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Wall-paper exhibition in AIUB

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A day-long wall-paper exhibition with the theme 'Economics for Welfare of the World' was organised by the students of Economic Geography course, Spring semester, on 24 March 2010 at Campus-7 of AIUB. Twenty-five selected projects by the students of Economic Geography courses were displayed which were based on their training in the cross-country experiences of economic, political and cultural aspects such as world's demography, industrial and agricultural revolution, global trade, world-environment, world's development policies and global poverty issues.

Coordinated by Dr. Kazi Tanvir Mahmud, Assistant Professor of Economics Department, the exhibition covered a wide gamut of themes like natural disaster, extinct animal species, world famous arts and music, classic animation-figures, world's old and new architecture, legendary personalities, global warming, modern technological gazettes etc.

Amids the presence of full-house audience, the exhibition was inaugurated by the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Dr. Tazul Islam who maintained that the purpose of this type of exhibition was to update human knowledge that should subsequently be shared for the overall development of our creative ideologies. Chairman of AIUB's Board of Trustees Dr. Anwarul Abedin, faculty members of English, Economics, Social Sciences and Business Administration, and high-level dignitaries of AIUB were present.



IEEE Life Fellow at BRAC University

By Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan

On Sunday, 7 March 2010, IEEE Life Fellow from Memorial University, Canada, Professor M. A. Rahman paid a visit to BRAC University, to discuss about IPM Technology. In collaboration with IEEE Bangladesh Section and IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Bangladesh Chapter, IEEE BRAC University Student Branch organized this seminar. The purpose of this event was to provide the students from various universities in Bangladesh a unique experience to interact with one of the most influential Bangladeshis from this field. Prof. M. A. Rahman is currently a Professor and a University Research Professor. He has 48 years of teaching experience, including ten years of full-time concurrent industrial, utility, and consulting experiences, as well as exemplary experience in the field of engineering and technology.

Prof. Rahman is the receipt of numerous awards, including the GE Centennial Invention Disclosure Award in 1978, the IEEE Notable Service Award for contributions to IEEE and Engineering Professions in 1987, the IEEE Industry Applications Society's Outstanding Achievement Award in 1992, the Professional Engineers of Newfoundland Merit Award, the IEEE Canada Outstanding Engineering Educator's Medal, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal 2000, the IEEE Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award , the Khwarizmi International Award, IEEE Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, the IEEE Richard Kaufmann Technical Field Award and many more prestigious awards. He is also the first Canadian to receive the highest achievement awards from four major IEEE societies.

In this seminar on 'Advances of IPM Technology for Compressor Drives in Air-conditioners', Prof. Rahman discussed about his pioneering work on IPM technology that is related to today's development of Hybrid cars like Toyota Prius. Information provided in the seminar along with the personal story revealed by Prof M. A. Rahman was inspiring for the participating young engineers who are trying to reach higher goals in the field of science, engineering and technology.


Southern University Bangladesh (SUB) holds its maiden Convocation at Chittagong

THE first Convocation of Southern University Bangladesh was held on March 27, 2010 at the Institute of Engineers in the port city, Chittagong. Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr. Afsarul Ameen conferred the degrees on the graduates as Convocation President on behalf of the Chancellor of the University and Honorable President of Bangladesh Md. Zillur Rahman. Professor Emeritus and eminent Scientist of Chittagong University Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam spoke on the occasion as Convocation Speaker, while SUB Vice-Chancellor Prof. A.J.M. Nuruddin Chowdhury; Foundation Chairman of SUB, Khalilur Rahman; Founder of SUB, Sarwar Jahan and valedictory speaker Tapan Kumar Mitra amongst others spoke on the occasion. Several hundred graduates of different faculties joined the event and received degrees from the Convocation President. In his Convocation address, Dr. Afsarul Ameen said that the country needed qualified manpower to achieve the goal of digital Bangladesh through concerted efforts and leadership of the graduates. Professor Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam said education was a lifelong pursuit that would always demand further enhancement. Vice-Chancellor Professor A.J.M. Nuruddin Chowdhury also reminded the graduates about their responsibilities to serve the nation with utmost efficiency, honesty and strong sense of patriotism to materialise the dreams of our people. On the occasion, Iftekharul Islam, Shazzad Hossain Shapan, Rajib Mazumder, Anamul Hoque were awarded the Chancellor's Honor Roll (Summa Cum Laude). Ishrat Jahan, Asst. Professor of General Education, conducted the event as a Convocation Marshall. A Convocation dinner and an enthralling cultural programme were presented at the second phase of the event.


