International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Politics,Development and Administration in South Asia and beyond

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International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Politics, Administration, and Development in South Asia and beyond

A 2 day International Conference being jointly organized by Public Policy and Governance Program of North South University and Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway on Gender Mainstreaming in Politics, Administration, and Development in South Asia and beyond has just been concluded today at North South University, Dhaka. Professor Ragnhild Louise Muriaas, University of Bergen presented the key note paper titled Gendered Electoral Financing in Democratic and Democratizing States. The Conference was attended by scholars from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Norway and Bangladesh with a total of 80 research papers being presented in 17 parallel sessions under four Working Sessions. The papers presented come under the following themes:

The Role of Gender Policy and Administrative Process

Gender and Practice of Sustainable Development

Gender and Political Values

Institutionalism and Gender: Process, Practice and Values

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The inaugural function of the International Conference was graced by Ms. Ismat Ara Sadique, MP, Honorable Minister of State, Ministry of Public Administration, Government of Bangladesh. Ms. Sidsel Bleken, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh attended the program as the Special Guest. Mr. Mohammed Shajahan, Chairman, Board of Trustees remained present as the Special Guest. Professor Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor chaired the session. The conference generated much enthusiasm among the young scholars and participants for offering a platform for promoting research and presenting their research works. The conference organizers look forward to publication of selected articles of the conference in the form of book and special edition of journals by reputed Publishing Company.


End of Day 2, The Closing Session was held at PPG Conference Room of North South University. The session was chaired by the adviser of PPG Program Professor Salahuddin M Aminuzzaman and Shaila Khan, Assistant Country Director of UNDP attended as Special Guest.

On day 3, as a sequel to the International Conference, a PhD workshop has been organized where nine PhD students from Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh and one from Norway presented their research findings.

American University Research Team Visited Bangladesh

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American University Research Team Visited Bangladesh

A two membered research team from American University, Washington D.C, visited Bangladesh from 12th of August 2017 to 21st August 2017. The team was led by Dr. Todd Eisenstaedt, Professor at the School of Public Affairs, and Dr. Jie Lu, Professor from the same university accompanied him during the visit.

Public Policy and Governance (PPG) Program of North South University (NSU) and American University, Washington are working together in a research project on climate migration and a proposal for a national survey has been developed for National Science Foundation (NSF) of the USA.   

The purpose of the visit was to explore the factual scenario of Climate Change-Induced Migration in Bangladesh. Faculty members and research staffs of PPG and Researchers from American University, Washington conducted series of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and interviews in three districts (Dhaka, Kurigram and Cox’s Bazar) of the country to reveal the actual situation of migration due to climatic change.

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Focus Group Discussions were held with Local community people, elected representatives (UP Chairmen, members), school teachers, local level government officials and NGO representatives in Korail Slum of Dhaka District, Mugol Basha Upazila in Kurigram District, Pekua and Kutubdia in Cox’s Bazar District.

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Moreover a FGD was also held with the students from Public and Private Universities. In addition to the FGD, meetings with the Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Meteorologists from Bangladesh Meteorological Department and Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar district were held.  A workshop with the experts in climate and environmental issues also took place at PPG office.

Official diner was offered in the honor of the visiting professors by the BoT Chair and Vice Chancellor of NSU.  

North South University watched “The Wave”

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Extra Curricular Club of North South University (NSU) exhibited an award winning film name “The Wave” in collaboration with Public Policy and Governance (PPG) Program, under Department Political Science and Sociology of North South University on 27th July, Thursday. H. E. The Royal Norwegian Ambassador, Sidsel Bleken graced the event as the Chief Guest. Respected Vice-Chancellor of NSU, Professor Atiqul Islam was the chair of the session.The movie presents a possible future event in an avalanche resulting in an 80 meter tall tsunami that destroyed anything in its direction. The young students of North South University could experience destruction of nature through the movie.

Visit of MPPG Student at 6th NIDA SUMMER CAMP

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Visit of MPPG Student at NIDA SUMMER CAMP

National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) has organized 6th NIDA Summer Camp on “Sustainable Community Development” from June 12- June 21. Under the MOU, signed between National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) and Public Policy and Governance (PPG) program of North South University (NSU), students from MPPG got the opportunity to participate in the Summer Camp. In accordance with the procedure, two of the MPPG students had been selected by NIDA, who are Nisha Aryal and Binita Pradhan from Nepal.  It was a transnational camp, where 97 campers from 31 countries across the globe took part to enrich them in various issues related to “Sustainable Community Development”.

