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.
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”- this is one of the trademark of a youth; capitalizing this, youth always have a quench of exploring the new and sometimes this new becomes shady in disguise. Drugs can be listed on of top most topics on this page. Drug abuse causes many serious problems, such as violence, stress, depression and so on. Like many other countries, in Bangladesh abusing drugs is becoming a menace to the society and especially among the youth to name.
Therefore, to enlighten the students of BRAC University; about the ramification of abusing drugs, two sessions of this seminar were conducted on September 27, 2017 and October 11, 2017 at BRAC University Residential Campus. The objectives of the sessions were to create an awareness of the cycle of addiction, empower the students to practice preventive measures to say no to drugs and being a supportive fellow for the others to stop abusing drugs.
On those very welcoming evening Mr. Rehan Ahmed, Campus Superintendent of the Residential Campus greeted the audience and introduced the objective of the seminar. The Renowned Psychologist Professor Mehtab Khanam, Chairperson, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of Dhaka and Adviser of the Counseling Unit, BRAC University started the session with insightful concepts about the significant of Mental Health Care and a stabilization meditation exercise. Later on, three guest speakers shared their personal experiences of the negative impacts of abusing drugs and how they recovered from drug addiction. Their miserable life experiences regarding recovery from drug addiction touched the audience very much at the same time a new corner to think of regarding this concern. After that, Professor Mehtab Khanam discussed about the concepts of addiction, self reflection on addiction, communication style, the rules of assertion, functions of different ego states to say NO to drugs and some important tips to prevent addiction. Throughout the session, several role plays were conducted by the students and members of the counseling unit regarding how students can protect themselves from taking drugs. During the session, the students were very much enthusiastic and positive regarding the issue.
Concluded part was discussed by Mr. Rehan Ahmed by giving thanks to all the students of Residential Semester Fall-2017, distinguished guest speakers, members of the Counseling Unit, admin and management staff who supported to organize the seminar successfully.
Many say that when one leaves a beautiful place, he/she carries it in his/her heart for the lifetime. True indeed, for we are carrying the mesmerizing memories of sweet morning mists, enigmatic sunsets in boats, soothing breeze of freshness and what not. To alleviate the standard of learning, a practical ‘Branding’ session has always been taking place in Rahma Akhter’s class of Brand Management. Ms. Rahma Akhter believes that practical learning and enduring the freshness of the firsthand primary information to write the term-paper is the best way she can offer her students who are paving their way to be the maestro of marketing and branding. This time, she took the entire branding section to Barisal, to change perceptions and to challenge the student to push their boundaries and wallow out of the comfort zone. The main objective was to make students learn the core essence of brand management and let them write an outstanding report. Creation of a video was part of the project to focus Barisal as a tourist destination. Thus we, the students, have learned a lot both practically and theoretically which we will not be forgetting anytime soon. The tour ignited on the 11th October 2017 and lasted for 2 days. BRAC University inspires excellence and it has, yet again, proven to be the best.
The BRAC University Law Society celebrated its 8th year birthday anniversary on 11th October at the BRAC University auditorium. The faculties, alumni members, all the students of BRAC University School of Law and all the members of the BRAC University Law Society celebrated the grand celebration together. The program started at 3 PM with the arrival of therespected advisor of the BULS, Dr. Saira Rahman Khan, lecturer Farhaan Uddin Ahmed and other respected faculties. The whole program was organized and directed by the president of the BULS, Raiyana Akhand and the vice president Noshin Saida Riha Saba. All the secretaries and executive members of the BULS made the event successful along with the leading of the president and the vice-president of the BULS. Many former presidents, vice presidents and well-wishers of the BULS sent their wishes via videos.
The seminar, entitled “Binding of flagella and flagella hook protein to intestinal cryosections of chicken” was presented by Shafaque Rahman, Radboud University, Netherlands on Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, at 3:30pm in Room UB#21511. She was an ex-student of Microbiology program, BRAC University.
Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) observes World Mental Health Day on 10th October. The theme of this year is "Mental Health in the Workplace". As a part of this worldwide awareness campaign, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University has been organizing month long mental health awareness programs since 2013. The quality of the work environment impacts on employee’s emotional and mental health. An unhealthy work environment can have negative impacts on employee’s mental health and their functioning. On the other hand, a healthy work environment can flourish an employee’s potentials.
This year, the Counseling Unit has taken initiatives to organize different awareness programs inside and outside the campus both in the October and November months by focusing on this year’s theme as well as other aspects of mental health. It includes: Awareness Campaign, participation in the Rally and Human Chain in front of Press Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh, development of Mental Health Policies and Guidelines of BRAC University, development of the Peer Support Program, organization of various Workshops on different Psychosocial topics for the members of BRAC University and BRAC, and conduction of a Series of Workshops at Residential Campus of BRAC University.
On October 10, 2017, the Counseling Unit arranged Mental Health Awareness Campaign inside the campus. It included showing video presentations on different psychosocial aspects, giving affirmations in the heart shape cards to the students, faculty members and staff of BRAC University. This campaign was highly accepted and appreciated by the BRAC University family.
BRAC University Marketing Association organized club fair of this semester titled “Fall Wayniacs”. The program was scheduled on last 8th, 9th and 10th October. The total program was consisted with sign-up program, concert, cultural festival and food festival.
BRAC University Marketing Association (BUMA) was founded on May 2012 with the sole purpose of aiming to work with business students who wants to expand the knowledge of real life marketing. As a club of BRAC University, we got chance to organized the club fair of this semester for the very first time. This program was inaugurated by our Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Ansar Ahmed. Dean of BRAC Business School, Dr. Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury was also present there. The program was started at 11.am sharp and went till 1.pm. than we organized a concert where miner performed at BRAC University for the very first time. In the second day, various cultural clubs of BRAC University performed on our cultural day. The program was ended up with a food festival. The entire program was sponsored by Partex star group.
Club fair is the biggest and official event of BRAC University. This program has numerous benefit for BRAC University students. In this program, student are get to know about 26 clubs of BRAC University. They can enter in their desired clubs and get associated with various club activities. Thus they can develop their efficiency and get involve with co- curricular activities. In Addition to that, they will be able to learn how o take pressure of additional work.Moreover, this event will help us to increase the capability of organizing big events as it is the biggest event of BRAC University. More than 3500 students enjoyed this event.
Lastly, We would like to mention that organizing this event was our biggest success And we organized this event successfully.
Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), in its effort to solve the southwestern region transboundary water issues, organized the workshop on, “Advancing Water Security of Marginalized Communities Living Along Karnali-Ganges River Basin in Nepal, India and Bangladesh” on 10 October 2017 in collaboration with WaterAid, Bangladesh and Shushilan. The workshop was designed to discuss the water issue through an open conversation among the people from local representatives, stakeholders, researchers. Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor emeritus, C3ER, BRAC University facilitated the program.
Dr. Liakath Ali, Director of Programme and Policy Advocacy, WaterAid Bangladesh started the event with a welcome note, “The objective of this project is to make transboundary water governance issue based on the local context and be more implicit and be more sustainable.”Then, Mr. Arjen Naafs, Regional Technical Advisor-South Asia; WaterAid UK presented a detailed overview on the Nepal and India component of project. He also added, “It is possible to solve the transboundary water issues through productive discussion among the representatives of the areas”. Moreover, Mr. Naafs emphasized, “Make sure the voices from communities do not go unheard, particularly about transboundary river issues.”In 2nd Technical Session, Mr. Ramisetty Murali spoke about the basic role of FANSA which is primarily focusing on water and sanitation. He added, “I think this is a compelling need to generate information and disseminate information with particular focus on community experiences, community issues and also informing communities about the transboundary water issues” K. J. Joy, senior fellow at Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management, (SOPPECOM), stated some critical issues of the Karnali-Ghaghra-Ganga Basin. Some of which are drought, flood, high levels of pollution, groundwater, increasing deforestation, erosion, silt deposition downstream, etc.
