Degree Application Form Submission for 11th Convocation
11th Convocation of BRAC University is likely to be held on December 2016. Students who are expected to complete the graduation requirement by Summer semester 2016 are requested to submit the Degree Application Form to the Registrar’s Office (Building #6, Level 4) by 30th June 2016 for further processing of degree and attending the 11th Convocation.
You are required to do the following:
1. Collect the form from the DCO of the respective department.
2. Fill up the form
3. Get clearance from the Library
4. Get the accounts clearance from Accounts and Finance department by paying Degree Processing Fee of Tk. 10,000 and any other dues (as applicable) to the bank.
Students are also required to submit the following documents:
For Undergraduate Programs
(a) Two attested Copies of Recent Passport Size coloured Photographs
(b) Attested copies of certificates of SSC & HSC / O & A Level/equivalent (as the case may be)
For Postgraduate Programs
(a) Two attested Copies of Recent Passport Size coloured Photographs
(b) Attested copies of certificates of SSC & HSC/ O & A Level/ equivalent, Bachelors/Masters Degree and course waver record (as applicable)
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of BRAC University has taken an initiative to encourage entrepreneurship among the students of BRAC University for developing their potentials through a package of entrepreneurship development program titled “CED Entrepreneurs’ Den”, which is open for all registered students and alumni of BRAC University to participate.
The program is intended to simulate the real worldsituations where entrepreneurs have to organize and develop their business ideas through innovation workshop,boot camp, business plan development to market their visions, create a strategy for executing plans, and deal with rejections; finally, by participating to the Business Plan Competition (Round 3, 2015-16).
Application procedure, visit http://www.bracu.ac.bd/ced-bpc-round3
BRAC University celebrated the 80th birthday of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Founder & Chairperson, BRAC and Chairperson, Board of Trustees (BoT), BRAC University.
Vice Chancellor of BRAC University Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D. and a team of teachers and students greeted Sir Abed with flower bouquet, fruits and a greeting card. BRAC University students handed over to Sir Abed sketches of him done by them.
Sir Abed cordially thanked everyone and in his short speech, he reiterated that the purpose of University education should be to cultivate knowledge and do research and innovation. At the same time BRAC University should make future leaders for the country and society.
Professor Andaleeb informed Sir Abed that with the joint effort of the faculty members and students, BRACU is going ahead towards achieving Sir Abed’s vision of building an educated nation and a developed Bangladesh.
Earlier students of BRAC University organized four-day event named “Celebrating the Life and Work of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG” to celebrate his 80th birthday. It started with organizing a cricket camp for slum children, a friendly football match with autistic children. Students sold plants to donate money for social purpose. Photography and art exhibition, drama show and cultural programs were also organized by different students’ clubs.
In a public lecture session on 26 April in BRAC Centre Dr. Akbar Ali Khan, former Advisor of the Caretaker Government and a Professor of BRAC University presented a paper titled “Eighty Years of Poverty Alleviation: Changes and Challenges with reference to the role of Sir Abed and BRAC”.
In the Residential Campus in Savar of BRAC University, Sir Abed’s colleagues for many years shared their experience of knowing Sir Abed with the students. It was discussed that though Sir Abed is generally considered to be eminent and influential person, known all over the world, yet in real life he is simple, humble, compassionate and down-to-earth individual and these attributes are well grasped by those who know him for years. This was a wonderful opportunity for the students, teachers and staff of BRAC University to be inspired by his humane qualities and learn from those.
PDC hosted its 19th Faculty Orientation Programme on 27th and 28th April 2016 at GDLN Centre. A total of 13 new faculty members attended the sessions facilitated by Professor Syed Saad Andaleed, Professor Firdous Azim, Dr Manzoor Ahmed, Dr Mohammad Golam Jamil, Dr Mark Bartholomew, Ms Farrah Jabeen, Mr Ivan Shafaat Bari, Ms Hasina Afroz, Ms Shadia Alam, Mr Azharul Islam Bhuiyan, Mr Rehan Ahmed, Ms Mehetaz Chowdhury, Monzia Mushtaq, and Mr Rakib Avi.
A workshop titled ‘How to Engage Citizens and Ensure Social Accountability in Public Procurement’ organized jointly by BIGD, BRAC University and Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IME Division of Planning Ministry was held on Thursday, 28 April, at the Hotel Agrabad, Chittagong. The Chittagong Divisional Workshop was held as a way to raise awareness amongst citizens and receive feedback from the local level on the Third Party Engagement piloting program. Mr. Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Honorable Secretary, IME Division, Planning Ministry and Dr. Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank, attended the workshop as the Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively. Additional Deputy Commissioner (LA) of Chittagong, Mr. Md. Doulatuzzaman Khan presided over the workshop. Mr. Md. Aziz Taher Khan, Director, CPTU delivered the welcome speech at the event. Among others, Mr. Abdul Mannan, Member, Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division, Planning Commission and Dr. Mirza Hassan, Team Leader of Social Accountability Component of PPRP-II spoke at the event.
During the discussion session, Md. Aziz Taher Khan urged the participants to provide feedback so that the strategy for citizen engagement can be further improved. Dr. Mirza Hassan raised the question on reforming legal framework on citizen engagement in PPRP. He said, citizen and youth committee and project-oriented committee would be working as ‘watch dogs’ of the project. Dr. Zafrul Islam said that citizens have to rethink their ‘self accountability’ for the betterment of the society in everyday life rather than blaming the government for everything. Mr. Abdul Mannan elaborated on the necessity of openness, transparency and accountability in the delivery of public services. Mr. Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury argued that citizens’ ready engagement is necessary to ensure the sustainability of this project. Other speakers included, Md. Hamidul Islam, a Chittagong based journalist, E.K.M Oliullah, General Secretary of the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company and various local engineers, contractors and professors. 70 participants attended the event from different government and non-government institutions.
The workshop consisted of a group session where participants were requested to report their feedback on the third party monitoring strategy. The participants were split into three groups, with each group presenting their recommendations at the end of the exercise. The workshop held in Chittagong is the third divisional workshop organized by BIGD. These workshops will culminate in a national seminar to be held towards the end of this year.
BIGD is providing the technical assistance to the CPTU to help design and implement the social accountability mechanism that aims to institutionalize and develop a third party monitoring system in the public procurement process of the country.
OCSAR conducted a 'Pre-Interview Session' for the post of Business Development Officer of Standard Chartered Bank on April 28, 2016 at the Conference room of OCSAR.
Mr. Kazi Shahanoor Kabir, Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin and Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR facilitated the session and took interview of the students to make them prepared for the final interview session that will be held at Standard Chartered Bank.
At the end of the session, students were provided with some feedback regarding their attire, strategies to deal with the questions frequently asked in interview and professional attitude required for the job. They also shared overview of the company with the students.
Total 20 students attended the session who also got final interview call from SCB. 3 students were offered the position of Business Development Officer by SCB.
In April 2016, individual and group advising sessions with probation students were taking place. Students came to probation advisers at the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) for these advising sessions. Solaiman Jony and Fatema Israt Jahan, probation advisers from the OSA conducted these sessions. In addition to the advising sessions, PASS workshop-4 was offered for the students titled ‘Tips for Final Exam’. Students were advised to preparation ahead of their exam day and perform better in the final exam and were given handouts on ‘final exam preparation tips’.
After publication of results, probation advisers from OSA collected the grades of the probation students from USIS and analysis of the result was on going.
In the honor ofthe birthday of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRACa 4D exhibition had been organized at the premises of BRAC centre. It was a five day exhibition that started from 27th April and continued till 3rd May. It started with the inauguration by the chairperson of BRAC at the first day. The two renowned projects of BRAC University which areSolar Wheel Chair project by Professor Dr. A.K.M Abdul Malek Azad and CHONDROBOT-2 by Assoc. Professor Dr. Md. Khalilur Rhaman were exhibited there. IEEE BRAC University student body members volunteered and represented the two projects to the visitors. Moreover, other projects of BRAC for instance, Aarong, bKash, BRAC Dairy and Food Project, BRAC Microfinance, BRAC Health Care etc. were also presented to the visitors.
