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Reception & farewell'07 at CU

M A Samad Hemal

It was the moment of truth, a moment of joy and sorrow, because it was the time to welcome as well as bid farewell. Every year the Department of Management Studies of Chittagong University (CU) organises the reception and farewell programme for the incoming BBA students and outgoing MBA students. This year there was no change in the age-old tradition. The daylong programme was divided into two sessions, inaugural session and cultural ceremony. The first session was spectacular, which included reception, speech and felicitation. Amidst thousands of students, teachers, officials as well as guests the first session started at 11 am at the auditorium of the Commerce Faculty.

The entire faculty and premises wore a festive look and students were in a jovial mood. Organizer tried to decorate the auditorium as beautifully as possible and their efforts really paid off.

The orientation program started with one-minute silence in memory of the students of this department who passed away in the last couple of years. The honorable dean of Commerce Faculty professor K M Golam Mohiuddin was present there as chief guest. Dr. M A Taher, professor and chairman of the Department of Management Studies presided over the programme while professor Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chowdhury, Mr. S. M . Salamat Ullah Bhuiyan, Mr. Anwarul Azim Arif, Dr. Shiekh Asraf Ali, Dr. Syed Md. Athar, Dr. Zahid Hossain Sikder, Dr. A. F. M. Aowrangazab, Dr. Md. Muazzam Hossain, associate professor Mr. Abu Md. Atiqur Rahman, Mr. A K M Tafzal Haque, assistant professor Mr. Mohammad Monowar Hossain, Dr. Zahurul Alam and Lecturer Mr. Mohammad Abul Bashar spoke on the occasion. The master of ceremony of this session was Md. Abdus Samad Hemal.

After the completion of the first session a colorful procession was brought out which was well attended by the good number of teachers and students.

Azam, a student of MBA, hosted the cultural show. It was full of fun and amusement. The show started off with the song “ Aguner porosh moni” sung by Javed, Suborna, Sabrina and Shima. Then there was a duet song by Javed and Sabina titled, “ Nodir Satha Ami Debona Tomar Tulona.” A fourth year student, Robin presented a Michel Jackson dance with music. A group of first year students staged a drama, 'the modern Baeder Meye Zosna.' A recitation of Rajib of his own poem was definitely a new experience while another outgoing MBA student sang a song that was written and composed by him.

Students of this department presented a dazzling and enjoyable fashion show, designed by Borhan, a student of 4th year!

Some 'ATN and Close Up One' stars entertained the audience with their outstanding performance. It was really fantastic watching the dance programmes of teachers along with students with music.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank chief coordinator of this program Mr. A K M Tafzal Haque and assistant program coordinator Mr. Mohammad Abul Bashar, the associate professor and lecturer respectively of this department. Hats off to all organizer like Aftab, Sajib, Pavel and all those people involved in the making of this outstanding event into a phenomenal success. We are eagerly waiting for the next show, next year, and unlimited fun! Good luck!

(Student of MBA
Department of Management Studies.
University of Chittagong.

BRAC University contribution for flood relief operations

The staff and faculty members of BRAC University (BU) donated their one day's salary (Tk. 1.52 lac) to BRAC flood relief programme. Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, BU handed over the cheque to Mr. Fazle Hasan Abed President, BU Governing Board at BRAC Centre. Dr. AMR Chowdhury-Dean, Master of Public Health, Prof. Iftekher Ghani Chowdhury-Dean BRAC Business School, Mr. S K Sarkar-Treasurer, Mr. Mahmood Hassan-Registrar and Mr. Monojit Kumar Ojha-Head of Accounts, BU were present.

It may be mentioned that the staff of BRAC and BRAC Bank have also contributed their one day's salary to BRAC flood relief operations. Aarong central service and field staff have also decided to donate their one day's salary to BRAC relief programme. BRAC has already committed Tk. 5 crore from its won resources and expects to mobilise voluntary support of an additional Tk. 15 crore for flood relief operations.

A 24-hour control room has been set up at the BRAC headquarters at BRAC Centre, Mohakhali to coordinate flood relief activities in all areas throughout the country.

Wireless LAN course at AIUB

Cisco Networking Academy at American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) unfolds Wireless LAN course with a vision to create skilled manpower in such area. Basically it is a fundamental course and duration is only two months. This course mainly focuses on design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of wireless networks. This seventy-hour course also includes state-of-the-art lab facilities in order to boost up practical experience of the students. The course content encompasses topics such as wireless LAN set-up & troubleshooting, 802.11a & 802.11b technologies, products and solutions, site surveys, resilient WLAN design, installation and configuration, WLAN security (802.1x, EAP, LEAP, WEP, SSID), vendor interoperability strategies and wireless bridging. Special discount is offered to AIUB and Cisco Networking Academy students and alumni.

