Holiday-Janmashtami

Due to the holiday on the occasion of Janmashtami all regular activities including Online Classes of ULAB will remain suspended on Tuesday, August  11, 2020.

However, the essential services like security and maintenance will remain in-place.

 

Lt Col Md. Foyzul Islam (Retd)
Registrar

 

DEH Summer ’20 First CI Forum

The Department of English and Humanities (DEH) at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organized the first forum of its Summer 2020 Curriculum Integration (CI) program on August 6, 2020. The CI is a student-centered event where faculty members and public intellectuals engage students critically by focusing on a chosen theme. The theme for this semester is “Pandemic: A Pandora’s Box – Covid-19 and beyond.” Students are expected to apply some of the aspects of the discussed topic in course-related projects.

Invited discussants for this forum were Professor Mohammed Omar Rahman and Professor Din M. Sumon Rahman of ULAB. The session was moderated by the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of DEH, Professor Shamsad Mortuza.

 

Prof. Omar Rahman is an academic psychiatrist and epidemiologist/demographer who is currently Dean of Research and Professor of Epidemiology and Demography at ULAB. Prof. Sumon Rahman, also teaching at ULAB in the Dept. of Media Studies & Journalism (MSJ), is a Bangladeshi writer and cultural studies scholar.

The program’s moderator, Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, opened the discussion by asking the speakers to reflect on the way the narrative of the Coronavirus has been unpacked against the background of the lockdown. During this lockdown and the state of isolation, “a social cohesion must come out by not being together,” and that “we need to work together in trying to be isolated,” were Prof. Omar’s first responses. He referred to previous occurrences of plagues in different centuries to emphasize that although the mortality rate for COVID-19 “is significantly lower” than previous plagues, the responses are very similar. In relation to the discipline, he said, “We have a lot to learn from literature in terms of how we deal with it” or how to deal with a reality which does not make sense anymore, as has also been narrated by Albert Camus in his novel, The Plague. To reflect on the spread of the virus, Prof. Omar said that there is a tendency among people to believe that it is an “egalitarian epidemic” because it is a virus and for that matter, it might not distinguish between people. By referring to a course that he teaches at ULAB called Health and Society, he suggested, “Unfortunately that is not the case” and “one’s health is determined by their social position.” Therefore, he asked the students to empathize with the poor, to listen to “the voice of the dispossessed” and be aware of the “structural unfairness of society” which, he believes, have also surfaced in world literature across countries.

Prof. Sumon Rahman unpacked the Corona narrative by distinguishing between disease and epidemic, in which case, the first experience is individual, while the second one is social. The social experience is a holistic experience, and only by looking at it holistically, can one measure the class dimension of the problem. Prof. Sumon also claimed that the word “quarantine”’ is nothing new to us since it has been used in 19th century Bengal and in Bangla literary texts. He explained how the people in different times and places (like slums), and with different experiences of migration respond to death. Prof. Sumon also discussed how “extreme situations” like lockdowns might unfold narratives by making them transparent, which we do not hear during “normal” times. Some of the “unbelievable” stories heard include how people are trying to leave the country, buying hospitals, and setting up ICUs in their homes.

In response to the question on when and whether we should go back to normal school, Prof. Omar said that if the children go to school, they might bring the virus home to their elderly and vulnerable family members. On the other hand, if they do not go back to school, the parents cannot go back to work as there would be no one to take care of the children at home. In the case of Bangladesh, the government has decided not to open schools yet, and Prof. Omar deems it a “prudent” decision.

To the final question posed by Prof. Shamsad regarding how the current pandemic narrative would shape future literary narratives, that is, the stories of deaths and diseases, Prof. Omar replied that “nothing changed” since 1665, a reference to Daniel Defoe’s depiction of the Bubonic Plague in London in a book titled, A Journal of the Plague. The reality is, according to Prof. Omar, the poor die everywhere and every day. Now everyone, including the liberal political enthusiasts, has become interested in the narratives of death, or what Prof. Sumon calls “necro-narratives,” and that is perhaps because we have encountered “a visible predator” in front of us, something that attacks indiscriminately. By referring to the condition of the US, Prof. Omar implied that perhaps one positive aspect of the Corona experience is that now we can talk about a “shared humanity” and a “shared ending” where the rich will have to take care of the poor through redistribution of wealth and a strong health care system. He concluded on a positive note that perhaps this experience will make us more empathetic – people in a position of power and with resources to help others would lend a hand not because they will be rewarded but because that would be the most ethical or moral thing to do. These gestures should surface in the future narratives too and Prof. Sumon iterated that in literary and popular media texts, references to the pandemic have already occurred. The discussion ended with Prof. Sumon’s recitation of his poem “Brishti Hochhe” from his necro-narrative series, composed during this pandemic.

