Fuad Hassan Mallick Joined as Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University
Fuad Hassan Mallick has joined as Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC
University on 6 March 2013 for next 4 years. Honorable Chancellor has
approved his appointment as Pro-VC.
Prior to his joining as Pro-VC, Dr. Mallick has been working as
Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture of BRAC University.
He was also Director of Post-Graduate Program in Disaster Management of
BRAC University. Dr. Mallick has been working here since the
inception of the university. A devoted academic, Dr. Mallick has
been teaching and researching architecture for the last 25 years. He has
done pioneering research on thermal comfort in Bangladesh. A number of
his research publications have been published in national and
High level Mayanmar
Delegation visited BRAC University
A high level Myanmar delegation visited BRAC University on 10 March 2013. The team was visiting
Bangladesh on invitation of BRAC to experience BRAC's activities on
poverty alleviation and social development. The delegation was led
by His Excellency Mr. U Than Tun, Deputy Minister, Ministry of
Cooperatives of Myanmar. Vice Chancellor Professor Ainun Nishat
welcomed the delegation in the university. Heads and senior faculty
members from various Departments and Institutes were present with him in
welcoming the guests. Prof. Nishat gave a brief presentation
about the university and shared many experience through its various
activities. A lively discussion held afterwards about possible
collaboration between BRAC University and Myanmar Universities. The
delegation was accompanied by Vice Chairperson of BRAC, Dr.
Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury and Senior Director, BRAC
International, Mr. Faruque Ahmed.
Get Together of BRAC
University Faculty Members with Sir Abed
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG had
met with academic members of BRAC University at BRAC centre Inn on
Thursday 14 March 2013. About 280 academic members of BRAC University
were present in the get together. The event was started with a film show
on BRAC. Then Sir Abed shared his views on BRAC activities and
his vision on the future of BRAC University. He gave suggestions to the
teachers of BRACU to develop the image of BRAC University in all parts
of the World. He focused on emphasizing creative learning rather than
traditional memorization. His speech was followed by an entertaining
question-answer session. Sir Abed was keen to listen to the views of the
junior faculty members of BRAC University and answered a number of
questions in the session. Prof. Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor
moderated the session and thanked everyone present for their lively
participated in the Meeting of the Enforcement Branch of the Compliance
Committee of UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany
Professor Ainun Nishat, Vice
Chancellor of BRAC University participated in the 22nd meeting of the
Enforcement Branch of the Compliance Committee of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany.
He was in Germany from March 20 to March 24 2013. Prof. Nishat
was there as a member representing Non-Annex 1 Parties. The Enforcement
Branch is responsible for determining whether a Party included in Annex
1 is not in compliance with its quantified emission limitation or
reduction commitment under Kyoto Protocol.
Forum: Scaling Simple Solutions
On March 30-31, 2013, BRAC's Social
Innovation Lab hosted South Asian innovators, large and small, public
and private, for a weekend of sharing, learning, problem-solving, and
connecting in an international event entitled "Frugal Innovation
Forum: Scaling Simple Solutions" to highlight the ways that
organizations can come up with creative solutions to social problems
without large up-front investments, thereby enabling massive scaling.
The Forum took a multifaceted perspective on poverty and focused on
three cross-cutting areas: a. developing human capital, b. mobilizing
communities and c. fostering civic engagement. Vice Chancellor Prof.
Ainun Nishat chaired a session on "fostering civic
engagement", where discussions were held on ways and means of
effective strategies in engaging local community or convinces the people
to engage in solving social problems. The event was supported by the
"CAREER PROSPECTS IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT"
Business School hosted a seminar on Career Prospects in Supply Chain
Management which took place on 30th March 2013 in the Auditorium of the
BRAC University. The seminar was supported by Bangladesh Supply Chain
Council (BSCC) and organized by BRAC University Entrepreneurship
Development Forum. The seminar started with the welcome speech delivered
by Mr. Rezaur Razzak, Director, BRAC Business School followed by
the opening speech by the speaker Mr. M Nayeem Hossain, President
of BSCC. He talked about the growing importance of Supply Chain
Management in the changing world of today. He also talked about Supply
Chain Management in context of Bangladesh. After that, Mr. S M Khaled,
Supply Chain Director of British American Tobacco, Bangladesh delivered
his speech in which he informed the audience what Supply Chain
Management actually is, the possible distribution channel on the Supply
Chain based on the industry. He then talked about Supply Chain
Management in relation to British American Tobacco Bangladesh. Followed
was Mr. Raquibul Alam, Supply Chain Director, Coats Bangladesh.
He further described about the processes involved in Supply Chain
Management and just like Mr. Khaled, he talked about supply chain
management in relation to his organization. Later, Mr. Aminur Rahman,
Supply Chain Director of Unilever BD delivered his speech where he
mentioned that even though Unilever emphasizes on Supply Chain
Management, they do no not have a separate department for it. However,
the supply chain process is also vital to Unilever Bangladesh. After the
honorable speakers concluded their speeches, the Guest of honor, Mr.
Vivek Sood ,CEO of Grameen Phone was greeted and invited to share
his outstanding speech. Later, the seminar was carried further by a
Question/Answer session where the audiences present in the seminar and
he mentioned the growing importance of Supply Chain Management in
Bangladesh as it is in India. He also talked about how he implemented
his previous working experiences in GrameenPhone. The audience then
asked their desired questions which were answered by the honorable
speakers. Questions asked included "What type of education is
required to get a job in Supply Chain Department in Unilever?"
where Mr. Rahman replied that Unilever Bangladesh does not have a
separate department such as Supply Chain. Further questions involved
"Many people assume that Supply Chain and Procurement is the same
thing. Is that true?" In reply, it was told that it is a
misconception that floats among many minds but this phenomenon is
gradually decreasing. The seminar was concluded with a thanking note by Professor
Golam Samdani Fakir, honorable Pro-Vice Chancellor and director of
TLC, BRAC University.
Insurance Company Ltd. PresentsBusiness Week 2013
BRAC University Business Club (BIZ BEE)
came up with yet another unique event known as "GreenDelta
Insurance Company Ltd. Presents Business Week 2013". It was a three
day long program (10th to 13th March 2013) consisting of a job fair, an
Ad-Making workshop and the launch of the 4th volume of
"VISION", the premier magazine of BIZ BEE. ATN News was the
electronic media partner. Radio partner and beverage partner included
Radio Foorti and IFAD Multi Products Ltd. respectively.
The first two sessions on the list was
a 2 days job fair. It was held on 10 March from 10am to 5pm at BRAC
University auditorium. The Managing Director & CEO of Green Delta
Insurance Company Ltd, Nasir A. Choudhury inaugurated the
program. The Chief Guest of this job fair was the Vice Chancellor of
BRAC University, Professor Ainun Nishat. Other guests included Farzana
Choudhury (Additional Managing Director andCFO, Green Delta
Insurance Company Ltd.), Rezaur Razzak, Assistant Professor and
Director of BRAC Business School, Golam Mustafa (Additional
Managing Director, Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd.), Farid A.
Choudhury (Senior Additional Managing Director,Green Delta Insurance
Company Ltd.), and the Advisor &Co-Advisor of BIZ BEE, G. M.
ShafayetUllah and Asphia Habib. Top companies i.e. Green
Delta Insurance Company Ltd, Square Group Ltd, Novartis Bangladesh Ltd,
GlaxoSmith Kline Ltd, Banglalink (The Orascom Telecom Bangladesh Ltd.),
Cemex Cement Ltd, Crown Cement, GPH Ispat, BRAC EPL Investment Bank,
bKash, Eminent Securities Ltd, Sanofi Bangladesh Ltd, Communication
System Ltd, CSL (PABX), Enroute Consultancy Firm, ICE Media Ltd, Premier
Bank Ltd, EMC and Teach For Bangladesh participated in the event.
