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IUB's Flood Relief Programme

As the recent floods have left death, disease and devastation in its wake, relief work continues and several institutions have come forward to lend a helping hand.

The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) was no exception.

The faculty, staff and administration of the University pooled together a day's salary to be donated to the victims of the natural calamity. In addition to this, the students organised their own fundraisers for the relief effort.

Late last month, the Student Council 2006-2007, under the Division of Student Activities (DoSA) at IUB staged a cultural show, featuring the musical talents of the student pool in IUB, to raise funds for the IUB Flood Relief Program.

Later the same week, Help Our People Empathize (HOPE), IUB's community-service network put up a food sale/raffle draw to contribute to this relief effort.

The student response for both events was overwhelming and the entire proceeds have been handed to the Chief Advisor's Relief Fund.

Public Speaking Contest at Stamford

Tasneem Tayeb

The English Department of Stamford University Bangladesh organized English Public Speaking Contest titled “I don't like…” on the 9th of this month in the auditorium of its Siddeswari campus. The topics of presentations included prominent literary figures like Daniel Defoe, T.S. Eliot, Chinua Achebe, Emily Brontë, Alexander Pope, Sir Francis Bacon etc.

The program was chaired by Prof. Syed Anwarul Huq, Chairman, Dept. of English. Mr. M.M.A. Sikder, Academic Coordinator, honored the chair of the special guest. Ms. Fatima Tabsun, Md. Azizul Haque, and Ms. Sanghamitra Das, senior faculty members of the English Department judged the presentations. Ms Tahsina Yasmin, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English gave the vote of thanks and announced the results. The first prize was awarded to Tasneem Tayeb, the second to Nasreen Sultana, and the third went to Md. Imran Khan.

Workshop at Eastern University

Eastern University in collaboration with the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) organised a workshop on Building Administrative Capacity in Bangladesh Institute of Higher Education on August 06 on the campus. A team of senior faculty members of Pennsylvania State University & Wake Forest University, USA Dr. Syedur Rahman, Dr. Charles Kennedy, Dr. Tara Fulton, Dr. Jack Ryman and Mr. Julius Wager attended the workshop. Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley, Chairman, Centre for Development Research Bangladesh (CDRB) was present at the workshop. The workshop was presided over by Prof. Dr. Rahim B. Talukdar, Vice Chancellor, Eastern University.

When we reached out…

Rezwana Mazumder

It was with some trepidation that we ventured into a flood relief programme under the banner of the Students' Welfare Association (SWA).

Sending the much-needed relief to the flood stranded people of Belkuchi in Sirajgonj District was the first assignment of the Students' Welfare Association. The idea was to collect money, dry food, clothes, medicine and saline. Posters requesting help went up in all corners of the college. 5 days before our trip to Sirajgonj we collected Tk. 6500, 555 bags each with 6.25 kilos of rice, half a kilo of daal, 20 packets of ORS, cheera, gur, a significant number of sacks of clothes and medicine. More arrived soon and we undertook the trip.

(Publications Secretary, SWA, Bangladesh Medical College)

Freshers welcome at Western College

The second Fresmen Welcome Ceremony for the students of 2007-2008 batch of Western College was held on the college campus on August 04. College principal Prof. Abul Hossain Mian presided over the event.

Seminar on "Trade Remedies in Developing Countries" at IUB

A seminar was held in the School of Business (SB) of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) on Wednesday, September 12th, 2007. The speaker was Dr. Gustav Brink, Extraordinary Lecturer, Department of Mercantile Law, University of Pretoria. Dr. Brink spoke on "Trade Remedies in Developing Countries". Mr. Aminur Rahman, Associate Professor, SB and Registrar, Dr. Tanvir Ahmed Khan spoke on the occasion. Dr. Brink discussed on the importance of international trade. In particular he stressed on three agreements used as remedies: Anti-dumping, Subsidies, and Safeguards, which according to him constitutes 40% of all trade disputes. The seminar was attended by the Director-In-Charge of the School of Business, Dr. Nadim Jahangir, faculties, students, and management of IUB.


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