The floor was then opened up for a Q&A session during which students asked some very interesting questions on the discussion they had heard. The program ended with concluding remarks and a vote of thanks by Prof. Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at ULAB.

 

 

DEH Seminar Series, Sessions 2 and 3

SEMINAR 2: “Sufism and the Lacanian Mystic”

The second DEH Summer Seminar Series featured Untara Rayeesa with her talk on “Sufism and the Lacanian Mystic.” The program was held on Monday, July 7, 2020.

Untara’s talk focused on analyzing the place of God within Lacan’s framework to contextualize how Sufi mysticism in particular exemplifies the complexities of love, desire and jouissance. She used examples from Rabi’a al-Adawiyya, the oldest and best-known female mystic of the Sufi order, who spoke of Muhabbat, the intense love for God to the exclusion of all others, in her poetry as well as in the anecdotes about her life. Untara concluded her talk by stating that “The connection of God to Woman and feminine jouissance as elucidated by Lacan in this way becomes crucial to deeper understanding of the experiential and psychical dimensions of Sufi mysticism.”

Untara is a former faculty member of DEH, ULAB. She has recently completed her Masters in English from Boston College and will start her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon from Fall 2020.

 

SEMINAR 3: “Rhetoric and Composition in Context: Teaching of Literacies and Writing in US Universities.”

The third session of the DEH Summer Seminar Series was held on Friday, August 7, 2020 on “Rhetoric and Composition in Context: Teaching of Literacies and Writing in US Universities.” The speaker for this session was Dr. Shakil Rabbi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies at Bowie State University, USA. Dr. Rabbi has published in journals and edited collections on graduate students’ literacies, rhetoric of intellectuals, and multilingualism and cosmopolitanism. Crossing Divides, one such collection, won the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association in 2017. He received the 2020 Bowie State Presidential Teaching Award and a 2015 International Writing Center Association President’s Future Leader Award.

Dr. Rabbi began with the history of rhetoric and how it has developed into a field of study. He also spoke about strategies with which to enhance students’ practice of writing. An interesting and Q & A session followed the presentation where experiences and strategies were also shared by the audience members. The program was attended by the faculty members and students of ULAB as well as several guests from other universities across Bangladesh and abroad.

Both events were organized by the Summer DEH Events Management Committee, led by Dr. Sohana Manzoor, and hosted by Dr. Shamsad Mortuza, Pro-Vice Chancellor of ULAB and Head of DEH.

ULAB EEE and ETE Organize Webinar on “Thriving in VLSI Analog Circuit Design”

The department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (ETE) at ULAB jointly organized a webinar on “Thriving in VLSI Analog Circuit Design” via online platform on 6 August 2020. The resource person was Engr. Ahmad S Mazumder, who is an accomplished Analog Design Engineer in the USA. He has been working in various well-respected high-tech companies for more than 23 years. He worked as a Senior Engineering Manager at Intel Corporation for 11 years and as a Senior Principal Engineer at Broadcom Corporation for 2 years. He also held many respectable positions at IBM, Trident Microsystems, C-Cube Microsystems, Microchip technology etc. Currently he is working at Silvaco where he is leading the Analog IP development business division. Honorable Dean of School of Science and Engineering (SSE), Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Mottalib, Prof Dr M. Mofazzal Hossain, Head of EEE Department, distinguished faculty members and students of ULAB were present in this webinar. The speaker discussed the current and future trends in the semiconductor industry, the importance and fundamentals of analog circuits design, the application and importance of analog IC design in developing AI/ML/DL based systems, the significance of life-long learning and innovation in the career of an engineer. After his informative presentation, there was a Q&A session.

ULAB EEE and Electronics Club Organize Workshop on “Familiarization with Biomedical Signals and its Application”

ULAB Electronics and Robotics Club and Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, ULAB  jointly organized an online workshop on “Familiarization with Biomedical Signals and its Application”. The workshop was held on 23rd of July, 2020 from 4:00 to 05:30 pm. The platform of the workshop was Google Meet. Dr. Abul Barkat Mollah Sayeed Ud Doulah, Assistant Professor, EEE, ULAB was the instructor of the workshop. The workshop was intended to make the students familiarized with the basics of frequency analysis methods and give them an idea about the origin and properties of biomedical signals. The fundamentals of Bio-signals, medical Imaging and their acquisition and also the various applications of biomedical signals were covered in the workshop. Students from EEE, ETE and CSE department participated in the workshop. Faculties from EEE and CSE department also joined the workshop. Finally the workshop ended with answering the questions from both the faculties and students.