Students were given the chance to drop their CV's in their desired
companies and know more about the job market. After the end of the fair
on day two, the participant companies were rewarded with crests and
gifts for their contribution. Also, prizes were handed out to the hard
working volunteers and organizers.
An Ad-Making workshop was featured in
the third day which was held on 13th March, 2013. The Guest of the
session was The Director of Half Stop Down and the renowned film and
Ad-maker Amitabh Reza. The program began with an introduction
from the director and Assistant Professor of BRAC Business School Rezaur
Razzak and the Advisor, G.M. Shafayet Ullah. Then, Mr.
Amitabh Reza started the discussion on the main topic. He began by
showing some examples of his work. Secondly, he explained the types of
advertisements and camera shots involved. He also discussed other
factors involved in ad making. A lively question answer session was also
held in between talks. At the end, Mr. AmitabhReza was given
flower bouquets and some souvenirs for his generous participation, from Santu
Kumar Ghosh (Assistant Professor and BBA Coordinator, BRAC Business
Finally, the week concluded with the
fourth session which was also held on 13thMarch 2013. It was the
launching ceremony of the 4th volume of the exclusive business magazine
"VISION" and the Chief Guest was Ms.Farzana Chowdhury,
Additional Managing Director and CFO of Green Delta Insurance Company
Ltd. The Special Guest was Professor Ainun Nishat, Vice
Chancellor of BRAC University. Other honorable guests were Ambassador
NasimFerdous, (Executive Director,BEDWAL), Fuad Hassan Mollick,
Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, Rezaur Razzak, Director
of BRAC Business School, Professor Firdous Azim (Chairperson,
English & Humanities Department, BRAC University).After a few words
from the Chief Guest, the editor of "VISION", Musharrat
Tarannum Baishakhi, expressed her gratitude to all the people
involved in making this magazine. At last, the magazine was unfastened
by all the guests present. The program came to a close with the speech
of the President of BIZ BEE, Eshat Kabir and the concluding
speech of the Advisor of the BIZ BEE, G. M. ShafayetUllah. The
Advisor referred to this magazine as a manifestation of the month long
toils of the BIZ BEE team and congratulated the students' involved in
making this magazine and the event a grand success.
Throughout the program, all guest
congratulated the club for their efforts in making such amazing
programs. At the end of it all, every member of BIZ BEE was tired but
satisfied. One of the longest programs of BRAC University came to a
close with a promise to organize many similar events such as this in the
Seminar on Masters
and PhD opportunity in The University of York
On March 31, 2013, representatives from
the University of York conducted a short seminar in the BRAC Business
School. Amongst them were present Muhammad Moshfique Uddin,
Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, and Philip Linsley, Senior
Lecturer in Accounting and Finance.
The university was founded in the year
1963, with the mission of creating equal opportunities for all. It is
one of the top ranked universities in the UK (8th in the world), because
of its excellence in the fields of research and teaching. The university
is small in size, in terms of students, fifteen-thousand in total, and
it maintains that low level of student rate, because of a higher
student-teacher interaction level. This definitely adds value to the
students' learning at the university.
The campus is just two-hours away from
London, making it easy to commute to. With on-campus accommodation,
sports facilities, lakes, gardens, classrooms and teaching halls, the
University of York provides almost every resource a student may
The city of York is becoming
increasingly popular amongst tourists. It has the features of any modern
cities, along with the famous historical buildings and streets of the
UK. York is termed as the fifth safest city in the UK.
The York Management School is the specialized business school of the
university, and was only established two years ago. The faculty boasts
state-of-the-art facilities, all designed for providing hundred percent
support in research. The Masters Programs offered here are all one-year
in duration, with the terms starting from October and ending in
September of the next year. Entry requirements in this school are as
follows: a Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.24 out of 4.00, and
an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. The tuition per year (as of 2013) is
pound 13,580, and living costs (as of 2013) are on average pound 9,000.
There are a few scholarships programs
offered, where students have to write a motivation letter, which should
focus on three main points: what makes him/her a good student, why
he/she wants to study that subject, and his or her plan of action during
and after the study period.
Basically, the York Management School
is ideal for international students who want excellence in learning and
in research. The application deadline for the 2013-14 academic year ends
on April 5, 2013. More details can be found on their website at www.york.ac.uk/management
Organizing Pre-Departure Orientation Session
for USA/Bangladesh Media Exchange Program
CED has arranged a Pre-Departure
Orientation Program for the Bangladeshi media professionals who are
going to visit the USA. The Bangladeshi Media Professionals Exchange
Program (BMP) is a U.S. Department of State supported exchange program
which is being managed by the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass
Communication, University of Oklahoma, USA, and the Centre for
Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University.
For the 1st phase of this exchange
program, 9 young Bangladeshi media professionals (consisting of 4 male
and 5 female) have been selected who are from different electronic and
print media backgrounds to visit U. S. for 5 weeks from April 6 to May
12,2013. A contingent of U.S. media professionals will also make a
reciprocating tour to Bangladesh from May 24 to June 05, 2013.
BRAU Executive MBA's
Recent Residential Week
BRAC University Executive MBA Program
completed its latest Residential Week held between March 22-23, 2013
with much fanfare, amusement and enthusiasm at BRAC CDM, Savar. About
140 Executive MBA students participated in the program. The capstone
feature of the Residential Week is the lecture series based on
contemporary and latest issues of the industry and the academia
delivered by eminent speakers. On the first day of the session a round
of talks was delivered by noted speakers namely Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed
(Managing Editor, the Daily Star), Mr. Abu Daud (Managing
Director, Enroute Bangladesh) and Mr. Iftekarul Islam (Former
Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi Aventis, Asia) to the participating
Executive MBA students. This was followed by another round of talks on
the second day delivered by Mr. Fayaz Taher (a Private Sector
Expert) Mr. Samad Miraly (Executive Director, Olympic Industries
Ltd.) and Ms. Sakeba Zeba (Senior Lecturer, Economics Department,
North South University). It is to be noted that the Executive MBA
Residential Week is designed for exposing the students to a higher seat
of practical, experience based learning, giving them an opportunity to
meet reputed industry and academic experts and also providing them a
platform for social networking. The talks were then followed by some
additional recreational events such as songs, comedy and for the ‘first
time' holding of a mock football match between the two world-class teams
Argentina and Brazil under floodlights in the evening at Savar
"The Negative backwash effect in testing of reading of the intermediate learners in Bangladesh" a paper by
Ashik Sarwar, Lecturer of BIL, was published in March in the BPDM Journal of Research, Issue 1, Volume 1.
2013 TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo
Roxana Ahmed Chowdhury, Lecturer of
BIL, attended the 2013 TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo held from March 20-23, in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Convention Hall.
The BIL Workshop Series: The Third Workshop
BIL hosted the third workshop of the BIL Workshop Series on 9 March 2013, this time conducted by Elizabeth Platt, a US Visiting Scholar who was been sharing her specializations in second language learning and curriculum development in developing countries, along with
Kaspia Sultana, Asst. Professor of AIUB School of Arts & Social Science on the topic
"Working Backwards through Green Packaging." The participants eagerly took part in the activities and shared their views and concerns throughout the workshop.
