ULAB Holds 6th Inter-University Student Conference and Cultural Competition
The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) held its 6th Inter-University Student Conference and Cultural Competition on September 3- 4, 2020. The theme of this year’s conference was “Of Nations and Narrations.” The 2-day conference featured academic paper presentations on September 3 and a cultural competition on September 4. Ms. Ameenah Ahmed, Member, ULAB Board of Trustees, was present as Chief Guest.
Judges for the academic presentations were Dr. Ahrar Ahmed, Professor Emeritus, Black Hills State University, USA and Director General, Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation; and Dr. Sharmistha Chatterjee, Associate Professor of English, Aliah University, Kolkata. Judges for the Cultural Competition were Ms. Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director General, Bengal Foundation and Director-Administration, Bengal Institute for Architecture; and Mr. Masum Reza, Playwright and Director.
Eight universities participated in the Academic Paper competition. The universities were Bangladesh University of Professionals, Daffodil International University, University of Dhaka, East West University, Independent University Bangladesh, Jahangirnagar University, Stamford University Bangladesh, and ULAB. Five universities competed for the prize in the cultural competition. The universities were Bangladesh University of Professionals, University of Dhaka, East West University, University of Asia Pacific, and ULAB.
The Chief Guest, Ms. Ameenah Ahmed, in her speech, praised this initiative by the Department of English and Humanities as it brought so much talent together. Despite the online environment, students showcased their research skills and creative abilities in an outstanding manner. She announced the winners of the Cultural Competition. The Champion’s Award at this year’s event went to ULAB for its performance entitled “Notions of Nation.” The team from the University of Dhaka won the Runner-up Award.
Special Guest Professor H M Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor of ULAB, appreciated the enthusiastic performances of the students. He announced the winners of the Academic Paper Presentations who were Solika Akter of Dhaka University for Best Paper and Sabrina Momtaj of Jahangirnagar University for Runner-up Paper.
The welcome address of the event was given by Professor Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities while Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Department of English and Humanities gave the vote of thanks. The conference convener was Dr. Sohana Manzoor, Associate Professor of DEH. The event was attended by students and faculty members of all the participating universities.
This annual event of the Department of English and Humanities was dedicated this year to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and was part of ULAB’s year-long celebration of his birth centenary.
Some glimpses of the event: