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“Socio Economic Condition of Bangladesh”

A seminar on “Socio Economic Condition of Bangladesh” organized by School of Business and Economics, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology (ADUST) was held on 5th August 2008.

The seminar was presided over by Prof. Dr. Kabir Hossain Talukder, Registrar, Dean, Faculty of Agribusiness & Treasurer. The Chief Guest at the occasion was Prof. Dr. Anwara Begum, Vice Chancellor, ADUST. Special Guests were Prof. Dr. A. K. M. Monwar Uddin Ahmed, Dept. of Economics, Dhaka University and Shahnoor Wahid, Sr. Assistant Editor, The Daily Star. Designated discussant was Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mahboob Ali, Chairman, School of Business & Economics.

Among others Shahidul Alam, DGM, Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Debi Narayan Rudra Paul, Associate Prof., Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, and Assistant Prof. Badal Kumar Ghosh, Assistant Prof., SOBE also spoke on this occasion.

Battle of Minds kicks off

Star Campus Desk

In an increasingly competitive corporate world where wits, pace and patience counts for everything, the need to shape up early is essential. With few real life opportunities to get exposure to the corporate settings, business case competition and the like are a welcome source of learning for graduates of tomorrow. Battle of Minds; British American Tobacco Bangladesh's promise towards developing the nation's talent, is one such source of knowledge development. Building great minds for tomorrow is the ultimate objective of this competition. This is where students from various business and engineering schools come together with an aspiration to be noted amongst the best potential recruits of their time.

Battle of Minds is held every year in a unique setting where final year students are put through a series of rigorous challenges in the form of real life business cases which require them to deliver their best. Each year the wonderful pool of talent that participates in the event sets a new benchmark. Each year the competition also evolves accordingly, becoming more challenging than the previous. An event that started with five business schools from within Dhaka has grown into a full blown competition that covers 11 universities nationwide. As a result, keeping pace with the growing needs of the ever-changing corporate environment, the warriors of the Battle of Minds morph into their true potential becoming substantial corporate personalities.

This year's road show started at BRAC University. Most of the participants of Battle of Minds acknowledge their benefits from the competition. After all, it isn't everyday that one gets to be evaluated by business icons, civil society gurus or prominent media personalities of Bangladesh. There's also a grooming session that guarantees that each participant and his team are fully briefed on the depth of the situation and the need for serious feasibility of real life cases. The sheer level of exposure that this event generates has been sufficient to slingshot the careers of many young people to a fabulous launch.

With the workplace becoming increasingly global each day, employees are competing with colleagues from all over the world. What better way is there to prepare for such a race than to learn the basics from a setting that truly sets global standards for excellence!

DUMC organized a Seminar on Branding

In the recent time Bangladesh is witnessing a greater focus on Branding Nation in order to improve the positive image of the country in front of the whole world. This is a gigantic mission indeed but as a nation we have proved ourselves turning so many impossible into possible. Students of the country have always been the hopes for such turn around. So they need the proper guidelines to prepare themselves for facing the challenges on building better Bangladesh as brand.

In this ground, Dhaka University Management Club organized a successful Seminar on Branding on August 2, 2008 at the Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka. Mr. Aftab Mahbub Khurshid Head of Corporate Brand and Market Communications, City Bank Limited was the speaker of the seminar. 100 of students from Department of Management Studies attended the event.

Branding is like rearing up a child. It is a long term vision which can not be established in a year. So to carry this continuous process till the definitive success, people of the country need to work consistently which will largely help in building the positive image of the country.

BRAC Development Institute launched

BRAC Development Institute (BDI) was officially launched recently at the BRAC Centre Auditorium. Housed in BRAC University, the institute will serve as a resource centre for issues on poverty, the poor and the marginalized.

The Chief Guest of the BDI launching ceremony was Prof. Rehman Sobhan, Founder, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) It was chaired by Prof. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University. Special Guests included Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder, BRAC Rasheda K.Chowdhury, Adviser, Ministries for Primary & Mass Education, Women & Children Affairs and Cultural Affairs, BRAC, Prof. Nazrul Islam, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), Dr. Hameeda Hossain, Co-Founder, Ain O Shalish Kendra, Rashed Khan Menon, President, Workers Party of Bangladesh and Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud, Dhaka University.

The BDI Director Syed M Hashemi stated that the aim of BDI is to promote research and build knowledge on practical solutions for problems of the poor in the global South. Specifically, it intends to build knowledge around various successful development initiatives in the South, focus on developing new ideas and strategies, pilot test such ideas and provide important lessons on good practices for practitioners, and policymakers.

BDI has already taken up several activities that can be broadly categorized in terms of economic transformations, democratic governance and women's empowerment. BDI also offers academic programmes including masters in development studies, certificate courses, etc.

Certificate Giving Ceremony held at NUB

Northern University Bangladesh arranged a certificate giving ceremony in association with Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion (KADO) among the participants of Advance Computer training program at NUB Faculty of Business Campus, Dhanmondi on Agust 12, 2008. Min Soo Bahng, consular of the Republic of Korea, was present as the Chief Guest of the program. Prof. M. A. Razzaque, Dean of the Faculty of Business & Head, Department of Business Administration, presided over the ceremony while M Abu Bakar Siddique, Vice-Chancellor of NUB and Md. Lutfor Rahman, Director, Human Resources Division, were the special guests. Prof. Dr. M Nurul Islam, Dean Faculty of Science, and the Korean Internet Volunteers Team were present on the occasion.

Scholarship Awarding at East West University

The Merit Scholarship Ceremony of East West University for Summer-2008 was held on 26 August at the university auditorium. In the ceremony, 60 students received full and half tuition merit scholarships.

Dr. Rafiqul Huda Chaudhury, Acting-President, Board of Directors of EWU graced this occasion as the chief guest and handed over the scholarship certificates to the students. Congratulating the students on their outstanding result, Dr. Chaudhury urged them to dedicate in nation-building activities.

In his concluding remark, Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammed Sharif also pointed out that the achievement of such scholarship is the manifestation of their dedication to study. He told the students that they should be aware of their responsibility to the society. He also praised the contribution of faculty members and employees of EWU, which have put the University in the No.1 position among all private Universities in Bangladesh.

Welcoming the Merit Scholarship holders, Colonel Shah Murtoza Ali ( Retd), Registrar of the University congratulated the Merit Scholarship winners for their outstanding achievement, and thanked the founders of the University and the pioneers who incepted such a program for the students.

Seminar held at IST

Prof. Victoria Wise, Head, School of Accounting and Corporate Governance, University of Tasmania, Australia

A seminar on " Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility in Bangladesh " organized by dept. of BBA, Institute of Science and Technology (IST) was held on 23rd August, 2008, at IST Auditorium.

The paper was jointly written by Prof. Dr. Victoria Wise, University of Tasmania, Australia and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mahboob Ali, Chairman, School of Business and Economics, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology,Bangladesh.

The session Chairman in the seminar was Prof. Dr. Shahida Rafique, who is the Dean of Engineering Faculty, University of Dhaka, and the Chairman, Board of Governors, IST. The chief guest in the seminar was Prof. Mujahidul Islam, Chairman, Dept. of Banking, University of Dhaka and the special guest was Samir Asif, Senior Consultant, IFC. Among others director of IST Ismail Jabiullah and Head of BBA Program Delwar Hossain also spoke on this occasion. Md. Moulude Hossain, a BBA student of IST gave the address of welcome.

In the seminar speakers stressed the importance of the applications of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility in Bangladesh and they also recommended that change of attitude and mind set could add value to the success of the Corporations. They also emphasized on the accountability of the board members of corporations and ethical business process.

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