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     Volume 2 Issue 17| April 25, 2010|


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'Primary Educatioin For Adivashis'

Iqbal Siddiquee

Discussants at a meeting in Sylhet demanded giving primary education in mother tongue for the adivashi children alongside the national curriculum to raise their literacy rate. Appointment of teachers from the ethnic minority groups can help to achieve the goal.

Ethnic Community Development Organisation (ECDO) organised the meeting and Professor Dr. Tulshi Kumar Das of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) readout the main paper on 'Adivashi children's Education in Mother tongue: Its Importance and Significance'.

Addressing as chief guest, renowned educationist and writer Professor Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal of the SUST said adivashi children should have their education in national curriculum alongside their mother tongue at the primary level.

Sylhet district Bar Association president-EU Shahidul Islam moderated the discussion while professor Dr. Yasmin Haque of SUST, Manipuri academic AK Sheram, Sylhet Chamber of Commerce & Industry-Administrator Faruque Mahmud Chowdhury, district Primary Education Officer AKM Riaz Uddin, Dr. Abul Foteh Fattah, Adibashi teacher Khoirom Kamini Kumar Sinha, teachers-Abdul Quadir and Md. Maniruddin and Daily Uttar Purba Chief Editor Aziz Ahmed Selim also spoke on the occasion. ECDO's Executive Director chief Lakshmikanta Sinha chaired the meeting.


Pahela Baishakh at Adams Garden Iint'l School

The sun was there like any other day but dawn was different at Adam's Garden. Pahela Baishakh is our most valuable and precious cultural tradition. On this day the whole country wears a different look. Adam's Garden arranged a day-long festival and fiesta where everybody - teachers, students and parents enjoyed immensely. They only felt: We are Bangalis. All kinds of traditional Bengali foods were served which added a new dimension to the festival. It was divided into two parts. First, students showed their performance which started with “Esho hey Baishakh” and second, they presented traditional Bangla songs and dance and it was followed by recitation of poems by guests and faculty members.


Shailpick Mela 2010 at Eastern University

Star Campus Desk

"Shailpick Mela 2010” was organised by the EUEC (Eastern University Entrepreneurs Club) to celebrate the Baisakhi Trend. There were 16 stalls altogether in the “Shailpick Mela 2010”.

Professor Dr. Rahim B. Talukdar, Vice Chancellor of Eastern University, Professor Dr. Abdur Rab Pro. Vice Chancellor & Dean Faculty of Business Administration, Saif Ahmed Chowdhury, Chief Representative of YELL (Young Entrepreneurs & Leaders League) and Ms. Jafrin Farid, Asst. Professor, Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty Adviser of EUEC were present in the fair to provide courage, motivation and inspiration to the students. “Chakka” won The Best Entrepreneur award for their creative work, huge sales and excellent quality management. “Shilpo Kutir” won The Best Promoter award for superb, creative promotion and decoration with better sales.

“Mukh O Mukhosh” won the Best Team award for their cohesiveness on group basis. “Rakhal Bari” won Best Lucrative Stall award for their dynamic decoration of the stall. “Sreyooshee” won The Best seller award for their huge sales total revenue. “12 Bangal” won The Critic award for 12 different traditional food items. The Mela was supervised by Jafrin Farid, Sharmin Islam and Abu Mohammad Abdullah, Faculty Adviser of Eastern University Entrepreneur Club and Jefry George Costa and Shuvo Pandey, Orgenizers of Eastern University Entrepreneur Club.

Seminar on 'Historical Mujib Nagar Dibash' held in BAU

Md. Shahin Alam

A seminar titled 'Historical Mujib Nagar Dibash' was organised in Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on 18 April by the National Day Celebrate Committee (NDCC) of BAU.

University adviser and president of NDCC Prof. Dr. Abul Khaer Chowdhury was the chair in the seminar while BAU Vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. M.A. Sattar Mandal was the chief guest. Main speaker of the day was Dr. Sultan Uddin Bhuiya. The seminar was facilitated by Asst. Prof. Dr. A.K.M. Zakir Hossain. Dean of all faculties, registrar, teachers, officers, students and leaders and workers of BAU BCL branch attended the seminar.

