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Nababarsha Celebrated by Shanskritik Shammilan of Chittagong University

Ariful Anwar

For the first time, Shanskritik Shammilan celebrated Nababarsha on 22nd April (9th Baishakh) at Muktamancha in Chittagong University (CU). The program started with the song "Esho hey Baishakh"at 10:45 a.m. Besides songs, two short dramas presented in the program. Angan, Oikatan, Abrittimancha, Shanskritik Union, Charan and Samageet Shanskriti Prangan took part in the program. "Samageet" presented three songs composed by them along with two songs of Kafil Ahmed. The program came to a successful ending with the presentation of the national anthem.

1st Convocation ceremony of Northern University Bangladesh

The first convocation programme of Northern University Bangladesh was held on April 24 at the Bangladesh- China Friendship Conference Centre amid great festivity. Professor Iajuddin Ahmed, President, People's Republic of Bangladesh presided over the session. Special guest was Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Convocation speaker was Dr Saleuddin Ahmed, Governor, Bangladesh Bank.

While emphasizing the importance of quality education in a competitive world, the President said in his speech: "Universities should take the state-of-the-art curricula so that our students can work at the cutting-edge of technology." He further said universities have a great role to play for giving shape to new ideas suitable for the country. "The university education should empower individuals with the latest knowledge and skill to be professionals of high standard. Apart from meeting the standard professional needs, education must have another purpose towards the development of a value system, which empowers individuals to understand their rights and accountability of the society, and gives them the identity with relevance to morality."

Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed stressed the need for including arts and humanity into university curricula along with science and technology to make the students well-informed and competitive. "Ethical values, which combine morality, integrity and honesty, should be incorporated in the learning process so that the students an acquire these noble qualities along with their academic lessons," he said.

About the role of the teachers in ensuring quality education, he termed teachers as 'social engineers' and the 'real makers of the nation'. Congratulating the graduates, he said, "The country and the people of the soil have sacrificed enough for bringing you to this position and it is your turn to repay the debt by discharging your services with utmost sincerity and dedication." He called upon them to uphold truth, justice and honesty while discharging duties wherever they are assigned. The president also thanked the university authorities, guardians as well as the fellow faculty members for providing right directions and proper guidance to the students.
(Source: UNB)

Fresher's reception at AIBT

The orientation programme of the 7th batch BBA students of Asian Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) was held on April 18. Around 60 newly enrolled students were welcomed by the management in a cordial environment. Chief guest of the programme was Dr Aka Feroz Aamad, chairman, governing body, AIBT. The programme was presided over by principal AIBT, Lt. Col. Shamsul Huda (retd).

Extraordinary fresher reception of CUET Debating Society

Mahadi Hasan

Students and faculty of Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology (CUET) organized a beautiful programme to welcome the freshers. More than 60 students of first year came to attend the programme. The program was hosted by Faisal Rabbi and Sadia. Mithun talked about the relationship between the seniors and juniors.

As per the tradition of CUETDS, in the fresher reception program there is no provision for a chief guest. Rimi of 2nd year also talked on the occasion.

The general secretary of CUETDS Anup Barai talked on the weekly adda of CUETDS. The president of CUET Journalist Association (CUETJA) Mahadi Hasan and general secretary Assaduzzaman Rasel delivered speech as special guests.

What came as a beautiful last minute surprise to all was the resolve of the first year boys that they would never tease girls.

(The writer is the CUET Correspondent of Prothom-Alo)
Photo: Anup Barai

Baishakhi extravaganza at TSC

Tazmia Islam Nion

TSC (Teachers and Students Centre) organized a five-day long "Baishakhi Utsab" from 15th to 19th April. The programme was inaugurated at 4.30 pm. Special guest of the inauguration programme was Professor Rezina Sultana while Professor Dr. Babuna Faiz chaired the programme.

Each day of the 'Utsab' was scheduled into four sessions.
The first session was for recitation of poem by the university students. There was both solo as well as group performance. The second session included competition on Rabindra Sangeet, Nuzrul sangeet, Modern and Folk songs etc. Dhaka university Alumni association, Dhaka University Musical Academy (DUMA), Dhaka University Sangskritik Sangsad, University Laboratory School and College took part to make the event a memorable one.

