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Jamalpur District Boi Mela

Aminul Islam

Deputy Commissioner of Jamalpur Md. Abdul Hoque inaugurated a week-long book fair titled " Jamalpur District Boi Mela" on March 5. District Public Library and National Library jointly organized the fair.

Among others, Deputy Director of National Library Md. Aminul Islam, Police Superintendent (In-Charge) Md. Ziaul Hoque spoke on the inaugural session with Advocate Wares Ali Mamun, Chairman of Jamalpur Municipality, also convener of the fair celebration committee in the chair.

A total of 22 stalls including three from Dhaka were set up in the fair. A corner was also kept for the children.

The week-long fair also included discussions and cultural functions. The cultural functions included poetry recitation, essay reading, rendering of Nazrul and Rabindra Sangeet, baul songs, essay and painting competitions for the children.

Another feature of the book fair was the launching ceremony of a book titled " Troyee and Bankim Chandra" held on March 9. Eminent writer Shantonu Kaiser, an Ex-Principal of a Govt. college was the author of the book.

Samir Majumder from Comilla, Joadul Hossain, President of Brahmanbaria Sahitya Academy, Mahfuzur Rahman from Molovibazar, Piash Majid from Jahangirnagar University, Poet Ahmed Aziz and Prof. Haider spoke on the occasion with Prof. Azizul Hoque in the chair. Ali Jahir delivered the welcome speech.

On the concluding day a discussion was held with Advocate Wares Ali Mamun in the chair. Prizes were also distributed among the winners of essay, painting and cultural competitions.

Expressing his gratitude, Etimuddulah Hindol, member secretary of the fair said that the book fair has created enthusiasm among the book lovers. Local Shilpakala Academy, Udhichi Shilpi Goshthi, Baul Sangathan, Kalotan Shilpi Goshthi, Sanchari Sangeet Academy, Nabankur Shilpi Goshthi, Lokaja Shamajik Shanskritik Shangathan, Monimela Khela Ghar, Auntara Lalitakala Academy and Shishu Academy presented cultural functions in the Boi Mela.

Annual camp of RU Rover Scout held

Aurangazeb Sohel

Three-day long annual camp of Rajshahi University Rover Scout Group was held on TSCC premises of Rajshahi Univesity (RU). It was an occasion of thorough fanfare and excitement. A variety of programs were performed by RU Rover Scout patriotic volunteers in the three-day annual camp. A total of 95 members participated in the program.

RU Vice Chancellor Professor M Altaf Hossain attended the concluding session as chief guest while RU Pro-VC Prof. Dr. Mamnunul Karamat, Treasurer Prof. Dr. Mozzammel Haq, Registrar Prof. M Shafi were present as special guests.

RU IBA Graduation Ceremony

The second graduation ceremony of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) for its MBA Program under Rajshahi University (RU) was held on March 1, 2008 at Senate Bhaban. A total of 62 outgoing graduates from MBA 2nd and 3rd batch received certificates in the ceremony.

Prof. Nazrul Islam, Chairmen of University Grants Commission (UGC) was present as chief guest while Prof. Dr Altaf Hossain, RU Vice Chancellor presided over the ceremony. Prof A H M Zehadul Karim, member of UGC and a faculty of RU, Prof. Dr. Mamnunul Keramat Pro-VC of RU; and Mr Anisul Huq, former president of BGMEA were present as special guests.

(BBA, Dept. of AIS , 3rd year , 2st semester, University of Rajshahi)

Quiz and art competition at Radiant

Radiant International School organised a Quiz competition in late February and an art competition in the first week of March as part of the regular co-curricular activities. The quiz which was on Mughal History invoked lot of interest among the students with members of each team enthusiastically gathering information on the Mughal era, although most of the students are not much interested in learning History from the text books. After a very tough competition between the two finalists, team Babur became champions beating team Mumtaz Mahal.

The Art competition was thoroughly enjoyed by the junior students who produced some excellent pictures. The judges had a difficult time in selecting the winners.

The students could learn many new ideas from the competitions which they will be able to use in their real life.

