The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training was organized by Climate Reality Project which was founded and chaired by former US Vice President Al Gore. The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to catalyzing a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action necessity across the world. Abu Sadat Md Marjan Nur, Research Associate, C3ER, BRAC University participated in the 36th training session of Climate Reality Project which was held in Pittsburgh, USA from 17-19 October 2017. More than 1400 people from all over the world joined 36th training session in Pittsburgh. This three-day training gave the opportunity to the participants a new dimension of understanding of climate change and how to deal with the complex arenas of climate change impacts. This year the theme of the training was to make a sustainable future in reality.
The reason to organize the 36th training in Pittsburgh is that Pittsburgh is the best city across the US that demonstrates an example of how cities can fight for solutions while suffering the effects of decades of industrial pollution tainting water and dirtying the air at the same time. It also offered to learn from Vice President Gore, world-class scientists, policymakers, innovators from around the world and learn firsthand from their work in the respected fields. Vice President Gore’s presentation titled “The Climate Crisis and its solutions” offered the science of climate change and its impact at a global scale. There was some important discussion about how renewable sector is creating jobs in US market, future energy scenario, climate change strategy in a changing political landscape etc. During sessions, workshops, lunch, and receptions I got the opportunity to talk to people outside my table group. It was incredibly encouraging to see multiple generations joining together to fight for solutions.
Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) and WaterAid Bangladesh jointly launched a new hygiene programme with the aim of ensuring safe water and sanitation for people living in remote and marginalised areas of the country. Mr. Probal Saha, Water Resources Management Specialist and Ms. Anima Ashraf, Environmental Management Specialist of C3ER, BRAC University attended the National launch of ‘HSBC Water Programme 2nd phase’.
The national launch of ‘HSBC Water Programme 2nd phase’ was announced on 18 October 2017 in a program held at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon. Under the program, pure water supply and climate resilient sanitation facilities will be improved in 5 Upazilas. At least 173,322 people will get benefits from this project directly in the next two years. Md. Mahbub ur Rahman, Deputy CEO and Country Head of Commercial Banking was present at the event as the special guest, while Dr. Md. Khairul Islam, Country Director of WaterAid Bangladesh delivered concluding remarks and Dr. Imrul Kayes Muniruzzaman, Director – Fundraising and Learning delivered the welcome speech. The second phase of the HSBC Water Program will be implemented in Gangni Upazila of Meherpur district, Tahirpur in Sunamganj, Dacope and Paikgacha of Khulna and Shyamnagar of Satkhira. The project implementation duration is October 2017 to December 2019. The project in its new phase intends to improve water and sanitation services along with hygiene behavior in the five upazilas. It will emphasize on working with and strengthening existing formal and informal structures to establish clear channels of accountability and sustainable WASH services, and resource management in local government, communities and health facilities, alongside a very necessary component of service delivery for highly marginalised and poor people living in hard-to-reach areas.
Md. Ashikur Rahman, a student of the Department of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, BRAC University attended a conference “2nd Academic International Conference on Interdisciplinary Business Studies (AICIBS 2017)” as a speaker, held at the St Anne's College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom from 16th October to 18th October. AICIBS is one of the World’s largest societies for Business Management, Economics, Financial Management, Science and Marketing Management, including scientific data mining. Md. Ashikur Rahman presented a paper titled “An Industrial Networking: Security Instructions and Panacea.” This conference was sponsored by Springer. This research work was supervised by Dr. Md. Ashraful Alam, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Department, BRAC University. This research was conducted in collaboration with Mr. Shoumik Rahman Mehedy, a student of Computer Science and Engineering Department of North South University, who also attended the conference
People’s migrations towards urban settlement in search of a better livelihood is increasing day by day. Every year more than 5 lakh people come to live in the Dhaka city from all over the country. While the population of the city is increasing every day, one in every three of its inhabitants live in the slums, deprived of basic facilities. In this context, proper housing for the people living in urban poverty has become a prerequisite to achieve sustainable development goal or SDG-11 (pertaining to shelter and settlement), and to ensure planned urbanisation and continued economic progress of the country.
Experts and public representatives expressed these views at a programme titled “National Convention on Housing Finance for People Living in Urban Poverty” held on October 15, 2017 at the city. The Urban Development Programme of BRAC, in partnership with the National Housing Authority (NHA), Urban Development Directorate (UDD), Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP), Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) organised the convention.