The fourth session was all about performance of the celebrities. In this part of the 'Baishakhi Utsab', popular bands 'Black', Lucky Akhand and his team 'Happy Touch', S.I Tutul and his band 'Face to Face', Bappa Mazundar and his band 'Dalchhut' and Partho and his band 'Souls' entertained the audience with their popular numbers.

On the last day a sculpture named " Shantir Paira" (Dove of Peace) was unveiled by professor Dr.S.M.A Faiz in front of T.S.C at 4 pm. Mr. Manzul Elahi, President of Dhaka University Alumni Association, Professor Dr. A.F.M Yousuf Haider, Pro-VC of Dhaka University, Professor Dr. Syed Abul Kalam Azad, Treasurer of Dhaka University and Professor Dr. Tazmeri S.A Islam, Provost of Rokeya Hall, Dean of Faculty of Science, Members of Syndicate were present as special guests.

Prof. Hamidizzaman is the designer of this sculpture.
Dhaka University Alumni Association and Dhaka University Reporters Association cooperated throughout the programme. The media partner of the event was Baishakhi.

Seminar at Eastern University

A seminar on “British legal education system” was held at Eastern University (EU), Dhanmondi campus on April 18. The keynote paper was presented by Prof. Cedric D Bell, chief executive, Holborn College, London. In his speech the speaker said that British government encourages overseas students to study in UK. The session was presided over by Prof. Dr Rahim B Talukdar, Vice Chancellor, Eastern University (EU).

The Wall Paper to commemorate Baishakh

Md Nazrul Islam

When BBA students became too work-oriented, with no time for extracurricular activities, someone proposed publishing a wall magazine on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh. Everybody agreed to this and the editorial board was formed, with me as the chief editor. First we informed our honorable chairman Dr Abu Taher for his consent. Fortunately we got it and decided to create a big white board for our wall magazine. We also decided that the 3rd year management students will be organizers but it will be open for all Chittagong University students. Wes selected the topics and made the notices. Students responded within a short time and submitted their scripts spontaneously.

After a few days, the editorial board called a meeting to decide the name of our magazine. A member proposed that our wall magazine's name be Baishaki, and everybody accepted this suggestion. We decided to unveil it on 15th April 2007.

One of our MBA students, Khairul Amin, decorated the board nicely. Our editorial board selected twenty articles. I was excited when I wrote the editorial. Our effort was dedicated to two late students of management family, Palash and Halim. This year Pahela Baishakh was a memorable day for Chittagong University students, because in its forty-year history this is for the first time that a cultural program was organized on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh. We were pasting all the selected articles on the board. Then we invited all the teachers and students to attend the inauguration program. Our chairman Dr Abu Taher launched the magazine. He urged the audience to forget all division and nourish our culture and dedicate ourselves to build a poverty free, corruption free and prosperous Bangladesh. A short discussion session was held. After the discussion session a colorful photo session was held.

IUB observes Earth Day

Students of Environmental Science of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) observed 'Earth Day'. On the occasion a day-long special programme was held at IUB Baridhara campus. The programme featured photographic exhibition and film screening. Film titled 'Inconvenient Truth' made by former US vice president Al Gore was shown. The theme of the programme was 'Make this earth liveable and pollution free'.

BRAC University News

1.The BRAC University James P. Grant School of Public Health has recently won a competitive grant of Euro 749000 from European Commission, Brussels under the latter's 'Asia Link' programme. The grant will support some of existing activities of the School with its European partner universities and initiate new activities. The activities that will get support through this include curriculum review and development, participation of European faculty in teaching, capacity building, institutional system development and capability building.

2. The certificate awarding ceremony of the Post graduation Programme in Disaster Management (PPDM) was held recently at the BRAC centre Inn auditorium. Ten students were awarded certificates for successfully completing the course. Tapan Chowdhury, Adviser, Ministry of Food and Disaster Management was chief guest of the event. Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University; Professor Fuad Hassan Mallick, Director, PPDM and other Faculty members were also present at the event.


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