New Faces at BRAC University
Mr. Abdulla Hil Kafi joined as a Research Associate at the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) in November 2017. Mr. Kafi completed his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from BRAC University and M.Sc. in Space System Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.
Ms. Raihana Shams Islam Antara joined as a Research Associate at the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) in November 2017. Ms. Antara completed her B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from BRAC University and M.Sc. in Space System Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.
Dr. Shah M. Faruque joined as a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in November 2017. Dr. Faruque achieved his Ph.D from the University of Reading, UK. Earlier he did hid B.Sc and M.Sc from the University of Dhaka.
Management and Admin
Mr. Maksud Ahmed Chowdhury joined as Senior Assistant Registrar at the Registrar’s Office in November 2017. Mr. Chowdhury completed his Chartered Accountancy Course from KPMG Rahman Rahman Huq as an Articled Student and did his B.Com from the University of Dhaka.
Ms. Sangita Basak joined as Assistant Librarian at Ayesha Abed Library in November 2017. Ms. Basak completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka.
Mr. Omar Hassan Khan joined as Assistant System Programmer at Ayesha Abed Library in November 2017. Mr. Khan completed his B.Sc. in Computer Science from BRAC University.
Ms. Kazi Aiatul Kurshee Hoque joined as Junior Assistant Librarian at Ayesha Abed Library in November 2017. Ms. Hoque completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Rajshahi.
Mr. Md. Abu Al Shafi joined as Lab Technical Officer at the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in November 2017. Mr. Shafi did his Diploma in Engineering in Electrical Technology from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Md. Shamim Reza joined as Lab Technical Officer at the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in November 2017. Mr. Reza did his Diploma in Engineering in Electronics from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Shakil Ahmed joined as Lab Technical Officer at the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in November 2017. Mr. Ahmed did his Diploma in Engineering in Electronics from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute.
Left from BRAC University
The following members were separated from BRAC University in November 2017:
Ms. Sajia Sultana, Sr. Asst. Librarian, Ayesha Abed Library
Mr. M. M. Wasid Hossain, IT Officer, IT System Office
Mr. Md. Faruk Hossain, Asst. Campus Superintendent, Savar Campus
Ms. Rumana Afroz, Software Engineer, IT System Office
Anika Saba, Lecturer, ENH, attended a three-day Book Review Workshop jointly organised by ULAB's Dhaka Translation Center (DTC) and Department of English and Humanities (DEH).
Prof. Somdatta Mandal, Professor of English and ex-Chairperson, Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, India, led the workshop sharing her expertise and experiences of doing book reviews for the last 20 years. Through this workshop Ms. Saba received constructive feedback from Prof. Mandal. The participants were awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop.
Ms. Saba has written several book reviews for The Daily Star’s literature page and she had several takeaways from the workshop that will help her excelling in this field.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) arranged a seminar for IPDC Finance on 13th November, 2017 in the Auditorium of BRACU. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss about the recruitment process and application procedures for any current vacant positions available in Coats Bangladesh for fresh graduates of BRAC University.
IPDC Finance Limited, the first financial institution of Bangladesh established in 1981, launched ‘Unbounders Management Trainee Program, Season 2’ on 5th October, 2017. After the tremendous success from its first season, this year IPDC Finance Limited will select ‘Unbounders’ from all over the country. After extensive nationwide campus roadshows and screening the resumes, IPDC will shortlist the candidates by following the stages of recruitment which includes Written Exam, Assessment Centre, Individual Presentation, Structured Interview and Interview with Management Team to find its Next Gen Leaders.
Mominul Islam, Managing Director, IPDC Finance Limited said, “Management Trainees are the future leader of the company who will be placed in the strategic positions of the company after successful completion of the carefully crafted development program. They will be rotated through all the functions of the company and will be assigned to projects with strategic priorities where they must demonstrate superior leadership skills in learning, collaborating and delivering key objectives of the company.”
Ms. Gulnaz Alam, Head of Human Resources, Mr. Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman Shawon, Manager, MME Business, Mr. Nawed Wahed Asif, Head of Treasury and Mr. Ahashanuzzaman Shujan, Manager, Human Resources from IPDC Finance Limited had an interactive session with the final year students by explaining the opportunities that they will be given if they are selected as Management Trainee. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
A lecture on Indigenous Languages of Bangladesh organised under the ENH Seminar Series was delivered by Mohammad Zakaria Rahman of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on 12th November, 2017. The paper was titled: Contact-Induced Changes: Structural Convergence in Hyow, a Tibeto-Burman Language of Bangladesh and highlighted how structural convergence is a possible outcome of language contact in a micro or a macro linguistic area. Rahman spoke about the relative-correlative constructions in Bangla and Hyow, a Tibeto-Burman Language of Bangladesh.
On 21st Nov, Aruna Chakravarti spoke about her book Jorasanko and its sequel Daughters of Jorasanko. The talk which was followed by reading of extracts from the books generated a very animated response from the audience.
