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Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: June 9th, 2017

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.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Educational Development
Publish Date: June 9th, 2017

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.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: June 9th, 2017

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.

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: June 9th, 2017

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.

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: June 9th, 2017

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.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Languages, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: June 8th, 2017

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.

 

Tag: Residential Campus
Publish Date: June 8th, 2017

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.

Tag: Department of Economics and Social Sciences
Publish Date: June 7th, 2017

As part of the IQAC Self Assessment Survey Results Dissemination, the Self Assessment Committee of ESS Department has organized a workshop on June 6th at ESS Lounge. The workshop was aimed to share the survey results among all the Faculty Members and Staff of Economics Program.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: June 7th, 2017

Lois Quam (CEO and President of Pathfinder International) visited the James P Grant School of Public Health on 6 June to conduct a seminar on “Gender Equality and Family Planning”. Speaking to keen practitioners and students of MPH, Ms Quam talked about advancing women's health globally. For 60 years, Pathfinder has changed the course of history for millions of women around the world. In her talk, Ms. Quam reflected on what is happening with women's health, family planning, and gender equality in Bangladesh and other countries where Pathfinder operates. Diving further, she reflected that lack of access to proper maternal health services takes away a woman’s reproductive choices, thus hampering her potential and development as an individual.

Named three times to FORTUNE’s list of the most influential women leaders in business, Lois Quam is an associate on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: June 5th, 2017

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: June 3rd, 2017

With the idea of promoting and highlighting the traditional handloom Jamdani, a 5 day long exhibition “Jamdani Story” was organized at Gallery Cosmos 2 in New DOHS, Mohakhali, by two Assistant professors from the Department of Architecture BRAC University, Dr. Nandini Awal and Sheikh Rubaiya Sultana, along with her sibling Sheikh Sabia Sultana.

Renowned dance artiste Shamim Ara Nipa inaugurated the event on 2nd June 2017. Chairperson of Department of Architecture, BRAC University, Professor Adnan Morshed attended the event with his wife.

With the objective of merging the purity of traditional motifs with contemporary design, the unique Jamdani sarees displayed showed an excellent selection of color, fabric and design. The inception of the idea came about through a research on social business, where local artisans and their skills encouraged the designers to work on this unique initiative.

Co designer Sheikh Rubaiya Sultana stated, “With its rich heritage, Jamdani is an integral part of the Bengali culture and its rituals. However, the art of Jamdani designing is deteriorating due to the low income of the weavers who are not able to earn the bare minimum compared to the effort induced in making the Jamdani. We consider Jamdani as an art therefore the goal was to revive the passion for Jamdani and promote the weaving industry.”

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: June 3rd, 2017

Thinley Dorji, a graduate from the MPH 12th Batch participated and represented the James P Grant School of Public Health as a TDR Fellow at the TDR International Postgraduate Training Scheme 2nd Technical Meeting 2017. Held from 31 May – 2 June in Geneva, Switzerland, the technical meeting reviewed the implementation experience of seven universities and finalised the implementation strategy of next biennium of TDR Scheme and developed core competencies of implementation research.

Mr. Dorji, an MPH alum from Bhutan who is currently working as a medical officer for the government in his country, was selected to participate and present his Summative Learning Project cross sectional study on factors associated with nutritional status among Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis (EPTB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In addition to one TDR Fellow from each university, a faculty team from JPGSPH including Professor Malabika Sarker (Principle Lead, TDR Scheme), Dr. Aftab Uddin (Co-Lead, TDR Scheme), and Md. Koushik Ahmed (Coordinator, TDR Scheme) participated in the technical meeting that aimed at sharing experiences of  the seven implementing universities.

At the meeting, Professor Sarker shared the experience of JPGSPH in implementing the Scheme with the TDR. She argued that one of the challenges was the lack of opportunities and platform for cross-country learning and experience. She also emphasised the need to explore collaboration opportunities across the implementing universities beyond TDR scheme.

Tag: Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations
Publish Date: June 2nd, 2017

The orientation session of Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) Summer 2017 was held on 1st June, 2017 in BRACU Auditorium. Out of 135 registered students, almost all of the students were present at this program; showing a great level of enthusiasm to the revamped program.

At the beginning of the session Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, Senior Officer, OCSAR, welcomed all attending students and described the components of the PSDP which is designed to develop Professional Skills within students who are on the verge of entering into the professional world. He discussed the objectives of the program which is to equip all graduating students with the necessary skills for job search, individual portfolio development and interview preparation.

As special guest of the event Mr. Shahriar Mahmood, GM, HR Business Partner, Bkash, encouraged the students to prepare themselves for the professional world. He focused on the importance of having a good CV and how essential it is to make the first impression to the employers. He also discussed employment opportunities and job market conditions and prospects. In his speech he emphasized on developing business communication skills which will help students to climb at the top of management.

The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about different aspects of the career and professional development process.

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: June 2nd, 2017

Nine students, Kopol Debnath Dip, Sunayna Hossain, Humaira Nur, Hasanul Karim Raffi, Shabnam Syeed, Permita Mazumder, Rabeya Tasfire Rudhy, Salma and Fariha Zerin Lamisha presented their internship report under the course BTE 400 (Industrial Attachment) on Wednesday, 1 June, 2017 in Room UB 21511 of the MNS Department.

