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Pohela Boishak celebration on campus

The Bangladesh Society, a Student Association of Bangladeshi students at UC, celebrated Pohela Boishak 1425 in a befitting way on the campus on 14 April.

The Bangladesh Society celebrated the day by organizing a cultural programme that was designed and moderated by Mr. Mrinmoy Maitra. The Pohela Boishak programme commenced by a brief opening speech from Bangladesh Society President, Dr. Mesbahuddin Chowdhury. After which, a spectacular dance and a melodious duet were performed by Sharnali Atashi Tisi and MD Ayrangzeb and Monali Alam respectively. These two performances were followed by an insightful speech from Nizar Alam on “The Bengali Calendar and its relationship with our life”.

After the speech, the programme was again focused on two exciting performances – the first was indigenous songs from Sharnali Atashi Tisi and the other was a newsreader performance in Chittagong local language by S.M. Akramul Kabir and Nashrah Nahreen. The first segment also included a poem read by child artist Toppa, a Lalon song by Roton Borman and a video documentary on the overall performance by the Bangladesh Society since its formation in August 2017.

The second part of the programme was a Boishakhi dinner. The Bangladesh Society was very grateful to Nashrah Nahreen, Sharnali Atashi Tisi, Monali Alam, Serajis Salekeen, Pallabi Gosh, Jannatul Ferdous Bakul, Chaity Ahmad, Mahmuda Akhter Zinia, Sabrina Afrin and Rakhi Roy for their contributions to prepare the food.

The final part of the programme began with a thought-provoking speech from S.M. Akramul Kabir focusing on “Pohela Boishakh in Bangali Ethnicity and my viewpoint”. This speech was followed by three wonderful performances – a song from child artist Toppa, a poem recitation from Mrinmoy Maitra and a popular song in Chittagong local language from Sharnali Atashi Tisi and Isfaqur R. Siddiqui. After these performances, a comic letter in Comilla local language was read by Shubrata which was hilarious and applauded by the audience. A melodious folk song (Vawaiya) was later performed by Monali Alam. The programme was concluded by a quiz competition and fashion show.

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Winning team focused on making a difference in India

The New Zealand India Sustainability Challenge dares tertiary students to come up with an innovative, sustainable solution to an environmental or social problem present on their campus or in the local community. Each team consisted of two students from Indian institutions and one from a partnering New Zealand institution – UC’s Nicolas Steyn was part of the winning team VaxiBead.

The team, made up of Dhruv Suri and Saisri Akondi both from the Manipal Institute of Technology and Nicolas, studying towards a Bachelor of Science – financial engineering and statistics at UC, came up with VaxiBead, a project working towards the equity of vaccine delivery in India through innovative technology. The project aims towards new-born babies in India receiving proper vaccination and their records being kept in a bead that can be held on a bracelet or necklace for example. The team also produced an app that can read data on the bead and easily update records simply by holding the bead up to a smartphone.

As winners of the challenge the team received a three week trip to New Zealand where they got to spend one week at each of the New Zealand partner universities – University of Canterbury, University of Otago, and University of Waikato.

The team worked for months developing VaxiBead with Nicolas joining his team in India during the final stages, you can read about his experience in India on his blog here>