Extracurricular activities in private universities on the rise | 2016-06-28

Extracurricular activities in private universities on the rise

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28th June, 2016 04:59:27 printer

Extracurricular activities in private universities on the rise

The mushrooming of private universities in Bangladesh has faced a huge criticism from all quarters. Apart from that, there has a strong allegation that in the private universities there have no co-curricular and extracurricular activities and its students are reluctant to participate in those activities which are essential to learn the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community.


Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are thus considered part of a well-rounded education. To cope up with the criticism, some private universities have initiated numbers of extra curriculum programmes.


 Students of NSU in extracurricular activities


NSU has initiated a number of programmes and formed 14 clubs for its students which is helping them to excelled in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The clubs are run by the students and supervised by faculty advisors.


Young Entrepreneurs Society: To promote the concept of Entrepreneurship among the students and to analyze it within the framework of national development, NSU initiates Youth Entrepreneurs Society. The main mission of the Young Entrepreneurs society is to foster an environment at NSU that is conducive to creating future leaders for the business, industry and other sectors through training, research and public service in the broad area of Entrepreneurship.


NSU Debating Club: NSU Debating Club is the first student activity club at NSU which has brought national and international recognition to the university through student activities. The missions and goals of this club are to promote the art of debating and public speaking among the students of the university, to train members in the art of reasoning and sharpening their logical thinking skills, to develop self-efficacy and confidence and to enhance the general knowledge base.


AIESEC in North South University: The International Association of Students in Economics and Management (AIESEC), a world's largest student association started in it journey in 1948. But it begins its activities in Bangladesh in June 1997 with North South University. Its activities concentrate mainly on arranging international internships for the NSU students. Students of NSU are joining the AIESEC programme regularly. 


NSU Shangskritik Shangathan:To uplift the culture of Bangladesh by organizing various cultural activities, NSU established Shangskritik Shangathan in 1994. This club is regularly organizing cultural programs to celebrate major national events where students of NSU took part along with their academic programme.


Games and Sports Club: With a view to propping up games and sports among students, a few enthusiastic students of NSU came up with an idea to form a club. As per their initiative they established.


Games and Sports Club in 1995. Strategic goals of this club are to develop a healthy environment of sports at NSU and motivate students both in indoor and outdoor sports. Functional objectives of this club are to provide regular games facilities for the students at the Recreation Center, organize a number of sports events every set-nester and participate in events in national and international arena.          


NSU Cine & Drama Club: On September 22, 1996, NSU officially launched a club named Cine & Drama. The objectives of this club are to develop an overall sense of aesthetics, to appreciate different aspects of theatre performance and cinema, to hold regular discussions, seminars, and workshops on theatre art and art film, and to stage at least one play every year.      


Young Economists' Forum: Young Economists' Forum (YEF) is a platform for NSU students to discuss vital issues facing the national and world economy. The information revolution has brought these issues close to the young minds who fail to comprehend the genesis of such issues and their full-blown impact. The goal of this club is to contribute towards development of Bangladesh economy through understanding the core economics of the nation and using theoretical knowledge of economic solutions.     


MBA Club: MBA Club, the only graduate level club at NSU, is open to all graduate students of Business Administration. The club organizes regular seminars and symposiums, managerial workshop and management conferences, student debate and periodic visits to venues of events and organizations of interest.    


NSU Computer Club: Since 1994, NSU Computer Club has been a vital forum for the exchange of information and ideas about IT and for building friendship among students who want to build their career through IT. Computer Club offers a good number of publications, seminars, tutorials, and software exhibitions- everything the students need to have in the future without losing touch with their friends.


Photography Club: Photography is "creative" painting with lights and colors. Creativity is an approach as well as a way of seeing. Photography is educational and fun. NSU Photography club is relatively a young club, which was formally introduced to the students in the summer of 1997. The goal of this club is to promote awareness in the art and science of photography among the NSU students and keep visual records of all extracurricular activities of the NSU Students.  


Earth Club: The initiative of forming Earth Club was taken in 1996. At that time it set its goal to work closely with the Environment Department of NSU and work its way towards building environment consciousness among students through information exchange with various education sector and NGO's organizing Ecology seminars and field trips etceteras. Earth Club aims at building environment awareness firsts among students, and then among others.


English Club: English Club provides a platform for students who are fond of writing creatively in English. The goals of this club are to unite students with particular gift and interest in creative writing and give them a forum for discussion and participation, to bring out a student journal entitled English Matters every semester, to organize poetry-reading sessions and literary seminars where well known local writers, poets and dramatists are invited to participate.      


NSU Media Club: NSU Media Club was formed on 14 June 2001 to build a bridge between the students and the alumni, between NSU and other universities worldwide and between NSU and the community which the university serves. NSU News, a regular publication of NSU Media Club, provides an appropriate forum to highlight and disseminate information on academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The goals of this club are developing media related activities like journalism, TV and radio presentations, script writing for the cinema, TV and radio, developing publicity material and photojournalism.


Social Service Club: The Social Service Club of NSU was established in spring 1994 to stand beside the needy people. The main idea behind the establishment of this club was pot to help the few well off, but to be with those who need assistance the most. Social Service Club's leading activities are blood donation program, Fund Raising Drive for people affected by natural calamities, relief distribution program during natural disaster, and social awareness program like literacy program and drugs awareness program.     


Cyber Café: The Cyber Center of NSU library consists of 20 Pentium-IV brand computers (Dell) connected to 512 Kbps dedicated broadband Internet line. It remains open in every working day from 9:00am to 9:00pm for all NSU students. The Cyber Center facilities and services are free of cost for the students and faculties of NSU. 


Students of BRAC in extracurricular activities:


To create an environment for spontaneous participation of students in co-curricular activities, create leaders for future, and provide opportunities for community service activities BRACK university has formed 38 students clubs and forums in different categories like, Cultures/Films, Debate/Moot, Business/Economics, Heritage/ Arts, Social welfare/ Community services, international, Entrepreneurial, Subject related, Sports, Science and Adventure/Environment.


These clubs and forums provide opportunities for developing leadership, confidence, goal setting, and sense of ownership, time management, collaboration and teamwork.


Students of AIUB in extracurricular activities:


In the American International University, students have formed numbers of club and organization. They are regularly attending the programme of those organizations. The clubs are:


•               AIUB Oratory Club (AOC)

•               AIUB Drama Club (ADC)

•               AIUB Performing Arts Club (APAC)

•               AIUB Art Club (AAC)

•               AIUB Photography Club (AIUBPC)

•               AIUB Social Welfare Club- Shomoy

•               AIUB Film Club (AFC)

•               AIUB Computer Club (ACC)

•               AIUB Community of Engineering Students (ACES)

•               AIUB Business Club (ABC)

•               AIUB Cyber Games Club (ACGC)

•               AIUB Foreign Student Association (AFSA)

•               AIUB Cricket Team

•               AIUB Football Team

•               IEEE Student Chapter

•               AIESEC at AIUB