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 have Eid and Pahela Baishakh (Bengali New Year) celebrations, host notable intellectuals (including Dr. Yunus) for talks and discussions, and put on performance shows - the recent of which celebrated the evolution of Bengali music on the silver screen. 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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(06/06/14) Congratulations to all our graduates- Ehsan Hoque (PhD, Media Lab), Mehnaz T. Chowdhury (MBA), Nazia Chowdhury (SB, Biology), Shahed Mazumder (MBA). We will miss you!
(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)
(05/09/14) MIT-BSA takes a break from the hectic semester through a fun-filled evening at MIT Tang hall lounge.
(04/20/14) MIT-BSA celebrates the first day of Bengali new year with colorful cultural performances, board games, and traditional Bangladeshi food. A display corner was set up to showcase the rich culture and history of Bangladesh. Facebook event link Pictures
(04/05/14) Shakrain Festival (also known as Kite festival) is celebrated in Bangladesh at the end of the Bangla month Poush. This day is known as Poush Sangkranti. As part of the celebration, kites are flown high from the rooftops around the area in the afternoon. It often takes the form of kite fighting, in which participants try to snag each other's kites or cut other kites down. We celebrated this tradition by flying kites in the Briggs field. As usual, we also had authentic Bangladeshi street food and snacks for the guests. Facebook event link Pictures
(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.
(02/08/14) MIT-BSA organizes a fun event on how to cook Bangladeshi food. Zakia Sultana, a post-doc at MIT, demonstrated how to cook Chotpoti (a common street food in Bangladesh) and a shrimp curry. Our guests also sampled traditional Bangladeshi food at the end. Facebook event link Pictures
(11/15/13) MIT-BSA gets together on a study break and movie night. Facebook event link
(09/08/13) Executive committee for 2013-14 gets formed.
(5/4/2011) Congratulations to all our graduates - Tanvir Ahmed (PhD, Civil Engineering), Nabil Iqbal (PhD, Physics), Sadia Sharmin (MBA), Easeen Zaman (BS, EE). We will miss you!
(9/18/10) Executive committee for 2010-2011 gets formed.