BRAC leaves no vital branch of social development untouched. Its intervention in the education scenario originates from pre-primary education to tertiary level. It launched its tertiary level education intervention in the year 1992 with the establishment of Brac University in response to the growing needs of higher education in the private sector.
Its residential campus standing far from the madding crowd gives it a specialty assuming a different look from the private universities mushroomed scattering their presence in the country. Students hailing from the metropolitan cities to tiny towns of the country embrace the mutual blending of modern architectural and natural phenomena of Khagan Brac University campus. Pupils of villages find known village in their campus with an attractive colour. This quiet and beautiful campus hides itself from the highways and busy roads making it suitable for knowledge imparting and gaining centre of excellence. The campus also steals itself from the public eyes and knowledge. As an individual of Brac Central Education my frequent visit to this dreamy campus of Brac University makes me nostalgic as I used to be the pupil of Jahangirnagar university which resembles this campus.
Alexander Selkerk said, “ O solitude! Where are the charms that sages have seen in thy face?” yes, humans long for solitude and loneliness stands as part of the cycle of life. But it doesn’t retain its charm always. Living in a secluded but shrouded with green foliage for long brings a sort of tiredness and disliking. Brac university students have novelty in this regard. They need not live in the same venue of learning for long. Part of their campus remains in the hue and cry of Dhaka city standing in close contact with busy city road. Attending classes in this chirping campus and they enjoy remaining in their houses in the lap of their parents to strengthen family ties. So, they have the taste of family life, busy city life and secluded but buzzing with fellow students’ campus.
The students of Brac University compulsorily live three months in its Savar campus suitably located twenty kilometers north of the din and bustle of the city of Dhaka. Here learners get a full demonstration of the activities of Brac Training Centre. Learners are to play the role of TARC In-charge, peon, office bearers, cook , waiter etc. these are the reflection of their practical life which they are going to face in future. And it is further from truth that no other private universities running in the country can offer such kind of excellent scope to have practical demonstration to shape their lives.
How students are to match their life away from the family life where they were nurtured from their childhood. They are given the training how to adjust the life without family and near and dear ones. How to manage the affaires of everyday life without the help of family is taught and demonstrated here very pragmatically. Definitely the residential facility gives an excellence to Brac University.
Author: Senior Programme Officer, PACE, BRAC Education Programme, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh.