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RUET turns three

RAJSHAHI University of Engineering and Technology has turned three last week. To celebrate the occasion the university authorities undertook various befitting programmes, which included colourful rally, placing wreath at Central Shaheed Minar, tree plantation, inter-hall sports competition, friendly cricket and handball match, cultural programme at RUET auditorium etc. All university buildings were also illuminated at night.
RUET Vice Chancellor Professor Dr AFM Anwarul Haque inaugurated the founding anniversary programme by releasing pigeons and balloons. A rally participated by teachers, students and employees, was brought out on the campus.
Set up in 1964 on 150 acres of land, the then Rajshahi Engineering College was upgraded into Bangladesh Institute of Technology in 1986 and to Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology on September 1, 2003.

BUET students get IEEE awards

Two student groups from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Buet have got first and second prizes in the IEEE Region-10 Student Paper Contest in undergraduate category.
Asif Islam Khan and Md Khalid Ashraf, students of Level 4, Term 1, got the first prize. They will receive US$ 300 and a certificate.
Toufiq, Imtiaz and Shankhanaad, students of Level 4, Term 2, got the second prize. IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Inc, NY, USA) is the leading authority in electrical and computer engineering with over 3,75,000 members all over the world.
IEEE Region-10, comprising all of Asia except Middle East, holds an annual student paper contest for over 20,000 student members in the region.

Workshop to bring the MDG closer to young debators

Subrata Kumar Paul

The closing and certificate giving ceremony of the day-long workshop on "Millennium Development Goals" jointly organized by the UN & DFID in collaboration with Debate for Democracy was held on 31st August at IDB Bhaban Auditorium.

UN Country Director Mr. Gopal K. Bhattacharya, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Shamim Hamid and Chairman, Debate for Democracy Mr. Hassan Ahamed Chowdhury Kiron were present in the ceremony.

ILO Country Director Mr. Gopal K. Bhatyacharia (2nd from right) & Mr. Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron of Debate for Democracy (2nd from left) at the programme

More than 250 debators from Dhaka University, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, United International University, Northern University, Mymensingh Medical College, Ideal School & College, Shaheed Bir Uttam Lt. Anwar Girls College and 30 other renowned institutions participated in the workshop. Prof. Dr. Atiur Rahman, Dr. Ainun Nishat, Ms. Ayshanie Labe, Mr. K.A. Reza, Mr. Shakil Faizullah gave lectures in different sessions.

The speakers said Bangladesh needs to review resource distribution pattern, dynamics and possibilities towards a more just society such as public and khas land distribution. To minimise inequality, tax structure and administration need to be reviewed and restructured to be attuned to growth. Speakers recommended that right of women, disabled, adivasi minorities, socially excluded or marginalised people including children and youths to be regularly monitored.


Dhanmondi Tutorial Tops IUB-MOJO inter school and college quiz competition 2006

IUB Trust Chairman Mr. Towhid Samad is distributed awards to the winners at IUB-MOJO inter school and college quiz competition 2006 held at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)

Dhanmondi Tutorial Team A clinched the title while Scholastica Team A secured runners up position in the IUB-MOJO inter school and college quiz competition 2006, organized by the Business Students Society (BSS) of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). The leading Bangla and English medium schools and colleges of the city took part in this 2-day competition. The participating schools and colleges were Scholastica, Aga Khan, Sunbeams, Loreto, Radiant International, Dhanmondi Tutorial, Viqarunnissa Noon School & College and Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT).

IUB Trust Chairman Mr. Towhid Samad was the Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony and awarded crests & certificates to the participating teams. Earlier day, IUB VC Prof. B M Chowdhury inaugurated the competition which was addressed among others by IUB Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Omar Rahman and Director of the School of Business Dr. Nadim Jahangir. The programme was attended by the students, teachers and parents of different schools & colleges, students & faculty members of IUB.

BSS is a students activity club of the School of Business and as a part of their activities, they arrange debate, quiz and other competitions and represent students to the corporate world.

3rd group photography exhibition held at UIU

The 3rd Group photography exhibition was held at United International University from 6 to 8 September 2006 at the UIU Gallery, at Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
The festival theme was Landscape. Photographs of Topu, Dablu, Khalid, Milon, Baheste and Lovely were put on display.
The festival was organized By: SNAP, UIU Photography Club

BU Club activities for business bees

BIZ BEE, BRAC University Business Club has organized a seminar on “Time Management” which was held on July 11,2006 in BRAC University. Dr. Golam Samdani Fakir, Director, Training, BRAC conducted the seminar. He made the session really interesting as well as informative for 30 students who were present there. The morale of the seminar was “Managing time is nothing but managing life.” BIZ BEE has decided to facilitate more sessions like this in near future.
The members are working hard in preparing the BIZ BEE banner and also at the last stage of creating its own website. The upcoming activities of BIZ BEE include some of the attractive and important events for its members and the BU students. BIZ BEE is working hard to prepare for its prime event this fall: “BIZ BEE Trade Fair” which will be held on September 17, Monday. Other events include a field trip in a manufacturing plant, a seminar with a successful entrepreneur and another seminar on stock market. BIZ BEE's future events include an intra-university case competition and workshops on “Seven Habits” and “Microsoft Excel for Business Applications”.
The main purpose of arranging these events is to make its members productive and efficient, enhance interest in business activities, develop their leadership skills and prepare them for the competitive job market.