Follow up to the
up to the Dhaka Resolution" is a UN Women funded research on the
impact on access to justice among the beneficiaries of Promotion of
Legal and Social Empowerment of Women intervention (PLSEW, Phase II)
undertaken by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) between 2008-2011. This
intervention was selected at the Seventh South Asian Regional
Ministerial Conference Commemorating Beijing held in 2010 as an
exemplary collaborative initiative between development agencies, program
implementers and policymakers with the Ministry of Women and Children's
Affairs taking a leading role. This initiative also involved Ministry of
Home, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Bangladesh
Police and the Department of Women's Affairs. As per the Dhaka
Resolution made at the conference, this research will assess the impact
of the PLSEW to contribute to strengthening local governance and
government services to respond effectively to reduce violence against
BRAC Development Institute (BDI) is
conducting qualitative research in four intervention areas (Bogora,
Netrokona, Satkhira and Madaripur) to carry out a legal review of laws
relevant to gender equality, rights and gender violence and formulate a
position paper for MOWCA to contribute to the aim of strengthening
legislative commitments and judicial orders to further gender equality.
BDI will organize a discussion on the research findings with dispensers
of justice to identify measures to be taken to enable women affected by
violence to claim justice and receive redress. The field work for the
qualitative research in Netrokona and Madaripur has already been
The CSO has been working feverishly on
a number of strategic issues that have been taken on as priorities. In
this brief report I would like to highlight the most important of these.
Language at BRAC University"
English language competence and fluency
provides an important basis for student and staff progression at BRAC
CSO Advisor, Mr. Kumar Murshid
(in conjunction with a number of senior colleagues including Lady
Sarwat Abed / Professor Fuad H Mallick/ The Registrar/ Prof.
Firdous Azim / Prof. Md. Golam Samdani Fakir and Prof.
Syed M Hashmi) has been working on a 'whole university' English
language policy to promote and develop the use of English across BRAC
University, encompassing all departments, institutes and administrative
A presentation was made to the CAA on
4th April which incorporates practical recommendations for promoting
English across BRACU and includes -
- "English in the class room
- Intensive conversation courses for
- Mandatory use of English across all
- Establishing departmental English
language Champions and focal points
PSDP: A MAKE
The PSDP course run by the CSO is
undergoing a complete makeover. This is an opportunity for departments
to work with the CSO to develop a new and more effective Professional
Skills Development Program (PSDP) which will prepare our students well
for the world of work.
The CSO Advisor, Mr. Kumar Murshid through this bulletin extends
an invitation to faculty members and staff representing different
departments to join our "PSDP" working group which will
oversee the development of the new PSDP which in turn seeks to be
responsive to departmental concerns about 'professional development' of
students. Anyone who is critical of the PSDP currently and has ideas
about where improvements are required is requested to make contact with
the CSO Office and to engage on this issue. Making our students and
graduates professionally ready for the real world is a major challenge
that needs to involve the whole university.
If you would like to be in the "PSDP Working Group" please
drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively email us any
suggestions for improvement to the PSDP course.
In order to enhance career
opportunities for BRAC University students in all fields, including that
of journalism and print media, CSO has partnered with Prothom Alo at a
meeting held on March 24, 2013 in the VC Conference Room to plan for a
two-day Career Fair. This is the first large scale Career Fair to be
organized by BRAC University, outside the university premises. The
tentative two days for the fair is scheduled for September 2013 and the
proposed location being Bangladesh International Conference Center (BICC).
The primary objective of the Career
Fair is to strengthen the career prospects of the students of BRAC
University so that they get some priority over other university students
in respect of employment opportunities. Finally, it was agreed upon that
the first day of the Career Fair will be restricted to the BRAC
University students, and the next day will be open for graduates and
other students from other universities.
Discussions are also ongoing with
Prothom Alo Trust about partnering on creating awareness around key
social areas issues such as- i) child protection ii) drug abuse iii)
acid violence against women. Plans are underway to hold a roundtable on
child protection and a meeting with students on drug abuse
It is envisaged that the Career Fair
will be promoted as an exemplary event and will conclude with a gala
dinner bringing together leaders from public and private sectors,
captains of industry and change-makers with the leadership of BRAC
Etiquette and Grooming with Mutual Trust Bank
On March 14, 2013, the Career Service
Office of Brac University organized a "Professional Etiquette and
Grooming" session with Mutual Trust Bank Limited at the Indoor
Auditorium of the University.
Ms. Asma Banu, Senior Assistant
Director, Career Services Office, opened the session with her welcome
speech followed by a presentation by the key speaker, Gazi Yar Mohammed,
SVP Head of Retail Business, Mutual Trust Bank. In his speech, he
mentioned the importance of an accurate CV along with an appropriate
cover letter; also the significance of proper posture, gesture, dressing
up rules and other such similar topics on etiquette and how to groom and
prepare oneself for the professional world.
Internship gives the opportunity to
"test drive" a career, chances to network, establish
relationships with organizations, provides an introduction to business
culture and etiquette. It supports accumulating new skills and gaining a
"real world" perspective on an occupation or profession.
BRAC University Career Services Office (CSO) has successfully completed
the placement of internship for the spring'13 semester for all the
registered students. 94 students from BBA, 7 students from EEE, 5
students from ESS, 3 students from CSE 4 from ENH and 42 students from
MBA were registered for internship in the semester Spring'13. These
students were placed in various prominent organizations. For instance:
- Aarong & Ayesha Abed Foundation
- ACI Limited
- Airtel Bangladesh Limited
- Bank Asia Limited
- bKash Limited
- BRAC Bank Limited
- British American Tobacco Bangladesh
- Citibank, N.A.
- City Brokerage Limited
- Concord Group of Companies
- Dhaka Bank Limited
- DHL Global Forwarding (Bangladesh)
- Dutch Bangla Bank Limited
- EXIM Bank Limited
- First Security Islami Bank Limited
- GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Ltd.
- Grameen Bank
- Grameenphone Limited
- IFIC Bank Limited
- Impress Telefilm Limited
- Independent Television
- Kazi and Kazi Tea Estate Limited
- M.I. Cement Factory Ltd.
- Mercantile Bank Limited
- Mutual Trust Bank Limited
- National Bank Limited
- Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (Citycell)
- Prime Bank Limited
- Robi Axiata Limited
- Ruposhi Bangla
- Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited
- Social Islami Bank Limited
- South Asian Network on Economic
- Standard Chartered Bank
- Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd.
- The City Bank Limited
- The Premier Bank Limited
- The Westin Dhaka
- Unilever Bangladesh Limited
- UniMed & UniHealth Mfg. Ltd.
- United Commercial Bank Limited
This semester a bulk of students were
placed in the Banking and Telecom sectors. Others were placed in FMCG,
Pharmaceuticals, Media, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Health sectors.
The following chart shows the percentage of the industry wise internship
placement of Spring'13.