Starting from 27th April a five day program “4D Exhibition” was held at BRAC Centre Inn in light of the founder and Chairman of BRAC, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s 80th birthday. Various activities adjoining all the programs of BRAC were presented during the event. BRAC University also played a major part in the exhibition focusing the development of education system of BRAC with the message “From Literacy to Leadership”. The chronological progress of BRAC Education that began right after liberation war with adult literacy system in the distant rural areas and then developed to deprived children education and then to higher education technological training with last but not the least the start of BRAC University were all presented in the exhibition. Among the two projects presented on behalf of BRAC University as depiction of the innovation made by BRAC University students, the torque sensor based electric wheel chair was one. The other one was Chandrabot from Robotics Club of the university.
It should be mentioned that currently a collaborative study on the wheelchair is going on between CARC, BRAC University and Centre for the Rehabilitation of Paralysed (CRP) to study on the sustainability of the prototype in the practical field. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Lady Abed and all the other visitors greatly appreciated the initiative.
BIGD’s Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman had several meetings in April with a number of distinguished personalities such as prominent academics and researchers regarding the research collaboration and other relevant issues of BIGD. Dr. Rahman had meeting with Mr. Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Secretary, Cabinet Division; Mr. Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary, Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning; Dr. Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury, BB, Mineral Resources Adviser to the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Prof. Asad Islam , Monash University; Mr. Faisal Ahmed, Senior Economic Adviser, Bangladesh Bank; Mr. Thomas Dreesen, Research Manager, Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School; Ms. Sarah Shehabuddin, Assistant Professor, Asian University for Women (AUW), Chittagong and Dr. Parul Agarwal, Associate Director-Financial Inclusion, Centre for Microfinance of the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR). Dr. Rahman also attended the Birthdays celebrations of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed at the BRAC CDM and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the British High Commission of Bangladesh. Dr. Rahman also attended a lunch meeting with Kaspar Grossenbacher, Country Director, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Bangladesh in April.
Bangladesh is a populated country. Road accidents are the underlying occurrence. Regularly road accidents occur for impolite and careless driving. Be that as it may, there are various diverse reasons associated with it also. There has been a hard ascent in road accidents, all together in roadways in the course of recent years. Seriousness and casualty of road accidents request additional consideration in our nation. C3ER of BRAC University, led a field visit under the Road Safety Project, supported by Bangladesh Bank at the expressway course of Dhaka-Chittagong on 23 to 26 April 2016. The appraisal was done at Sitakunda, Chittagong. The objectives of the field visit were to find the primary focuses for road accidents, assessment of financial effect, distinguish causes and potential arrangements of traffic accidents, perceive the potential measures or activities that may counteract road accidents and minimise the losses. Legislative, Non-Governmental associations and local community participated in Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Key Informant Interview (KII). The fieldwork was lead by Dr. Md. Sajidur Rahman, Assistant Professor from C3ER Ms. Naznin Nasir Dola, Research Associate, Ms. Nureen Faiza Anisha, Research Assistant, Ms. Nabila Hoque, Internee took part in the field visit.
In April 2016, a group of 12 individuals from C3ER, led by Professor Ainun Nishat, Advisor, A S Moniruzzaman Khan, Director (In-control), C3ER, BRAC University went to Bandarban so as to watch the current malaria scenario and also for comprehending the connection of climatic change with malaria transmission under the project Increase and/or Transmission of MALARIA: Role of Climate Change. The field visit was conducted from 26 April 2016 to 28 April 2016. This field visit was contained three sections where the first session was a KII (key informant interview). This session was held with Dr. Uday Shankar Chakma, Civil Surgeon Officer, Bandarban. He uncovered that because of the vacillation of climatic parameters; in 2014, a sudden flare-up of malaria happened for which around 14 individuals died in Bandarban region. As indicated by him, in 2014 flighty precipitation was watched which was a primary reason for that sudden episode though in 2015 overwhelming and proceeds with precipitation happened and fewer malaria cases were accounted for. He additionally included that improper use of antimalarial units like mosquito net could be another purpose for that flare-up. The next session was with the health workers and officers of BRAC, who are working in malaria project. This meeting was held to know the practical experiences of the health workers and to realise the contribution of BRAC for prevention of malaria in Bandarban district. The third and last session was an FGD (focused group discussion) where the general population who has as of now been endured by malaria of a village called Thoinga Para and the health worker of that para were present. Before that other two groups directed field visit at Rangamati on 01 April 2016 to 06 April 2016 and at Khagrachori from 23 April 2016 to 26 April 2016. As a group from C3ER Dr. Sajidur Rahman, Assistant Professor, Mr. Reaz Uddin Khan, Lecturer, Ms. Naznin nasir Dola, Ibrat Sharif, Research Associate, Mr. Hafizul Hossain, DCO, Saw. Mu. Shamoel Haque, Ms. Nureen Faiza Anisha, Research Assistant, Ms. Maliha Tabassum, Ms. Nabila Hoque, Internee partook in the field visit.