Seminar held in Dept. of Law, CU

Tabassum Mokhduma

A law talk as held in the Conference Room of the Department of Law, University of Chittagong (CU), on March 17, 2008, which was widely-attended by students and teachers of this Department and also by teachers of the Premier University. Werner F. Menski, Professor of South Asian Laws at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, gave the talk on what is law, and how do we study, teach and apply it? The objectives behind this seminar was to encourage law students and others to study and deal with law in an unconventional way, that is to say, both by becoming sensitized about law's local specificity and critically accepting global norms. Associate Professor Dr. Abdullah Al Faruque, Chairman of the Department, presided over the seminar while Associate Professor Zakir Hossain, Dean of Faculty of Law, gave the welcome speech and Dr. Ridwanul Hoque gave a note of introduction on the speaker. Other notables present were Professor Dr. M. Shah Alam, Ex-Dean, Faculty of Law, CU, Professor Mahfuzul H. Chowdhury of the Department of Politics, and former Vice-Canceller Professor Alamgir M. Serajuddin.

In this seminar, Professor Menski mainly focused on law's pluralistic nature, and argued that law is not static, but rather dynamic. The 'Law' is in constant need of being negotiated, modified, and navigated with the help of a number of factors including culture, social norms, and religious ethics, the speaker told the audience. Following Professor Menski's talk, Prof. Shah Alam and Prof. Alamgir Serjuddin gave their critical and appreciative comments. Prof. Alam drew the audience's attention to whether a uniform family code in Bangladesh would be possible at some point.

Several students actively took part in the open sessions and came up with diverse, intelligent questions concerning, among others, the local applicability of certain basic international norms, the extent of legal pluralism, and Islamic criminal law and its punishment methods. Before the Chair wrapped up the seminar, Prof. Menski quickly responded to those questions and gave some illustrations in support of his views.

Bird Fest at Jahangirnagar University

Arpana Awwal

Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, arranged BRAC Bank Pakhi Mela 2008 on the university campus. Despite the fear of bird flu, bird lovers welcomed the migratory birds with the slogan “Pakh-pakhali desh-er rotno, ashoon shobai kori jotno.” Migratory birds, otherwise known as “otithi pakhi”, always find a home at Jahangirnagar University campus. The serene nature, abundance of food and the climate contribute to the arrival of the birds to the area. Professor Md. Mofizul Kabir of Zoology Dept., Jahangirnagar University, says that these migratory birds travel every year in search of food and warm climate. These birds stop at different places until they reach their desired destination. Theirs is a two way journey - in winter they migrate to warm areas and in summer they return to their breeding grounds.

BRAC Bank Pakhi Mela 2008 was inaugurated at 10:00 am by chief guest and Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, Professor Khandaker Mustahidur Rahman. Mr. Kaiser Tameez Amin, Manager and Chief Executive of BRAC Bank, was the special guest of the event. The daylong program began early in the morning and stretched till late in the evening. At 7:30 in the morning there was an inter-university bird-watching competition followed by an exhibition of photographs, newspapers and magazines related to birds. The audience participated in programs like quiz competitions to try and enhance their knowledge on birds. The bird fair was open to all. Even the children were not left out. There was a bird drawing competition for them. There were telescopes for them to see and learn about different kinds of birds.

NSU at Google Online Marketing Challenge

Maruf Sulario

North South University is participating in the Google Online Marketing Challenge this year! 5 student teams from NSU will compete with over 20,000 registered students from 61 countries around the world in this global online marketing competition. North South University is the only university in Bangladesh that is taking part in this contest.

The contest is all about creating effective online marketing campaign. To do that, each student-team will choose a participating business firm and work on its online marketing campaign using Google's technology for free!

This contest will be running for three weeks. Throughout this period, Students will have some real-life experience of online marketing and participating business firms will enjoy free advertising of their products/services over Internet!

The registration process of teams and companies is to be completed by the last week of March 2008.
For more information about the contest, please visit

To know which teams are participating from around the world, please visit

Sports week observed by BBA Department, SUST

The BBA department of SUST (Shahjalal Universityof Science & Technology) organised a sports week from 2-9 March, 2008. Cricket, Badminton, Carom, 200-metre Race, Biscuit Race, Musical Chair and Cock-fight were among the many events in which the students participated enthusiastically. The events where students were pitted against teachers were enjoyed the most. The exciting week finally came to an end with the prize-giving ceremony and a cultural program held on 9th March.

Bangladesh Informatics Olympiad 2008

Bangladesh Informatics Olympiad Committee (BIOC) and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) are organizing Bangladesh Informatics Olympiad (BIO) 2008 to select the contestants for IOI 2008. IOI 2008 will be held at Alexandria, Egypt on August 16-22, 2008.