Data shows that maximum placement is
done in banking sector. Some major industries such as the RMG sector and
Development sector are absent in the placement status. Currently, CSO is
trying to enhance the internship placement in RMG & Development
sectors for the upcoming semesters.
relations with the Alumni Association"
the aim of keeping all previous graduates connected to the university,
CSO and Alumni Association of BRAC University have collaborated together
to track all graduate students. Through a series of meetings, currently
ongoing, we plan to set up a common agenda and agree upon appropriate
In the first meeting, held on March 20, 2013; Mr. Kumar Murshid,
Consultant, CSO, Ms. Asma Banu, Assistant Director, CSO, Kazi
Shahnoor Kabir, Executive, CSO, Zinat Fatema, Intern, CSO met
with six members of the Alumni Association to discuss the student
tracking system, website development and student progression. One such
initiative that was agreed upon is to introduce a specific portal (aa.bracu.org)
on both the Alumni Association and CSO websites. Through this, the
graduate students can sign up, inform others about themselves, be in
touch with each other as well as look out for news and updates from BRAC
University. Similarly, there is also a Facebook page alongside the
website through which CSO and Alumni Association intends to seek
information about graduates. Apart from that, the Face book page will
also publicize this renewed partnership between CSO and Alumni
association, as well as publish all activities that they work on
together. The CSO will publish all recent activities that the alliance
takes on as a team. While the Alumni Association deals with updating the
information, the CSO will create a comprehensive database for the alumni
students. Currently, CSO has taken the responsibility to maintain the
database for the 8th convocation and further work is underway to develop
an updated database of all BRAC University graduates from the 1st
convocation onwards. CSO soon expects to have a comprehensive database
of all alumni students of the university.
At the second meeting of the CSO and Alumni Association on 30th March
2013 the relationship was further consolidated. The Alumni Association
enthusiastically received news from the Registrar that space has been
allocated for the Alumni Association office at Siddique Tower. The
Alumni Association is working on improving their website. Furthermore,
they posted a message on their Facebook page requesting all graduates to
supply their recent updates for tracking purposes. To make the website a
more useful tool, and more interactive too a website development group
is being set up to look at developing the Alumni Association website,
the CSO website and make suggestions about improving the BRACU website.
Two former BRAC University students of the CSE department and current
members of the Alumni Association volunteered to help and expressed
their interest to be a part of the BRAC University website
implementation meetings. In addition, the Alumni Association will
include the CSO bulletin in their webpage as a sign of commitment to the
collaborative style of work being done by the CSO and Alumni Association
in the greater interest of BRAC University and particularly its diverse
4th March 2013 a guest lecture entitled "Gendered Encounters in the
Australian Desert: Aboriginal Women's Stories about South Asian Camel
Drivers, 1860-1930" was presented by Dr. Samia Khatun . The
lecture focused on an Arabunna language story about an encounter between
camel herders and Aboriginal women in the South Australian desert to
explore the conceptions of space/place that underpinned Aboriginal tales
of encounter with Muslim camel-men.
Professor Paul Greenough from
the University of IOWA delivered a lecture entitled, "Rethinking
the 1943-44 Bengal Famine after 70 years" at ENH on 11th March
Performances at ENH
Spring 2013 students of the course ENG114: Introduction to English
Drama staged an abridged version of Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of
Venice on 28th March 2013 at ENH. Their course teacher Ms. Rukhsana
Rahim Chowdhury, Sr. Lecturer, ENH was the coordinator of the event.
The performance was a part of their marked assignments of the course.
Conference attended by Faculty
Dr. Sajjad Zohir attended
an international conference on "The Challenge of Developing
Countries from the Bottom-up", McGill University, Montreal, March
21-23,2013.The conference aimed at exploring the interface between
development policies focused at the community level and the achievement
of sustainable national development based on innovative public-private
sector partnerships that improve the quality of life for national
populations as a whole.
He was the key Panelist in a session on
"Balancing the State and the Market: The Roles of Public Policy and
the Private Sector". In addition, he had contributed in a
concluding meeting of a select group of invitees from the researchers in
South America and Africa, UN-DESA, University of Toronto, the World
Bank, IFPRI, ISID and McGill University.
Forum attended by
Dr. Wahid Abdallah attended the
two-day long Frugal Innovation Forum organized by BRAC Social Innovation
Lab held in Brac-CDM, Savar on March 30 - 31, 2013. The Forum hosted a
large number of participants from leading Social Innovators of South
Kamrul Hasan's research paper
entitled "AIDS-related stigma in Thailand" has been published
in Millennial Asia, a peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Asia
Scholars (AAS). The paper is based on his research as an Affiliated
Researcher at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. The full citation of the
paper is as follows: Hasan, M.K. (2012). AIDS-related stigma in
Thailand. Millennial Asia, 3(2), 187-206.
Faculty Left for Higher Studies
Kamrul Hasan, Senior Lecturer at BRAC University has left for
Sydney to pursue a PhD in Health, Sexuality and Culture at the
University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He received an
International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) from UNSW.
Guest Lecturer at
Professor Mustafizur Rahman,
Executive Director of CPD, delivered a lecture on "WTO and the
Multilateral Trade Negotiations Concerns, Interests and Strategies from
the Bangladesh Perspective" on the 22nd of March. The lecture was
organized by Dr. Farzana Munshi for her course on International
Team attended Faculty Get Together with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
IGS research team attended a meeting
with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Chairperson of the Board of
Trustees of BRAC University on 14th March, 2013 at BRAC Centre,
Mohakhali. The meeting was organised by the BRAC University. Sir
Fazle Hasan Abed delivered a speech and attended a question and
answer session with all the faculty members of BRAC University
participated at the get together. The meeting was facilitated by Mr.
Asif Saleh, Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Capacity
Division, BRAC and Professor Dr. Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor of
Naimur Rahman, Chief Operating
Officer of ANSA-SAR, Kazi Nurmohammad Hossainul Haque, Senior
Research Associate, Mohammad Sirajul Islam, Research Associate, Md.
Harun-Or-Rashid, Research Associate, and Farhana Razzaque,
Research Associate, were included in the IGS team.
Study Tour of
MAGD Batch IV Students to South Korea and Malaysia
Students of Master of Arts in
Governance and Development Programme (MAGD), Batch IV, visited Korean
Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management in
Seoul, Korea from 4-9 March, 2013. During the visit, the students
participated in "Bangladesh Capacity Building Workshop on Change
Management" at KDI School Public Policy and Management. The purpose
of this workshop was to give an exposure to the participants on the
Korean governance and development experience and knowledge as a
development model for Bangladesh.
Korea, the students visited Malaysia from 9-16 March, 2013 where they
attended capacity building workshops on "Public Management"
for one week in the Institute of Professional Development of Open
University Malaysia (IPD-OUM). Students were taught different issues on
good governance, peace and conflict, protocol and economic development
in this workshop. The workshop was concluded with certificate awarding
IDRC TTI Regional Meeting in Colombo
During 12-15 March 2013, Dr. Rizwan
Khair, Director and Dr. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Research
Coordinator of IGS attended the IDRC Think Tank Initiative Regional
Meeting at Colombo, Sri Lanka. This Regional Meeting was attended by
representatives from 16 South Asian Think Tank Initiative (TTI) grantees
of different counties in the region, IDRC officials and various other
donors. The regional meeting was organised to strengthen and share
knowledge management practices and networking related to ensuring a
successful policy research organisation, amongst the South Asian cohort
of IDRC. As part of the meeting, Dr. Khair attended a follow-up
workshop for the TTI grantees on 16-17 March, 2013, organised by IDRC.
The workshop was on Resource Mobilization.
Researchers Attended Democracy International's Conference on Public
Research Associate Md. Harun-Or-Rashid and Sultan Mohammed
Zakaria attended a National Research Conference on March 27, 2013,
at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka titled "Public Opinion Research as
Key Pillar of Democracy in Bangladesh" organised by Democracy
International. The programme was jointly sponsored by USAID and UKAID,
Dhaka. Honourable British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, H. E. Mr.
