Inauguration of Star Campus Drishty Debate
THE opening ceremony of the 6th batch of Star Campus - Drishty School of Debate, this time exclusively for English medium students, was held on 24 October 2009. Prof Hasina Jakaria inaugurated the event and Prof Syed Ahsanul Alam Parvez attended as chief guest. Also present at the ceremony were Mastermind International School Principal Prof. Ghulam Abu Mohammed, Principal of Chittagong International School Fazl Alam, DGM of Sanmar Properties Ltd. Selim Bin Saleh, Drishty President Masud Bakul, Secretary of Finance Banakusum Barua, Secretary of Debate Afsana Rahman Toma, Joint Debate Secretary Reza Chowdhury, Secretary of Recites Urmi Acharjee and Assistant coordinator of School of Debate, Drishty Joint Secretary of Media & Communication Masudur Rahman.
The course is to take approximately three months. Students of class seven to twelve are attending this training-cum-grooming session to be held on weekends. The trainers' panel is to be attended by some of the top-class debaters from both Dhaka and Chittagong. Mastermind International School, William Carey Academy, Cider International School, Presidency International School, Sunshine Grammar School, Chittagong Grammar School, Dewdrops Preparatory School, Cantonment English School and Chittagong International School are participating in this event. Day one lectures were delivered by North South University debater Sinha Ibne Humayun. Drishty Executive Member Adnan Mannan is coordinating the school of debate. Drishty members Priom Das and Shafkat Fahmid contributed in the pre-course preparations.
International Workshop at BAU
THE opening ceremony of a daylong workshop titled 'Post Harvest Loss Assessment: A Study to Formulate Policy for Post Harvest Loss Reduction of Fruits and Vegetables and Socio Economic Uplift of the Stakeholders and Investigation of Constraints on Farmers Access to Fertilizer for Food Production' organised as part of the research activities being implemented under the Research Grant Scheme of the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) was held at the TSC conference hall. Chaired by Professor Md. Shahid Ullah Talukder, Director, BAU Research System, the inaugural function was attended by Professor M. A. Sattar Mandal, Vice-Chancellor as chief guest while Mr. Ciro Fiorillo, Chief Technical Adviser, NFPCSP-FAO and Professor Stanely R. Johnson, University of Nevada, USA were present as special guests. Speakers at a daylong workshop underlined the need for ensuring food security in order to provide relief to people in abject poverty.
Professor Md. Abdur Rahim delivered the address of welcome in the inaugural session of the workshop. Professor Dr. M. Jahiruddin of the Department of Soil Science and Dr. Md. Kamrul Hassan presented research papers separately on the outcomes of their research projects in the technical sessions of the workshop. Professor Abu Zofar M. Moslehuddin, Head Department of Soil Science, BAU gave the vote of thanks.
52nd IUBAT Orientation Program
International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) welcomed fresh students Orientation Programme on 24 October.
The freshmen have been briefed to develop global vision and multicultural aptitude necessary to demonstrate academic brilliance. Speakers on the occasion emphasized converting the future professionals into potential employable force through capacity building. Vice-Chancellor Prof. M. Alimullah Miyan presided over the orientation function. The Orientation Programme was attended by Professor Mahmuda Khanom, Pro- Vice Chancellor.
Seminar on "Interdependence of Drugs, Crimes and HIV/Aids in Bangladesh" at AIUB
A seminar was held at the auditorium of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) on "Interdependence of Drugs, Crime and HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh" on 14 October. Public Health specialist Mahidul Islam was the keynote speaker at the seminar. The Seminar was presided over by Dr Anwarul Abedin, Founding Chairman, Board of Trustees, AIUB. Dr Md Nazrul Islam and Dr Abdur Rahim participated in the discussion. Dean, Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Prof Charles C Villanueva delivered the closing speech. Students, faculty members and officials of AIUB were present at the event.
BIJEM donates books to DU
Mirza Tarequl Qader, Executive Director, Bangladesh Institute of Journalism and Electronic Media (BIJEM) and a former student of the first Hons Batch of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of University of Dhaka, handed over more than one hundred rare and valuable books on Mass Communication and Journalism to the Vice-Chancellor of DU Prof. AAMS Arefin Siddique in a function held on 19 October at the R C Majumder auditorium of the university.
These books will be used in the journalism department's library. Prof. Sheikh Abdus Salam, acting dean of Social Science Faculty and acting chairman of MCJ Department, DU, was also present at the event.
IUB Art Club Exhibition
Art Club of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organised a two-week long painting exhibition on the theme: "Faces of Buddha: An Expression of Early Mediaeval Spirit" on 28th October 2009. The event was held at the IUB Art & Aesthetics Gallery. Eminent scholar Dr. Muntasir Mamun, Professor, Department of History, University of Dhaka was the chief guest on the occasion.
Seminar at Daffodil University
Daffodil International University organised a seminar on “Global Financial Recession: Causes, Consequences and Responses” on 24 October. Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman was the chief guest at the event. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Governors, DIU, presided over the inaugural session of the seminar. Dr. Atiur Rahman said the developing countries are much more vulnerable with dwindling capital flows, huge withdrawal of capital leading to losses in equity market, and skyrocketing interest rates. He observed that the longer or deeper the crisis becomes, the greater the risks to the region's finance sector. A delayed or disorderly resolution of the credit crisis in the developed countries could undermine financial stability in developing Asia by further shaking investor confidence in financial systems and instruments, he added.
Emeritus Professor Mohamed Arif, Executive Director, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, presented the keynote paper at the seminar. Professor Rafiqul Islam, Director, Research Centre, DIU, delivered the welcome speech while Professor M. Shahjahan Mia, Advisor, Faculty of Business and Economics, moderated the session. The inaugural session was followed by a business session, which was presided over by Professor Aminul Islam, Vice-Chancellor of DIU. Prof. Abul Barkat, Chairman, Department of Economics, Dhaka University, presented the keynote paper in this session. Professor Momtaz Uddin Ahmed, Managing Director of SME Foundation, and Syed Manzur Elahi, Trustee Board Member, Centre for Policy Dialogue, took part in the discussion.
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