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Selim Al Deen passes away

Staff Correspondent

Selim Al Deen, the legendary drama icon of the country, passed away on Monday. Selim, a pioneer of theatre movement in Bangladesh, a researcher and a professor of Department of Drama and Dramatics at Jahangirnagar University, was born in Shenerkhil village of Shonagazi upazila of Feni on August 18, 1949. He received his master's degree from Bangla Department of Dhaka University. In 1995 he earned PhD from Jahangirnagar University on 'Medieval Bengali Drama'. Selim Al Deen was honoured with many prestigious awards nationally and internationally, including the Bangla Academy Literature Award, National Film Award, Ekushey Padak and Olokto Shahitya Puroshkar.

BUET students to seek results online from now on!

Muhammad Eusha

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology has taken a radical step in their effort in keeping up with the pacing world of technological development. From now on, the university will publish the students' results online. That is not the only step taken by the authority in their implementation of the modernization of the previously existing cumbersome procedure of managing academic performance records. The students would no longer have to rush from desk to desk to register for the next term. The registration process has been engineered to go online as well. In an officially issued notice, the university authority confirmed this.

According to the new procedure, each student will be given a separate username and password with which her or she will be able to access a unique account on the internet. The account pages will contain results of the previous terms of the student along with instructions for the registration of the next one. Intended appropriate courses can be chosen and the validity of the choices will be analyzed by the respective advisors later on. This method is simple and reliability is unquestionable.

The procedure has been already illustrated at http://www.buet.ac.bd/academics/reg-manual.pdf

Journey of Tourism & Hotel Management Department Begins at DU

Tourism & Hotel Management Department starts its journey under the Faculty of Business Studies (FBS) of Dhaka University. On November 8th 2007, Honourable Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. SMA Faiz has appointed Professor Dr. Md. Ashraful Islam Chowdhury as the Chairman of this department. Last Saturday, I met Professor Dr. Md. Ashraful Islam Chowdhury and asked him about the department, teacher facilities, course curriculum, and specially his thoughts on this department. In 2006, Department of Marketing of DU took the initiative of starting this department under the Faculty of Business Studies. At first, the committee suggested the name of this department as Tourism & Hospitality Management. But Academic Council has approved the name of this department as Tourism & Hotel Management.

The department will interact with the students by admitting them in the 2007-08 session. It will offer BBA, MBA as well as EMBA. In BBA, the department can take 50 students to enrol in 2007-08 session. In EMBA, the department expect that they can enrol 60 students. The course curriculum is going to be as standard as that of foreign universities. The Chairman assured me that the syllabus will be set to meet the need of tourism companies and hotels and motels across the world. The Founder Chairman Professor Dr. Md. Ashraful Islam Chowdhury said, “Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the global economy, and provides jobs to millions thus contributing significantly to the national exchequer. In Bangladesh, the prospect of this sector needs not be overemphasized; but there is a lack of trained manpower in this field which hinders its growth to a great extent. The department aims at producing well qualified and trained people in this field to cater to the need of the industry. Dhaka University's endeavour in this field is the first of its kind among public universities. I personally expect generous support of the business community and entrepreneurs to develop this department to a fully grown one as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR).”

(MBA 8th batch Department of Marketing, DU)

Workshop by IUB and Writers Without Borders, USA

Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and Writers Without Borders, USA held a Writing Workshop on how to write scientific papers at Baridhara premises which concluded on Monday, January 14 2008. The Workshop was organized by the Centre for Health, Population and Development (CHPD) of the University. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Omar Rahman introduced the resource persons and spoke on the usefulness of such workshops for students and researchers.

It was a four- day intensive workshop. Dr Tim Brookes from Champlain College, USA was the resource person for three days on the topic “Professional Writing” and Dr Omar Khan, also from the same college for one day on “Writing Scientific Papers”.

Writers Without Borders is a non-profit organization based in the US, dedicated to helping health professionals write about the important and urgent issues they encounter, and to help their writing to reach global readership.

Seminar at Eastern University

A seminar on “Helping Bangladeshi Students in their Pursuit of Higher Education in the USA” was held in the University Auditorium at Campus-2 on January, 2008. Prof. Dr. Mir Masoom Ali, George & Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Ball State University, USA. was the main speaker on the occasion. Lt. Col (Retd) Md. Ali Ambial Haque Khan, Registrar, EU was also present in the program. The seminar was presided over by Prof. Dr. Rahim B. Talukdar, Vice Chancellor, Eastern University.

AIUB Orientation Program

American International university - Bangladesh (AIUB) organized the fresh students orientation for the Spring '07-'08 semester on January 12, 2008 at AIUB auditorium, Campus 1. A total number of 600 fresh students, who were qualified in the toughest screening process written and oral, participated in the orientation program. Dr. Anwarul Abedin, Honorable Chairman, AIUB was present in the occasion as the Chief Guest and gave his valuable speech to the fresh students. Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice Chancellor, AIUB presided over the orientation program. Prof. Dr. Tafazzal Hossain, Pro-vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Anwar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Business, Prof. Dr. M. Saleh Uddin, Head of the Architecture Department, Dr. Tazul Islam, Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Hasan I Choudhury, Registrar, AIUB also spoke on the occasion.

Faculties of Presidency University in International Conference

Khan Md. Raziuddin Taufique

Two faculty members, Khan Md. Raziuddin Taufique and Gazi Salah Uddin, from the School of Business of Presidency University participated in a three-day international conference recently held in Bangkok, Thailand. Md. Mahmudul Alam from Grameen Phone was also one of the team members. Global Academy of Business & Economic Research organized the conference.

The faculty members from Presidency University presented their research paper on 'An Empirical Evidence of Relationships between Exchange Rate and Stock Prices of Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in South Africa.' A total of 150 scholars across the globe presented their research papers in the conference. Mr. Taufique, Mr. Salah Uddin and Mr. Alam were awarded with Appreciation Certificate for their excellent performance in the presentation.

The conference provided a unique opportunity for academics, practitioners and policy makers to present and discuss their ongoing research and exchange ideas in business, economics and management. The program included 50 academic sessions. Mr. Mazhar M. Islam, Professor and Director of Research, School of Business, Alabama A & M University, U.S.A chaired the conference.

(Assistant Professor, School of BusinessEmail:raziuddint@presidency.edu.bd; kmrtaufiq@gmail.com)


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