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Farhat Tasannum Farah and Abu Saleh Md Rafi

THE department of English, Jahangirnagar University will mark 22nd April 2010 on its calendar. This was the day on which the English family paid homage to two of its iconic members: Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui who won the Shwadhinota Puroshkar 2010 and Poet Mohammad Rafiq who won the Ekushey Padak 2010. In his speech, Mashrur Shahid Hossain, the Chair of the department called this day, and the year 2010 as well, “momentous”: it is really a matter of exciting coincidence that two of its (ex-) faculty received the highest awards of the country in the same year!

The department organized a two-hour long session of reminiscence and cultural acts “Accolade!” on 22nd April at the Senate Hall of Jahangirnagar University. Professor Shariff Enamul Kabir, Vice Chancellor of the university was present as the Chief Guest and handed over the crests to these legendary litterateurs. Eminent writer Hayat Mamud, Special Guest, added new insight to the lives and thoughts of the educationists concerned and made valuable observations about the nature and prospect of higher education. Professor Siddiqui gave his speech in Bangla for the better understanding of the house-packed audience and shared a slice of his eventful life.

After the speech, there was a short cultural act: there were recitations from the poems of Professor Siddiqui and Mohammad Rafiq, and couple of dance items and songs ranging from tap'pa to Lalon performed by students and teachers. 'Dhwani,' a recitation organization of JU made a chorus recitation of extracts from Mohammad Rafiq's Kopila. Outside the Hall, there was a daylong exhibition of books by Professor Siddiqui and Mohammad Rafiq.

It is to mention that Professor Siddiqi was one of the pioneer teachers of the department and was the Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University for two consecutive terms. Poet Mohammad Rafiq who would teach epics and Greek literatures has been on LPR. Professor Shafi Ahmed, in his speech, made insightful analysis of the significance of Mohammad Rafiq's poetry as well as reminisced his times with and achievements of Professor Siddiqui with a comment that latter should have received this award long before. Our Chair focused on the same point when he quoted from the famous “Friends, Romans, countrymen” speech in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to highlight that we are not oblivious like Caesar's subjects: we recall, and we recognize. We recognize our icons and we recognize all people - the English Association officials and the student volunteers particularly whose week-long sweat made this event sweet!

Lab Asia-USTC 1st Debate Workshop

Rezaur Rahman Danny and Nahid Akhter

'Juktir aloi, muktir gan' with this slogan, the first Lab Asia Debate Workshop was held in the University of Science & Technology Chittagong (USTC) on 2 May. It was organised by the Department of Pharmacy in association with Drishty Chittagong and presided over by Dr. S.C Roy, Chairman, Dept. of Pharmacy, USTC. The Chief guest Farid Uddin Ahmed, Registrar, USTC inaugurated the programme with his welcome speech. Fauzia Siraji, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacy and Irfan Newaz Khan, Lecturer, Dept. of Pharmacy, USTC also addressed the programme. The programme was divided into 3 segments- training sessions, a model debate and a talk show. Adnan Mannan, Lecturer, Biochemistry & Biotechnology Department, USTC trained on models and types of debate and spoke about various advantages of being a debater. Advocate Mili Chowdhury trained on the presentation and pronunciation in debate and Shuvashish Chakrobarty, Lecturer, CSE, USTC trained on the rebuttal skills, closing the training segment. In the second segment a model debate was conducted. Reza Chowdhury, Saifuddin Munna, Sayeed, Sabeer Shah, Junaid Ahmed and Muttakin chowdhury participated in the model debate. The third segment was “Talk show” with the former debaters. Guests in the talk show were Irfan Newaz Khan, Md. Mominur Rahman, lecturer, Dept. of Pharmacy, I.I.U.C, Adnan Mannan, lecturer, Dept. of Biochemistry & Biotechnology , USTC, Joysree Das, lecturer, Dept. of Pharmacy, BGC Trust Medical College and Afsana Rashid Nadia, one of the members of the previous winning team of USTC in the inter-university debate championship. The programme was hosted by Nasrin Jahan Bobby and Reza Chowdhury. Nearly 160 students of different departments of USTC participated in this programme.
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ICan: To Change How We Think

Montasir Islam

ICan, a student organiation recently started its journey in Dhaka to explore and expose the bright and benevolent young minds. ICan is set to create a common platform for innovative and motivated people to present and materialise their ideas in the practical world. The conference was held in Hotel Sarina, Banani, on the evening of May 7, 2010. The audience included students and professionals from various backgrounds from the country and abroad. At the end of the session, there was an open discussion where everybody shared their ideas and propositions regarding the change they want to see. The vision of the initiative is generated mainly from experiencing the lack of opportunity Bangladeshi young talents suffer despite having much creative and innovative potential.

Nature Club

Nazia Afsar

NATURE Club members of British Standard School held a discussion meeting in the school on May 3 highlighting the importance of clean environment, the effect of air and noise pollution, and human endeavour towards creating a green world. Vice Principal Badrum Nawazish presided over the meeting while students actively participated. They cleaned the school building and campus to create awareness among students and took out a colourful rally on different roads in Dhanmondi distributing leaflets in the houses and among the people. The leaflet contained ten basic points on maintaining clean environment and a pollution free world. Teachers guided the members of the club and their modest effort was successful in spreading the message among the students and adults who warmly applauded the effort.

News Snap

Celebrating First Anniversary

Rahat Chowdhury

'We were, we are, we will be, together, forever' was the slogan of the 2nd year students of the Department of Economics of Jahangirnagar University in the 1st Anniversary held on 26 April. The Chair, Prof. M Anisur Rahman (Anu Muhammad) inaugurated the ceremony by cutting a cake. The department students brought out a colourful procession that went around the campus.

Workshop on 'Research Development and Food Security'

Aminul Islam

A workshop on 'Research Development and Food Security' was held at the conference room of Agriculture Economics and Rural Sociology faculty of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on May 6. UDAID and FAO jointly organised the workshop.

Vice-chancellor of BAU Prof. Dr. MA Sattar Mandal was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session with Prof. Dr. SM Altaf Hossain in the chair. Among others Prof. Dr. Mohammad Abdus Samad, Lalita Bhattacharya of FAO, Joint-Secretary of Food Ministry Khandaker Atiar Rahman, Prof. Dr. Ferdous Mandal, Prof. Dr. Md. Idris Ali Miah, Prof. Dr. Reazul Karim Talukder, Dr. Md. Kamrul Hasan, Prof. Nazrul Islam and Prof. Dr. Shaikh Abdus Sabur addressed the inaugural session.

The discussion was on, Farm Availability of Rice and its Losses, Study for Food Policy Options', Post Harvest Loss Assessment and Policy Options for Quality Seed Production and 'Preservation at Farmers Level for Improvement of Food Security'.



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