On October 27, 2022, the Department of English and Humanities held its Orientation Program to welcome the incoming students of BA and MA of Fall 2022. The event took place at the Research Building Auditorium, ULAB.
The Orientation Speaker was Salwah Chowdhury, Assistant Coordinator, Secretariat, Shuchona Foundation, also an alumna of the department. Ms. Chowdhury recounted her journey through multiple jobs in different sectors to explain how her degree had helped her in them. She stated that it was actually the literary knowledge and skills she had gained at DEH that helped her attain success but of course, grades are just as important. She encouraged students to make the most of the resources available to them.
Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, the Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees, ULAB, extended on the idea of “Carpe diem” to encourage the students to dream of their future goals in addition to seizing the day or the moment.
Prof. Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, gave a speech emphasizing the importance of club activities and shared a humorous anecdote about his research findings on 'Indian Clubs'.
The Head of the Department and Associate Professor, Ms. Arifa Ghani Rahman, gave a jovial, interactive welcome to the Freshers and introduced them to the faculty members of DEH. She spoke about the selected theme of the Orientation, “Carpe diem,” to encourage students to make the most of their university life. Each moment at university is an opportunity to participate and experience different activities that can help to build a substantial resume by the end of their study.
The cultural part of the event started with the song “Money pore Ruby Rai” by Shafiullah Quaraisy Sottyo, followed by another song, “Believer” by Arohe Roy Lazz. A beautiful recitation of “Ami Shei Meye” was performed by Shuvo Dasgupta.
Two of the incoming BA and MA students, Atkia Samiya Rahman and Fahmida Akter respectively, shared their experiences at the ULAB campus so far. Nusrat Jahan Esha then gave a lively dance performance of “Lal paharir deshey ja.”.
A special video, prepared by the Teaching Assistants of the department, Sanzida Alam, Amreeta Lethe Chowdhury, and Shahriyer Hossain Shetu, was shown, much to the delight of the audience. This was followed by a short introduction to the English Zone by Khadija Rubaiyat Tasmia, Assistant Director of English Zone.
The evening ended with a bang with the unforgettable performances given by DEH's very own band, “After The Apocalypse - Bangladesh,” comprising Marzuk Ahmed Khan Mojlish, Alen Henry Costa, and Mustafa Zahir Sheikh.
At the end of the program, Mehek Chowdhury, Lecturer,DEH, gave the vote of thanks to the organizers, volunteers, and performers.
The event was organized by Batch 213, 221, and 222 of DEH and hosted by Raisa Zarin. The event coordinators were Batch Managers Mehek Chowdhury and Nusrat Tajkia while the TAs coordinated with the volunteers.
Report by Abu Shahed (222013028)