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3rd Inter Department debate-2007 at Stamford

With the association of Stamford University, Bangladesh the 3rd Inter Department Debate Competition of Stamford Debate Forum has begun on 23 June,2007. Mr. Zafar Ikbal, the Deputy Registrar of the University inaugurated the Debate Competition while Mr. Sanjeeb Shaha the general secretary of the Bangladesh Debate Federation was present on the occasion. Ms. Tahsina Yasmin, the Chief Coordinator of SDF and other coordinators have also spoken on the inauguration session. The teams were selected at Stamford's Siddeshwari Campus through a lottery. In a show debate Aninda Rahman, Nazmul Islam Shovon of Dhaka University, Shaifuddin Rana of United International University and Abdullah Mohammad Sukrana, Md.Monir Hossain and Abdullah Al Rezwan of Stamford University, Bangladesh took part. In this 8 day long debate program, 28 teams of the Bengali section and 10 teams of the English section are participating. The final debate of the Inter Department Debate competition will be held on 30 June, 2007. Apart from this, the debaters will take part in public speaking and common debate.

BRAC University launching program in Economics

Hammad Ali

BRAC University, one of the fastest-growing private universities in Bangladesh, is all set to launch a post-graduate level programme in Economics, called the Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE), from the semester of Fall 2007. The programme, which is the first of its kind in Bangladesh, is designed with the requirements of the local job market in mind, with an objective of creating highly competent economics professionals in the private and public sectors of the country. However, the course will also be useful for those who wish to prepare themselves for studying economics at the doctoral level. Upon completion of the core components, students can focus on one of three fields: econometrics, financial economics or public policy. These fields have been chosen based on feedback received from potential employers. The MSAE will be a 36 credit programme, and can be completed within a year of full time study, or three full semesters. For prospective Ph.D. students, the MSAE programme will act as a foundation, while for those who do not wish to proceed further down the academic route; the programme will act as a terminal qualification for the wider job market.

Prospective students for the programme should ideally have an undergraduate degree in economics, however flexibility has been ensured in order to accommodate students from a fairly wide range of disciplines. As such, some students will not have had adequate exposure to any economics courses prior to this programme. Such students will have to complete some or all of the non-credit foundation courses prior to commencing the Masters programme. The exact mix of courses will depend on the individual student's situation and consent of the advisor. Having to do these foundation courses can add one extra semester to the length of the programme. To mention another little caveat here, this is a day program, which may be a problem for certain people who want to complete post-graduate education while being involved in a full-time job. On the plus side though, tuition rebates are available since the program is just being launched. Lastly, of course, the university will assist the students with career placement.

For more information :
ESS Program Office, Email: info@bracuniversity.ac.bd
The writer can be reached at hammad2099@gmail.com

AUB Debate Competition 2007

Rawshan Ara Lubna

4th Intra University Debate competition 2007 was organized successfully by Asian University Debating club.The final round was on 26th June 07. The program was inaugurated by the chief guest Prof. Dr.Abul Hasan Muhammad Sadeque, VC of AUB. Dr. Md. Kaiser Hossain Pro VC of AUB, Mr. A.K.M. Shoaib, Chairman, National Debate Federation (NDF-BD.).All of them delivered their speches in the program. The program consisted of prize giving ceremony, declaration of new commitee and reunion.A public speaking program was held. The champion crest won by Rawshan Ara Lubna from English department -10th batch.In debating, the champion team were Daisy, Ferdous, and Taposh from BBA dept.

The former president of AUB debating club Mr.Sahniat Rashid Khan Rajesh handed over his designation to new one. The last session of the program consisted of a cultural program and fun activities includes music, cutting cake etc .The new commitee was heartily welcomed and given importance to do better performance to enhance the debate movement through the country as wel as AUB.

Essay competition on Principles and Practices of Corporate Governance in Bangladesh

Lopa Rahman

The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organized an Essay Competition on Corporate Governance on Friday, May 25, 2007. The essay competition was titled Principles and practices of Corporate Governance in Bangladesh.

A total of 89 under-graduate and graduate students from different departments such as Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Economics, International Relations, Law, etc. of eight public and private universities in Bangladesh registered for the competition. Thirty-two students submitted the exam based essays.

The objective of the essay competition was to generate awareness and increase knowledge among the student community about the importance of CG practices in Bangladesh. BEI intends to encourage the students the future leaders to understand the strategic importance of CG and help them to learn and work on different important CG issues.