Course for Academic Leaders at SPEED

Star Campus Desk

A group of enthusiastic educators determined to hone their management skills for running educational institutes at a global standard have started an Education Management Certificate course from April 19, 2010 at SPEED, a training center based in Mohakhali. The launching ceremony of this course was inaugurated by Mrs. Yasmeen Murshed, founder of Scholastica School. Syeda Madiha Murshed, Deputy Managing Director of Ascent Group and Executive Director of SPEED, attended the ceremony as a special guest.

SPEED is a sister concern of the English medium school, Scholastica. Since its inception in November 2005, SPEED has been providing high-quality training programmes for hundreds of teachers and corporate professionals. The course will enhance understanding of academic principles to design quality education programmes and develop administrative skills to increase efficiency in various work processes in all areas of a school's operation. Finally, it will build leadership skills amongst participants to manage faculty, management, parents and students effectively.

SPEED is committed to providing training solutions that meet the developmental needs of business and educational organisations by creating programmes that increase productivity and long term success.

13th Bangladesh International Geographical Conference -2010 at JU

Mashrequl Islam Rahat

The '13th Bangladesh International Geographical Conference-2010' was held at the seminar room of central auditorium of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on April 17. Bangladesh National Geographical Association (BNGA) organised the daylong conference.

The main theme of the conference was “Environmental Degradation: Issues and Challenges”.

University Grants commission (UGC), Chairman Prof. Nazrul Islam and Vice Chancellor of JU Prof. Dr. Sharif Enamul Kabir attended the programme as chief and special guest respectively.

Prof. Mirza Mafizuddin, President, BNGA presided over the conference. The programme began with the salutation address by BNGA Secretary General, Prof. Dr. K.M. Shariful Huda.

Around 250 Geographers, Environmentalists, and Academics from home and abroad attended the seminar.

Students demonstrate love for country

Z. A. M. Khairuzzaman

STUDENTS of Shaheed Lt Selim Shikkhalay have demonstrated their love for the country at a painting competition organised at Mogbazar Modhubag in the city as part of the school's Independence Day functions.

Held on the school premises on Saturday afternoon, celebrated artist, chairperson of Bangladesh Shishu Academy and former director general of (DG) of Bangladesh Television (BTV) Mostafa Monowar graced the occasion as chief guest. He also distributed prizes among the winners on conclusion of the competition. Earlier, students of the school organised a colourful cultural function marking Annual Cultural Function-2010 and Prize Distribution Ceremony at Kochi Kanchar Mela Bhaban at Segun Bagicha in the city. The students shared their patriotic feelings through their skills in acting as well as in dance and music.

Industries Minister Dilip Barua attended the programme as chief guest and distributed prizes among the meritorious students.

Prof Khaleda Khanam, principal of Shaheed Lt Selim Sikshalaya, chaired the occasion and chairman and chief advisor of the school vice principal Aftab Hossain delivered welcome address.

Dhaka University Career Club organises grand anniversary

The grand anniversary of the Dhaka University Career Club is going to be held from 25th to 27th April 2010 at University of Dhaka. For this the club will arrange a couple of interactive events. There will be six seminars on different topics and a three-daylong job fair at the TSC Ground. A mega concert at the Shadhinota-Shongram yard on 25th April, along with all those events a dinner party will be arranged on 25th April at TSC Cafeteria. The VC of University of Dhaka Dr. AAMS Arefin will be the chief guest of the ceremony. The Pro-VC, Treasurer, deans, different club/association of DU and other respected people will be also present. Star Campus of The Daily Star will be the media partner for the whole event.


“Pahela Baishakh celebration at Summerfield”

On April 16, Summerfield School and Tiny Tots (junior section) celebrated Pahela Baishakh on its Dhanmondi campus. The school was adorned with multi-coloured traditional decorations and painted potteries. Children from playgroup to class-X all geared up early in the morning to rally with vibrant placards. The event's highlight was the spectacular cultural programme organised by the students of Summerfield. “Esho hey boishakh”, “O amar desher mati”, “Amra shobai raja” and “Jhor elo elo jhor, aam por aam por” were some of the hits of the show. Students from different classes participated in the songs and dances. A fashion show that displayed the variety of traditional wear put up by the senior students enthralled the audience. There were stalls of various kinds of food and fresh fruits, a galore of exciting 'deshi' items like hand-fan, wooden flutes, jute items, ornaments, bangles, special 'fotuas' and T-shirts painted by the children with 'baishaki' symbols.

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