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DIU Law Forum (DIULF) / The beginning
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:06:21 PM »
The department of law has established a forum namely Daffodil International University Law Forum (DIULF) which recently obtained approval from the Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor for running its activities.

The primary objective of the forum is to keep the students motivated and active in legal studies along with other related day to day activities. It has been decided that all student related departmental activities such as organizing seminar, debate, yearly programs and all other related programs will be organized by the forum from the approval of the Head of the Department. It is the students who will run the forum with the advice of the teachers of the department.   

The approved constitution and other related informations will be published very shortly.

Dider us Salam

Law / Developing Good Communication Skills
« on: June 22, 2010, 03:54:43 PM »

1.   Know what communication really is. Communication is the process of transferring signals/messages between a sender and a receiver through various methods (written words, nonverbal cues, spoken words). It is also the mechanism we use to establish and modify relationships. Good communication skills are always essential in order to be a successful lawyer. As a lawyer one must know the art and technique of communicating with his client, opposite party or even Judges.

2.   Manifest constructive attitudes and beliefs. The attitudes you bring to communication will have a huge impact on the way you handle yourself and those with whom you interact. It is essential to be honest, patient, optimistic, respectful, genuine, accepting, and believe in other people's competence and that is how one can be a good communicator and be successful in his profession.

3.   Make eye contact. Whether you are speaking or being spoken to, looking into the eyes of the person you are in conversation with can make the experience successful. Eye contact conveys interest, and encourages the other party to be interested in you in return. In less intimate settings, when giving a speech or when in front of several people or even in the court room holding the eyes of different members of your audience can personalize what you are saying and maintain attention.

4.   Be aware of what your body is saying. Body language can say so much more than a mouthful of words. An open stance with arms easily to your side tells anyone you are talking to that you are approachable and open to hearing what they have to say. Arms crossed and shoulders hunched, on the other hand, suggest disinterest in conversation or unwillingness to communicate. 'Often, communication can be stopped before it starts by body language that tells people you don't want to talk:' Appropriate posture and an approachable stance can make even difficult conversations flow more smoothly and even make a poor submission good in the court room.

5.   Have courage to say what you think! Communication skills begin with simple communication. Take time each day to be aware of your opinions and feelings in a constructive way. Individuals who are hesitant to speak because they do not feel they have worthwhile opinions need not fear: what is important or worthwhile to one person may not be to another and may be more so to someone else. In a world so very big, someone is bound to agree with you, or to open your eyes to an even deeper perspective. The courage to say what you think can afford you the opportunity to learn more than you did before.

6.   Speak loudly and clearly enough to be heard. When you are speaking in front of people or even in the court room, have the confidence to say it so as to be heard. An appropriate volume can inform listeners that you mean what you say, you have thought about what you are saying, and what you are saying is worth hearing. An appropriate tone and volume ensure your listeners hear exactly what you are saying, and decreases room for misunderstanding. So, be loud and clear.

7.   Practice. Communication skills can be practiced every day in settings that range from the more social to the more professional. New skills take time to refine, but each time you use your communication skills you open yourself to opportunities and future partnerships which will not only develop your communication skills but also help you become a successful professional.

8.   Develop effective listening skills. Finally, not only should one be able to speak effectively, one must listen to the other person's words and engage in communication on what the other person is speaking about. This is very crucial for a lawyer. We must avoid the impulse to listen only for the end of their sentence so that we can blurt out the ideas or memories that come to our mind while the other person is speaking.

Law / Improving Communication Skills: Some Basic Tips
« on: June 22, 2010, 03:52:35 PM »
Definition of Communication:
Communication is the process of transferring signals/messages between a sender and a receiver through various methods, such as written words, nonverbal cues and spoken words. It is also the mechanism we use to establish and modify relationships.

Some Basic Tips for good communication:
1.   Listen: respect others' right to complete their thoughts before you interrupt to say what you want to say.
2.   Take notes while listening so as not to lose track of your thoughts.
3.   Opinions are valuable; however, know the difference between thinking you know something and actually knowing it.
4.   Understand the importance of recognizing that just because you think you know what you're talking about doesn't necessarily mean that it is right. Always appreciate others and when needed apologize and let the conversation continue.
5.   Recognize others' contributions and points of view by nodding and verbalizing that you've heard them and can see their point. Be specific when offering constructive criticism by giving examples that make sense.
6.   Stay focused; unless we narrow the parameters of a subject, our points are seldom recognized and appreciated as required elements of a broader understanding of the subject matter.
7.   Always thank each participant in a group for their contributions, be they right or wrong, and your group will flourish and grow.
8.   Be a leader and exercise humility, because too much strength and dominance leads to weakness.
9.   Keep the conversation on track; it's fine to let people ramble a little, but unless we stay on topic, the chances of resolving or tying up a group conversation are minimized.