A panel of independent judges will select three essays based on their originality, clarity, language and use of thoughtful yet concrete proposals for building and improving Corporate Governance in Bangladesh. The cash prize for the top three essays are Tk 15,000, Tk 12,500 and Tk 10,000. BEI intends to hand out certificates and cash prizes within 2 months of the competition through an award giving ceremony.

CUET English Language Club


The journey of English Language Club in Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) has begun on 14th June. This is a newly made non-political organization to fulfill the objective of acquiring fluency in English language, increasing vocabulary and skill, learning English grammar and reading about literature.

Primarily a committee has been formed to oversee its activities. The lecturer of English department of CUET Md. Kamrul Hasan has been elected as the moderator and 3rd year student of Civil Engineering Department Probal Chowdhury has been elected as the coordinator. Flora Sultana Poly and Kajol were elected as Ladies Hall correspondents.

The committee has taken the decision to keep English journals, magazines and newspapers to serve the purpose of the club. Students have shown tremendous eagerness to be a member of this club.

(04 Batch, Civil Engineering)

Film week at Stamford University

Stamford English Department Drama Society (SEDDS) held a six-day daylong event titled SEDDS Film Week 2007 from June 16- 21 at SU Siddeswari campus. A total of eleven English movies were screened at the event. Professor S M A Shikder, academic coordinator, SU, inaugurated the event on June 16. Muhammad Jafar Iqbal, Deputy Register, SU; Tahsina Yasmin, advisor SEDDS along with others were present at the inauguration programme.


ISD soccer news

BRAC Bank 5-a-side Indoor Soccer Tournament Champion International School Dhaka (ISD) team along with Mr. John Sperandio, CEO of ISD (right) and Mr. Kaiser Tamiz Amin, DMD of BRAC Bank (middle). In all 24 corporate teams participated in the tournament held at ISD.

Festive Fresher's Debate in BUET

Shahrukh Ahmed

BUET Debating Club recently organized the Fresher's Debate championship. It commenced from the 21st of June and ended with its three day program on the 23rd of June. Debators from both the batch-05 and batch-06 participated in the program. Public Speaking was also a part of the program. It was specially refreshing to see the response of the batch-06 from which thirty six debaters participated. On the first day of the program, preliminary round debates were organized in the traditional format. The topics of the first round focused on the current national issues. Five winning teams along with three best losers advanced to the second round. Debates were simultaneously conducted at the seminar room and the auditorium of BUET. The best speakers from this round were selected for the public speaking.

The preceding day started with the second round fixtures. The topics of this round had their marks on the current international affairs. Debates of this round were organized at the seminar room. Four teams from batch-06 advanced to the semi-final. This was again encouraging for the BUET DC to find such talented debaters from batch-06. Public speaking was also held on the same day and seven participants moved to the penultimate round.
Next agenda on the day was hosting the semifinals where teams: Shourjo, Deepro and team: Shuddho, Mukto contested. Both the semifinals were keenly contested and was competed in true spirits. Team-Shourjo and team-Deepro forced their way into the final.

Third and the concluding day kicked off with the final round of the public speaking. The topic of the public speaking was:"Shopno noi,shanti noi, bhalobasha noi...". Rashed from batch-05 with his lively speech claimed the first prize. The second and the third prize went to Jubair and Ananya respectively.

After the public speaking, the grand final started at the seminar room. The topic of the final was: "Ei pothei gonotontro ache". In a hard fought final team-Shourjo clinched the title of the fresher's debate championship-07. The best speaker of the final was Ananya. The speaker of the final round was eminent ex-debater ASM Rafiqullah Romel. The DSW of BUET, Dr. Monowar Hossain, distributed the prizes of the final round. The program ended with the thanks giving of the Club President Tanim Humayun to the organizers of the tournament.

Book launching at North South University

A Book Publication Ceremony was held on the occasion of 62nd Birth Anniversary of eminent management consultants and trainers Dr M Mosharraf Hossain, Chairman & Managing Director, Rapport Bangladesh Limited and former District Governor (1994-1995) of Rotary International, District 3280 Bangladesh. The Book, 'Harbinger of Management Development in Bangladesh' is a compilation of articles contributed by 48 outstanding professors, politicians, businessmen, business executives and social workers of home and abroad on Dr Hossain's achievement and presented to him to celebrate his 62nd Birthday. The function was chaired by Prof (Dr) Hafiz G A Siddiqi, Vice-Chancellor, North South University while Dr Sadat Husain, Chairman, Public Service Commission was the Chief Guest. Mr Shaheen Mahmud, a prominent businessman was the Special Guest. Dr Muhammad Mahboob Ali, Chairman, School of Business and Economics, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology conducted the function. A number of well-wishers and associates of Dr Hossain spoke on the occasion highlighting his sustained professional and social achievements. Dr Sadat Husain had written Foreword of the Book and in it he mentioned the remarkable contribution of Dr Hossain made in the field of human resource development.

