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AAPG Student chapter organized seminar on offshore drilling

AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) student chapter of Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University jointly organized a seminar at Banquet Hall, BRAC center on April 9, 2007, with sponsorship from Chevron Bangladesh. The principal speaker at the seminar was Dr. Craig Shipp, an AAPG distinguished lecturer and currently working as the leader of Geohazard Assessment Team of Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas. His Presentation was titled “Where Offshore Drilling Meets Shallow Geology: Impact of near-surface Depositional System on Deepwater operations”.

Students and Teachers from Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University and Rajshahi University attended the seminar. Professionals of relevant fields from BAPEX, Chevron Bangladesh, GSB, and Cairn Energy also attended the program. Mr. Brian Simmonds, chief Development Geologist of Chevron Bangladesh presided over the seminar.

AAPG student chapters in Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University were established in July, 2006. These two chapters are sponsored by Chevron Bangladesh and coordinated by Dr. A.H.M Shamsuddin, Chief Exploration Geologists of Chevron Bangladesh. The main objectives of this association are to build up leadership and career regarding Geosciences and Petroleum geology in particular.

The activities of Dhaka university AAPG student chapter is going on under the supervision of Dr. Khaled Hasan, Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Dhaka university. Dr. A.H.M Shamsuddin supervises Jahangirnagar student chapter as he is the part time visiting lecturer of the University.

The AAPG student chapters have arranged seminar, Geological Field Tour etc since their inauguration. As part of the activity, chapter president Md. Baharul Alam Biswas of Dhaka University and Md. Shakawat Hossain of Jahangirnagar University participated in the AAPG international Conference held in Perth, Australia in November 2006. The student chapters are planning to arrange more programs and conference related to geosciences that will help the student member in their academic programs and career development.

Md Baharul Alam Biswas
President, DU AAPG student chapter

Seminar at Eastern University (EU)

A seminar titled 'Dissemination on awareness of Hepatitis B' was held at the EU campus on April 9. EU social welfare club and Sofura Amzad welfare foundation jointly held the event. Chief guest of the programme was Prof. Dr Rahim B Talukdar, Vice Chancellor, EU. The session pas presided over by Prof. Abdur Rab, Pro Vice Chancellor, EU.

Seminar at NSU

North South University in association with Apollo Hospitals, Dhaka, organised a seminar on April 18. The session titled 'Observance of the World Health Day 2007' was held at NSU campus. Chief guest was H. E. Mr. Suphat Chitranukroh. Special guest was Benajir Ahmed. Vice Chancellor, NSU; Pro Vice Chancellor, NSU; Dr S A M Khairul Bashar, Dr David Sack, director, ICDDRB and Dr Proful B Power, CEO, Apollo Hospital; Dr Iqbal kabir, National Consultant, WHO; Dr Rubail Morshed, executive director, Health 21 and Dr G U Ahsan spoke on the occasion.

Seminar at IUB

A seminar titled 'Air quality issues in Bangladesh' was held at IUB, Bahidhara campus on April 12. The session was organised by the Centre of Health, Population and Development (CHPD), IUB. Prof. Bazlul Mobin Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor, IUB chaired the event. The discussion featured the various aspects of air quality in Bangladesh, focusing on the state of air pollution and coping strategies.

Cultural programme at South East University

Students of Certificate in English language proficiency, CELP programme Southeast University (SEU) held a cultural programme recently at Banani community centre auditorium. Prof. Dr M Shamsher Ali, Vice Chancellor, SEU inaugurated the event. Special guest was Prof. Dr Tareq M Chowdhury, Dean, school of Arts and social sciences. The welcome speech was given by Brig. Gen. Mirza Tazammal Hossain (Retd), programme director, English language institute. The programme featured songs, recitation, dance performance, debate, drama and fashion show.

Pahela Baishakh at East West University

Faria Sulatana

Pahela Baishakh is the 1st day of the Bangla calendar, and everyone wants to celebrate this day in a special manner. Eating Panta Bhaat, wearing red and white sarees and singing Esho he Baishakh are traditions of the day. People make various plans to celebrate this day. They go to Charukala, Ramna Botomul and participate in the festivities in and around Dhaka University. Melas are held all around the city.

While we talk about Baishakh celebrations by public university students, the question arises: how do students of private universities celebrate this day?