Professor Ainun Nishat discussed the Bangladesh component for the project. His presentation included a detailed idea about the project area, objectives and outcomes. He said, “If we want to save the environment, water should be saved for it.”The Chief Guest, Md. Abdus Samad shared his concerns, “Rivers are natural reservoirs of water. Sharing of water with good governance and participation of the local community is very much needed”. In the interactive session, Dr. S.M. Abdur Rouf, Kashimari Union Parishad Chairman, Shyamnagar, Satkhira discussed union specific issues like salinity and solutions like rain water harvesting. He hoped that they could solve the problem by implementing proper solution for it. He suggested 2 ways to solve the water problem. There are three sources of water- rainwater, groundwater and river water. But, because of salinity, river water can’t be used in any work. Groundwater is also unusable because of arsenic and salinity. Salinity in water wasn’t this much severe in recent years. But, in recent years, due to natural calamities and sea water rise salinity in water is rising tremendously. So, water scarcity in agriculture, drinking purpose is becoming worse day by day. Also, due to extraction of groundwater, the ongoing situation is exacerbating. He also suggested the rain water harvesting as a good approach to solve this issue. This will lessen the pressure on the groundwater resources. Again, he talked about restoring the dead pond, canal and other water sources to fulfill the water demand. He really appreciated the Indian technology and their ideas to deal with water issues
Arif A. Khan from UNDP said, “The challenge is everything: Too many water, too little water, too saline water”. He also added, “This project will act as beacon for policy makers to go ahead and take measures to decrease sufferings.”Advocate Ataur Rahman, Padmapukur Union Parishad Chairman discussed about river erosion, natural disasters, incapacity to tackle disasters, inadequate cyclone shelters in his area. He also mentioned that there are only 6 shelters for 34000 populations which is quite inadequate. He said, “We are deprived of the privileges our neighbor unions get.”Md. Abdur Rahim, Gabura Union Parishad Chairman emphasized on rebuilding and constructing stronger, sustainable embankments. Mr. Joseph Halder, Head of AIC in NGO forum for Public Health, said, “The community is always participating somehow, they always come up with solutions, but the solutions are based at higher level and decisions come from there. Thus the voices of the local people go unheard.”Professor Ainun Nishat concluded the workshop encouraged excavating and restoring the dead ponds to store rainwater. He quoted, “The local government representatives need to be more vocal and raise their union wise concerns.
The ever-growing family of BUCC (BRAC University Computer Club) heartily welcomed its newest members on the 9th of October, 2017 by organizing a Fresher’s Orientation to familiarize them with the club and its members. The event took place at the UB03 auditorium from 5 PM to 7 PM.
The orientation was also blessed due to the presence of Professor Md. Abdul Motalib, Ph.D., Chairperson, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) as well as honorable advisor Annajiat Alim Rasel, Lecturer III and Undergraduate Course Coordinator, CSE Department, and Md. Shamsul Kaonain Lecturer, CSE Department.
Zahidul Islam Prince gave his warm welcome to all the new members of BUCC. Annajiat Alim Rasel motivated and inspired the students with an eloquent speech where he talked about the importance of participating in club activities and discussed how individuals can improve their personal and professional skills through clubbing.
Maisha Farzana & Tonmoy Rahman elaborated the achievements of the club. They further emphasized on the workshops and seminars organized by BUCC and discussed how they can the help new members.
Humayun Kabir, Director of Event Management, Raihanoor Rayon and Parisa Tabassum, Assistant Directors of Creative Department introduced the members of Event Management and Creative Departments to the audience respectively.
Professor Md. Abdul Motalib discussed his future plans like organizing ICT festival, robotics contest, ICT Olympiad, business ideas & programming language contest and so on. He concluded his speech with the words of inspiration by encouraging the students to participate in more extracurricular activities.
