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SEA Presentation Contest at Khulna University

Tareq Islam Shuvo

The Alumni Association of Business Administration Discipline of Khulna University named SOMBA Ex-students Association (SEA) organized 1st SEA Presentation Contest on 15th September, 2006 for the students of Business Administration Discipline.

27teams and 135 participants successfully participated in that event. The contest was based on printed advertisements and TVCs.

Team Sanguine was awarded the best team of the contest. All the teachers and ex-students of the discipline participated in that colourful occasion.

Tareq Islam Shuvo
14th Batch, BBA


Corporate Presentation Session by BATB at Khulna University

Management and Business Administration School of Khulna University organized a corporate presentation session by British-American Tobacco, Bangladesh. Mr. Emil Moscofian, Managing Director of BATB was present as chief guest. Ms. Vasanda Kadarasen, Head of IT, Mr. Q. M. Shahed, Head of HR, Mr. Sebehuddin Khan, National Sales Manager, were also there as special guests. Dean of the school Prof. Feroz Ahmed was the chairman. The session started with the welcome speech by Mr. ATM Jahiruddin, Associate Professor ofBusiness Administration.

There was a Question and Answer session at the end of the session. All the BBA and MBA Students
participated in the presentation session.

The relationship between Business Administration Discipline of Khulna University and BATB will reach a platform through this session.

Introduction to Acting

The English Department Drama Society (EDDS) of the English department, University of Dhaka held a workshop on acting titled “Introduction to Acting” on 16 September 2006. The Dean, Faculty of Arts and Chairman of English Department, Prof. Sadrul Amin inaugurated the workshop. He encouraged the students to be more involved in extra curricular activities along with their studies. Ms. Tahmina Ahmed, the teacher-in-charge of EDDS said in her speech: “Acting is the development of not only your skills but also your personality. We focus on the students' overall development so that they are confident and ready to face any challenge.”

The event was organised by the new executive committee of EDDS comprising of nine students of the department. This committee was formed on 20 August 2006 and is looking forward to arranging more such events in future.

EDDS' aim is “Drama for a better human being”. It gives the students the chance to discover their latent talents and also helps understand literature better. EDDS usually stages plays both in Bangla and English.

Upol Biswas Apu: (the facilitator of the workshop)
Upol completed his Masters from the English department last year and works at the Standard Chartard Bank as a branch risk officer. His last project with EDDS was in May this year when he acted as “Helmer” in Ibsen's “A Doll's House”. All through his student years he has acted in many productions and also worked as the Vice president of the previous Executive Committee of EDDS.

His first on stage recital was when he was 4 years old. It was an open-air programme with one thousand people in the audience. He has been acting from Class 3, and in professional theatre from 1997. He got his diploma certificate in Drama from Kushtia Shilpakala Academy, and has worked with the “Gono Natto Songstha”. He has also acted in various street dramas and dramas related to social awareness in different parts of the country. He works as a consultant with the “Palakar” Theatre and helps in guiding them in acting and translating English dramas.

Upol was the Prime Minister's Gold Medalist in National Acting Championship in 2000.

He has taken part in workshops conducted by Badal Sarkar of Kolkata, Muttalib Biswas of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Prof. Syed Jamil Ahmed of Music of Theatre Department, Dhaka University.

Workshop events: In the beginning students were introduced to each other in a circle. After this icebreaking session, they were told to walk around the place to the rhythm of the traditional instrument KHOL. It gave them the idea of spacing in any kind of stage. Theatre games on concentration such as the mirror game with the help of a tennis ball made all the participants laugh. It's a game where two persons stand at a distance. Both of them ask a question to his partner and bounce the ball to him. The partner catches the ball and answers the question.

A good actor has to have observing power to see everyday characters around him and be able to imitate them. Acting is the imitation of life. An actor has to be disciplined and punctual to rehearsals. He has to be committed and dedicated to the play he is acting in. The facilitator explained these qualities. While acting, the whole focus and concentration of an actor should be his work.

There was an improvising game that focuses one's imagination. The participants were told to walk around the stage with slow /fast music. When the music stopped, they had to get into postures they wanted and had to make up a reason why they were in that position.

Feedback: The participants enjoyed it very much but they said that the time limit of three hours was too short. They want more of such events with longer durations in the future so that they can learn more.

ULAB observes second founding ceremony

UNIVERSITY of Liberal Arts (ULAB) is going to celebrate their second founding ceremony today (1st October) by inaugurating its Dhanmondi campus. The campus is located on Satmasjid Road and is equipped with state of the art facilities. The facilities include IT lab, media lab, language lab, digital and electronic lab and a library with a collection of 6000 books and journals.

The library can be accessed by Internet so a student will be able to access the system even from his or her home.

The inauguration ceremony is expected to take place in the newly built auditorium at ULAB's Dhanmondi campus. Information Minister M Shamsul Islam will grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Vice Chancellor of ULAB Kazi Shahad Ahmed will chair the event.

Certificate awarding ceremony at PUB

School of Business Administration, The People's University of Bangladesh Organized certificate awarding ceremony of "Intra University Debate Competition-2006" and "English Course for Professionals and Executives"

The program was presided over by Prof Dr Md. Aslam Bhuiyan while chief gust was Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley and special guests were Mr. Shahnoor Wahid, enior asstt. editor, The Daily Star and Mr. Syed Tosharraf Ali, editor, Weekly Robbar.

