Bangladeshi Students Association at MIT
MIT Bangladeshi Students’ Association is a close-knit community of students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who are enthusiastic about promoting and nurturing Bangladeshi culture on campus. MIT BSA organizes several events every term which cater to the social, intellectual and cultural aspects of our campus community. We celebrate national, cultural, and religious events, host notable Bangladeshi intellectuals (including Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus) for talks and discussions, and put up cultural shows. We are also committed to the service of the underprivileged and throughout the years have fundraised for important causes like Cyclone Sidr and Save the Children. MIT BSA is unique in that it is an equal mix of undergraduate and graduate students, and it serves as a platform to unite the wider Bangladeshi population in the greater Boston area.
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In the News:
(08/31/15) MIT BSA hosted talks by pioneers of two social initiatives namely, "Kolpokoushol" and "Health on Wheels". Featured speakers were Prof. Ruhul Abid (Brown University Medical School), Prof. Rosemary B. Duda (Harvard Medical School), and Nazmus Saquib (MIT Media Lab). The talks were followed by a panel discussion about how MIT students and community members can get involved into these initiatives and give back to the unpriviledged societies in devevloping countries.
(06/14/15) MIT BSA hosted Dr. Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, Additional Director General (Planning & Development) & Director, Management Information System (MIS) at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of Bangladesh. He gave a talk on "Advancement in National e-Health Platform in Bangladesh."
(05/15/15) On May 15th, 2015, MIT’s Office of Multicultural Programs handed out several awards to its outstanding student organizations to promote diversity and multiculturalism. Bangladeshi Students Association, the group representing Bangladeshi students at MIT, won the “Organization of the Year” award setting an example in organizing successful events all around the year showcasing Bangladeshi heritage and culture, promoting linguistic diversity, providing leadership opportunities, and thus, creating a niche of its own among the active student groups at MIT. The award guideline says, “this award is presented to an organization that has been active and international in promoting multiculturalism and has been proactive in seeking partnerships across MIT.”
Organization of the Year Award by MIT Office of Multicultural Programs awarded to Bangladeshi Students Association. (Photo credit: Sumaiya Nazeen)
With La-Tarri Canty, Director of Multicultural Programs and Assistant Director for Student Activities at MIT on the ocassion of the 3rd Annual Multicultural Award Banquet.
(03/10/15) Polymer scaffold image by our very own Dr. M. Nasim Hyder (jointly with Nisarg Shah) has won the 2015 Koch Institute Image Award. Link to the image.
(05/25/14) The "Excellence in Programming" award won by BSA was featured in a leading daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Prothom Alo. Link to the article.
(05/13/14) On May 13th, 2014, MIT’s Office of Multicultural Programs handed out several awards to its outstanding student organizations to promote diversity and multiculturalism. Bangladeshi Students Association, the group representing Bangladeshi students at MIT, won the “Excellence in Programming” award for organizing International Mother Language Day. The award guideline says, “this award is presented to an organization in recognition for raising the bar in student programing. This award is meant to highlight a particular program that exemplifies all that a student program can, and should be. This program has elements of multiculturalism and encourages a safe space for students to explore, understand, and learn more about an aspect of diversity. Pictures of the event can be found here.
Excellence in Programming Award by MIT Office of Multicultural Programs awarded to Bangladeshi Students Association for International Mother Language Day Event 2014. (Photo credit: Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury)
Front (from left to right): Ahmad Zubair, Saima Afroz Siddiqui, Tamanna Islam Urmi, Nazia Chowdhury, Deeni Fatiha, Sumaiya Nazeen. Back (from left to right): Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury, Khalid Jawed. (Photo credit: Hasnain Hafiz)
(02/22/14) MIT-BSA organized an event at the MIT Student center on February 22 to observe the International Mother Language Day. It was well-attended by more than 80 people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The international audience created 'Shaheed Minar' using Lego bricks, and symbolically demonstrated that no one take away the 'Shaheed Minar' (monument for martyrs of mother tongue) that we have in our soul. They adorned it with alphabets from different languages. The martyrs of the Language Movement were remembered by the song Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano. There were songs, recitations, dance and performance of MIT Ohms (the first South Asian a capella group at MIT). Booklets with a brief history of the International Mother Language Day were also distributed. Facebook event link Pictures
The International Mother language Day event by MIT-BSA has been featured in The Tech, the oldest and largest campus newspaper at MIT since 1881. Hope it will promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism at the MIT campus.