DEH Spring 2023 Orientation
The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) held its Spring 2023 Orientation program on January 28, 2023 to welcome the new students of Batch 231. The program was held at the ULAB Permanent Campus.
The Orientation Speaker for Spring 2023 was Mr. Mohammad Raselul Kader, Deputy Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Secretariat, who shared some anecdotes from his life signifying the importance of gaining knowledge outside of coursework and concentrating on other fields of interest. Also, while talking about skill development, he emphasized that every student should pay special attention to developing communication, analytical, and IT skills. In his final remarks, he motivated the freshers to always strive for victory but remain humble and respectful to others.
The Orientation program was commenced by the Head of the Department, Associate Professor, Ms. Arifa Ghani Rahman. She warmly welcomed the freshers and delivered a speech filled with words of wisdom and hope. She advised the students to come out of their shells and encouraged them to actively participate in extracurricular activities alongside their academics. Stressing on the orientation theme “Time to Grow,” she inspired the students to take ownership of their lives and consider every challenge as an opportunity to grow. She also gave a shout out to the volunteers who helped in arranging the event and ended her speech by introducing the faculty members of DEH.
Professor Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, also gave an inspirational speech to the freshers. He urged all the new students to make the most of their time at ULAB and utilize everything the university has to offer. He ended his speech by expressing how he looks forward to seeing his students flourish and accomplish great things ahead.
After the speeches, the cultural segment of the program began. The first performance was by Oriha Shouptik, Batch 221, who beautifully sang a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” which was followed by a poem recited by Fahmida Akter, from MA program, Batch 223. Nusrat Jahan Esha from Batch 221 gave a mesmerizing dance performance on “Esho Shyamolo Shundoro.”
The cultural performances continued with Mustafa Zahir and Akib Mostafa of Batch 192 singing “Jocchona Snan'' by Bay of Bengal, and Mithila Akter Trisha, Batch 223, dancing gracefully to the song “Mayabono Biharini.” Later, Anjum Azaz Opa spoke on behalf of the newbies of Batch 231, detailing her excitement at starting a new campus life, while Sumiya Nawshin spoke on behalf of the MA 231 freshers, sharing her experiences so far at DEH as well as reminiscing on her journey in the BA program that gave her the confidence to continue in the MA program.
The final performers of the event were Allen Henry Costa, Batch 211, and Bimurta Binyas, Batch 193. They captivated the audience with their rendition of the song “Dukkho Bilash” by Artcell. The showstopper signalled an exciting and energetic ending to the event.
The program was hosted by Adrita Chowdhury from Batch 223, and the volunteers from Batch 221, 222 and 223 helped to organise the event, which was coordinated by the TAs of DEH. The entire orientation program was overseen and directed by Ms. Nusrat Tajkia, BA Coordinator, and Ms. Nadia Rahman, MA Coordinator.
Report by Saad Muhammad Rafi (223013001)