Campers of the NIDA Summer Camp developed themselves with the knowledge on Sustainable Community Development and other issues related to this such as Principles of Sustainable Development, Global Issues and Sustainable Community-based Tourism etc. Alongside regular seminars, lectures, campers were taken to the field trip for hand on experience regarding Sustainable Development. 

Campers were also taught Thai language as well as different accents of Thai language, and basic Thai conversations.

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Training cum Exposure Visit on “Governance in Higher Education” for University Grants Commission (UGC), Nepal

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An 8 member delegates from University Grants Commission (UGC), Nepal visited at PPG Program of NSU for training cum exposure visit on “Governance in Higher Education”held on 11 to 16 July 2017. The training consisted of class lectures and discussions on higher education governance: theory and practice; leadership and governance process in university; quality assurance in higher education; higher education reform program, etc. The exposure visits covered University of Dhaka, University Grants Commission (UGC), Bangladesh and North South University.

Three lecture sessions were organized as part of the training to introduce young officials with the contemporary ideas in Higher Educational Governance and Quality Assurance in Higher Education.


The sessions were conducted by Professor M. Mohibur Rahman, Former Member, UGC, Bangladesh, Dr. Ahmed Tazmeen, Department of Economics, NSU and Dr. M. Mahfuzul Haque, Faculty Member, PPG, NSU.

While visiting Dhaka University, delegates also had a briefing session in the Department of Development Studies where Professor Dr. Atiur Rahman, former Governor, Bangladesh Bank and other faculty members of the department were present.

A vibrant and lively discussion was held among the participants regarding the higher education governance, quality assurance and role of UGC where the delegates from UGC, Nepal also shared their long working experience in this field.

The delegates visited University Grants Commission, Bangladesh where discussions and exchange of views were held with the presence of Chairman of UGC, Professor Abdul Mannan, two full time members of UGC, Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain and Professor Dr. M. Shah Nowaz Ali, and senior staffs of UGC, Bangladesh.

A closing ceremony was held at the PPG conference room where the certificates were awarded to the participants by the Vice Chancellor of North South University (NSU),Professor Atiqul Islam.

Digital Library:An Innovation by MPPG 5th Batch Student, Mr. Mahfuz

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Digital Library: An Innovation by MPPG 5th Batch Student, Mr. Mahfuz

Mr. Abu Saleh Md. Mahfulzul Alam, Upzila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Niamotpur, Naogaon and former student of MPPG 5th batch under the Public Policy and Governance (PPG) Program, Department of Political Science and Sociology, North South University (NSU), Dhaka has been acclaimed for his innovative idea of expanding knowledge through ‘Digital Library’ in the remote Upzila known Niamotpur in Naogaon district of Bangladesh. Mr. Mahfuz has established the digital library in Niamotpur Upzila by using information technology to illuminate the light of knowledge and education in this distant area. The idea first came in his mind when he was the student of PPG program. His work will be regarded as a brilliant example of practical application of pedagogy in higher education. The library consists of 4 pieces of e-book readers (Tab) and the 3 desktop computers. Forteen thousand of scanned PDF books have been collected for the readers. The library is open for all during 9 am to 5 pm. The library is established under the A2I program of Local Government Division of the Prime Minister's Office.

The news was published in Bonik Barta, a national daily of Bangladesh.

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National Seminar on Governance and Public Policy in Bangladesh:Contemporary Issues

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Public Policy and Governance (PPG) Program, under Department of Political Science and Sociology, North South University organized a day long Nation Seminar on Governance and Public Policy in Bangladesh: Contemporary Issues on 27th May,2017 at NSU Syndicate Hall.  

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The seminar was inaugurated in the presence of Chief Guest, Ms. Ismat Ara Sadique, Honorable Minister of State, Ministry of Public Administration, Government of Bangladesh, and Guest of Honor, Mr. Azim Uddin Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of Trustee, and Chair of the Session, Professor Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor of NSU.

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The first Working Session was chaired by Professor Salahuddin M. Aminuzzaman, advisor Public Policy and Governance Program and Brig. Gen. (Retd.) M. Sakhawat Hussain, Former Election Commissioner was the designated discussant of the session. In this session five research papers were presented by the researchers.

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The second and last working session of the seminar was chaired by Professor M. Mahboob Rahman, Dean, School of Business and Economics (SBE), NSU. The designated discussant of the seminar was Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, TIB. Another five research papers had been presented by the researchers during the session.

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The aim of the seminar was to disseminate the knowledge on Governance and Public Policy of Bangladesh Government. A total of 10 research papers were presented during the sessions. The papers of the first session focused on Clentelism, Democracy and Electoral Governance in Bangladesh. While Issues and Challenges in Society and Public Policy in Bangladesh was the topic of the second and last session.

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