The Department of English and Humanities (ENH) held a colourful event celebrating the pleasures provided by the text. The programme “TEXTRAVAGANZA!” was held on Wednesday, 4th Oct, 2017.
The event was arranged very thoughtfully to reflect how books can truly be man’s best friend and provide great and inspiring companionship. Students read out carefully selected passages from James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, William Shakespeare, Haruki Murakami, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Hermann Hesse, Humayun Ahmed and many other authors. The use of musical scores, video clips and dramatic performances made the readings captivating for the audience.
The second half of the literary event was a fun and entertainment one, as there was hip hop rendition of Shakespearean passages, reggae performance from Linton Kwesi Johnson, a graphic film adaptation, demonstration of the sufi dance form and its connection with poetry, a dancing interpretation of modernist paintings and even a magic show revolving around the text!
Using only a projector and the simplest of costumes, students of ENH read, sang and acted out words that were deeply inspiring and thought provoking. The text truly was the hero of the event as pointed out by Rukhsana R. Chowdhury, senior lecturer of the department.
The Chairperson of the department Professor Firdous Azim appreciated the zeal and talent of the ENH students in her closing remarks.
The thunderous applause of the audience which had been cheering the performers on stage throughout the programme was a marker of the success of the event.
Ms. Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Lecturer of Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) attended Bangladesh National Conference on Disaster Risk Management on 3 and 4 October, 2017 organized by the Department of Disaster Management in collaboration with key humanitarian NGOs in Bangladesh. Md. Reaz Ahmed, Director General (Additional Secretary), Department of Disaster Management inaugurated the conference where more than 200 delegates from different NGOs, INGOs and private sector actively participated in the event. The conference contained five Thematic Sessions and two Plenary Sessions mainly focusing on the Sendai Framework, resilience buildup, knowledge management, innovation, digitization and ICT for DRR, professionalization of DRM and humanitarianism, risk financing, risk reduction for Bangladesh perspective. The participants and panelists discussed about the success stories as well as pointed out the constraints in the national risk management system. In addition, different humanitarian organizations also shared their project findings which mainly focused on the urban resilience, digitization of DRM and importance of governance and accountability for DRM, etc. The declaration issued after the conference was, "We urge all stakeholders to promote and invest in knowledge management, innovation, human resources capacity development and ICT for humanitarian and disaster risk management in Bangladesh".
A Sub-national workshop for the project titled “Advancing Water Security of Marginalized Communities Living along Karnali-Ganges River Basin in Nepal, India and Bangladesh” was held on 3rd October 2017 at the DC office in Satkhira district, Bangladesh. It was organized by Shushilan and the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University and was supported by WaterAid, Bangladesh. In the half day-long event with over 70 participants from different public, private and non-government organizations engaged in dialogue towards transboundary river issues and water scarcity.
The DC, Mr. Abul Kashem Md Mohiuddin, graced the inaugural session of the workshop as chief guest, after which all the participants present introduced themselves. In his speech he said,“Fresh water sources are depleting in the coastal regions of Bangladesh and salinity intrusion in Satkhira is the most concerning issue.”The key note speech and presentation was given by Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, BRAC University. He said“It is imperative for countries to talk about Transboundary River issues as ignoring this could lead to immense sufferings for the future generations.” Dr. Nishat ended the presentation by sharing the learning of the exchange visit to Kanpur and Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, India by the Bangladesh team to understand and learn the mechanisms of Jal Chaupal related to water management and transboundary river issues.
During the open discussion session, four UP Chairman from Padmapukur, Kashimari, Kaikhali and Nurnagar unions: SM Ataur Rahman, SM Abdur Rouf, Shaikh Abdur Rahim and Md. Bakhtiar Ahmed and Shyamnagar Upazila Vice Chairman: Nurjahan Pervin, voiced their concerns and learning from the exchange visit to India. They collectively shared their views on water scarcity and water crisis in Uttar Pradesh, India. They mentioned how India has recently started to apply the technique of rain water harvesting to store water which people in Satkhira have been doing for decades. The Chairman also appreciated the waste management system in Uttar Pradesh and spoke about the waste water treatment plant they visited which refines waste water for reuse in agricultural purposes. As for suggestions in their own unions, they focused on excavating ponds, increasing PSFs and using plastic tanks to store water. A few Union Parishad members shared their concerns about their respective unions. From Kaikhali and Gabura, the members spoke on how salinity could be and must be reduced in the area for sustainability of livelihoods. Drinking water scarcity could be reduced through storing water in plastic tanks for drier seasons. They suggested making embankments stronger and ensure proper polder management.
Mr. Mostafa Aktheruzzman, Deputy Director, Shushilan also shared his views regarding WAI’s work and Jal Chaupal. He mentioned how similar issues regarding water are present in both the countries; India and Bangladesh. Drought, scarcity of safe drinking water, groundwater depletion and contamination etc. are all major issues in the study areas for this project in these neighboring countries. Dr. Mohammad Rezaur Rahman, Professor, Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) was also present in the event and shared his views on transboundary river issues and the project in general. He said, “Solutions to these water issues could be learned from each other (countries sharing transboundary rivers) and communication between these countries is crucial.” Special guest Mr. Abdul Hannan, ADC, Satkhira said “Land use management is a huge factor in dealing with water issues in Satkhira and local authorities are to be more involved and active regarding this matter.”
The Conference Secretariat of 1st International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2017), organized by BRAC Business School (BBS), had a post conference meeting with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG, the Founder and Chairman of BRAC and Chairperson of Board of Trustees, BRAC University on Monday, 2nd October, 2017 at his office. ICBM 2017 was held at Westin Hotel, Dhaka on September 21-22, 2017.
The discussion focused on aims and objectives of ICBM 2017 and how those were accomplished successfully. Dr Md. Mamun Habib, Program Chair of ICBM 2017 focused on how great ideas and thoughtful solutions developed through key note speeches, various parallel sessions, academia-industry discussion, Industry Talk and many more group discussions led by top notch academicians and industry experts from local and international level.
Sir Abed, the Chief Patron of ICBM 2017, expressed his satisfaction and thanked all the associated organizing committee members for their generous efforts for producing the ICBM 2017 as a successful event. During the meeting, Conference Secretariat handed over conference kit, including conference proceedings, crest, etc. to Sir Abed. He expressed his intuition to BBS to continue their best efforts for the 2nd International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2019).
From left: Mr. Zaheed Husein Mohammad Al-Din, Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Mr. Shamim Ahmed Mr. N. M. Baki Billah
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