New faces at BRAC University
Management and Admin
Ms. Urmi Sajjad Suma joined as IT Officer in the IT System Office in April 2016. Ms. Suma completed her B.Sc in Electronics and Communication from EIILM University, Sikkim, India.
Ms. Nur Aktar Habiba joined as Lab Officer in the Department of Pharmacy in April 2016. Ms. Habiba has just completed her B. Pharm from BRAC University.
Transferred from BRAC to BRAC University
A pool of Administrative staff has been transferred from BRAC to the Finance and Accounts Department of BRAC University in April 2016. They are: Mr. Azharul Islam Bhuiyan, Senior Manager; Mr. Md. Nazmul Hasan, Deputy Manager; Mr. Amdadul Islam, Deputy Manager; Mr. Md. Humayun Bashar, Senior Officer and Mr. Sk. Mahamudur Rahman, Officer.
Left from BRAC University
Mr. Maruf Hasan Zaber Lecturer of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) resigned from his position in April 2016 as he has got a chance to serve as a Summer Research Intern in Design Technology Lab at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Ms. Farhana Showkat, who was serving as an English Language Instructor in the BPS Teacher Training Program under BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), separated from her position in April 2016
Three faculty members, Dr. Amiotosh Ghosh, Assistant Professor, EEE, Mr. Abdullah Nafis, Lecturer, CSE and Ms. Anika Mahin, Lecturer, ENH, who were in personal long leave, regret inability of joining and also got separated from BRAC University.
Faculty on Study Leave
Mr. Syed Mahmudur Rahman, Senior Lecturer of BRAC Business School (BBS) went on Study Leave for pursuing his doctoral studies in Management from the University of Newcastle, Australia in April 2016.
BIGD, BRAC University and the Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh (GoB) jointly hosted a 10-day training on Government Performance Management System (GPMS), held during 11-25 April, at the CIRDAP Training Room, Dhaka. The purpose of the training was to help 250 representatives of all 48 Ministries/Divisions orient and train on how to design the vision, mission, objectives, and indicator based performance targets in 2016-2017 for each Ministry/Division. The training was also meant to help frame Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of the Government and make improve capacity on results based management.
Mr. N. M. Zeaul Alam, Secretary (Coordination & Reforms) and Mr. Md. Mahiuddin Khan, Additional Secretary (Reforms), both of Cabinet Division; Mr. Md. Abdul Halim, Director General, Governance Innovation Unit, Prime Minister’s Office; Mr. Abu Saleh Md. Ferdous Khan, Deputy Secretary, Cabinet Division; Mr. Altaf Hossain Sheikh, Deputy Secretary and Mr. Kamrul Hasan, Senior Assistant Secretary, of Cabinet Division conducted different training sessions.
The training was concluded following a closing ceremony on 25 April at the meeting room of the Cabinet Secretary. The closing event was chaired by Mr. Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Cabinet Secretary, the Government of Bangladesh. Among others, Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of BIGD; Mr. N. M. Zeaul Alam, Secretary; Mr. Md. Mahiuddin Khan; and Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talukdar, Senior Programme Manager of BIGD, attended the closing ceremony. The chair concluded the training with thanks to organizers, trainers and trainees.
BIGD, in cooperation with the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh, has been implementing the second phase of the project titled “Community of Practice (CoP) on Performance Management in South Asia” since July 2015 to help strengthen the performance management system of the Government. This training was organized under the interim activity plan of the project.