…the Bangladesh Student Association at Georgia Tech
The purpose of the Bangladesh Student Association at Georgia Tech is to:
- bring Bangladeshi students at Georgia Tech together and help overcome the challenges of this community through active cooperation among its members.
- promote and publicize the cultural aspects of Bangladesh by arranging various festivals and activities, and participating in international cultural events at Georgia Tech and elsewhere.
- help Bangladesh through non-partisan activities, and render humanitarian services to societies in need of assistance in the local Atlanta community and elsewhere.
- promote and aid in the recruitment of Bangladeshi students of exceptional merit to Georgia Tech.
…the Constitution of BSA-GT
GT-BSA is the adopted family of many Bangladeshi students at Tech, and we would love to meet you!
If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the Bangladesh Student Association at Georgia Tech, send an e-mail to anyone on the Executive Board to be informed of upcoming events and meetings.
Bangladesh (officially the People’s Republic of Bangladesh), is a country in South Asia. Straddling the fertile Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, it is part of the historic ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. The name Bangladesh means “Country of Bengali” in the official Bengali language. It faces the Bay of Bengal to its south, and is bordered by India on the north, west and east, as well as Burma (Myanmar) on the southeast, and is in close geographical proximity to Bhutan and Nepal, and China.
The present-day borders of Bangladesh were established during the British partition of Bengal in 1947, when the region became East Bengal (later East Pakistan), part of the newly formed nation of Pakistan. However, it was separated from West Pakistan by nearly 1,500 km (about 900 mi) of Indian territory. Due to political exclusion, ethnic and linguistic discrimination and economic neglect by the politically dominant western wing, popular agitation grew and gave rise to a secular cultural nationalist movement, leading to the declaration of independence and Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. In the aftermath of war and independence, the new state endured poverty, famine, political turmoil and military coups. The restoration of democracy in 1991 has been followed by relative calm and economic progress. Today, Bangladesh is a secular, unitary, constitutional republic.
Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy, with an elected parliament called the Jatiyo Sangshad. It is the world’s eighth most populous country and has one of the highest population densities in the world. The country is identified as a Next Eleven economy. A pioneer of regional engagement in South Asia, Bangladesh is a founding member of SAARC and BIMSTEC. It is also member of the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement, the OIC, the Developing 8 Countries and BIMSTEC.
The country faces a number of major challenges, including poverty, corruption, political instability, overpopulation and vulnerability to climate change. However, it has been praised by the international community for its significant progress on the Human Development Index. Through various acclaimed Bangladeshi public and NGO-led social programs, the country is improving living standards and life expectancy, promoting literacy and women empowerment, stemming population growth and building healthcare infrastructure. Bangladesh is also undergoing rapid industrialization, with globally competitive industries in textiles, shipbuilding and pharmaceuticals.
The Georgia Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Georgia Tech, Tech, or GT) is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shanghai, China; and Singapore.
The educational institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States. Initially, it offered only a degree in mechanical engineering. By 1901, its curriculum had expanded to include electrical, civil, and chemical engineering. In 1948, the school changed its name to reflect its evolution from a trade school to a larger and more capable technical institute and research university.
Today, Georgia Tech is organized into six colleges and contains about 31 departments/units, with a strong emphasis on science and technology. It is well recognized for its degree programs in engineering, computing, business administration, the sciences, architecture, and liberal arts. Tech is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation and is a member of the Association of American Universities.
Georgia Tech’s main campus occupies a large part of Midtown Atlanta, bordered by 10th Street to the north and by North Avenue to the south, placing it well in sight of the Atlanta skyline. In 1996, the campus was the site of the athletes’ village and a venue for a number of athletic events for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The construction of the Olympic village, along with subsequent gentrification of the surrounding areas greatly enhanced the campus.
Student athletics, both organized and intramural, are an important part of student and alumni life. The school’s intercollegiate competitive sports teams, the four-time football national champion Yellow Jackets, and the nationally recognized fight song “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech”, have helped keep Georgia Tech in the national spotlight. Georgia Tech fields eight men’s and seven women’s teams that compete in the NCAA Division I athletics and the Football Bowl Subdivision. Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia, with an estimated 2011 population of 432,427. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,457,831 people and the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County.
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As the Civil Rights Movement unfolded in the 1940s and 1950s, Atlanta touted its reputation as “the city too busy to hate” and, thanks in large part to the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, avoided the worst of the urban violence of the 1960s.
The relatively progressive atmosphere in Atlanta helped ensure its continued success as a magnet of growth in the southeastern United States. A century or more of boosterism on the part of the city’s business and civic leadership was crowned by the city’s hosting of the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, the 1996 Summer Olympics, an event that left its mark all over the city.
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