ULAB Holds Intra-University Business Plan Competition Grand Finale

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The grand finale of “ULAB Intra-University Business Plan Competition, Fall-2016” was held at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The event was organized by ULAB School of Business and ULAB Business Club. ULAB Business School aims to encourage students in self-employment in their professional lives. The purpose of this event was to educate and provide an experimental opportunity to present the ideas of the students. A Total of 62 teams applied for the competition and after 2 levels of screening test, 22 teams were selected for the first round. Top 5 teams from the first round competed in the grand finale and team ‘Green Thinkers’ became the champion. Team ‘Reality Escapers’ and team ‘Medico’ became 1st runners-up and 2nd runners- up respectively.

The judges of the grand finale were Mr. Shawkat Kamal, Associate Professor of ULAB Business School; Mr. Sadad Adnan Ahmad, Chief Marketing Officer of Beximco Communications Ltd.; and Mr. Nurul Alam Chowdhury, Chairman of Swadesh Insurance and Executive Director of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA). Also, Professor Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor (Acting) of ULAB, Professor Milan Kumar Bhattacharjee, Treasurer of ULAB, and other faculty members were present in the event.

 

ULAB Business Club Holds the Closing Ceremony of French Language Session

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ULAB Business Club celebrated the closing ceremony of French Language Session on 20 December, 2016. The classes took place on every Tuesday throughout the whole semester of Fall 2016. The objective of the initiative was to motivate students in learning a new language and give an introductory lesson of French language and culture. A certificate giving ceremony was arranged for the students who participated actively in the class. For his contributions in conducting the French classes, Mr. Parvez Mahmud Rajib, Senior Lecturer of ULAB school of Business and Professeur of French Language at Alliance Française de Dhaka, was given a crest by the Pro- Vice Chancellor of ULAB, Professor H. M. Jahirul Haque. Other Key individuals present were Dr. Pinki Shah, Coordinator of ULAB Co-Curricular office and Associate Professor of ULAB School of Business, Mr. Kamrul Hassan Sunon, Advisor (In-Charge) of ULAB Business Club and Lecturer of ULAB School of Business, Mr. Niaz Morshed Patwary, Assistant Professor of ULAB School of Business and some other faculties from BBA and English Department.

 

Dylan Debate

‘Dylan Debate’ engrosses Dhaka’s literary minds

Reaz Ahmad (Report from The Daily Star Dec. 9, 2016)
It has been nearly two months since Bob Dylan was declared winner of this year’s Nobel in literature, making him the only singer-songwriter to win the award.

He has been incommunicado for first several days and unexpectedly late even in acknowledging the receipt of the news. Then weeks later Dylan wrote to the Nobel Prize Academy that he wished he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments made it unfortunately impossible.

And as the day to confer the laurel on him comes closer, Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has provided a speech which would be read at the Nobel banquet in Stockholm tomorrow.

After all these weeks, a debate is still far from over on how prudent it was a decision on part of the Nobel Committee to award Dylan a literature Nobel — when the likes of Syrian poet Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Esber), Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and American novelist Philip Milton Roth had been stronger contenders.

How often one gets to see such a Nobel decision getting so divisive as the debate rolls down to wider public sphere.

Yesterday, an audience in Dhaka, nearly 7,000km away from Stockholm, witnessed a “Dylan Debate” where some of the country’s best literary minds took part on a motion — “Bob Dylan does not deserve the Nobel Prize in literature.”

After over an hour-long debate, Swedish ambassador Johan Frisell, who was present as the adjudicator, declared the team that opposed the motion as the winner –reasserting the Nobel Committee’s decision.

A close result came in through audiences’ vote as well, where 49 voted against the motion, meaning supporting Dylan’s getting the laurel, and 41 others gave their verdicts favouring it.

The Department of English and Humanities of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organised the Dylan Debate in its auditorium in Dhanmondi.

The panelists got engaged in an animated and passionate argument over why Bob Dylan’s work should or should not be considered as literature, which also brought in the basic question, “what is literature?”

Debaters professors Syed Manzoorul Islam, Firdous Azim and Hasan Al Zayed, who teamed up for defending the motion raised the questions of Dylan’s relevance at present time and about the aesthetic values of his songs.

Prof Manzoorul came rather harsh on Dylan saying “there are rhymes in Dylan’s songs but not poetry. He belongs to popular culture”.

Professors Kaiser Haq and Fakhrul Alam and musician Maqsoodul Haque, who opposed the motion, argued that Dylan’s songs have deep poetic essence and he is as relevant today as he has been in the 60s.

In pursuit to hush up the opponents, Prof Kaiser said if it was a problem that Dylan could be heard, not read then one has to understand that for centuries Baul music and Mongol Kabya etc have been performed and not read — but those are being read and getting more relevance in modern day literature.

The debate session was followed by rendition of some of the best Dylan numbers by musicians like Maqsoodul Haque, Kaiser Kabir, Shahbaz Khan Pilu, Ihsanul Haque, Bappi Rahman, Reazur Rahman, Foad Nasser Babu and Prof Imran Rahman, vice chancellor of the university.