Two faculty members from MNS department, Ms. Sharmin Akter and Mohammad Mosaddidur Rahman joined "Frugal Innovation Forum" on 9-11 November 2017 at BRAC CDM, Savar, Dhaka. The program headed with the title "Scaling quality education". As the world is moving towards a renewed direction regarding education for all so it is a platform for practitioners to explore frugal innovations in the global South. Frugal Innovation Forum 2017 has encouraged leaders and practitioners to debate around policy initiatives, find suitable partnership models and finance methods to enable appropriate environment for scaling up quality education through panels, discussions and informal conversations. The three days long program ended with an entertaining musical events.
Ms. Romana Siddique, Senior Lecturer of Biotechnology program at Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences had attended World Science Forum 2017 as a Young Scientist. She was invited by Royal Scientific Society of Jordan to attend WSF 2017 which took place from 7 to 11November 2017 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre at the Dead sea, Jordan, under the gracious Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and in the presence of the World Science Forum patrons, His Excellency Janos Ader, President of Hungary, and Her Excellency Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. In WSF she actively participated in the session, ‘Young Researchers Identify Skills of the Future to Advance Science Diplomacy and Society’, in which the panel of plenary speakers contained seven young researchers from around the world, representing each organization, to talk about the role that young scientists play in science diplomacy and in promoting peace through the establishment of shared communities and research collaborations. She also actively participated in a special session, Women in Science to Achieve SDGs.
The WSF ended with the release of the declaration of the 8th World Science Forum on ‘Science for Peace’. The declaration calls for improved quality in science education, as well as greater empowerment of young scientists and women scientists.
On 10th November 2017, a group of BBA students from “Production-Operations Management” course (section: 1,2 &4) went to a study tour in Sylhet. National Tea Company Ltd (one of the largest companies in Bangladesh having 18 tea gardens) was visited and its detail operations and supply chain was thoroughly examined. Mr. Mahbub, Asst. Manager of the tea estate assisted the visitors and briefed on how the process is managed. Students were very excited and seemed very keen to be exposed with the practical environment and they also believed that this hands-on exposure would always help them to grasp the theoretical knowledge in relating with theories that they learn in class.
The tour was facilitated by the course instructor Mr. Md. Tamzidul Islam, Asst. Professor, BRAC Business School and it was successfully planned and coordinated by Md. Nahid Mahfuz Khan Suchak (one of the students from the course).
In collaboration with Warwick University's Poverty Research Network, ENH and ESS organized an International Conference on Women, Poverty and Migration on November 9, 2017, at the BRAC Centre. The conference invited intellectuals and academics from a variety of disciplines to present their papers, with the goal of creating an interdisciplinary platform to discuss gender, poverty and migration. Professor Ann Stewart, School of Law, University of Warwick, said "We do not understand poverty holistically. Poverty is seen as uniform; its multidimensionality becomes lost when we talk of the impoverished." The conference was the second of its kind conducted by the Poverty Research Network and poses the question: 'Can other disciplines add a new understanding to the dimensions of poverty?' The conference had three sessions where the paper presentations mostly dealt with gender, poverty and migration, as the title of the conference suggests. Professor Firdous Azim, ENH, presented her paper titled ‘The Words that Govern Us: The Discourse around Women, Poverty’, and Dr. Rifat Mahbub, ENH, presented her work titled ‘Poverty, Migration and The Pen: Voices of Bangladeshi Migrants from ‘below’’. The conference also had a lively and interactive session, where Professor Firdous Azim was in conversation with poets Ayesha Siddiqua (book Ahoto Ami) and Md. Mukul Hossaine (book Me Migrant). The well-attended conference concluded with lively open discussion between presenters and attendees, students and academics.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Glaxo SmithKline Bangladesh Ltd (GSK) organized a career session named “Career Prospects in Glaxo SmithKline Bangladesh Ltd” on 9th November 2017 in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03, BRAC University.
Mr. Stawb Peter Halder, HR Operations Manager & Rewards Lead, Human Resources, GSK Bangladesh delivered an overview on GSK, their position in this country, future plan for sustainability in the marketplace. He also shared his experience as an employee of the company with the students. At the second part of the session, he talked about the whole recruitment process of GSK with student participants.
The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q&A session in which students raised queries about the career growth opportunities.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
The month of November was summarized by three mega events organized by BRAC University Film Club (BUFC) which is one of the presitigius clubs of BRAC University. Those three events were Norwegian Film Festival, Banglalink Ennovators and LG Campus Icon.
BRAC University Film Club (BUFC) has done a great job by organizing the Norwegian Film Festival. This event was to make people aware of the amazing Norwegian films and cultures. The event was attended by a humble audience.
The event started at 12:30 PM. The ambassador of Norway H.E .Ms. Sidsel joined us at the event. There was also our Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D. The show was hosted by the president of BUFC, Shihab Noor Alam and an Apprentice named Thema Chowdhury of the followingclub. Their speech about Norway and their films was remarkable. The ambassador talked about the achievement of their film industry. It was appreciated by all the audiences. Our Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Ansar Ahmed appreciated our work for this festival.