Robert Winnington Gibson CMG made the opening remarks at the
conference. Prominent speakers from USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh spoke
at the occasion while a number of participants from political party,
academia, research institutions, NGO and CSO of Bangladesh attended the
Participated in Training on Access to Information and Environmental
IGS Researcher S. M. Gubair Bin Arafat participated in a two-day
training on Access to Information and Environmental Sustainability on
16-17th March, 2013 at Baton Rouge hotel, Dhaka. The training programme
was organised by Article 19 and it was inaugurated by its Bangladesh and
South Asia Director, Tahmina Rahman. The main purpose of the
training was to build the capacity of environmental activists, civil
society organisations and journalists working at the community level on
the use of Right to Information Act for environmental protection.
Researchers Participated in Workshop on Cultivating Critical Thinking
and Experiential Learning in Teaching Process
Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC),
BRAC University, organised a two-day long workshop titled Cultivating
Critical Thinking and Experiential Learning in Teaching Process on 21
March 2013, at the BRAC University Auditorium. The workshop was offered
to the nominated faculty members from each departments, schools, and
Institutes of BRAC University. Dr. Mark Nowacki, SEO and
Co-Founder of LogicMills and Assistant Professor of Singapore Management
University and Professor Md. Golam Samdani Fakir, Director, TLC,
BRAC University facilitated the workshop. Kazi Nurmohammad Hossainul
Haque, Senior Research Associate and Mohammad Sirajul Islam,
Research Associate represented IGS Research Team in the workshop.
Visit to Seoul and Kuala Lumpur
Rizwan Khair, Director of IGS, Director of IGS joined the MAGD
students and participated in the MAGD study tour of Korea from 7-9 March
2013. He attended the closing ceremony of the Capacity Building Workshop
organised by KDI School of Public Policy and Management on 9th March.
During the visit, Dr. Khair held official meetings with the Dean
and Associate Dean of KDI School for strengthening the existing
collaboration between IGS and KDI on offering training on
"Negotiation and Conflict Management" and other academic
Dr. Rizwan Khair also visited Malaysia from 9-10 March, 2013 with
MAGD participants and had meeting with the Director of the Institute of
Professional Development of Open University Malaysia (IPD-OUM) in Kuala
Lumpur. The meeting focused on strengthening the academic relations
between IGS and IPD-OUM and jointly offering courses on Capacity
Programme on SPSS for IGS Research Team
From 21 March 2013, IGS has introduced
a two-week training programme on SPSS, a quantitative package used for
statistical analysis, for IGS Research Team at IGS Conference room. The
training programme was conducted by Professor Mahbub Latif and Professor
Wasimul Bari, Institute of Statistical Research and Training,
University of Dhaka. SPSS is an integrated collection of quantitative
analysis software, particularly popular with social science
The March session examination of
Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) was held at IGS from
11-13 March, 2013. A total of 28 participants from different
organisations appeared at the examination. At the same time, classes of
CIPS private sector for Level-4, 5 and 6 are going on as before.
Meeting on Alternative Path to Good Governance
A Roundtable discussion on Alternative
Path to Good Governance research was organised by IGS on 24th March,
2013 at IGS conference room. The discussion focused on the feedback,
remarks on the research paper on Alternative Path to Good Governance
prepared by IGS for JICA. This meeting was attended by representatives
from JICA, Institutional Advisor of IGS Barrister Manzoor Hasan,
Director of IGS Dr. Rizwan Khair and IGS Research Team.
ANSA-SAR Participated in a Brain Storming
Md. Musthafizur Rahman Khan, Project Officer, ANSA SAR,
participated in a brain storming session on Development of Urban
Governance for Health on 25th March, 2013 at James P Grant School of
Public Health, BRAC University, Mohakhali. The session was arranged to
discuss about a proposed short course on Urban Governance for Health
which would be conducted by ICDDRB, ANSA-SAR and BDI. The discussion
included issues about the audience, length and date of the course,
course fee, academic approach, objectives, and potential resources
Participation in Training
Nuzhat Jabin, Programme Manager,
ANSA SAR, participated in Training on Local Governance at The Hague
Academy of Local Governance in The Netherlands from 11th-25th March,
2013. From 23rd-28th March, 2013, Aneesa Rahman, Project
Assistant, ANSA SAR participated in a Short Course on Evaluation of
Development Programmes conducted by James P Grant School of Public
Health, BRAC University and UNICEF, Bangladesh.
Certificate Course on Environmental Management and Governance
The Fifth Certificate Course on Environmental Management and Governance
of IGS started on 24 March 2013. The three-month long course started
with 11 participants from private and civil society organisations.
On March, 2013, IGS published four
policy notes under Public Procurement Reform Project II. These policy
notes have been jointly published by IGS and the Ministry of Planning,
Government of Bangladesh. The first policy note was published on
"Improving Transparency in Public Procurement in Bangladesh:
Interplay between PPA and RTI Act" written by Mohammad Sirajul
Islam, Research Associate. The second policy note was titled
"Role of Mass Media in Facilitating Citizen Participation in
Bangladesh Public Procurement" written by Farhana Razzaque,
Research Associate. The third policy note was written by Sultan
Mohammed Zakaria, Research Associate and Nazmul Arifeen,
Research Assistant, titled "Issues and Challenges in Public
Procurement Bidding: Bangladesh's Experience". The last policy note
on "Increasing Transparency and Accountability in Municipal Public
Procurement through Citizen Engagement" was written by Kazi
Nurmohammad Hossainul Haque, Senior Research Associate.
1. Improving Transparency in Public
Procurement in Bangladesh: Interplay between PPA and RTI Act, Dhaka:
Institute of Governance Studies.
2. Role of Mass Media in Facilitating Citizen Participation in
Bangladesh Public Procurement, Dhaka: Institute of Governance Studies.
3. Issues and Challenges in Public Procurement Bidding: Bangladesh's
Experience, Dhaka: Institute of Governance Studies.
4. Increasing Transparency and Accountability in Municipal Public
Procurement through Citizen Engagement, Dhaka: Institute of Governance
Session on Johari Window
On 23 March, 2013 the Ethics and Culture Course of BRAC University Residential Campus arranged a session on "Johari Window", a tool for reaching out to the people.
Johari Window is a process for strengthening or developing personality. It focuses on the importance and dynamics of receiving and giving feedback, interconnecting with the personal development part of Ethics and Culture course. The session was planned and designed by
Professor Md. Golam Samdani Fakir.
Meet the Employers
"Meet the Employers" was held at the Savar residential campus on Saturday, 30 March, 2013. This semester the guest speakers were employer representatives from HR Kites (a leading HR agency in the country), and two BRACU alumni, including the CEO of G&R Technologies, which is one of the leading tech startups of the country.
The representatives shared their ideas about the current job market with the students and gave necessary suggestions to them.
The session was divided in three main parts where in the first part our distinguished guests talked to the students which was followed by a mock job interview and a question-answer session. The session was well appreciated by the teachers, the students, the admin staff as well as the guests.
Faculty and Student attend UGC HEQEP WNC at BUET
With the nation trying to go wireless and mobile, wireless
networks are the way to go. Wireless communication is invaluable for
last mile internet access as well as wireless connectivity inside the
buildings. On Saturday, March 16, a daylong workshop on Wireless
Networks and Communications (WNC) 2013 was held at BUET. Annajiat
Alim Rasel, Lecturer III, CSE, SECS and Amit Kumar Dey, Senior
Student, CSE attended the day long workshop.
While welcoming all the participants to
this exciting workshop, Dr A S M Latiful Hoque introduced three
distinguished experts in the field for invited talk sessions. The
program chair, Dr. M Mahfuzul Islam emphasized on the challenges
and demands of wireless networks. HEQEP subproject manager, Dr. Md
Saidur Rahman pointed out that development of qualified academicians
is as important as improvement of infrastructural facilities. Organizing
chair, Dr Mahmuda Naznin highlighted that the participants can
make the workshop a success by utilizing valuable resources from this
workshop in their professional, research, and educational activities. Dr.
