Islamic University, Mar 29 (UNB) - An athlete of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Friday won a gold medal in the inter-university Bangabandhu Sports Champs-2019.
Anika Rahman Tamanna, a third-year student of Islamic History and Culture, received the medal at a prize giving ceremony in Dhaka.
Sixty-five public and private universities took part in the contest, coordinator of IU sports team Professor M Mahbubar Rahman told UNB.
He said he is optimistic that IU will win a lot of medals in this competition.
The Bangabandhu inter-university Sports Chams started on March 17.
Jagannath University, March 28 (UNB)— Prosenjit Sarker and Animesh Roy have been elected as the president and general secretary of Chhatra Front’s Jagannath University unit.
The 12-member committee was announced Thursday.
Soron Das was elected vice-president, Kowsik Ahmed organising secretary, and Topu Sorwar office secretary.
The new Treasurer is Shariful Islam, School Affairs Secretary Harunur Rashid, Publicity Secretary Imad Alvi Farabi, Social Welfare Secretary Abdur Rab, and Library Secretary Orpon Singha.
Momita Chakrabartee and Rayhan Mia are members of the body.
Dhaka, Mar 28 (UNB) - The quality of education must never be compromised as it is associated with employment, dignity and acceptability, President Abdul Hamid said Thursday.
“If quality is not ensured, then the number of educated unemployed graduates will increase. The universities will have to run their education programmes keeping this in mind,” he told the 20th Convocation of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in the city’s Bashundhara area.
The President reminded everyone that the 21st century is very competitive and pointed that there is no alternative to making the young generation skilled in knowledge, science and information-technology to survive in this era.
“So, the government has modernised the educational curricula and emphasised science and technical education,” he said. “Education has been brought under digital programmes.”
President Hamid said the number of universities – both public and private – has been increased to broaden the scope of higher education. Currently, there are 103 private universities operating in Bangladesh.
“Now, the challenge before us is to ensure the quality of education,” the Chancellor said. “We must remember that employment, dignity and acceptability are associated with the quality of higher education. So, quality cannot be compromised in any way.”
He urged the universities to turn themselves into research centres, saying: “You have to keep in your mind that the university is the highest centre of knowledge research, not a business centre.”
A total of 1,166 students received degrees from six different schools under 29 programmes and disciplines. Of them, 825 are in undergraduate programmes while 341 students obtained MA degrees.
Biochemistry student Samara Tawziat Choudhury was this year’s Valedictorian and Chancellor’s Gold Medalist while four students from undergraduate programmes received medals and crests for their outstanding contribution to extracurricular activities.
Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, founder-chairman of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, delivered his speech as the Convocation Speaker. Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury and University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan also spoke at the event.
IUB Vice-Chancellor M Omar Rahman delivered the welcome speech. The university’s board of trustees Chairman A Matin Chowdhury also spoke at the convocation.
Dhaka, Mar 28 (UNB) - Urmi Chakma, 10, was forced to drop out of primary school on completion of grade 1 in 2015 due to extreme poverty.
A resident of remote Bunduk Bhanga union in Rangamati district, the government-run school she was attending was also located far from her humble home.
However, thanks to a children’s learning centre (CLC) in her village established by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), an NGO, Urmi’s dream of an education was revived and sustained.
Today, four years older and a bright young student of grade 5, she is back at the school she had dropped out of.
“When I was forced to drop out of school over financial problems and the long distance, I didn’t think I could start again. But Ahsania Mission assisted me to start schooling again,” says Urmi.
DAM volunteers go door-to-door in remote, hard-to-reach areas to motivate villagers to enroll their children, particularly targeting out-of-school children and dropouts - in their CLCs. Urmi was enrolled at a CLC named Dhamaye Chara at Bunduk Bhanga union.
“After receiving various forms of assistance, I enrolled at Dhamaye Chara in class 2 on January 7, 2016,” Urmi added.
The CLCs are part of a project to impart quality education to out-of-school children and dropouts particularly from the disadvantaged groups through multigrade teaching and learning. It also intends to provide remedial services to the slow learners of targeted government and registered primary schools.
Multigrade teaching occurs in primary education when a teacher has to teach two or more primary school student grades in the same class. Multigrade classes comprise students of different ages, grades and abilities in the same group.
Promoting and upscaling quality education through implementing community-based non-formal primary education and networking them with formal education were the core themes of the ‘Unique Intervention for Quality Primary Education’, or UNIQUE II project funded by the EU.
Children’s learning activities were cultivated through the children’s learning centres (CLC). These CLCs provided support to children aged 6-12.
The multigrade teaching-learning system allows every single learner to adhere to a flexible routine for study. A learner, therefore, enjoys the opportunity to read texts of any class according to his/her personal competence in a given subject.
Most importantly, the aim is to allow students to be transferred into the formal education system, through the network of government-run schools, once they are done at the CLC. Ideally, in case of dropouts, this can happen without the child losing any years of schooling, and with their core competencies undiminished.
As was the case with Urmi, who is the eldest among three siblings her father, Bimol Chakma, takes a much better view of education for his children today and hopes that his other two children can also avail education in Urmi’s footsteps through the CLC run by DAM.
He believes that such projects should continue in the remote areas. “Otherwise our children cannot continue their studies due to various problems here,” Bimol said. The UNIQUE II project however, is nearing its end.
Reaching out to hard-to-reach children was high in the list of policy priorities for the project funded by the European Union (EU). As part of this support, DAM implemented the intervention under the UNIQUE-II project for dropouts and out-of-school children in two phases starting from 2006 to 2018 followed by a short extension till March 31, 2019.
Over the period, about 300,000 (3 lakh) dropouts and out-of-school children in 442 unions of 84 upazilas in 26 districts of the country were provided with quality primary education under the project.
On the verge of wrapping up, GF Hamim, the UNIQUE II project director at DAM, indicated to UNB that there was still a lot of work to be done.
“There are around five million children in the country who still remain deprived of education. We should bring them under education institutions. We are ready to help the government with our experience for engaging them in institutions in future," he said.
As part of the last batch at their CLCs, some 16,500 out of 17,421 students were transferred to the state-run schooling system in January last.
Islamic University, Mar 28 (UNB) - Abdur Rouf, a fourth year student of Arabic Language and Literature department and Alomgir Hossain, also the same year student of Public Administration department of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia, have been elected as the president and secretary of voluntary organization ‘Lonthon’.
The committee was announced by its senior member Morshed Habib with the recommendation of the organization’s advisory council member Prof Dr M Shahjahan Mondol for the next one year.
The other office bearers are Vice-president Arifuzzaman, Joint Secretary Ibnur Rahman Tuhin, Organizing Secretary Shafiullah Bahadur, Office Secretary Shahab Uddin Washim, Treasurer Mostofa Kamal and Publicity Secretary Imanul Shohan.