Nusrat Afrin, a student of biotechnology program defended her thesis on the same day under the course BTE450. Her topic was “Antimicrobial activity of Aloe vera leaf and clove extracts, comparison with commercial antibiotics and molecular analysis of genes involved with multidrug resistance in bacteria”. Professor Mahboob Hossain was the supervisor of the thesis.

The Viva-Voce examination for the presentation was chaired by Professor A. A. Z. Ahmad and attended by Professor Mahboob Hossain, Dr. Aparna Islam, Ms.Romana Siddique and Ms. Zubaida Marufee Islam.

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: May 31st, 2017

Publications

A five-page interview was published in ORTHOJOGOT (a bimonthly financial magazine) Issue No. 3 of 2017. The interview dealt with expectations regarding the upcoming budget, likely growth rate of GDP, the need for district budget, the financial situation of state-owned banks etc.

An article titled “In Defence of Growth” was published in The Financial Express dated 31 May. The article highlighted the importance of growth acceleration even at the cost of some increase in inequality in low income countries such as Bangladesh with large number of people below poverty line because empirical studies show that growth is the most important determinant of poverty alleviation.

A three-page interview was published in a Bengali weekly journal Shaptahik dated 25 May. The interview dealt with the prevailing investment environment, capital flight, non-performing loan in the banking system, implementation failure of successive budget etc.

Other Activities 2017

02 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Md. Irffan, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Tigers Capital (an Asset Management Company) participated in a discussion on expectations from upcoming budget for reinvigorating the capital market broadcast by TV channel NTV.  

03 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participant in a discussion broadcast by TV channel 71. The other participants were Mr. Ahsan Mansor, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute and Mr. Syed Nasim Manzoor, immediate past President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The subject matter of the discussion was the upcoming budget—its size, implications of proposed VAT, sectorial priorities in allocation and implementation capacity of the administrative machinery. 

03 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Matlub Ahmed, President of FBCCI and Mr. Mamun, Rashid Partner PWC Bangladesh and former Dean BRAC University Business School participated in a discussion broadcast by Jamuna TV. The focus of the discussion was the capital flight from Bangladesh. Actions needed to reduce / eliminate this malady were reviewed. 

13 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a program titled “Debate for Democracy”. The subject matter of the discussion was “Discipline in the Financial Sector”. The discussions focused on efforts by the government and the Central Bank to ensure a healthy banking system, successes and failures of these efforts and policy actions needed to address the emerging stresses of the banking system.  

14 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in an Expert Group Consultation convened by the World Bank Bangladesh. The other participants were Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman (Former Advisor Caretaker Government), Dr. Farashuddin (former Governor Bangladesh Bank) and Mr. Farooq Sobhan (Former Foreign Secretary and presently Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute). The discussions dealt with recent developments in the macroeconomic scenario of Bangladesh, short term as well as long term challenges and identification of priority policy initiatives to deal with the challenges. 

16 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member General Economic Division of the Planning Commission participated in a talk-show broadcast by TV channel DBC. The discussions dealt with recent changes in some important macroeconomic indicators and their implications for GDP growth of Bangladesh in FY 2017.

20 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Matlub Ahmed, President of FBCCI and Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur, former President of MCCI participated in a talk-show broadcast by Channel 71. The discussions focused on various aspects of the upcoming budget— its realistic size, reasonable rate of VAT, measures needed to increase private sector investment and financing of infrastructure.

20 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by Jamuna TV. The subject matter of discussion was the pros and corns of the proposed VAT.

22 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a program in which IDLC (a leading non-bank financial institution) launched an open end mutual fund. The potential role that an effectively managed mutual fund can play in strengthening investors’ confidence and thereby in the development of the Capital Market was discussed.

24 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was a panelist in a seminar organized by the daily Bengali newspaper Amader Shomoy. The subject matter was the upcoming budget. The other panelists included Dr. A. Majid, former Chairman National Board of Revenue, Mr. Salam Murshedy, Former President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association and several other eminent economists and business leaders. 

27 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was a panelist in a discussion on various aspects of the FY2017-18 budget. The discussion was organized by Policy Research Institute (PRI) and TV Channel 71. The proceedings were directly broadcast by Channel 71. The panelists included about a dozen eminent economists and a few retired Secretaries to the Government of Bangladesh.

29 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Special Guest at a round table discussion organized by The Finance Alumni Association of Dhaka University. The subject matters were declining flow of remittance, development of bond market, young entrepreneurship development and infrastructure financing. Mr. M A Mannan, the State Minister of Finance and Planning was the Chief Guest.

29 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies participated in a talk-show broadcast by TV channel NTV. The discussions dealt with various aspects of the upcoming budget including government grant to state-owned banks for meeting capital adequacy, value added tax and implementation capacity of the government in both revenue collection and government projects.

30 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by NTV.

31 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by Channel 24 and another one broadcast by ATN Bangla.

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