Chief Guest of the convention Engineer Mosharraf Hossain MP, Minister, Ministry of Housing and Public Works said, 81 per cent of houses of the country are in the rural areas and 80 per cent of these are of low quality. The country is losing 235 hectares of farmland every day, which is transformed for making residence. He told that the government has already formulated a law titled "Urban and Regional Planning Act, 2016" for a planned housing system not only in the urban areas but also in the rural areas. "Under the law, rural people will have to take permission from union parishad chairman or municipality mayor or upazila nirbahi officer for constructing house," he added.
Engr. Mosharraf also said the government has a plan to construct about 10,000 apartments for the slum people to ensure their basic needs. The minister also called for making a planned housing system in the both urban and rural areas to stop housing on arable lands. To solve the problem, he suggested that BRAC may collaborate with the government in this initiative.
Chaired by BRAC's Senior Director for Strategy, Communications and Empowerment Dr. Asif Saleh, the event was also attended by Secretary of the Housing and Public Works Ministry Md. Shahid Ullah Khandaker, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mr. Sayeed Khokon, Rajshahi City Mayor Mr. Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, Barisal City Mayor Mr. Ahsan Habib Kamal, Bangladesh Institute of Planners General Secretary Prof. Dr. Md Akhtar Mahmud, BIGD Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, MAB President Mr. Alhaj Md. Abdul Baten, Urban Development Directorate Director Dr. Khurshid Jabin Hossain Toufiq, and National Housing Authority Chairman and Additional Secretary Mr. Khandakar Akhtaruzzaman.
The aim of the convention was to establish multi-level partnerships for pro-poor city planning and housing financing to achieve the targets of National Housing Policy and SDG-11. A key note and three evidence-based housing models: BRAC Jhenaidah community-led housing model, UNDP Sirajganj housing model and NHA low-income housing model were presented at the convention.
The speakers focused on stronger collaboration between the government and non-governmental agencies and involving mayors, other public representatives and relevant actors to promote urban planning facilitating the people living in urban poverty and providing them with housing loan services.
Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Head Urban, Climate Change and Environment (UCCE) cluster of BIGD also attended the event as a panel discussant on the plenary session titled Partnership and Collaboration on Housing Finance. Advocate Azmat Ullah Khan, Adviser, Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB) presented the keynote paper, where Mohammad Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, Mayor, Rajshahi City Corporation chaired the session.
Around 75 mayors including five city mayors attended the event. The 300 guests included representatives and officials from UNDP, Policy makers, Government and Non-Government stakeholders.
- Graduate midwives in ‘clinical’ internship: A total of 163 midwives (100% students of the batch) who started community segment of their internship in July are duly placed in clinical facilities in October. BRAC Maternity Centres (BMCs), and the safe delivery and maternity units of Marie Stopes Bangladesh, LAMB and GBC are where the graduate midwives are placed for three months. Ten Family Welfare Centres of the Government are hosting internship of 10 graduate midwives. Sometimes assisting the existing health professionals and sometimes being assisted by them, our graduates performed NVD and are meeting ‘family planning’ targets while building community’s trust in midwives. In picture is Midwife Lucky Ara tending to the new-born (and mother) immediately after performing successful NVD.
- DMP building capacity of partners and stakeholders: In the Partners Coordination Committee (PCC) meeting that was attended by management and faculty representatives from all of the seven midwifery academic sites, DMP hub team led the discussion on a number of pressing and priority issues. The PCC platform has proven to be effective in finding best possible solutions reached through a participatory means, and thus building capacity of partner organisations. In a bid to extend this practice of shared learning and position midwifery across the private sector, DMP also organised the first ever meeting of the institutions that are implementing midwifery education programme. Out of 16 such institutions, DMP represented 7 and discussed collaborative efforts with 9 visiting institutes.
- Midwives for the displaced population in Ukhiya: DMP’s midwifery students and graduate midwives have been extending ANC and PNC support to the local and displaced population in Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar. This has helped them to meet clinical targets set in the midwifery curriculum. Besides, 38 licensed midwives have been recruited by several national and international humanitarian organisations addressing the health crisis of the refugees in Ukhiya and Teknaf. To widen the maternal and neonatal support, DMP has decided to launch a midwife-led health centre next to the refugee camp in Ukhiya. DMP Advisor Dr. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, DMP Director Dr. Selina Amin and other members of the DMP and BRAC teams visited the proposed sites and are working with strategic partners for an effective implementation of the plan.
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Mr. Md. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages, is facilitating and monitoring a pilot collaborative project. In this project, the participants are students of an ENG101 (English Fundamentals) section, who are collaborating with the students of a similar section of Tianjin Normal University, China. Mr. Duha is also currently teaching ENG101.
