An organization is only as good as the people working in it. And that’s the belief AIUB Society for Human Resource Management [HRM] came together for. Their HR Carnival this year, held on the 19th – 20th of February’ 2013, was a 2-day rollercoaster ride where creativity and innovation brought knowledge and learning to life. Students, faculties, and administration put in their hard work and dedicated efforts to make the event a huge success. The campus was filled with awaited anticipation, painted with the vibrance of carnival colors, and roaring with the excitement of participants and guests alike. The event was inaugurated by the honorable Vice Chancellor, Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna. The opening ceremony was also graced by the presence of Dr. Charles C Villanueva, the respected Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration [FBA], along with Mr. A. K. Nazmul, the director of the BBA Program, Ms. Farheen Hassan, the Department Head of Management and MIS, along with several members of the faculty, society members, and students of AIUB. The carnival took off with white pigeons flying into the blue sky as a symbol of peace, followed by the cake-cutting ceremony to signify the spirit of celebration. The program officially began with a video presentation of the messages and best wishes for the success of event from the revered dignitaries of AIUB. Dr. Carmen, as well as Dr. Charles, and Ms. Farheen, added value to the event with their words of wisdom and encouragement. Afterwards, a rally set off from the campus onto the Kemal Ataturk Avenue, lighting up the streets and surroundings with the enthusiasm of the students, faculties, and administration equally.  

Competitions, Talk Shows, Workshops, and more…

  The event kept everyone engrossed in various activities, ranging from different contests and discussions. The ‘Poster Competition’ was a popular segment amongst the students, who all strived to win with each stroke of color, creating amazing visual portrayals of the terminologies of HR, along with posters for recruitment and selection and some showcasing HR as the key part of an organization. Another interesting segment was the ‘Extempore Speech and Story Telling Competition’, where participants are given a topic on which they must prepare a relevant speech within a limit period of time on the spot. Exclusive to the members of the AIUB Society for HRM, 5 participants out of 14 made it to the finals for story telling, after which a winner was announced. The talk shows were both engaging and informative of sorts. ‘An Application of International Knowledge and Experience in Bangladesh’s Context’ was an intriguing segment, that played host to the respected guest speaker, Ms. Moushumi Khan, the Director of BRAC’s Legal and Compliance division. The students had a great interaction with the guest, discussing how knowledge and learning are important drivers of internationalization and how the concepts are applied to advanced academic though patterns in the field of international entrepreneurship and HRM. Further, the conversation lead to how such models can be applied to the context of Bangladesh. This followed an participatory Q&A session, which brought the segment to a close. Another talk show on ‘Everyday Health and Beautification’ followed, with the honorable guest speakers Anuza Shiedl, the Managing Director of Sweet Dreams and Abida Ali, the CEO of Figurina. This was a very lively and light-hearted segment on self-grooming, looking and feeling good about oneself, overcoming stress and maintaining one’s health, and how all this effects one’s ability to be productive and proficient as part of a workforce; undoubtedly, a critical factor in building one’s skills in HR. Another talk show was held on another crucial question, ‘How far have we achieved the vision of the HR Department being a strategic partner of the organization?’ Honorable guest speakers, Mohammed Nazrul Islam, the DGM of HR in Citycell, Taufica Erfan of HR in BRAC EPL Investments Limited, and Akhter Uddin Mahmud, the HR Director of Nestle Bangaldesh, all put forth their views on how people are assets of a nation and can be valuable resources for an organization. The segment was both informative and interactive, with many questions and answers going back and forth about how HR is an integral part of a company, acting as the central system controlling and managing the entire organization.
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