Among others who attended the programe were Prof Dr. Md. Mainul Islam, dean, School of Business Administration. Dr. Muhammad Mahboob Ali, Chairman, School of Business Administration, Rubaba Rahman, Rahnuma Zahir Tarafder, asst Professor, Tahura Pervin, lecturer, SBA, PUB & Likhon, President, Sports & Cultural Program, PUB.

The ceremony was followed by colourful cultural and sports programs.

CUDS 4th Thematic Debate Workshop held

Tabassum Mokhduma

The 4th thematic debate workshop 2006 organised by Chittagong University Debating Society (CUDS) concluded recently. The event was held at the Library Auditorium of the University of Chittagong (CU) and was sponsored by Executive's Care.

Dr. Mahbubul Haque, Moderator, CUDS and Associate Professor, Department of Bengali, CU; Mr. Tajul Islam, President, CUDS; Ms. Uchacha-A-Chak, General Secretary,CUDS; Mr. M. Saiful Abedin, Ex-President, CUDS; Mr. Fuad Hassan, Ex-President, CUDS and Lecturer, Department of Marketing, CU were present among others in the inauguration programme which was hosted by Prabir Barua, Associate Member, CUDS.

A total of 125 students from different departments participated in this workshop. Teachers from CU, Moderator, President and Ex-Presidents of CUDS, Mr. Abul Monem, eminent poet and journalist of The Daily Prothom Alo, Mr. Abdullah-Al-Mamun and Ms. Munmun Gulshan of the ActionAid Bangladesh, Mr. Hafizur Rahman, UNO, Hathazari took the classes on different topics in this workshop. The topics were Globalisation, Pronunciation, Intellectual Property, Vocal Exercise, Human Rights, Philosophy, Gender Issue, Local Government and Administration, Public Relation and Communication, Economics, Aesthetic, rules and systems of different formats of debate etc.

After the completion of all the classes, a MCQ test was held based on the classes of the workshop. The workshop concluded on the 6th of September. The closing session was hosted by Mukarramus Shaklan, Associate Member, CUDS. Among others, the Moderator, President, General Secretary, Ex-Presidents and other members of the CUDS were present in the closing session where the participants were awarded certificates according to their performances in the workshop.

Themetic debate workshop, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, is regularly organised by CUDS. A good debator needs to know different information from different fields to make a debate lively. But it is not possible for every debater to know everything about different topics without proper guideline. By organising thematic debate workshop regularly, CUDS is doing a great job of increasing a debater's knowledge and skill.

Law teachers attend training programme on refugee law

A host of law teachers of various universities and other law experts took part in a three-day residential training on refugee law that was held at the Proshika Human Resource Development Center Trust at Koitta, Manikgong from 19 to 21 September 2006. The programme was organized by the research and advocacy NGO, Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) and sponsored by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). For the second time, ELCOP organized the programme.

The programme aimed to sensitize the participants on human rights mechanism protecting refugees in general and refugee law and related issues in specific. As part of the UNHCR's capacity building of national institutions and individuals on refugee law and its mechanism the programme was organized.

The agenda of the training included basic understanding of human rights; correlation between human rights law and refugee law; understanding of persecution, asylum, refugee and non-refoulement; conceptual background of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons; human rights and the rights of refugees; refugees' rights within the Constitution and laws of Bangladesh; role of UNHCR, international community and host State for refugee protection; international legal, institutional mechanism for the protection of the internally displaced persons; legal status of the Urdu-speaking community/Biharis in Bangladesh; and accession to the 1951 Refugee Convention. There was also a panel discussion on the Rohingya Refugees and Challenges for Bangladesh.

The resource persons included Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman of the University of Dhaka and Executive Director of ELCOP, Professor Shah Alam, Dean of Law, Stamford University, Dhaka, Professor M. Zakir Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Chittagong, Dr. Abdullah Al Faruque, Assistant Professor of Law of the University of Chittagong, Dr. Rahmat Ullah of the University of Dhaka, Mr. Akhtaruzzaman, Deputy Director, Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission Secretariat, Advocate Dr. Naim Ahmed and Advocate Mohsen Rashid of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and Dr. Uttam Kumar Das, National Protection Officer of UNHCR Bangladesh.

The training concluded with distribution of certificates on 21 September by Professor Shah Alam. 30 individuals representing law faculties at public and private universities, government (Ministry of Food and Disaster Management), Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Bar Council, human rights organizations, inter-governmental organization, and media participated in the programme.

Health debate held

Tazmia Islam Nion

The 1st health debate competition 2006 was held in the Institute of Education and Research Department (IER) of Dhaka University on 23-24 & 28-29 August.

IER Debating Club of DU, Peoples Health Movement (PHM), Action Aid Bangladesh, and Creative Media Limited organized the competition. Thirty teams among which sixteen halls of DU and other reputed colleges and universities as Jahangirnagar, North South, Asian University, BRAC University, Viqarunnisa School and College, Holly Cross School and Collage participated in the competition.

The inauguration program was chaired by Professor Dr. S.M.A Faiz, vice chancellor of Dhaka University. Journalist Monjorul Ahsan Bulbul of Daily Sangbad, Mr. Safiuddin, Chairperson PHM, Shoeb Siddique, Interim country director Action Aid Bangladesh, and Abul Kashem Chowdhury, vice chancellor Public University, also spoke in the inauguration session

The subject of the debate mainly focused on the health condition of Bangladesh, methods of improvement of the poor health condition, the role of government and private sector and how the physicians are playing their roles.

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