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Since August 2017, Burmese security forces have been carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State forcing over half a million of them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other atrocities. This mass migration has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.  The Chowdhury Center, in a attempt to inderstand this, has launched a Rohingya crisis working group in which students, researchers, and practitioners are invited to develop ideas and collaborations to further our collective work related to the Rohingya crisis. More information coming soon. 

LSE South Asia Centre and the Chowdhury Center jointly organised the first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit in June 2018. Hear the directors of the two centers talk about their vision for the partnership, Bangladesh studies and placing Bangladesh within the South Asian agenda HERE

The Chowdhury Center is delighted to announce that Lauren Glasby, Marylin Wang Longley, and Lorraine Pereira have been awarded the Outstanding Paper Prize in Bangladesh Studies for 2018 for their paper titled, "Female Political Empowerment in Bangladesh and Pakistan: The Influence of Economic Participation." Click HERE to read more about the winners as well as for an abstract of their winning paper.

We invite applications from faculty at Bangladeshi institutions of higher education to take part in a week-long program led by UC Berkeley faculty on research methodologies, writing, and the publishing process. Program covers coach class round trip airfare and all lodging/meal related expenses in Berkeley. Limit: 6 faculty members. Deadline: Feb 15, 2018. More details HERE>>

Initiatives targeting working conditions in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have sometimes been cited as the way forward to address issues of health and safety of workers. In this podcast, IHRB’s Salil Tripathi talks to Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Director of the Chowdhury Center, about the pervasive problem and the absence of an effective remedy. While noting the progress of initiatives like Accord and Alliance which were designed to help prevent the recurrence of tragedies like the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saxena argues that such initiatives do not go far enough, and foreign brands and the home state have to play a more active role. Listen to the podcast HERE.

Cal sophomore Tarishi Jain died in a terror attack in Bangladesh last year, and her parents, Tulika and Sanjiv Jain, started the "Live Life Like Tarishi" scholarship award as a way to honor their daughter’s legacy. The scholarship requires participants to submit essay proposals on creating world change. Aurora Ling, a campus senior studying peace and conflict studies, won the first “Live Life Like Tarishi” scholarship award. Read more HERE>>

A Profile on Sayah Bogor, our 2016-2017 Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center Fellow on Quality of Life in Bangladesh. Sayah was recently featured in UC Berkeley News for her astounding journey from refugee to health researcher at UC Berkeley. Read more about Sayah and her journey HERE>>

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2017 Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center Fellowships and Internships! Information about the awardees can be found HERE>>

IIT Kharagpur is starting a school on Quality and Reliability (Q&R) a first of its kind in India, with the aim to improve the trinity of Process, Planet and People (3P’s) targeting Engineering systems, Human systems and natural systems. with the generous support of distinguished alumnus and Chowdhury Center founder, Mr. Subir Chowdhury.  Read more HERE>>>

Sara Hossain

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies is thrilled to announce that Bangladeshi lawyer and human rights activist, Sara Hossain, will deliver the 2017 Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture on February 16, 2017.  Event details HERE>>>


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Institute for South Asia Studies
UC Berkeley
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