Press Release and Publications Department was introduced by Mahmudul Hasan and Monamy Islam, Directors of Press Release and Publication. Finance department was introduced by Falguni Sanyal Jui, Former Director of Finance, Mitasree Halder, Director of Finance, and Amitabha Dey, Director of Marketing introduced the marketing department. Finally, the Human Resource Department was introduced by Md. Shaown, Director of HR and Abdullah Umar Nasib, Assistant Director of HR.
The auspicious event was comprised of motivational speeches, technical speeches, tech-related quiz session, crest awarding session, introductory, and informative videos, as well as a session of the formal introduction of all the member of the individual wings of BUCC by their respective directors.
Special thanks go to Md. Muyeed Shahriar, G.M Mahbubur Rahman, Zahidul Islam Prince, Prasenjit Das, Amit Dutta, Maisha Farzana, Tanzina Tonny, Suraiya Rahman, Khalid Saifullah, Wasik Ahmed Khan, Md. Abdullah Al Reza, T.I.M Fahim Sahryer, Ahmed Bin Sabit, Md. Ahmedul Karim, Eialid Ahmed Joy, Asadur Rahman Rishan, Leonard Michael Mushfiqur Rahman Sharot, Zarif Ahmed Chowdhury, Sohanul Habib, Amanat Ullah Prottoy, Joy Bordhen, Tarikul Islam, Farzana Haque Toma, Tasin Mahmud, , Jahanara Akter, Anindya Biswas, S. Farhan Ahmed, Shahan Jamil, and Syeda Tanzina Farhin Toma for helping with the hosting, decorating and effective organization of the event.
As IT sector grows tremendously within the vicinity of the business and social community of Bangladesh, students of BRAC are interested to learn more. As such, there has been a great thriving response from the students which has transformed the curiosity to opening up of a new Major in Computer Information Management in upcoming Spring 2018. Thanks to BBS for inaugurating this new dynamic track for students. Tasinul Islam, a current BBS student has worked hard on initiating the direction through creating an awareness amongst students about the new possibility in Information Management. His passion is displayed through the magnificent CIM Poster he created in collaboration with current CSE371 Section I and II student teams under the supervision Mr. Kamal Hossain, Senior Lecturer of Ecommerce and CIM. Advised by BBS, Mr. Kamal Hossain will be taking MSC451 LAN course while Mr. Nafiul Haque will be conducting MSC443 Database course. Students are invited to join this new major to integrate in an innovative booming sector of IT with great job opportunities. For further consultation, please see Mr. Kamal Hossain UB20503 and Mr. Nafiul Haque UB20805.
World Space Week is an international event which focuses on the achievements of science and technology and how it has changed human lives. This year around 2700 events in 86 countries occurred in order to celebrate this week.
Robotics club of BRAC University participated in this event like previous year. The year, 2017, is a big year for ROBU as the first ever nano-satellite made by Bangladesh came through the hard work of three bright minds of this club and BRAC University, Kafi, Maisun and Antara. The club’s president Adnan Sabbir along with other members beautifully depicted ROBU’s awesome journey and managed the whole event in a perfect way along with Naster Lab. The team leader of Naster lab which is the ground station of BRAC Onnesha, Mr. Shourov and his fellow team members’ presence was encouraging for the school kids. Dr. Khalilur Rahman who is an associate professor of CSE department, principal investigator of BRAC Onnesha project and technical advisor of ROBU gave an inspiring speech to motivate the young minds. Later on Dr. Khalilur Rahman gifted a dummy of BRAC Onnesha on behalf of BRAC University to Mr. F R Sharkar, who is the first Bangladeshi to experience zero gravity flight. Dr. Md. Hasanuzzaman Sagor, Assistant professor of EEE department gave his valuable speech which inspired the crowd even more. After the valuable speeches Dr. Khalilur Rahman, Kafi, Antara, Shourobh and many others were given medals because of their brilliance and efforts for gaining those awesome achievements.
After that, various events took place such as quiz competition and cultural program. Md. Saiful Islam, Lecturer of CSE Department was the judge in the school kid’s art competition. According to him “I am very lucky and honored to be a part of these creative minds”. The winners were given prizes by the honorable teachers and special gifts were given by BRAC University for the winners.
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