Independent University, Bangladesh has launched ‘IUB Arrows’, the first inclusive undergraduate program in the country. The Arrows program was officially inaugurated on Saturday (December 16th) at a ceremony held at IUB’s own campus in the Bashundhara residential area of Dhaka. The program was organized to fulfill the resolve of the Government of Bangladesh to ensure the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development.
The event titled ‘Inclusive Development and IUB’ was attended by the Chief Guest, Dr. K.S. Kazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmad. IUB Vice Chancellor Tanvir Hasan presented the keynote address.
Also present were Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Honorary Fellow of the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Abdul Hai Sarkar, Chairperson of the IUB Board of Trustees, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Editor of The Daily Observer and Anisul Haque, Associate Editor of Prothom Alo.
From now on, under the IUB Arrows program, 50 students each year will be provided with free regular regular tuition as well as specialized training, mentoring, internships, job opportunities and educational materials as per their need. The difference between Arrows and other undergraduate programs in Bangladesh is that higher secondary or A-level results are not the only consideration here. The Arrows program will also take into account the talents, leadership qualities, character traits and patriotism of each student. The reason for calling the Arrows program inclusive is that all the students of Bangladesh irrespective of children, rich and poor, urban and rural can apply for this program.
The chief guest said. Kazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmad said, “Financial inclusion alone is not enough. There has to be inclusion with everything. A person has multidimensional needs like food, shelter, transportation etc. The IUB Arrows program seeks to build students by meeting those multidimensional needs. I think that’s the strongest part of this program. “
Applications for the IUB Arrows program can be made until January 6, at the website arrows.iub.edu.bd. Any student who has passed HSAC, A-level or equivalent examination can apply for this program. For that, they need to fill out IUB’s regular admission form as well as answer a few additional questions for Arrows
IUB Honorary Professor. A jury board headed by Niaz Zaman will scrutinize the preliminary applications and prepare a short list. Applicants who get a place in that list will then have to take part in oral and psychometric examinations. Then 50 people will be finalized from there. They will be the first batch of the IUB Arrows program. Their academic activities will begin in the spring semester of the third week of January 2022.