LCCI International Qualifications Launching Ceremony

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched its international qualifications at a programme held at the British Council auditorium on 3rd September 2006.

news03Mr Jeffery Soong, Regional Manager for LCCI Asia, based in Malaysia did a presentation on the various accounting and business qualifications. LCCI International Qualifications are awarded by Education Development International plc (EDI), a leading awarding body for vocational qualifications in the United Kingdom. Every year, more than 200,000 learners in over 100 countries discover the benefits of LCCI qualifications in their professional and academic lives. These learners are well supported by LCCI's global network of 5000 centres. LCCI examinations are administered by British Council in Bangladesh.

Mr M A Momen, President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce (DCCI) graced the occasion as the chief guest. The programme was also attended by Richard Sunderland, Acting Director British Council and Shahin Reza, Examinations Services Manager, British Council.

Tuition Provider institutes and representatives from the media attended the programme.

Prof Dr. Karim made BSMRAU Treasurer

Professor Dr. Abdul Karim has been made Treasurer of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), located in Gazipur. The Hon'ble President and Chancellor of Bangabadhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricutural University has appointed Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim of department of Agronomy, BSMRAU for the period of 4 (four) years as per the University act, section 13 (1) of 1998 on 30 Aug. 2006. Dr. Karim took over the charge of Treasurer on 31 Aug. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Japan International research Center for the Pacific Islands. He worked as a Guest Scientist at the ETH, Switzerland. Dr. Karim was also invited as a visiting professor at the Kagoshima University, Japan.

news05Viqarunnisa Noon Environment Club

VIQARUNNISA Noon Environmental club organised their first environment festival from August 31 to September 2. The fair started with a colourful inauguration ceremony at the VNC auditorium. Chief guest of the opening event was Prof. Dr. Kazi Zaker Hossain, department of Zoology, University of Dhaka.

The three day long festival featured environment fair, project display, art competition, quiz show, extempore speech competition and debating. All together 9 colleges including Notre news06Dame College, Dhaka City College, Dhaka College and Viqarunnisa Noon College participated in the college category while 7 schools including Ideal School, Government Laboratory School, Viqarunnisa Noon School participated in the school categories.

Many projects related to environmental disaster were displayed and the green house effect was at the top of the agenda. Students were very conscious about environment, which is really a very good sign. Every one at the festival looked excited and eager to learn.

On 2nd September the closing ceremony was held and the results of the environment fair were announced. Results were announced at three categories at Junior-1, Junior-2 and Senior categories. At Junior-1 level the first prize went to Viqarunnisa Noon School for Brick fields effluent treatment planet, at Junior-2 first prize went to Gov. Lab School for their Lightning project and the 1st prize for the senior category went to VNC for their Hope for Day After Tomorrow project.

-Mainul Hassan

Inauguration ceremony of SUB Business Club of State University of Bangladesh

SUB Business Club was glamorously inaugurated by Prof. Dr. MS Illyas Dhami - the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University and was presided over by Prof. Dr. A R Khan Dean of the School of Business and Social Studies. M. Sirajul Islam Acting Head of the Department and Adviser of the Club, Khaled Mahmud Raihan Assistant Professor and another Adviser of the Club, Mohammad Shahid-ul-Haque Deputy Registrar, other faculty members, executives and students were present in the event.


Steering education towards career

Durdana Ghias

EBL 6TH EDIM EXPO 2006 was held recently at the Expo Centre on level 7 of Bashundhara City, to help students work towards their careers by enrolling into study programmes relevant to their background and change tracks.
news09“This is a wonderful exposure for students looking for prospective colleges and universities of further studies both at home and abroad," said Imran who is about to complete the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).
“I am in Bangladesh for three and a half weeks and one reason is this expo,” said Dr Terence R Moore, principal, Guildhall College, United Kingdom.
“We are very interested in getting students from Bangladesh through our representatives in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna,” he said.
“We participated in this expo to promote the educational facilities our university offers. We are offering 50 percent discounts on spot admissions,” said a representative of Eastern University.
“The expo is both about education and career prospects. But 'career' does not mean job opportunities, it means counselling students towards finding the right 'career'," said Saifuzzaman Raihan, manager projects, Conference & Exhibition Management Services Ltd (CEMS), the firm managing the event.
Raihan explained that if one is at present working in a bank and wants to change to human relations (HR), then we counsel him on what area of HR he should concentrate on, taking into account his educational background and age.
Among the participants were students from private colleges and universities, IT institutions, education counselling firms, and fashion and hotel management schools.
The local agent of New Brunswick University, Canada is attracting students towards the country's educational environment, graduate and under graduate courses, low tuition fees, and job opportunities.
“We offer courses in managerial, technical, marketing and designing in the garments sector. This is the first time we are participating in an education expo in Dhaka,” said Rajat Bhattacharyya, executive director, Pearl Fashion Institute, Bangladesh, an Indian institute affiliated with Nottingham Trend University.
Another new entrant to the race of schools is the Royal Park Institute of Hotel Management, Tourism and Catering, training and guiding new comers to the hotel trade.
"Hotel school is a new trend to Bangladesh and as we have now entered the race we needed exposure to this area of job oriented further education," said Saman Devasurendra, senior lecturer. "Students can study all aspects of the hotel trade from front office management to catering and house keeping under one roof," he added.
Seminars were held on September 4 at 4 pm on “Role to be adopted by universities & counselling centres to upgrade and provide better services to the students” and “The problems of finance and foreign education”.
Around 60 institutes in 90 stalls from 15 countries including Bangaldesh took part in the fair.
Eastern Bank Ltd partners CEMS, while Channel I, Daily Jugantor and The Daily Star were media partners.

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