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Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB) celebrated International Women’s Day on March 9, 2024, organized by the Department of CSE in association with the Notre Dame University Computer Club (NDUBCC) and presented by Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT). The event was marked by the presence of distinguished individuals, including honorable Vice Chancellor Dr. Fr. Patrick Daniel Gaffney, CSC, Treasurer and Associate Professor Dr. Fr. Subash Adam Pereira, CSC, Director of English Language Center Fr. Tom McDermott, CSC, Deputy Registrar Fr. Ashim Theotonius Gonsalves, CSC, Deputy Exam Controller Fr. Badhon Hilarious Rozario, CSC, Asst. Director of Student Affairs Sr. Shagorica Maria Gomes, CSC, Dean of Faculty Prof. Dr. Aloke Kumar Chakraborty, Chairman of the Department of CSE Prof. Dr. Shaheena Sultana, Club Moderator Prof. A.H.M Saiful Islam, Associate Prof. Dr. Fernaz Narin Nur, Co-Moderator Lecturer Humayara Binte Rashid and faculty members.

The festival commenced with the exhilarating Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) presents “Luna Shamsuddoha Intra University Programming Contest – 2024” and the “Quiz Competition”. This initiative reflects the university’s dedication to promote inclusivity and recognizing the contributions of women in various fields, including programming, where female participation is actively encouraged and celebrated. The programming contest and quiz competition attracted a vast number of students, all eager to demonstrate their coding skills and problem-solving abilities.

The Luna Shamsuddoha Programming Contest started at 8:00 am, with 19 teams participating. The winning team was “Int3” consisting of Shah Md. Rafiul Kadir, Sukla Topoti Saha Prome and Sumaiya Islam Sonali. The runners-up were “Doa_Roilo” with members Rejuana Azad, Evangelist Richard Gomes and Md. Hemal Ahmed.

The quiz competition was only open to CSE-23 participants. The winners of the Quiz Competition were as follows: Apurbo Francis Costa secured first place, Md. Irfan Jafor came in second place and Mishal Cornelious Palma achieved third place.

The main program started at 10:00 am with speeches given by Associate Prof. Dr. Fernaz Narin Nur and special guests. Following that, a thought-provoking panel discussion took place, featuring accomplished women from various sectors. The moderator for the panel discussion was Prof. Dr. Shaheena Sultana, Chairman of the Department of CSE. A panel discussion on the theme ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ fostered insightful discussions among esteemed panelists.

Esteemed guests comprised Barrister Nazmus Salehin, a renowned Advocate in Bangladesh Supreme Court; Dr. Selina Sharmin, a distinguished Associate Professor in the field of CSE at Jagannath University; Ms. Fatema Jahan, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Bangladesh; Naznin Munni, Assignment Editor at DBC News and Md Abul Kalam Azad, Head of Sales of Linde Industries Private Limited. The day kicked off with an interactive session led by the guest speakers, where they shared insights into their respective journeys and the challenges, they overcame to achieve success. The event aimed to inspire and empower female students to pursue careers in STEM fields and break traditional gender stereotypes. The guests were presented with a token of honor. Additionally, winners of the “Luna Shamsuddoha Programming Contest” and “Quiz Competition” were awarded crests and prize money as recognition for their achievements.

Then the 8th anniversary of Bangladesh Notre Dame University Computer Club was celebrated with a cake-cutting ceremony.

The highlight of the Women’s Day celebration featured a cultural program organized by the students of the Computer Science and Engineering department. The event showcased the diverse talents of students through captivating acts and dance routines that specifically celebrated and portrayed the essence of womanhood but also served as a testament, underscoring the university’s commitment to fostering creativity and providing a platform for self-expression.

The seminar was enlightened by Prof. A.H.M. Saiful Islam’s speech, during which he shared his valuable advice, marking the conclusion of the event. The success of the Women’s Day celebration at Notre Dame University Bangladesh highlighted the institution’s dedication to create an inclusive environment that empowers women to thrive in their chosen fields. These events serve as a testament to NDUB’s ongoing mission to support and inspire students, fostering an atmosphere where every individual can reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to society.