The students have been divided into 11 mixed groups and they are interacting with the Chinese students on a mutually selected topic. At the end of the course, they will present a compare-contrast analysis of the topic. The project is divided into several mini presentations.
Dr. Faheem Hasan Shahed, Associate Professor of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), and Mr. Md. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages, have jointly initiated and are supervising an interactive learning session between BRAC University students and Purdue University students. Students of ENG103 (Academic Writing and Presentation) at Savar Residential Campus are collaborating with the students of School of Communication at Purdue University. BRACU students will interact with their US counterparts for eight weeks and they have currently started holding weekly discussions on a variety of topics from Bangladeshi and US cultural perspectives.
New Faces at BRAC University
Ms. Faria Tahsin joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy in October 2017. Ms. Tahsin completed her graduation in Pharmacy and post-graduation in Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy from North South University.
Management and Admin
Mr. Shakib Ahsan, Ph.D joined as Director, Professional Development Centre of BRAC University in October 2017. Prior to joining BRAC University, Dr. Ahsan worked as Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for the University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh where, he also held the position of Assistant Professor in the General Education Department. In his career, spanning more than fifteen years, other than University of Liberal Arts, he held several positions with different capacities in various learning/ research organizations, including Canadian School of Public Service, Virtual project developed in assistance with SUST, Bangladesh, Teachers Training College, RS Foundation, McGill University, Learning Associates of Montreal, etc.
Dr. Ahsan got his Ph.D from the department of Integrated Studies in Education of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He did his MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University, Canada. Earlier he did an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Mr. Mohammad Moniruzzaman joined as Assistant Web Manager at the IT System Office in October 2017. Mr. Moniruzzaman completed his B.Sc in Computer Science from National University. He did his MBA in Finance from BRAC University.
Ms. Sadia Afroze joined as Junior Assistant Librarian at Ayesha Abed Library in October 2017. Ms. Afroze completed her BA and MA in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka.
Mr. Md. Nazmul Haque joined as Department Coordination Officer (DCO) at BRAC Business School in October 2017. Mr. Haque did his Bachelor and Masters in Management from National University. After that he did his MBA in Finance from BRAC University.
Left from BRAC University
The following members were separated from BRAC University in October 2017:
Ms. Sabrina Syed, PDC, Professional development Centre
Mr. Md. Shahidur Rahman, Lab Technical Officer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Faculty on Study Leave
Ms. Farrah Jabeen, Senior Lecturer, BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) went on study leave in October 2017 for pursuing her Doctoral Studies in Education and Social Work from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Ms. Afsana Akhtar, Assistant Professor, BRAC Business School went on study leave in October 2017 for pursuing her PhD Program in Management from the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Ms. Tanzin Khan, Lecturer, BRAC Business School went on study leave in October 2017 for pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Management from the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Ms. Asheka Mahboob, Lecturer, BRAC Business School went on study leave in October 2017 for pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Management from the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Ms. Eusra Mohammad, Lecturer, department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) went on study leave in October 2017. Ms. Eusra will be doing her PhD in Molecular Biology from Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany.
Ms. Ibrat Sharif, Lecturer, department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) went on study leave in October 2017 for commencing her Master’s Program in Environmental and Research Management from Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany.
Ms. Najneen Ahmed re-joined as Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy (PHR) in October 2017 after completing her M.S program in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Nottingham, UK.
The International Visitor Leadership Program is a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The mission of IVLP is to offer current and emerging international leaders to promote the opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of American political, economic, social and cultural life.
This year Shami Suhrid, Psychosocial Counselor and Lecturer of BRAC University participated in the Program titled “School and University Counselors on the Frontlines of CVE” along with 4 other Counselors from different academic institutions of Bangladesh. The program began in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2017 and ended in New York City on October 14, 2017 after visiting Los Angeles, Chicago and Louisville in between. The carefully designed exchanges allowed the participants to meet with scholars, professionals, members of law enforcement agencies and government officials to reflect their professional interests on effective prevention and intervention methods to counter mental health crises stemmed out of radicalization among young population and to promote overall mental health wellbeing in the community level.
On Saturday, 14 October, 2017, 53 Students of Energy Conversion I (EEE221 Fall 2017) course of EEE Department visited Transformer and Switchgear factory of Energypac Engineering Ltd at Savar. Course teacher Prof. Shahidul Islam Khan, along with Lecturer Md. Farhan Tasnim Oshim and student Tutor Khondaker Nazib Murshed accompanied the students.
