the secretary general of the Asian Media Information and Communication
Centre (AMIC), Dr. Indrajit Banerjee, visited the Department
of Mass Communication and Journalism at Dhaka University.
Dr. Banerjee spoke to the students of the department about
AMIC, which was established in 1971 to "spearhead the
development of media and communication expertise in the Asia-Pacific
to foster socio-economic progress in the region." AMIC's
activities include research and publications, training and
capacity-building related to Asian media.
organises seminars and conferences around the region. Few
people have heard about the organisation in Bangladesh but
it could actually be very important for us. Dr. Banerjee talked
about the importance of knowledge-sharing, something that
is rare in this region but which has become increasingly important
in today's fast-paced, globalised and competitive world. AMIC
is a unique organisation because of its focus on the Asian
context of media and communication. We, the students of mass
communication and journalism, study 30-year-old American and
European texts which have little relevance to our own media
today. Though this learning is necessary as a base for knowledge
in the discipline, it is important for educational institutions
in our country to become affiliated with organisations like
AMIC which will provide us with material and opportunities
to work within the Asian context, closer to home, and perhaps,
even closer to our hearts.
University of Dhaka
first day at DU, I went with my mother to complete some admission
formalities. While we were waiting in front of Janata Bank
at TSC, some boys were making rude comments. I didn't care.
Suddenly, two of the boys came up to me and asked me my name
and which department I was in. They were so arrogant that
I was shocked and went to my mother who was standing close
by. They rushed towards me in fury, saying that I should know
who they are and what they were capable of doing. My mother
and some students dealt with the problem. I can hardly get
through a day without such problems. It is really shameful
for such incidents to occur on a university campus. Can't
these people change their behaviour and maintain a congenial
atmosphere on campus?
Department of English University of Dhaka
Much to Ask For?
at Kala Bhaban (Arts Faculty) at Dhaka University are held
in the morning hours. Unfortunately, this is also the time
when loud political processions with slogans like "Agun
jalao" come out. The cacophony ruins our concentration
and annoys us to the point of wanting to jump out the window.
The teachers can't do anything except laugh cynically or make
sarcastic comments. I don't know why the processions can't
go out in the afternoons when there are not as many classes
being held. My friends, especially the boys, who live in the
residential halls complain that they can't attend their classes
because they are forced to join these processions. I just
want a campus free from chaos during class hours. Is this
too much to ask for?
Kaiser Toma Department of English University
Bangla in front of the Kala Bhaban at Dhaka University represents
our war of freedom in 1971. Students of the university are
very proud of the monument. But the campus is not restricted
to outsiders and vendors and all kinds of people gather near
the Aparajeyo Bangla and show disrespect. Even students (actually,
I'm not sure whether they are students of the university)
sit in front of it and make rude comments. They gossip like
people do in parks. They forget that it is not a park but
a place of great significance. The authorities should take
steps to make the area off limits to outsiders and students
should respect the monument for its historical significance.
Sharmin Department of English University of Dhaka
exhibition at BUET
University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Photography
Society (BPS) organised a wonderful photography exhibition
at Del Café last month. A good number of photographs
submitted by students were exhibited at the show. The best
photographs will be preserved for the next inter-university
photography exhibition. This was BPS's sixth intra-university
exhibition. Many students visited the show every day. Photography
is a vital medium for expressing people's thoughts and views.
This is why BPS organised the event. It was a very popular
and worthy venture by the BPS.
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