In our country, people usually think that private university students are not familiar with their tradition and culture, and most of them cannot even speak Bangla properly. Such views are not true. The students of private universities also respect our tradition and culture

In East West University, students organised different programs to mark the Bangla New Year. At 7:00 am, a colourful rally was brought out from East West University, which ended at the field opposite the Gulshan shooting club. A colourful concert was held, and grameenphone was the sponsor of the event. Students from six private universities participated in the event. The main attraction of the day was the eminent singer and brilliant composer Habib.

A fair was also held at the same venue. The cultural clubs of United International University, Eastern University, North South University, BRAC and East West set up stalls. The stalls featured traditional ornaments and foods.

Baishakh gives us a chance to discover our roots. Why do we celebrate this day? Or, what is the main purpose of Baishakhi celebrations? We are Bangalis, and we enjoy the day from the bottom of our heart. This is our country and our culture. We feel proud to be Bangalis.

It is true that, students of private universities don't get enough scope and support to organise cultural events. However, private university students are also working in the media and in other professional fields. In every sector everyone will find at least one private university student. I hope in the near future people start taking private university students seriously, as we represent a big part of our tradition and culture.

This year's programme was possibly the best of all. The entire day was very special. People who attended the programme will never forget it. The memory of the day will remain fresh in their minds.

Seminar on HIV/ AIDS at IUB

A seminar titled 'Addressing HIV/ AIDS among injecting drug users: Lessons learnt from Thailand'. Organised by the Centre for Health, Population and Development (CHPD) department, IUB the event highlighted the factors influencing the prevalence of HIV/ AIDS among injecting drug users in Thailand. The programme was moderated by Prof. Omar Rahman, Pro Vice Chancellor, IUB. Prof. Bazlul Mobin Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor, IUB chaired the event. Dr Tanvir A Khan, Register, IUB gave the vote of thanks.

State University of Bangladesh (SUB) celebrated Pahela Baishakh

Nizam Uddin Bhuyain, Asst. Director, PRD

State University of Bangladesh (SUB) welcome the Bengali New Year 1414 arranging a colourful cultural program on Pahela Baishakh. The ceremony was participated by the Members of BOG, Faculty, Officers and Students of SUB. The students of SUB presented a enthralling cultural event which included music, dance and recitation.

Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Vice President, BOG, Dr. Suchorita Ahmed, Member, BOG, Ms. Moshteka Anowar, Member, BOG, Prof. Dr. A R Khan, Dean, School of Business, Maj. General (Retd.) Dr. M Shahjahan, Advisor, School of Health sciences, Prof. A A K M Lutfuzzaman, Dean, School of Science & Technology and Prof. A Y M Ekram-Ud-Daulah, Registrar, SUB were present in the program.

Training Program On Advertising Management

With a view to addressing the issues and challenges of advertising management in the country, a daylong training program on was held at the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) on March 30, 2007. The program was organized by the Center for Management Development (CMD), IUBAT with resource support from Mr. Edward Probir Mondol Coordinator of Business Program at the university and Mr. Augustine Baidya from CCDB. The students of Bachelor of Business Administration participated in the training program.

The program's aim was to improve the academic and professional skills of the students for ensuring quality management techniques in advertising. It emphasized on upgrading knowledge and practice of quality, enhancing the analytical skills of advertising techniques, communication, research productivity, attention to customers and elaborating on strategies to attract and keep new customers and markets.

The sessions were highly participative with lots of activities centered on the current scene of advertising in Bangladesh. These and the open discussions allowed the participants to express their ideas and views. There were also multimedia presentations comparing advertising from different countries and times. The overall focus was to explore the challenges associated with advertising in Bangladesh and the challenges local businesses may face in an ever-increasingly competitive market that is experiencing an influx of foreign firms and MNCs. Participants also came up with some very creative solutions to these challenges.

In the closing session, Mr. Mondol emphasized the need to bridge the gap between academia and practical applications of advertising. Compilation of evaluation by participants indicated a high level of satisfaction. Rizna Nahar, an MBA student ably conducted the program.

Nabobarsho celebration by Victoria University (VU), Bangladesh

Victoria University, Bangladesh organised a colourful programme featuring drama, folk song, recitation and other events, to celebrate Pahela Baishakh the first day of Bengali new year. Professor Dr M R khan, Vice Chancellor, VU inaugurated the event.


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