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.
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) arranged a ‘Career Council Seminar’ for the Pre-University students of Summer 2017 on July 06, 2017, at BRAC University. The event was facilitated by the Office of the Career Services and Alumni Relations (OCSAR). All the Pre-University students and faculty members attended the seminar.
The program began with a brief discussion by the OCSAR officials regarding the services provided by OCSAR to the students, the activities of different clubs at BRACU and how the students would benefit from club involvement. Furthermore, the speakers discussed current trends and subject-specific opportunities in the job market, ways of developing necessary soft skills to meet job-market requirements, and also shed light on the changing career trends.
An interactive question-answer session took place at the end of the discussion. Students asked various questions regarding their subject of study and its scope in the existing job market, the part-time job opportunities at BRAC University, employability of BRACU graduates in comparison with other university graduates, and what is considered to be a competitive CGPA as well as how to achieve that at BRAC University. The seminar ended with a warm vote of thanks by the OCSAR officials who encouraged the students to visit OCSAR office for any help they may need during their journey as BRACU students.
July was quite eventful at the Department of English and Humanities as the ENH Seminar Series hosted three talks this month.
On July 06, Thomas James Newbold, a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago’s South Asian Languages and Civilization (SALC) Department delivered a lecture at the ENH Seminar room. The title was, “The Mind, the Modern and the Puthi: Historiographical questions and the narration of Bengali Muslim literary modernity- 1964-1981”. The talk was very well attended and saw an animated audience engaging with the speaker.
The second event was a sharing session held on July 13. Lubaba Sanjana, Lecturer, ENH, gave a talk titled “Student Engagement Techniques and Feedback”. Her talk was based on the experience and knowledge she had gathered from different modules of the 'Certificate in Training Strategies for Higher Education' programme run by Professional Development Centre (PDC). Mohammad Mahmudul Haque, Senior Lecturer, ENH, welcomed the audience and introduced Lubaba Sanjana. Ms. Sanjana discussed practical implication of several student engagement techniques. She also showed the importance of organized feedback, which she learned from her PDC course. An interactive Q/A session followed the talk. Prof. Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Pro-VC of BRAC University, members from the PDC team, and faculty members of ENH were present at the session.
The third and final event of the month was a talk by S.M.Mohibul Hasan, a faculty member of ENH. He is currently doing his Ph.D. at the Department of Linguistics, Dhaka University. Mohibul Hasan’s talk was entitled “The Choice of Learners’ Styles in Designing Pronunciation Instruction”. It looked at how individualizing instruction may lead to the development of a more efficient pedagogical intervention. Despite low attendance, the session was a success and audience members enjoyed the informative nature of the talk and the interaction that this session provided.
The Office of Career services And Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized a recruitment seminar for the Last year students of BRAC University on 6th July 2017 in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03 (9th Floor).
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is a UK-based international development organization having operations in 26 countries around the world. It was founded in the year of 1958, headquartered in London and started its operation in Bangladesh in the year of 1974 with a vision to create world without poverty in which people work together to fulfill their potential by linking both international & national volunteers in development initiatives.
After the global success of NCS project in several operational countries of VSO, VSO Bangladesh is going to start National Citizen Service (NCS) project from September 2017 funded by UKAID, bringing together young national volunteers to make a difference in some of the poorest communities in Bangladesh starting in Gaibandha, Barisal Sadar and Satkhira. Currently, VSO Bangladesh is looking for 30 (15 Female & 15 Male) dynamic youth volunteers and youth volunteer team leaders. The project aims to create positive changes in rural communities in the area of Livelihood, Good Governance, Youth & Women Employability and Entrepreneurship and Adolescent & Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Rights by building personal development of youth and promote them as active citizens.
Mr. Mohsin Arif Reja, Recruitment Specialist, VSO Bangladesh outlined the employment opportunity and responsibilities along with the procedures of applying in the National Citizen Service (NCS) project. The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about the career and growth opportunities of the program. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, OCSAR was present at the session and coordinated the event.
An article review session took place on July 5, 2017, at the Meeting Room of BRAC University Savar Campus. Ms. Taskina Tabassum, faculty member of Ethics & Culture, reviewed an article titled “Rawls’ Theory of Justice” by Vinit Haksar.
The author of the article discusses John Rawls’ idea of justice from a critical point of view. According to Rawls, justice and morality should not be overridden by each other; however, in some cases a certain practice in the society may have a conflict with morality while establishing justice for people or it could be the other way around. When such kind of conflict takes place there could be four types of possibilities mentioned by Rawls: a practice that is really just but on the whole immoral; a practice that is just and moral; a practice that is unjust and immoral; and a practice that is really unjust but on the whole morally desirable. Rawls also mentions that in this scenario the people in the society should decide which should be prioritized: justice or morality.
