Hossain, a visually impaired MA in TESOL student, won prize in his rating category and Mohammad Shakil from the Computer Science & Engineering became the best non-rated player.
The chess club of the university currently has 13 rated chess players. BRAC University Chess Club aims to promote chess as an educational tool to develop students’ cognitive abilities and critical thinking skills.
A journal review session took place on June 07, 2017, at the Meeting Room of BRAC University Savar Campus. Ms. Tanjin Afrose, faculty member of Ethics & Culture, reviewed an article titled “Categorical Imperatives and Moral Principles” by Allen Buchanan.
In the session, Ms. Afrose discusses how the author tries to focus on two problems of Immanuel Kant’s Moral Philosophy. The author argues that Kant has two non-equivalent ways of distinguishing between categorical imperative and hypothetical imperatives. Furthermore, he argues that one of Kant’s ways of differentiating between categorical and hypothetical imperatives proves that all genuine moral principles are categorical imperatives. However, the author believes that some genuine moral principles are not justifiable without the support of empirical premises. By focusing on Kant’s justification of the principles of beneficence, the author shows that Kant's justifications for several basic moral principles require empirical premises. Ms Afrose ends with the author’s suggestion that if we understand Kant's thesis that the ground of moral obligation is a priori in this first way, rather than the second, then we can admit that Kant has failed to show that moral principles are justifiable without empirical premises, yet still retain what is most valuable in his moral philosophy.
After the discussion, Ms. Afrose invited the faculty members present to share their views. All the faculty members of Ethics and Culture course shared their opinion and it was decided that the author’s views would help to better understand Kantian Moral Philosophy.
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