World Theatre Day

Mashrequl Islam Rahat

The world theater day 2010 was observed at Jahangirnagar University on March 27,2010 amid festivity. On the occasion of the day drama and dramatics department of the university arranged a daylong programme on the campus.

On the eve of the programme a colorful procession was brought out from the old arts faculty premises to mark the day. Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University Prof. Dr. Sharif Enamul Kabir inaugurated the procession as the Chief Guest while Pro-VC, Prof. Forhad Ahmed (Adminstration), Proctor, Prof. Arzu Miah, Chairman and teachers of the department were present. Around 100 students of the department took part in the procession wearing colorful dress. The programme also featured staging drama and several types of cultural functions.

Siddiqui's International School Celebrates
Independence Day

March was the month of both bereavement and glory. When a black shadow was hovering over our beloved motherland, the glorious sons and daughters of Bangladesh vowed to fight for freedom. After nine months of struggle we snatched victory. On 25 March 2010, Siddiqui's International School celebrated the glory of our Liberation War. The celebration was marked with folk songs, Ranbindra Sangit, Nazrul Sangit, poetry and unique cultural dance.


Independence Day Seminar at ULAB

Major (Retd) Rafiqul Islam, Bir Uttam, MP emphasised the importance of the present generation to know about the glorious history of our Liberation War. He spoke as the Chief Guest in a seminar organised by the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh for its students and faculty members on the occasion of the 39th The seminar was presided over by the Vice-chancellor of the University Professor Rafiqul Islam and conducted by Professor Abdul Mannan of the School of Business. Major (Retd) Rafiq, a Sector Commander in 1971 and a valiant Freedom fighter narrated the events leading up to our Liberation War. He talked about his role in the war and elaborated that the war of 1971 was not a military adventure but a people's war fought under political leadership of the Mujibnagar Government of Awami League. Major (Retd) Rafiq said only one person had the political, legal and moral right to declare the Independence of Bangladesh and that was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He asked the present generation to always seek what is true and never get distracted by any fabricated stories.

The seminar was followed by staging of Shahid Munir Chowdhury's play 'Kobor' by the students of the University.


Workshop on Basic News Production

Fahmidul Islam

A workshop on 'Basic News Production' organised by Children's Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB) in cooperation with UNICEF was organised from 29 to 31 March, 2010 at the democracy watch auditorium.

The workshop aimed to create an enabling atmosphere for media to play effective role in promoting and protecting the basic rights of the children, allowing children to best utilise their latent talent by way of allowing them to participate actively in various socio-economic programmes. This also helped increase awareness on children's rights-issues and interests.

It is pertinent to mention that, Children's Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB) started its journey on July 2005 which is a non-profit organisation engaged in development of the underprivileged group of children to allow them to speak the mind through tapping potentials use of media.


PUST observes Independence Day

Ahmed Humayun Kabir Topu

Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) has observed the Independence Day in due solemnity. The university authority organised a 7-day programme marking the occasion. Discussion and a cultural programme was held on the occasion in the university on March 26. The speakers on the occasion stressed the importance of learning the real history of the Liberation War.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Md. Mojaffar Hossain chaired the discussion. The speakers focused on the value of Independence and stressed on the role of Bangabandhu in the Liberation War.

Among the speakers noted Educationalist and also the former Principal of Govt. Bulbul College Professor Md. Nurunnabi, Professor Shibojit Nag, former Head of the Bangla Department of Pabna Edward College, Professor Md. Kamruzzaman, Professor Monwar Hossain Jahedi and the Head of Business Administration Department of PUST Professor Md. Anisur Rahman spoke on the occasion.

Earlier teachers and students of Pabna PUST placed a wreath of flower at Durjoy Pabna, Liberation War Memorial. A cultural programme was also held on the occasion. The week-long programme concluded on March 29.

(Pabna Correspondent)





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