The audience was mesmerised by the artistes’ rendition of the musical numbers that include, among others, “Mr Tambourine Man”, “Sara” and “Man Gave Names to All the Animals”.

Juditha Ohlmacher, member of the board of trustees, ULAB, presented the debaters and musicians with crests while Prof Imran and Prof Shamsad Murtoza, head of the English department, also spoke.

2nd Workshop on Speaking in Mandarin Chinese

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The ULAB Language Club organized a very entertaining workshop on “Speaking in Mandarin Chinese”. This was the second workshop which showcased the very basic expressions in Chinese, sentences and numerical numbers in Mandarin necessary for anyone travelling to China

The workshop was conducted by Ms. Tanzia Siddiqua, Lecturer, DEH, ULAB, who delivered a welcome speech, and provided small chits written in Chinese, to the participants. She ran the entire workshop speaking in Chinese by illustrating the meaning behind the words using body languages and facial expressions which really clicked as it made the participants more inquisitive.

The Participants were very energetic and inquiring in learning the language, as the Conductor, Ms. Siddiqua made the workshop very different and appealing by the convention of using an assortment of training techniques. The 2nd workshop concluded after a short practice of the materials. Dr. Pinki Shah, Coordinator of ULAB Co-Curricular office, Associate Professor, ULAB School of Business, delivered the final closing speech. The workshop took place at Room-402 of Campus A. Other key persons present were Juditha Ohlmacher, Advisor, Communications and Student Affairs and Mr. Shawkat Kamal, Associate Professor, ULAB School of Business, who actively took part in the workshop.

Marathon and Cycling

 

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ULAB Triathlon Club in association with ULAB Co-Curricular office organized a Marathon competition and cycling workshop at the permanent campus, Ramchandrapur, Mohammedpur. The workshop commenced at 9:30 am in the morning and ended at 11:00 am. The participants were active in the marathon competition and participated actively in the cycling workshop, where each one them were instructed on how to cycle properly and safely. The program was coordinated by Dr. Pinki Shah, Coordinator of ULAB Co-Curricular office, associate professor, ULAB school of Business and Ms. Liliping, lecturer of ULAB School of business and adviser of ULAB Triathlon Club.

Intra University Indoor Games Competition

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An Intra University Indoor Games Competition was organized by ULAB Indoor Games Club in association with ULAB Co-curricular office. The competition included Table Tennis, Badminton, Carrom, Chess and Bridge. Students, who are currently pursuing their degrees at ULAB, participated in the competition as well as Faculties and Administrative personnel. The event started on 8 th , 10 th and 17 th December. The competition was divided into 3 segments. The first segment witnessed the competition in Table Tennis, Carrom, Chess and Bridge which was followed by a second segment where there was a Knock out round among the competitors. The thirds and final segment saw the competition through Badminton.

Charity Cultural Show

 

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The ULAB Social Welfare Club organized a “Charity Cultural Show” in association with the ULAB Co-Curricular Office, ULAB YES, ULAB Business Club, and ULAB Sangskriti Sangshad. The Show was co-sponsored by Shopping Corner.

The program commenced with a recitation of a poem which was followed after the Inaugurating speech.  The Show featured various display of songs from different genres, acting, a flute instrumental, dance and a magic show.

It was quite a successful event as it was able to fulfill the primary apprehension for the distribution of winter clothes to the poverty stricken people. Key people present in the show were the honorable Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor H.M Jahirul Haque, Dr. Pinki Shah, Coordinator of ULAB Co-Curricular office and Associate Professor, ULAB School Of Business, Mr. Moinak Kanugo, Lecturer, ULAB School of Business and Ms. Selima Quader Chowdhury, Adviser of ULAB Social Welfare Club and Lecturer, General Education Program.

Classical Music Program

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ULAB Shangskriti Shangsad organized a Classical Music Program on 4 th December 2016. The event took place at the

Campus-A auditorium from 4pm. The participants brought out the essence of classical music, which has a very rich

history and heritage in Bangladesh as well as other South Asian countries, through their astounding performances.

The ragas performed were Yaman, Brindaboni, Sarang, Bhimpalagvee, Kalasree, Desh, Surdas, Mathar, Bhupali,

Asabari, Bhairabi, Miaki, Malhar, Hangsadhoni. There were two chorus songs and twelve solo performances. The

performers presented Khayal, Tarana, Dadra and a flute instrumental. Their performances was accompanied by

the mesmerizing Tabla playing of Pandit Dilip Kumar Chakrabarty ,Dr. Mintu Khrishna Paul, Music teacher of ULAB,

who was on harmonium and by Asok Kumar Sarkar who played Esraj.

The chief guest of the event was MS. Ameenah Ahmed, Member, Board of Trustees, University of Liberal Arts

Bangladesh, Director, Gemcon Group who really appreciated the effort as well the performances by the

participants. Other key persons present were the Honorable Vice Chancellor, Professor Imran Rahman, Mr.

Shajedul Alam, Adviser of ULAB Shangskriti Shangsad and Senior Lecturer, ULAB School of Business.