Bangladesh Informatics Olympiad (BIO) is Bangladesh national contest of IOI. It is being organized by BIOC and BAS. BIOC is formed under the leadership of eminent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scientists and academicians Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and Dr. M. Kaykobad to help the nation in capacity building of the young and talented people for the future and excel in the changing dimension with IOI. BAS, established in 1973, is a national, non-governmental organization, recognized and financially supported by the government and considered the apex body in science and technology in Bangladesh. BAS's current president and secretary are Professor M. Shamsher Ali and Professor Naiyyum Choudhury respectively.

BIO competition serves as the qualifying round for the IOI. BIO regional contests will be held on March 28, 2008 at 5 divisional headquarters (Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, and Sylhet) to serve as the qualifying round for the BIO national contest. BIO 2008 national contest will be held in April, 2008 at Dhaka.

This year Nestle Bangladesh Ltd will support the event in all the five (5) venues as well as the national event to take place in April.

Seminar on Career Development organized by Citycell and East West University

Citycell and Business Administration Department of East West University jointly organized a seminar on “Career Development”. The seminar was held at the university premises on 5th March 2008.

The Human Resources Director of Citycell, Mr. M. Zulfiquar Hussain conducted the session. At the beginning of the session Mr. Hussain gave a brief overview on Citycell and also discussed the recent developments of the company.

In this lively and interactive presentation, he gave the students a roadmap on career development. He mainly emphasized the various steps of career development and also discussed the competencies and leadership factors that are required for business graduates to become successful in the professional life. Around 250 students from East West University attended the seminar.

The seminar was chaired by Mr. S.I Nusrat A Chowdhury Associate Professor, Head of Career Counseling Center and Mr. Nahid Hasan Khan Assistant Professor, Deputy Director of Career Counseling Center from East West University. The other faculties of East West University were also present in the seminar. Mr. S.I Nusrat A Chowdhury gave special thanks to Citycell for co-hosting this event.

A Different day for IBA Students
IBA, RU Graduation ceremony, 2008

MD. Masukujjaman

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), RU started its journey in 2000 as one of the five institutes of Rajshahi University. They organized their second graduation ceremony for the second and third batches of students while the first was held on 2005.

It was a daylong program that had two sessions. Prof Nazrul Islam, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC) was chief guest. The proceedings were inaugurated with the welcome speech of Prof. Dr. Md. Akhter Uddin, Director, IBA. Special guest Prof Dr. Mumnunul Keramat, Pro vice Chancellor, RU, Mr Anisul Huq, former president, BGMEA and Chairman Mohammadi group, Md. Tajul Islam ,Member of UGC, Prof. Dr. Altaf Hossain, VC, University of Rajshahi chaired the program.

Prof. Dr. Md. Akhter Uddin, Director, IBA addressed different issues like curriculum, distinguishing feature and a recent adjusted plan and visions for the future. He also expressed his hope to start the BBA program soon as there is deficiency of qualitative facilities in this region. He also mentioned that a proposal has already been sent to UGC regarding the matter.

UGC chairman Prof Nazrul Islam also assured of fulfilling the demand for the smooth operation of IBA including new building facilities during his speech.

We, the members of IBA family, already have started weaving the aspirations simulating the future of IBA.

In his speech, Prof Islam emphasized the ethics of business practice which is decreasing day by day as new dimensions of business operation and practices are emerging. ”Hankering only for job should not be the goal of these graduates rather it should be the motto of business education.”

Mr. Anisul huq, prominent business and media personality delivered a speech in the form of a story of his own struggles to catch the stair of success.

He said, " A man is as great as his dream is"- and suggested that what we want to be after ten years we should start thinking about it right now and should hang on till success knocks on our door.

From the student's part, Md. Samiul Masud, one of the two gold medalists of the ceremony, from second batch tried to share his success as he joined Grameen Phone. He reminded us of the fact that most of the companies, especially, Grameen Phone expect MBA graduates to have greater potentiality than solely having bookish knowledge.

After the distribution of awards, there was a dialogue between the students, which was nostalgic as they were brought back to their beloved classroom situation.

Different faculty deans, departmental chairman, teachers, business personalities, students, representatives of print media and distinguished guests were also present in the program.

(Student of MBA ,3rd semester , 1st batch)

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