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Awareness Campaign at Stamford University on World Health Day

STAMFORD University and Crescent Gastro Liver & General Hospital Ltd. jointly organised an awareness campaign for Hepatitis B and C on World Health Day at the Siddeswari campus auditorium on 7 April, 2009. Professor Dr. Md. Majibur Rahman, Vice- Chancellor, Stamford University Bangladesh, presided over the program.
The key note presentations on Hepatitis B virus and Hepatitis C virus were presented respectively by Professor Mobin Khan and Dr. Md. Shahinul Alam, Associate Professor, Bangobondu Shekh Mujib Medical University.

A Seminar on Rights of Disabled Students Held in JU

A seminar on the rights of disabled students in education was held on 27 April at the seminar room of Jahangirnagar University (JU). Centre of Disability in Development (CDD), Disability Friends Club, Jahangirnagar University and Manusher Jonno Foundation jointly arranged the seminar. Col (rtd) Showkat Ali, deputy speaker of the parliament, was present at the seminar as the chief guest. Dr. Shariff Enamul Kabir, the VC of JU, also spoke on the occasion. Dr. M. Moniruzzaman, Pro-VC Prof. Farhad Hossen, chairman of CDD Sheikh A. Halim, Nazrana Yasmin of Manusher Jonno Foundation were also present at the seminar. Prof. Muhammad Hanif Ali chaired the seminar.

Seminar on ACCA Qualification Held at DIIT

A SPECIAL seminar titled “Chartered Accountants: Prospects & Challenges” was organised by Daffodil Institute of IT (DIIT) at the University Auditorium on 23 April, 2009. Professor M Shahjahan Mina, advisor of DIIT and Daffodil International University, was present at the event. A detailed discussion was held on the prospects and challenges of the Chartered Certified Accounts Profession. The key note speech was given by the Executive Director of DIIT Mr. Mohammad Nuruzzaman.

SAU to Begin Journey in 2010

THE South Asian University (SAU), an initiative of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), is set to start its first academic session in 2010 with its main campus in New Delhi. Prof Dr Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University's International Relations department told UNB that new negotiations are on to concurrently introduce its (SAU) regional campus in each member country. Prof Imtiaz made the disclosure at the third meeting of the Inter-Governmental Expert Group Steering Committee member. The meeting was held in India in mid-April. Additional Secretary of Finance Ministry Arastoo Khan and Deputy Director (SAARC) of Foreign Ministry Kazi Imtiaz Hossain also attended the two-day meeting. The main campus of the university would be set up in Delhi with complete residential facility with an intake of 5,000 students. Its different campuses would facilitate SAARC nations to tackle world challenges, giving a boost to South Asian collective realization. The SAARC nations have agreed to spend 305 million US dollars on SAU in the next five years. SAU would offer both undergraduate and post-graduate courses. This gigantic project is being implemented by Foreign, Education and Finance Ministries of the SAARC member countries in consultation with their University Grant Commissions (UGCs) and, other public and private universities.

Reception and Internship Certificate Awarding Ceremony at BAU

THE Faculty of Animal Husbandry organised a Reception and Internship Certificate awarding ceremony at the Syed Nazrul Islam Conference Hall of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on 25 April 2009. The event was attended by Minister Abdul Latif Biswas as the chief guest while local MP Principal Md. Matiur Rahman was present as the guest of honour. Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Dr. M. A. Sattar Mandal was the chief patron of the function. Presided over by Professor Dr. Md. Ali Akbar, Dean, Faculty of Animal Husbandry, the function was also attended by Syed Sakhawat Hossain,Vice-Chancellor, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Professor Dr. Md. Afzal Hossain, Vice-Chancellor, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University and Mr. Moshiur Rahman, Managing Director, Paragon Group. A key note paper entitled 'Livestock Revolution in Bangladesh-Vision-2021' was presented by Professor Dr. Md. Nurul Islam. Later, the chief guest distributed certificates among the successful students of Internship Program 2008-09. A large number of teachers, students, researchers, leaders of different organizations, local elites and high officials of the district administration were present at the function.

Comic Book on Bangladesh Liberation War

GRAMMEN Phone and Center for Liberation War Studies jointly organized a book release programme for 'Kishorjoddha Salam' a comic book on the Bangladesh Liberation War - on 25 March in the Capital. Six freedom fighters and school students attended the event. Industries Minister Dilip Barua and Major (rtd) Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan spoke on the occasion.

Lecture Series on English Studies at IUB

INDEPENDENT University, Bangladesh organized a lecture entitled 'The Play's The Thing: A Discussion on playwrighting' by playwright Ms Sharbari Ahmed at its Baridhara campus on 22 April 2009. Sharbari Ahmed is a writer of plays, screenplays, and fiction.
Her short stories have been published in the Gettysburg Review, Catamaran and the Asian Pacific American Journal and anthologized in Brown Writing due out in June. In 2003 she won the First Words Literary Prize for her short fiction (3rd place). Shafiul Islam, Lecturer, Dept. of English, was the coordinator of the event.

WUB Observes Founding Anniversary

THE World University of Bangladesh recently celebrated its 7th founding anniversary on the Kalabagan Ground in the city. A colourful procession participated by a good number of students, teachers and staff and led by Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Abdul Mannan Choudhury marked the occasion. The Treasurer of the university Mrs Morsheda Choudhury gave the introductory speech in a discussion ceremony that followed the procession. Honourable Education Minister Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid was the Chief Guest of the programme, while State minister for Science, Technology and Information Mr. Yafez Osman was present as Special Guest. Among others, Mr. Pran Gopal Datt, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman Medical University and Dr. Kazi Shahidullah, Vice Chancellor of National University addressed the function.

US Senior Journalist advices on Swine Flu Reporting at ULAB

US Veteran Journalist Daniel C. Rutz, in-charge of public communication at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spoke on 'Health Journalism, ABCs of Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza' on April 28 at the main auditorium of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). During his talk, he discussed the importance of honest and accurate reporting on swine and avian flu outbreaks given its societal impact. He encouraged journalists to remind people to do simple things that prevent being contaminated by the influenza virus such as washing of hands and sneezing into a tissue.
ETV News Head Rashed Chowdhury discussed the status of health journalism in Bangladesh. According to him, the country has a lot of health problems and the media needs to report more on these. He advised journalists to devote more space or time to explain health concerns.

Internet Conference at Cambrian College

THIRTY students from Cambrian College, Dhaka, took part in Agenda 21 Now, a 24-hour internet conference for students aged 14 and above, on 23 April. Initiated by the German School Hindenburg-Gymnasium of Trier, hundreds of students across the world participated in the conference. This was the 10th year of this worldwide programme and the theme this year was 'Education is Future: What is the Future of Education'. Celine Read, Cultural Attaché of the German Embassy, Dhaka visited Cambrian College to observe the conference activities. The Principal of the College Karunamaya Goswami attended the event as well. Subrata Kumar Das, Associate Professor of English at Cambrian College explained the background and objectives of the conference. The programme was coordinated by two college teachers Ahmed Aman Masud Biplob and Anirban Sarker. Shakhawat Hossain and Lazina Hossain, two senior students of UNESCO-oriented activities, worked as volunteers during the conference. The conference started at 6 in the morning and continued for 24 hours.


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