The students were warmly welcomed by the coordinators of the visit Engr. Abdullah Al Mamun from Energypac, who guided them throughout the tour. At first, a briefing on Energypac’s operation was given to the students in their conference room. The students were then divided into two groups and were taken to the Power transformer and Distribution transformer manufacturing section. Engr. A.S.M. Sakib Babu briefed one group to the Power Transformer Manufacturing section while the Distribution Transformer Manufacturing section was briefed by Engr. Imrul Kayes Khan. In the Power Transformer section students witnessed automatic core cutting, winding and vacuum drying process. Following that, students observed the ‘no load’ and ‘full load’ test of a three phase transformer in the Distribution Transformer section and noted the readings for further analysis.
After the exciting tour to the transformer manufacturing company, students had lunch in the factory dining hall arranged by Energypac. After lunch, Engr. Rabiul Alam, Director and CEO of Energypac Engineering Ltd. (http://www.energypac-bd.com) delivered his encouraging speech to the students in the conference room. In the beginning of his talk, he illustrated the facilities and services presently provided by Energypac. He recalled the struggle of Energypac for the last 20 years in becoming a successful transformer manufacturing company meeting 100% demand of Bangladesh as well as exporting to Nepal and India. He also mentioned that Energypac is now enlisted as a world class transformer manufacturer in the global market. He also explained the need of qualified electrical engineers to meet the demand for the expanding power market in Bangladesh. He inspired the students to study the fundamentals of Electrical Engineering thoroughly so that they can excel in the competition of being an engineering professional. Engr Alam finally requested the students to “be Bangladeshi, buy Bangladeshi products”. At the end, with some closing remarks and gratitude from the Chairperson, EEE BRACU the successful tour came to an end.
A capacity development training as a learning activity for the government officials was organized by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) from 9-13 October in Mumbai, India. The training session was hosted by the NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai. The team consisting participants from CFTM partners participated in this institutional visit in Mumbai & Delhi on “Green fund Processes and Implementation” to NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd, India along with the government officials. Mr. Md. Rezwan Siddiqui, Environmental Management Specialist and Ms. Subarna Ershad, Environmental Economist from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University participated in the training program.
The objective of this activity was capacity development for Govt. officials to understand how to enhance readiness for the Government of Bangladesh to access international climate funds. The key issues covered in this training were:
- How a National Implementing Entity (NIE) is dealing with GCF related matters, particularly analyzing and selecting projects for GCF’s consideration
- What kind of capacity and institutional arrangements are required to meet the GCF’s requirements
This learning activity provided solid evidence based knowledge for the government officials as well as the CFTM partners which would help to achieve Output 4.
First day of the training included Meeting with NABARD senior officials and experience sharing sessions. The second day had also experience sharing sessions. The third day had a field trip. Participants got the chance to visit projects sites in Gauhar, Maharashtra. The whole session of the fourth day was an interactive session with the NABARD officials. Meeting between NDAs in Delhi, India was the most important part of the training and the agenda of the last day.
The overall learning from the visit was satisfactory. Key strategy and common challenges were identified and coping mechanism was learned from the sessions. Roles and responsibilities of the NIE were outlined. The field trip provided practical knowledge on the project management.
During the field visit in Palghar, team Bangladesh had an observation-there is lack of proper nutrition and health facilities in the tribal community. Team Bangladesh recommended these issues that need to be taken care of by the Indian authorities. Moreover, exchange program has been proposed from the delegates of Bangladesh. From Bangladesh perspective, it was a very effective session for the NDA as well as for the NIEs of GCF. The visit enhanced the knowledge of the participants that will complement the previous experience to go further more.
Arik Rafiquddin Ahmed a student of Applied Physics and Electronics program in the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department presented his Internship report (APE 450) on October 12, 2017. The internship work was supervised by Dr. Firoze H. Haque and co-supervised by Mr. Muhammad Lutfor Rahman. The Viva Board was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider. Professor Dr. Md. Tafazzal Hussain, Dr. Firoze H. Haque and Mr. Muhamamd Lutfor Rahman were also present in the Viva Board as members of the Examination Committee.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with BRAC IT Services Limited (BITS) organized a career session named “Career Prospects in BRAC IT Services Limited” on Thursday, 12th October 2017 in the Indoor Games Room of BRAC University.
A great number of enthusiastic students showed up in the event. Ms. Ismat Jahan, Head of Human Resources, BRAC IT Services Limited (BITS) explained the entire recruitment & selection process of BITS. She also talked about how the students can enhance their interpersonal skills and how to improve the competencies and performance to build a sustainable career path for them.
The event concluded with an interactive Q&A session in which students raised queries about the career growth opportunities in the technology industry.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin from OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
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