Econfest held at NSU
On April 10, 2017, Young Economists’ Forum, a student-run and operated club within the university, ‘ZTE Presents Econfest 3.0 Powered by AB Bank.’ Econfest is an annual event held at North South University, designed to promote meaningful economic research among the youth and give them a platform to showcase it through competition and discussion phases.
The competition phase, named Speakonomics, was separated into two categories. There was one for university level students and one for high school level students in which the participants presented their research papers and essays respectively. The central theme of the event was surrounding Bangladesh’s Sustainable Development Goals and Bangladesh’s 7th Five Year Plan.
The closing ceremony of the event also involved a discussion on SDGs (Experts’ Dialogue) by a panel of experts in the economic field, namely Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, BIDS; Mr. Towfiqul Islam Khan, Research Fellow, CPD; Dr. Mohd Monirul Islam, Deputy Chief, General Economic Division, Planning Commission. It was hosted by NSU’s outreach coordinator and senior lecturer from the School of Business and Economics, Ms. Parisa Shakur.
In the closing ceremony of the event, the winners of Speakonomics were announced. The winner of the junior category was Orthi Onupom (S.F.X Greenherald Int. School) with Yaman Karim and Abrar Wasi (both from Scholastica) winning first and runners up respectively. The winner of the senior category was Jasia Tazeda, followed by Muntasir Murshed and Tahsin Tarannum as first and runners up respectively.
Agrnai Shishu Kishor Kendra celebrates Boisabi
On April 12, 2017 the Agrnai Shishu Kishor Kendra organised a rally to celebrate the Boishabi (the New Year celebration ethnic minority people from Chittagong Hill Tracts is called – boishabi) festival in Chittagong Hill Tracts. In the morning, at 11 am the rally began from Madhupur Bazaar of Khagrachari. Around 500 students from Rangamati and Khagrachari participated in the rally. They wore their ethnic wear and carried slogans. The message the organisers wanted to convey is the importance of democracy. Without true democratic environment, it is not possible to ensure everyone’s right to celebrate and perform their ethnic rituals in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. For years, due to the political instability in the area, the local celebration of Boishabi often interrupted by settler Bengalis or by civil or military administration. Speakers at the rally emphasised that, it is time to cultivate mutual respect and pluralist democracy. It also asks the young generation to unite to make a difference in future.
- Youth Desk
Shahid Rafiq Smriti Pathagar: Mongol Shovajatra for Sundarban
On April 14, 2017, the first day of Bengali New Year 1424, in response to the call of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports call to celebrate and organise Mongal Shobhajatra (festive procession to welcome Bengali New Year 2024) with the call to save Sundarban from the destructive power plant project and spread awareness about the importance foreset-river-land and its biodiversity in our lives, Shahid Rafiq Smriti Pathagar, a student-run organisation of Manikganj arranged a Mongol Shovajatra to express their solidarity with the current movement and determination to save Sundarban. Around fifty students from different educational institutions of Manikganj joined this Shovajatra with colourful festoons and masks. Organisers of this event said to New Age Youth that ‘Shovajatra is a tool of cultural protest against any attack on society, nature or secularity from the very beginning. As Sundarban is now at stake, how can we celebrate our Bangla Noboborsho without saying a single word for its protection?’ Shovajatra started from the Pathagar premises at around 9 am and ended after going round the main part of Manikganj town.