News Coverage: ULAB Celebrates Ranking Among Top 50 Global Universities

The news coverage of ULAB ranking celebration in the newspapers including Prothom Alo, Bangladesh Pratidin, Ittefaq, Jugantor, Bonik Barta, Kaler Kantho, Bangla Tribune, Dhaka Tribune, Finacial Express, New Age.

Bangla Newspapers:

Prothom Alo
https://www.prothomalo.com/education/article/1669321/

Bangladesh Pratidin
https://www.bd-pratidin.com/money-market-business/2020/07/20/549916

Ittefaq

https://www.ittefaq.com.bd/education/167329/

Jugantor

https://www.jugantor.com/campus/326525/

Bonik Barta
https://bonikbarta.net/home/news_description/235736/

Kaler Kantho
https://www.kalerkantho.com/online/corporatecorner/2020/07/16/935569
Bangla Tribune
 
Amader Somoy

https://www.amadershomoy.com/bn/2020/07/16/1184382.html

Bangladesh Journal
https://www.bd-journal.com/education/125946/

Rising BD
https://www.risingbd.com/education-news/361982

bdtimes
http://bdtimesnews.com/%E0%A6%B6%E0%A7%80%E0%A6%B0%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%B7-%E0%A6%AC%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%B6%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%AC%E0%A6%AC%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%A6%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%AF%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%B2%E0%A6%A6%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%A4%E0%A6%BE/

Daily Campus

https://www.thedailycampus.com/private-university/49118/
 
 
English Newspapers:
 

New Age
https://www.newagebd.net/article/111130/ulab-to-celebrate-achieving-wuri-ranking

New Age
https://www.newagebd.net/article/111367/ulab-celebrates-achieving-wuri-ranking

Dhaka Tribune
https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/education/2020/07/18/ulab-celebrates-ranking-among-top-50-global-universities

 

DEH Online Seminar Series Launched

Department of English & Humanities, ULAB, launches Online Seminar Series

The Department of English and Humanities (DEH) at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has launched an online seminar series for its Summer 2020 semester. The inaugural session was held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 with a presentation by Dr. Syeda Farzana Sultana, from the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester, USA. The timely topic, “Teaching in the Time of Disruption: Understanding the Design and Implementation of Effective Online Courses,” focused on the usefulness of online teaching and its various challenges, solutions, and possibilities.

The speaker, introduced by Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro Vice-Chancellor of ULAB and the Head of the Department, quickly developed the session into an engaging, interactive one with enthusiastic participation from both students and faculty members. The seminar’s topic drew audience members not only from the English department but from other departments of the university and guests as well.

The seminar series has an exciting line up of local and international scholars who will share their expertise in different areas of English Studies. This series is intended to ensure some positive outcomes from the pandemic coupled with hopes of nurturing an appreciation for scholarship and research in students and academics alike.

The seminar series has been organized by Dr. Sohana Manzoor, Associate Professor, and Nishat Atiya Shoilee, Lecturer, of the Department of English and Humanities at ULAB.

ULAB EEE and Electronics Club Organized “Robotics Vision: Idea Competition 2020”

To celebrate “World Robotics Day” Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, ULAB & Robotics Wing of ULAB Electronics Club jointly organized an online competition is called “Robotics Vision: Idea Competition 2020”.

“Robotics Vision: Idea Competition 2020’’ started at 28 May 2020 and the deadline of   idea submission was 15 June 2020. The theme of the contest was Robotic Vision. A lot of students from different departments participated with their own innovative ideas on robotics.

The prize giving ceremony of this competition was held on 11 July 2020. The Honorable Vice Chancellor of ULAB, Professor H M Jahirul Haque, was the Chief Guest. Professor M. Moffazal Hossain, Head of Department of EEE, and faculty members of EEE department were also present in the ceremony. In the prize giving ceremony the faculty members shared their views on robotics. Our Honorable Vice Chancellor Professor Jahirul Haque advised the participants not to confine themselves in just ideas and try to implement their ideas practically.

The Champion of this competition was Tanjida Rahman, First Runner Up was Abu Obayed Alfatha and Second Runner Up was Samia Howlader. All of them are from the Department of EEE, ULAB. Certificates were also provided to all the participants.