Seminar on Biotechnology at BRAC University

Aparna Islam

A seminar series on important topics of Biotechnology began at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of BRAC University on 21 June. The first seminar was held on two topics of health biotechnology. The first session was on “Gene Therapy: Its science, prospect and challenges”, and the second session was on “Stem Cell Research: Is it a tool for survival?”

The MS Biotechnology students of the department presented relevant papers. The seminar created a lot of enthusiasm among the participants and many issues related to ethical, legal and social aspects of the techniques were discussed.
(Assistant Professor)

AIUB's Arts & Social Science community celebrates glorious beginning

Feeda Hasan Shahed

Like a flow of refreshed air amid the heated summer schedule, students and teachers of AIUB's newly launched English, Mass Communication, and Advertising departments organized a mesmerizing acquaintance programme at the Campus-1 auditorium on 28 June, Wednesday, the last working day before the mid term exams. It featured drama, student-teacher debate, songs and instrumentals, dances etc that were enjoyed by students and teachers from other departments as well. What really enthralled the full-house audience was the splendor and quality of the show. The first semester students of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) displayed their creativity in every aspect of programme management and performancenever allowing the show to lose excitement for a single moment.

Added to this was the remarkable rendering of classic English numbers by the charismatic acting Dean of the Faculty Dr. Charles Villanueva along with the piano accompaniment by Dr. Faheem Hasan Shahed of English Department. A visibly excited Dr. Charles mentioned that the new Faculty possesses one of the most talented and dynamic student communities who would “inshallah” make FASS an outstanding place of creativity and knowledge in and outside AIUB.

The students, majority of whom belonged to the English Department, also expressed their enthusiasm to contribute toward the prosperity of the Faculty. “We've teachers who're greatly talented, friendly and fun-loving,” they said, “and so we are delighted to be here in this new Faculty!”

It needs to be mentioned that B.A. students of FASS would have to undergo an initial 63 credit package of core subjects on arts & aesthetics, social sciences, basic science, English & communication before entering their Majors in English Literature, English Language Teaching, Mass Communication & Media Arts, and Advertising. “This is interesting and challenging not only for the students, but also for us,” said Dr. Buddha Dev Biswas who teaches Sociology, “because we'd get the chance to activate our academic spirits within diverse disciplines.” The program ended with the jubilation of an equally splendid eat-and-drink party.

Agreement between IBAIS University & The University of Michigan- Flint

The Department of English of IBAIS University has recently signed an agreement of educational cooperation, with the Department of English of the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint), USA.

The agreement will facilitate the transfer of students from IBAISU to UM-Flint. According to the agreement undergraduates who have successfully completed their first and second years in English literature at IBAISU will be able to apply for transfer to English Department of UM-Flint to complete their graduation and after completing the rest of the course there a students will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Michigan-Flint.

Dr. Zakaria Lincoln, founder president & Vice Chancellor (acting), IBAIS University and Dr. Jack Kay, acting Chancellor, the University of Michigan-Flint signed the agreement.

Scholarship Achievers and Top Graders Felicitated at Metropolitan University

Mohammad Shafiqul Islam

The scholarship achievers under different scholarship schemes and the top graders were felicitated and awarded by Metropolitan University at the Library Auditorium on Saturday, 23 June 2007. Prof. Dr. Kabir H. Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, Metropolitan University, presided over the program. The speakers of the program congratulated the scholars and top graders on their outstanding performance in the examinations and brilliant results. They emphasized on their strong determination for continual good results.

The students achieving A+ in all courses of the consecutive three terms are awarded Chairman's Scholarship; the students achieving A+ in all courses except one of the consecutive three terms are awarded Vice Chancellor's Scholarship and the students doing excellent results in both SSC and HSC as well as doing well at the university exams are awarded with Merit Scholarship.

A total of nineteen students were awarded in the program. Six of them were Chairman's Scholarship achievers; three of them were Vice Chancellor's Scholarship achievers; one of them was the Merit Scholarship achiever. Nine students as the top graders having A+ in all courses in the Spring Term 2007 were also awarded in the program.

The program was conducted by Mrs. Rama Islam, Lecturer, Department of English, Metropolitan University, Sylhet.

(Lecturer, Department of English)


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