M Kaykobad expressed that the country needs to take up national
level projects to be able to build more teachers and researchers, as
there are very few key researchers and experts in each area in
Invited speaker, Dr. Arshad M
Chowdhury discussed the next generation convergence of optical and
wireless access networks, and reaching several Gbps data transfer speed
in wireless networks. A R Azimul Hoque, National ICT consultant,
SPO Project, Bangladesh Parliament discussed cost effectiveness,
technologies, and examples of wireless access network deployments in
different countries. Dr. Md Mostofa Akbar discussed
multidimensional multiple-choice knapsack problem applied to solve
problems in wireless communication systems. There were tutorial sessions
on network simulators, NS3 and PeerSim conducted by Md Shaifur Rahman
and Md Nashid Shahriar respectively.
Professors shared their experience of
students being involved with research right from their very first year
in the university. Participants were highly encouraged to build such
research culture at their respective institutions. The chief guest, Professor
Md Shamsul Alam from MIST emphasized that for a developing country
like ours, research is way towards a sustainable future. The workshop
participants observed silence for one-minute in remembrance of Professor
Emeritus of Chittagong University Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam.
The workshop concluded with two best
poster paper awards to Dr. A B M Alim Al Islam and his students.
Speakers thanked the University grants Commission for taking up Higher
Education Quality Enhancement Program (HEQEP). This was the third event
under HEQEP. First two were on Artificial Intelligence and on Graphic
Drawing and Graph Algorithms (GDGA). Researchers were requested to take
preparation for the next one, Workshop on Advanced Algorithms which is
coming up in June 2013. Further details are available at http://buet.ac.bd/cse/HEQEP/workshop
Student Affairs Updates
Dreams: GBM of BRAC University Computer Club
BUCC, the ubiquitous titan which has
the potential to nourish the intelligent digital era of BRAC university,
has organized its General Body Meeting with the unanimous participation
of hundred new interested members who are willing to hold the reputation
of this club in future.
To make the new member familiar with
the structure of the bucc executive body, it was introduced to them and
interested people were called upon to join different departments in
accordance with their choices. As usual, the co-advisor of the club Mr.
Md. Shamsul Kaonain (Lecturer, SECS) was there with his inspiring
speech and amicable smile. The most fascinating fact was the form, which
was allotted to everyone, which covered many features regarding bucc,
which would be helpful for us to sort out the members having interest in
various fields as well as to integrate bucc with the opinions of the
upcoming members. We also decided to publish an IT magazine of our own.
All the members were found determined to make this optimistic step come
Without the help of Mahbub-Uz-Zaman,
S. M. Rakibul Hasan, Md. Asif Ibtehaz, Arafat Habib,
Bareed Muhammad Noor, Bishwajit Paul, Maruful Haque,
Subroto Nag Pinku, Javed H. Ahmed, Md. Junayed Hasan, Nahid
Kamal, Md. Sadaf Noor, Mohammad Rezaur Rahman, Md. Shazzad Hosen, Syeda
Noor Jaha Azim, Saadat Arifin, Tajul Islam, Abu Sufian Rony, Chowdhury
Farsad Aurangazeb, Israt Jahan Shanchary, Mohammad Oliur Rahman, Farah
Nazifa, Md.Moniruzzaman Monir could never be as much successful as
In fine, the GBM was successful with
the roar future members whom we expect not only to be passionate but
also to be diligent enough to take our club in the stairs of dreams.
BUCC: UX Saturday with Wahid
On March 10th, BUCC members
participated in a workshop on User Experience in short, which is known
as UX. The session was conducted by Mr. Wahid Bin Ahsan. UX
Saturday with Wahid is a personal initiative of Mr. Wahid to
inspire young learners about the importance of User Experience (UX). He
believes in free flow of knowledge, and he wishes to continue the free
sessions in educational institutions - with the intention to inspire
young learners for becoming self-motivated User Experience Experts. He
has started his session by asking audience what is UX. After jotting
down the points from the audience, altogether the audience has come to
the definition of User Experience. Mr. Ahsan put emphasis then
discussed about different aspect of renowned company like facebook,
twitter, and Google. We are more prone to use facebook than other social
network, he has mentioned that it is because of the UX. Facebook and
twitter both has registration form in the front page, which makes it
more user friendly, but on the other hand he has criticized Gmail as it
has no registration form in the front page. He has marked it as drawback
of Gmail UX. He has shared a warning that it is not a good idea to be
overconfident when you are doing a business as an example he said that
for a long period of time facebook was not compatible with IE because
facebook has gained a certain confidence that for using facebook people
will leave IE to another browser. Mr. Wahid has mentioned that it
is overconfidence and this is not a proper practice of User Experience.
At the end of the day user feeds everyone so we do not have any
legitimate cause to dishearten them. At the end of the discussion, Mr.
Wahid started a web-designing project and he gave it as a task to
BUCC Workshop on
A workshop on dotmatrix took place in
BRAC University Mohakhali Campus. The workshop was organized by BRAC
University Computer Club (BUCC). The key speaker of the program was Mahbub
uz Zaman, the president of BUCC.
As arduino is a very effective for display works, Mahbub uz Zaman
mainly focused his speech on arduino board. Throughout his presentation,
he discussed the patterns and features of different kind of arduino
boards. He pointed the locations of both the analog and digital pins on
the board and discussed their functionalities. He also explained how the
board works in the back end and how to work with the board.
After introducing the arduino, he also discussed about the accessories
needed to use this display system and the tricks to make it more
effective and usable.
After the discussion about hardware part, he focused on the coding part;
he shared a comprehensive idea about the coding and code related
tactics. In this part, he mainly gave emphasis on the code resetting.
After the coding part, there was a break and was arrangement for some
refreshment. Finally, he showed how to upload dotmatrix code in real
world. This time the students seemed very excited to see that. In
addition, he showed a normal led blinking display and a seven-segment
display using dotmatrix. A good number of BRAC University students were
present in the workshop with the BUCC members. The audience enjoyed the
workshop till the end.
organized by BRAC University Natural Sciences Club
Like almost all the preceding
semesters, BRAC University Natural Sciences Club (BUNSC) came up with
yet another orientation program for the fresher on the 20th of February,
2013. This club is mainly comprised of students from the Department of
Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS). The team of fresh executives
involved with the event named it "Freshers' Fusion",
signifying the union of the old with the new. The program was a concise
one with a brief formal presentation that introduced the new faces with
the Advisor, Dr. Mahboob Hossain, Associate Professor,
Microbiology Program, the Co-Advisors and executive members of the club.
