is full of pleasant surprises, the memories of some which
keep you going at times when life becomes rather dull. Taking
up residential semester turned out to be one such memorable
experience for me and my 44 fellow students. Private university
students can hardly imagine such an experience in their robotic
and monotonous classes in cramped buildings. But as a fortunate
student of BRAC University, I had an amazing opportunity to
live with my batchmates.
announcement of a residential semester came as a mixed surprise.
We thought we were going to be taken to a prison where we
would be treated like schoolchildren, made to follow a strict
routine without any freedom. But our misgivings were proved
wrong for we were without our parents and our supervisor (Dadu)
wasn't smart enough to keep us caged.
The first few days were quiet and everyone was attending regular
classes with the same enthusiasm as we did in the Dhaka campus.
But things began to change as we all began to discover new
ways to entertain ourselves. We still remember the long, boring
ethics sessions, the professors' mispronounced words and the
Shakespearian words of the campus super. The dormitory gates
were always open and we spent many nights off campus under
the open sky, clear and star-studded. We hardly ever slept,
whiling away nights talking and singing. It wasn't chaotic,
however, and we maintained peace because we weren't the only
students there. The different activities of the English classes
like movie shows, playing Scrabble and doing crosswords and
fun amateur dramas were all a lot of fun. Even students of
the usually quiet departments came alive on the trip, to our
universities lacking quality education and a proper academic
environment are mushrooming all over the country, this experience
was indeed an unique and memorable one and I felt lucky to
have enrolled in such an institution which gave me much more
than offered by the typical private university. BRAC University
in Savar has a wonderful campus embracing the magnificence
of nature minus the political chaos, instability and uncertainty.
It's like enjoying the campus of a public university but with
the peace and calm of a private one.
Saaqeb (Tonmoy) BRAC University
of the students?
often find advertisements for private universities in the
newspaper. I don't understand how they get government approval
where most of them do not follow the Private University Act
of 1992 which contains the minimum rules and requirements
for establishing a university. Recently, the daily Prothom
Alo published a story which said that there are around 52
private universities in the country, but that government approval
of nine of them is going to be revoked. The first question
that arose in my mind is what will happen to all the students
of these universities. What will the government and the university
authorities do about them?
Md. Wohid LLB, IIUC
search of signboards
University (DU) has witnessed many historical events and movements
and contains a number of landmarks and sites of national as
well as architectural significance from as far back as the
British era. They include the famous Kala Bhaban, Curzon Hall,
and the graves of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, the
great artist Zainul Abedin and cartoonist Kamrul Hasan. Sadly,
however, DU has no signboards pointing out these sites. Many
visitors come to DU every day and even more so on occasions
like Pahela Boishakh, Ekushey February, Independence
Day and Victory Day, but they remain oblivious to these landmarks,
and those who look for them on their visits often cannot find
them. The Central Library and the different faculties also
have no signs whatover, putting even students into confusion
whereas many unimportant buildings on campus display large
signboards. My humble request to the authorities is to place
signboards that will guide visitors as well as point out sites
of historical significance and architectural beauty.
Rahaman Ex-student of DU
pollution on campus
cannot concentrate in class because of microphones and amplifiers
on campus loudly announcing political events and meetings.
Students are asked to join these by blaring invitations by
loudspeakers -- as if they cannot read notices put on bulletin
boards. I am save that At times, the sounds seem louder than
missiles launched by the Americans in Iraq. I request the
authorities to take steps in this regard and to enhance the
beauty of the campus.
Islam Department of English Islamic University
350 students of Dhaka University (DU) living in the various
residential halls have reportedly contracted jaundice and
other viral infections. The outbreak is said to have been
caused by poor sanitation and hygiene at the university dormitories.
Apparently, DU water tanks go unchecked for years, allowing
the accumulation of bacteria that may cause jaundice, hepatitis
A and other such diseases. Illegal makeshift shops inside
the halls lacking any sort of quality control further exacerbate
the risk of disease. While DU authorities say they are taking
steps to prevent further spread (by attempting to ensure safe
water supply and the eviction of the shops), scores of students
have been rendered unable to regularly attend classes and
sit for exams. The university medical centre is also doubling
under the overload of students going for pathological tests
and undergoing treatment and are referring them to public
hospitals. After a number of unscheduled closures this year,
the students themselves are resisting any move to close down
the university and evacuate the halls, but the onus remains
upon the authorities to check the outbreak of diseases and
fast, and to take steps to prevent such disasters in the future.
Displays a Colourful 10th ACE
form of the traditional Lathi dance, by the boys of
jargon mentioned by almost every other person today about
private universities being aloof from our culture and being
westernised is absolutely wrong and has been proven so by
the 10th Annual Cultural Evening, recently organised by North
South University Sangskritik Sangathan, a culture club of
North South University, the first private university established
in the country. The audience was taken aback by the colourful
display of the dhulis, playing their dhols in their colourful
costumes, along with the students greeting the awe-struck
onlookers with massive sunflowers, lion-masks and showers
of flower petals. 10th ACE went on to sparkle the environment
with various elements of nature and our culture, namely folk
songs, classical dances, lathi dance, comedy shows, a mockery
of the present situation of the Bangladeshi film industry
and much more.
Sadya Afreen Mallick, famous Nazrul Geeti singer, who was
present at the show, expressed her surprise and appreciation
of the superb presentation by the students.
"I wasn't planning on staying long at the event,"
she said. "But once the show began to unfold, I just
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