IUB seminar on treatment of arsenic related diseases

Dr. Mohammad Alauddin, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, USA spoke on arsenic contamination of groundwater in various regions of Bangladesh and suggested both preventive and curative aspects of treatment for arresting this menace at a seminar on "Selenium Supplements as Chemopreventive Agents to Arsenic Cancers in Bangladesh."

The seminar on this important nation-wide health issue was organized by the Centre for Health, Population and Development (CHPD) at Independent University, Bangladesh on August 12th, 2007, at the University's Baridhara campus. Professor Omar Rahman, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of CHPD, moderated the seminar, chaired by Professor Bazlul Mobin Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor. Dr. Tanvir A. Khan, Registrar, delivered the vote of thanks.

Dr. Alauddin based his presentation on the on-going research findings of a joint research project being conducted in Bangladesh by five US universities including his institution, one Canadian university and two Bangladeshi research organizations and stated that the worst side of these diseases is that longtime suffering leads to arsenic related cancers of liver, kidney etc.

He said the research findings show that appropriate dose of selenite helps to wash out arsenite from the patients body and advocated for using selenium supplements either by taking enough protein which has selenite substance or by administering of selenium tablets for treatment of arsenic caused diseases.

IBAISU Film Society: a hub for movie aficionados

Moshikur Rahman & Zakir Hossain

IFS (IBAISU Film Society) is an independent organization formed by the students of IBAIS University. The basic idea is to unite the students and to stimulate their minds with great movies.

IFS believes that film is the strongest medium to help people understand the world better. This vision was first introduced by Md. Sarwar Jahan, a student of computer science and information technology. Then it took hundreds of phone calls, few applications, donation from teachers, and real hard-work by the members of IFS to make this vision a reality.

With full support from the authorities, IFS started its journey on 5th July 2007 by conducting their first ever movie session on the university auditorium, showing two movies “Mr. Bean's Holiday” and “Final Fantasy VII” in three consecutive periods. The show turned out to be a successful one. After receiving incredible response and terrific support from the students (especially the newcomers) IFS is planning to organise such movie shows every two months.

(IFS, IBAIS University)

Seminar on Building Environmental Governance Capacity in Bangladesh held at NSU

The urgent needs of human resource development and institutional capacity building for effective environmental governance were emphasized by Dr. C. S. Karim, Adviser in-charge of the ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock, Environment and Forestry. He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Project on Building Environmental Governance Capacity in Bangladesh at North South University (NSU). The Adviser is his statement dwelled upon the serious environmental degradation in Bangladesh including climate change, hill cutting, depletion of fisheries etc.

This six-year project approved by the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC) and funded by CIDA, the Canadian aid agency, will be jointly undertaken by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of University of Manitoba (Canada), North South University, BRAC University and the Centre for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS). The total budget of the Project is Can$1.64 million, of which CIDA will fund about Can$1 million. The remainder will come from the four partners in cash and kind. The project has five components:

* Capacity building at NSU to enhance academic programs on natural & environmental resource management under the Dept of Environmental Science and Management.

* Necessary infrastructure development at NSU including establishing an Environmental Governance Resource Centre.

* Capacity building at BRAC University on environmental governance offerings in their MA program on Governance, which will enroll students from among mid-level Government officials.

* Community-based sustainable resource management by CNRS, the NGO partner, and students' experiential learning through field-based activities, and

* Establishing an Environmental Governance Policy Network.

At the inauguration ceremony, the details of the project was described by Prof. Emdad Haque, Director of the NRI of University of Manitoba, Canada, The event was addressed by Mrs. Rehana Rahman, Chairperson of the NSU Board of Governors, Dr. Hafiz G.A. Siddiqi, VC of NSU, Prof. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, VC of BRAC University, Dr. Rajani Alexander, Head of Development Cooperation of Canadian High Commission, and Mr. M. Rahman, Executive Director of CNRS. Dr. Mizan R. Khan, Chairman of NSU Department of Environmental Science and Management gave the vote of thanks. The event was attended by a cross-section of participants, including members of the donor community and NGOs, NSU student, faculty and staff, among others.

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