The presentation also informed the newcomers of the goals, motto and
past activities. A brief speech was given by Md. Shamsul Kaonain,
Lecturer, CSE, who is the founder President of the club. He was also one
of the Co-Advisors of the club. The speech was followed by cultural
performances by some of the students. Following the performance was an
informal presentation whose main target was to facilitate the
interaction with the students. The presentation acted as an ice breaker
for the new members present. After that presentation, the new president,
Maisha Mosharrat Chowdhury, gave her welcome speech. Another
speech given by Farhaan Uddin Ahmed, the President of "Moot Court
Society" played an important role. He encouraged the freshers to
join the club and work for it. Dr. Md. Sorowar Hossain,
Assistant Professor, MNS provided a speech on health issues and
encouraged members to participate in awareness programs for different
health issues through this club. The speech was followed by light
refreshments. An announcement was then made about a competition on
designing a new logo for the club. Prior to the end of the program, the
freshers were divided into different groups, each led by an executive
member. The group divisions were done with a view to train and groom the
newcomers, so they may take up responsibilities in the future. Each of
the new members were given gifts to make the event memorable. The
program was a success, and BUNSC wishes to carry out similar events in
ROBU started spring 2013 with a bang
with over 190 students signing up at Club fair. Out of them 54 made it
to the fresher's orientation. We were able to conduct the orientation
program successfully. The new members of ROBU seemed very enthusiastic
which is worth appreciation. They have shown their interest and their
wide range of ideas through the ROBOT CONCEPT Competition where they had
to built and present an idea for a robot within 10-12 minutes. It will
certainly help them in the coming days while making robots. All of the
groups did fantastic jobs, therefore awarded with some gifts.
It was a successful event of ROBU in
the starting of this semester. We hope the upcoming events will be
successful too with the support of the members of ROBU. We cordially
thank our adviser Khalil sir, co-adviser Jahangir alam sir and Risul
karim, Ex President Jonayet Vhai, the EB members and all new
members of ROBU for making the orientation program a success.
Keeping the Beats Alive
BRAC University Cultural Club
represented BRAC University and became the proud winners in MUSICon-
Keeping the Beats Alive, an inter-university music talent showdown on
Friday, 29th of March 2013, at Saffron, Gulshan. The event was organized
by 7Teen events in association with element 79. The other universities
that participated were BUP, IBA-DU and EWU. The universities were rated
by an expert judge panel, adjudication judge panel and audience poll.
Along with the performances from the universities, a couple of guest
performers- The Manager, Circus Police, The Magic of Fahad Kabir
and the long awaited Old School, made the event much more of a success.
BRAC University Cultural Club's advisor Amir Ibne Sharif was also
present in the event to boost up the participant's confidence. The gates
opened at 2pm, and the competition started 3pm onwards. The powerhouse
performances kept the audience awestruck. BRAC University was the last
one to perform among the universities. They covered three songs-
Mayabono Biharini (Robindro), Be Yourself by Audioslave, Rong by The
Watson Brothers and finally the unbeatable dance group FACELESS. BRAC
scored a total of 338 marks from the judge panel, 352 marks from the
adjudication panel and 256 votes which resulted in a total of 332.2
points. East West gave BRAC a tough fight resulting in a total of 330.7
points. However, with the blend of mesmerizing and powerhouse
performances, unlimited energy, proper coherence in the acts and a
basket full of creativity, BRAC became the winner and was handed the
trophy along with a 10000 tk price bond. The event turned out to be a
big success, and BRAC University Cultural Club, once again made a
significant mark in the history of BRAC University.
Visit to SritiSoudho
26th March 31, 2013 Brac University students visited the
JatiyoSritiSoudho, otherwise known as National Martyr's Memorial. We
started off at 8.30 am and reached there at around 11' O clock. As we
neared the gate we could see huge masses gathering to show their
respect. After half an hour struggling through the traffic we finally
made it. The National Martyr's Memorial is located in Savar at about 35
km north-west of Dhaka and was designed by Syed MainulHossain.
This was built as a symbol for those who sacrificed their lives in the
Liberation War of 1971.Its fine architecture caught our eyes as the
monument stood still while we showed our respect for those departed. It
is composed of seven isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures. The
center oneof these triangles is the highest and reaches up to about 150
feet. In addition to this there is an artificial lake and mass graves
placed right in front of the monument. This fantastic monument is a
magnificent site and is one of our proud heritage locations. We at the
Brac University are proud to have visited such a wonderful site. This
was organized by the Brac University Heritage Forum (BUHF).
winter ends and the spring breeze come knocking our door BRAC University
Heritage Forum(BUHF) organized a Pitha Uthshob on 7th February in our
café. The pitha festival was a platform for our fellow students to
interact and socialize in a beautiful weather. Many of our members
brought in home made pithas to the pitha festival. The stalls had a
variety of pithas with many designs and finger licking taste. Everyone
of heritage forum was dressed in traditional attire. Ladies wore various
colored sarees and the men wore panjabis. As heritage forum ensures our
culture is preserved, this pitha festival gave us an opportunity to
bring in our historic culture of winter pitha festivals. We appreciate
everyone's presence in the venue and thank everyone for making it a
at every stage of life have experienced many moments where they realized
the importance of language and no one knows the importance of language
better than Bangladeshis. A country where our language soldiers gave
their life for our beautiful surreal language can not go without a
dedication specific to them.
On the morning of International mother language day, students of BRAC
University forum gathered together in front of the campus and
collectively stared our journey to Shaheed Minar. Students went with
flowers and banners to show respect for our language martyrs. From the
gates of Dhaka university students of heritage forum marched together to
reach Shaheed Minar and give flowers in respect of the martyrs. Though
the scorching heat was unbearable but nothing could change our
intentions to go there because this heat was nothing compare to the
sacrifice of the language soldiers. After a long walk we placed our
flower in front of Shaheed Minar. After that we walked back to our
vehicle and started our journey back to the university.
short course on Oncology
P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) at BRAC University organizes a
short course on "Innovative Public Health Approaches to Cancer
Care: Global and Local perspectives" from March 24 to 28, 2013. Dr.
Ophira Ginsburg (Medical Oncology, Public Health, University of
Toronto) and Dr Rumana Dowla (Founder Chairperson, Bangladesh
Palliative and Supportive Care Foundation, Dhaka) facilitated the
course. Total 17 participants from six organizations, including BRAC,
icddr,b and BSMMU took part in the course.
Cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS,
TB and malaria combined and is an emerging epidemic in low and
middle-income countries. The course covered understanding the basic
biology and causes of the most common cancers in men and women, the
burden of disease in Bangladesh, the importance of prevention, early
detection and screening as well as capacity-building for appropriate
treatment and follow-up. The role of the Public Health Professional and
innovative engagement of community health workers (CHWs) in cancer
control have been emphasized in the course. Prof. Timothy G. Evans,
Dean of JPGSPH gave away certificates to the participants after the
completion of the course.
EDP course focuses
on Evaluation for public decision making
P Grant school of Public Health BRAC University in collaboration with
UNICEF organized a short course on Evaluation of Development Programme (EDP)
from March 23 to 30, 2013. The course was tailored for development
practitioners of Bangladesh. National and international faculties and
experts from JPGSPH, icddr,b, UNICEF and BRAC facilitated the course.
Total 32 participants from six organizations, including GoB, BRAC and
icddr,b took part in the course.
The objective of the course was to provide a comprehensive analytical
framework and practical learning experience for those involved in
commissioning, managing or conducting evaluations of public policies or
social sector programmes. Anchored in a development framework, the
programme examines the purposes of different types of evaluations, as
well as its design, methodologies and management. Through a combination
of case studies, practical exercises and presentations, the course has
equiped participants with tools, perspectives, frameworks and managerial
skills needed to strengthen evaluation capacities, engage stakeholders,
and enhance the utility of evaluation for public decision making. Prof.
Timothy G. Evans, Dean of JPGSPH gave away certificates to the
participants after the completion of the course.
"New faces in
campus" and "Leaving us"
New faces at BRACU
C3ER: Mr. Abu Sadat Moniruzzaman
Khan joined as a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Climate Change
and Environmental Research in March 2013. Mr. Khan did his M.Sc, in Natural Resources Management from Asian
Institute of Technology and in Geography and Environmental Resources
from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Earlier he completed his
first Masters in Geography from University of Dhaka.