There was an arrangement of a Norwegian movie “The Keutokeino Rebellion" was screened on the projector. The movie was really great .There were a lot of people who came and watched the movie. They praised the movie for its good story line, cinematography, their acting etc. The event was wrapped up at 3:30 pm. It was a great day for everyone and thanks to the Ambassador who came to this fest and made it a little more special.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) arranged a career counselling seminar for Banglalink Ltd on 7th November, 2017 in the Indoor Games Room of BRACU. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss about the recruitment process and application procedures for any current vacant positions available in Coats Bangladesh for fresh graduates of BRAC University.
This program basically gives the opportunity to fresh graduates to kick start their career and to develop themselves into a leader of tomorrow. Mr. Monzula Morshed Chief Human resources and administration officer, Mr. Mustafa Raihanul Alam Head of Talent Acquisition and Development, were present in the session and encouraged the students by pointing out the fact that being future ready will not only give them an opportunity to work with the world-class team but also empower them with a lot of opportunities which will help Banglalink to be more successful.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) conducted the 22nd Journal Club Session on November 06, 2017, at BRAC University. Ms. Tasmia Nawrin, Lecturer at BIL, presented an article titled “The Application of Body Language in English Teaching” by Yuanyuan Tai.
As the name suggests, the author focuses on the importance of body language in teaching English and discusses how the use of body language assists in not only teaching but also language learning. The author further explains three features of body language, namely the intuitional, communicative and suggestive feature, and emphasizes on the necessity of using non-verbal communication for a qualified teacher. In addition, the author explains how body language helps to visually express words for students to understand the context more effectively, make students more interested to learn English, and also change the atmosphere of the class into a more enthusiastic one. The author concludes the article by re-emphasizing on the magnitude that body language plays in becoming a more successful English teacher.
Throughout the session, the faculty members who were present shared their own opinions and experiences on the matter, which included several instances of how using non-verbal communication in the classroom helped them to communicate better with the students. Overall, the presenter’s enthusiasm in discussing the article and the faculty members’ contribution to the discussion led to a lively session.
The 12th Convocation of BRAC University is scheduled to be held on December 13, 2017. Therefore, the Final Examinations for Fall 2017 semester are rescheduled as follows:
|Existing schedule||Revised schedule|
|Day-1: December 10, 2017||Unaltered|
|Day-2: December 11, 2017||Unaltered|
|Day-3: December 12, 2017||Day-3: December 15, 2017|
|Day-4: December 13, 2017||Day-4: December 17, 2017|
|Day-5: December 14, 2017||Day-5: December 18, 2017|
|Day-6: December 15, 2017||Day-6: December 19, 2017|
|Day-7: December 17, 2017||Day-7: December 20, 2017|
|Day-8: December 18, 2017||Day-8: December 21, 2017|
Consequently, last day of submitting Grades is December 26, 2017 and publication of results for Fall 2017 semester is December 28, 2017.
Treasurer and Registrar (a.i)
Khandaker Jafor Ahmed, Research Associate, Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, participated in the 28thInternational Population Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa. Statistics South Africa, on behalf of the Republic of South Africa, hosted the 28th International Population Conference of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) in Cape Town, South Africa at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 29 October to 4 November 2017. The IUSSP International Population Conference was a major international event drawing over 2,000 scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the global population community to meet and address the issues of common concern. Khandaker Jafor Ahmed presented two of his research papers in the conference:
Oral presentation: Nexus between Extreme Weather Events, Marriage and Violence: A Study on Vulnerable Areas of Bangladesh
Poster presentation: Is fertility preference related with the perception of risk of infant dying, landholding and family type? A comparative study on vulnerable populations to extreme weather events in Bangladesh
The oral presentation delineated how extreme weather events (flood and tornado) induce the poverty incidence of household and sexual harassment of younger girls. It was found that the early marriage of girls is an economic survival strategy for the poor households.It was also demonstrated that extreme weather events introduce opportunities for violence, such as sexual violence, and therefore enhance reputational concerns along with the basic safety concerns. Thereby, extreme weather events encourage early marriage of daughters. The poster presentation depicted the impacts of extreme weather events (flood and cyclone) on the fertility preference of married women of reproductive ages (15-49). This study highlighted higher number of living children and higher fertility preference in the areas vulnerable to extreme weather events compared in the areas not vulnerable to any extreme weather events.
The Sheltech Awards for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 were handed over at Sheltech Lounge in the capital on 4 November 2017. Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus; C3ER, BRAC University is conferred the Sheltech Awards for the years 2016.
Sheltech Chairman Engineer Kutubuddin Ahmed alongside Founder, Managing Director of Sheltech Dr. Toufiq M Seraj handed over the awards. Each Sheltech Award includes an amount of Tk 2 Lac and a crest. Sheltech Director Tanvir Ahmed and Dr. Samia Seraj were also present in the occasion. Real-estate Company Sheltech started giving 'Sheltech Padak' from 1998 to honour for the country's eminent personalities for their lifelong dedication to social causes and their excellent service in their respective fields of work.
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