The American Center at the US Embassy Dhaka has announced the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Programme for academic year 2020-21 for Bangladeshi students.
The K-L YES programme is a high school exchange programme sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, said the Embassy on Thursday.
It is administered in Bangladesh by the International Education and Resource Network – Bangladesh (iEARN-BD), a non-profit organisation, with the support of US Embassy Dhaka.
To be eligible for the K-L YES programme, interested candidates must be a Bangladesh citizen and not dual citizens or permanent residents of the US, or any other country; aged between 15 and 17 years on August 1, 2020; and be currently enrolled in grade 8-11 in any high school and/or college in Bangladesh.
The programme enables exemplary Bangladeshi high school students from grades eight through 11 to spend one academic year at an American high school.
Its purpose is to provide promising high school students with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.
The K-L YES Program began in Bangladesh in 2004, and since then, 420 Bangladeshi students have successfully participated.
Many YES participants have been recognised for their community service activities in the United States and the YES alumni association in Bangladesh is actively engaged in several community programmes.
The programme application is online and the interested students can apply at the iEARN-BD website: http://www.iearnbd.org/.
The deadline for submission of completed applications to iEARN-BD website is Sunday (November 23).
The teachers of Shapla Forum, a progressive teachers’ alliance, of Islamic University in Kushtia on Wednesday demanded punishment of the university unit Bangladesh Chhatra League activists as they burnt an effigy of forum’s general secretary.
A group of 20 to 30 teachers went to the vice-chancellor, Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari, and demanded punishment of the activists.
They would go for tougher movement if the university authorities failed to take stern action against them within 10 hours, they added.
Earlier, a group of 40 to 50 IU BCL unit activists brought out a procession on Tuesday and burnt the effigy of Professor M Mahbubar Rahman for his alleged involvement with Shibir.
IU vice-chancellor Professor Rashid Askari said that administrative action will be taken over the matter after investigation.
The American Center at the US Embassy Dhaka on Wednesday announced the Community College Initiative (CCI) Programme for the academic year 2020-21.
The CCI Programme, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), is a non-degree programme but students, including from Bangladesh, will earn credits for two semesters upon completion of the programme.
The deadline for submission of completed applications to the American Center is Thursday, said the US Embassy on Wednesday.
CCI provides participants from Bangladesh and other selected countries with opportunities to study at community colleges in the United States to build mutual understanding through a non-degree programme of academic, vocational, and cultural studies.
It is an intensive programme intended to provide student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.
The students who have completed their higher secondary education will spend one academic year in the United States enrolled full-time at an American community college.
The 2020-2021 programme provides academic instruction at community colleges throughout the US in the fields of applied engineering, agriculture, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, public safety, and tourism and hospitality management.
In addition to receiving professional training, participants develop leadership skills, build English language proficiency, and learn about American society and culture, including community service and social responsibility.
After completing the programme, the participants will return to their home countries with new skills to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.
The participants are expected to be highly motivated and exemplary students who have completed their HSC or A-levels.
A seminar on the application of ideological and political thoughts to world religion was held at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Tuesday.
IU Al-Hadith and Islamic Studies department organised the seminar at the seminar room of the Arts Faculty Building in the morning.
IU Theology and Islamic Studies faculty Dean Prof AFM Akbar Hossain addressed the seminar as the chief guest while Prof Syed Maksudur Rahman and Prof AKM Wali Ullah of the Al-Hadith and Islamic Studies department spoke as special guests with departmental Chairman Prof Ashraful Alam in the chair.
Wahiduzzaman, a PhD fellow of the department, presented the article under the supervision of Syed Maksudur Rahman.
Around 100 teachers of different departments took part in the seminar.