TLC: Mr. Muhammad Foysal Mubarak joined
as a Lecturer in the Teaching Learning Centre in March 2013. Mr.
Mubarak did both his B.Ed (Hons.) and M.Ed in Education from
Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka.
Admin: Ms. Halima Akter joined
as a Resident Nurse at BRAC University Savar Campus, TARC in March 2013.
She did her Diploma both in Nursing and Midwifery from Dhaka Nursing
Mr. Subrata Biswas joined as a
Library Assistant at BRAC University Savar Campus, TARC in March 2013.
Mr. Biswas did his Bachelor of Social Science from Bangladesh Open
Left from BRACU
Ms. Zinnatul Borak, Psycho
Social Counselor in the Counseling Team left BRACU in January 2013. Mr.
Md. Mahbub Alam, served as a Procurement Officer also left in March.
Critical Thinking and Experiential Learning in Teaching at BRAC
University during March 20-21 and 23
organized three-day program on Cultivating Critical Thinking and
Experiential Learning in Teaching at BRAC University. The facilitators
were Dr. Mark Nowacki and Ms. Eunice Nowacki from
Singapore LogicMills School, (a school who works for teaching analytical
and critical thinking skills using games.)
On March 20th, the facilitators visited
BRAC University. They had an informal discussion with BIL faculty
members in the morning; then they observed two separate classes of BRACU
undergraduate program. The first class was from ENH department conducted
by Ms. Mushira Habib and the second one was from BBS , conducted
by Mr. Shafayet Ullah. After lunch break, they sat with some of
the BRACU senior most students and the fresher students separately. They
intended to know what sort of critical thinking process is being
practicing at BRAC University teaching-learning process. The discussions
followed by some interesting
group activity (play) .The day-one activities were ended-up with sharing
with BRACU Savar Campus Faculty members. Six members from residential
campus including Campus superintended and the director of BIL were
present in the discussion. On March 21st, a day-long workshop was
organized with BRACU faculty members. The objective of the workshop was
to explore the processes through which critical thinking and
experiential learning could be integrated in BRACU teaching. From each
of the departments/schools/centers/institutes two faculty members were
selected to attend in this workshop. On March 23 there was a special
session with all Heads of BRAC University. Mark and Eunice met all the
Heads/Directors/ Chairpersons of all the departments/
Schools/Centers/Institutes of BRAC University. Mark and Eunice shared
their experiences and findings, they found throughout last two days. The
discussions took place on i) the strategy on how to integrate critical
thinking and experiential learning in university teaching and ii) what
would be the capacity building of teachers and students. Some
suggestions were also given by the heads for further activity. The
session wrapped up by vote of thanks by Prof. Md. Golam Samdani Fakir,
workshop on "Organizational Behaviors: Strengthening the positive
impact of 5Cs" on March 7
organized and facilitated a day-long workshop on Organizational Behavior
for the admin and management staff (batch-II) of BRAC University. It
took place at BRACU auditorium. A total nineteen people participated in
the workshop. Several sessions were facilitated on - Communication:
Interpersonal & Organizational, Commitment: The Role of Individual
Motivation and Level of Confidence, The Role of 3Cs-cooperation,
collaboration & coordination. A number of group activity and
discussions were carried through - out the workshop. A special session
on Managing Stress at workplace was conducted by the Counseling Unit of
BRAC University .The workshop was wrapped up by sharing reflections and
Giving support in
facilitating PSDP class on March 14
TLC gave support to Career services
office (CSO) in the 3rd PSDP class on March 14th. The focus of the
session was- Career placement opportunity. There was a group discussion
on Subject Specific Competency followed by identifying Areas of
improvement and remedy. The students were given a personal action plan
to be prepared and to be submitted in the following class. From TLC, Mr.
Sheikh Mohammad Ali and MS. Sabrina Syed (faculty members)
co-facilitated to the Business and non-business sections accordingly
with Ms. Asma Banu and Mr. Kumar Murshid from CSO.
"Self Discovering through Johari Window "at BRACU residential
semester on March 23
This integrated session was designed
for the residential semester students, spring 2013. The objectives of
the session was to identify own areas of personal weakness and explore
own potentials through Johari window tools. Moreover, the tools help the
students to learn how to give and receive constructive feedbacks. A
number of individual and group activities were applied on
Self-Disclosure Indicator, Evaluation Grid, Circle of Concern and Circle
of Influence, and Self-Discovering Instrument: List of 56 Adjectives.
The session was conducted simultaneously in all 13 sections from
9.00a.m.-11.00 a.m. From TLC, Prof. Md. Golam Samdani Fakir, Sheikh
Mohammad Ali, Samina Anzum and Sabrina Syed
facilitated separate sessions.
Finding the Lucky
Winners and gifts distribution session at BBS on March
TLC has conducted a study on students perception on "Group
work" at BRAC University .The study has been limited to gather data
only from BBS students who have already earned 27 credits or above.For
the data collection TLC applied an on-line survey questionnaire (monkey-survey)among
BBS students . A total 215 students responded to the survey
successfully. And among all those 215, TLC found out Ten lucky winners
randomly who were given some attractive gift package for contributing
their time and opinion to the survey. the gift distribution session was
organized at BBS conference room and the ten lucky winners were invited.
The students shared their experiences and feeling regarding the study
area and also made some comments on the survey questionnaire. The
session was ended by giving the gift package to the students followed by
a refreshment. Beside Director and faculty members of TLC, Mr.
Mohammad Rezaul Razzak, (Assistant Professor), Mr. Suntu Kumar
Ghosh ( Assistant
Professor) and Mr. Mostak Ahmed, (Senior DCO) from BBS department
were present there.
Presence of BRACU in
the condolence meeting for the Chancellor of BRAC University
of BRAC University attended a condolence meeting for the immediate
passed away President of Bangladesh and Chancellor of the Universities Md.
Zillur Rahman on March 24 ,2013. The meeting was organized by the
University Grants Commission and was held at the Nobab Nawab Ali
Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University. The meeting was
presided by Professor A. K. Azad Chowdhury, Chairman, University
Grants Commission, Bangladesh. Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP,
Honourable Minister, Ministry of Education, was present as the Chief
Guest. Representatives from all 104 public and private universities of
Bangladesh were present in the meeting. Several participants shared on
the life of Md. Zillur Rahman and his contribution for higher
education of Bangladesh who just passed away on 20th March, 2013. From
BRAC University Prof. Md. Golam Samdani Fakir, Director, TLC, Mr.
Sukhen Kumar Sarkar, Treasurer, Mr. Monojit Kumar Ojha, Head
of Accounts, Mr. Sheikh Mohammad Ali, Senior Lecturer and Muhammad
Foysal Mubarak, Lecturer, TLC were present in the condolence
TLC New joining
Foysal Mubarak has joined TLC as a full time faculty member with the
status of Lecturer-I on March 6th, 2013. He did his B.Ed. and M.Ed. with
major in language education from Institute of Education and Research (IER),
University of Dhaka. Presently he is doing M.Phil on English Language
Teaching Method. Before joining BRAC University, he worked as an Adjunct
Lecturer in Department of Education, Prime University, Dhaka. Foysal has
the experiences working as a Researcher at Institute of Education and
Research (IER), Research Associate in DPEd Programme in Collaboration
with UNICEF and Dhaka Ahsania Mission and Researcher in LEADR Project of
Center for Sustainable Development, ULAB in partnership with Action Aid.
He has the expertise and keen interest doing educational research.