In the review session, Ms. Tabassum addressed how the author of the article found some absurdness in Rawls’ theory, for example, from the position of equal liberty an unjust morally desirable practice can be considered just according to his theory. Ms. Tabassum further elaborated how the author does not reject Rawls’ idea of justice, but suggests modification in the theory to make it less objectionable.
At the end of Ms. Tabassum’s discussion, all teachers of Ethics and Culture course shared their opinion on the topic. It was concluded that the article was relevant to the course and it will help to clarify John Rawls’ philosophy of justice from a critical point of view.
Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRAC University participated the 8th round of Bangladesh-India friendship dialoguefrom 2 July-4 July 2017 at Guwahati, India. Professor Nishat joined as a member of the delegation and resource person and shared his views and opinions on water security and joint basin management; energy security and cross boarder generation and trade in power and managing peaceful and prosperous international boarders and security. The delegation team of Bangladesh with 14 members led by Honorable State Minister for Foreign Affairs from Bangladesh Md Shahriar Alam. The dialogue was organized by Bangladesh Foundation for Regional Studies (BFRS) a associate concern of Friends of Bangladesh, State Innovation and Transformation Aayog (SITA) Assam, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies 9MAKALAS) and India Foundation (IF). The theme of the dialogue was “Bangladesh-India Relations: Into a Brave New World.”
The deliberations focused on bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. The dialogue also assessed the possibilities and modalities for designing sustainable and forward-looking mechanisms in joint finance and promotion of both innovative and high-end value-added products and services. It suggested a security and economic vision of South Asia for 2030.The 7th earlier sessions of the dialogue were held in Kolkata, Dhaka, Delhi and Agartola during 2013-2014-2015 and 2016. The next round of the dialogue will be held in Cox’s Bazar next year, according to the declaration.
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) conducted the 20th Journal Club Session on July 01, 2017, at the Listening Lab of BRAC University. Mr. Farid Ahmed and Ms. Farzana Rahman Khan, Lecturers at BIL, individually presented the article titled “Identifying second language errors: how plausible are plausible reconstructions?” written by Md. Obaidul Hamid.
In the article, the author questions whether having the same mother tongue as the students could work as a privilege for the instructors in detecting the meaning of erroneous sentences written by them. The presenters further shared information related to the author’s survey that he conducted on a number of his colleagues, which included filling out a questionnaire consisting of erroneous sentences written by Bangladeshi students. The author also asked six Australian teachers to participate in the same survey. The purpose was to see whether the Bangladeshi teachers had any advantage over the Australian teachers in case of understanding or predicting the meaning of the erroneous sentences. In addition, while conducting research, the author measured the extent to which error identifiers are able to successfully guess learner intentions in their idiosyncratic utterances by consulting the communicative context.
Overall, the session led all the faculty members present to share their views, experience, agreements and disagreements on the author’s points and also to discuss the limitation of the article. It was helpful for the faculty members to not only share their experiences but it also inspired them to reflect on how best to address similar situations they themselves confront in the course of their professional lives.
Ms. Lopita Huq, Research Fellow of BIGD presented a paper titled “Paradox of Change in Women's capabilities: Case of Two Villages in Bangladesh” in the session on "Deprivation vs. Empowerment". The paper was presented at the 26th IAFFE Annual Conference titled "Gender Inequalities in a Multipolar World" organized by the International Association for Feminist Economics at Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, South Korea from 29th June - 1st July 2017.
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BRAC University and Access to Information (a2i) Programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Prime Minister’s Office on June 1, 2017.
Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration) of Prime Minister’s Office, and Project Director of the a2i Programme chaired the programme. Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor of a2i Programme, highlighted the objectives of MoU signing in his welcome speech. He stated that, the path of innovation in government services becomes more open through this MoU signing. BRACU University will get support, information and collaboration fromthe government to carry out research and to engage in innovation designing which will increase the involvement of faculty and students in research and innovation. Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar further stated that, if government and non-government organizations work jointly, the value of government services will increase tremendously to bring overall benefit to large number of the people of Bangladesh, especially the underprivileged, and save time, cost and travel related hassles of the underprivileged citizen. Such services using modern communication channels and internet will help the general people of Bangladesh.
Professor Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D, Pro Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of BRAC University. Engr. N.I.M Alamgir, Head of Information Technology, Hasina Afroz, University Librarian, Md. Arifuzzaman, Senior Assistant Registrar, Md. Mahi Uddin, Assistant Registrar were also present on this occasion on behalf of BRAC University.
a2i and BRAC University will jointly implement and coordinate research, training and evaluation programs and strategies; which will help the govt. departments to work jointly for functional use and expansion of knowledge which may be used to develop the whole country, creating innovative project ideas for solving social problems. This will play a vital role in bringing positive changes in the service sector of the country. This agreement will also serve as a catalyst for creating skilled human resources by increasing the capability of the information and communication technology of various departments and institutes of the university.
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