Law / Academic Rules and Regulations
« on: April 11, 2010, 12:22:38 PM »
I feel all the students and teachers should be well aware of the academic rules and regulations of DIU. Hence it is in our web site but a post in the law forum gives more importance to them to be abide by the rules and regulations. This is where we can also give constructive suggestions.

Academic Rules & Regulation

In every semester, date for registration will be notified. The students must be registered within the specified date. All fees are to be paid at the time of registration and are non-refundable except (i) where the University fails to provide a place to the students in a course and (ii) courses dropped by the student in the first week of registration. The student will in such cases get a refund of the tuition fee and other charges except registration/ admission fee.

Registration Procedure:
A student seeking registration for the semester should:

   1. Pick up a blank “Course Registration Form” from the office of the registrar. The academic adviser and student ID number will be assigned by the office of the registrar;
   2. Select courses in consultation with the student’s adviser and obtain adviser’s signature on Course Registration Form;
   3. Submit the course registration form to the office of the Registrar;
   4. Pay semester fees at the Accounts office within the notified d

Transfer from other University:
Students with good academic records from other recognized University are eligible for transfer of their credits to DIU. Students wiling to transfer from another university must have transcripts of courses and grades, together with the copies of certificate/ mark sheet of SSC or HSC or transcripts of O and A levels. These Transcripts will be evaluated against the minimum entry requirement at DIU.

Exemption of Courses:
Students with extensive academic or professional experience may apply to waive courses by completing a ‘Request for Course Waiver’ form. This form should be submitted to the Coordinator of the Program/ Head of the Dept./ Dean of the Faculty with the relevant academic transcripts or evidence of an appropriate certification. Students having completed any course of Bachelor’s degree from other recognized university are eligible for waiver provided that he/ she obtained at least a ‘B’ grade or over 50 percent marks in that specific course. Waiver is given to foundation courses only. Course waiver requires approval from equivalence committee of DIU.

Admission of International Students: 
International students meeting equivalent admission qualification are eligible for admission as regular students or as special students for a part of the duration and may acquire transfer credits. In case of the latter, the recommended minimum duration of residence in the first and the second years is one semester. The University may enroll foreign students under an exchange program established between two universities.

Admission is also open to any person who wishes to pursue courses or a course as a non-degree student to improve knowledge or acquire new skills. Students are also admitted for specific certificate or diploma courses.

Full-time and Part-time Students: 
Any student registered for a courses load of 9 credit hours or more will be classified as full time student. A student registered for fewer than 9 credit hours will be classified as a part-time student.

Any student willing to take more than 15 credit hours in a semester will require prior written consent of his or her academic advisor. A student may change status from full-time student to part-time student or vice-versa during the first week of the semester.

Drop/ Add Procedure:
A student may drop or add new courses during the first week of the semester. To add a course, one must have the approval of the faculty adviser. The procedure is given bellow:

   1. Pick up a Drop/Add form from the Office of the Registrar
   2. Fill up the relevant section of the form
   3. Obtain the signature of the course teacher/ advisor on the form and if a course is being added; make sure that space is available in the course.
   4. Submit the form to the office of the Registrar.
   5. Check at the Accounts office about any change of fee

Attendance is regarded as a part of the course requirement. The expected attendance is 90 percent of classes held. A student may be debarred from appearing at the course final examinations if his/her attendance falls bellow 75 percent. Students are given marks on class attendance.

Selecting the Major:
The students are advised to choose their major no later than the second semester of third year. Before going to choose the major try to complete all the courses of 2nd year level and should take the opinion of the program advisor.

Student Dismissal:
Students are dismissed from the program for failure to make satisfactory academic progress. Students failing to maintain the required CGPA (2.0) in two consecutive semesters will be dropped out of the program. Students dropped out of the program may appeal to the Dean/ Head of the Department/ Coordinator for re-admission. Re-admission will not be granted without strong evidence of significant change in student’s ability to complete the requirements satisfactorily.

Teaching Method and Medium:
The University follows modern teaching methods including class lectures, interactive discussion, simulation, lab work, case analysis, and field study. A special feature of Daffodil International University teaching is the tutorial/workshop/lab sessions designed to assist students in learning application of concepts and theories. The medium of instruction in Daffodil International University is English.

Additional Facilities for Weak Students:
Many students joining the university may be coming from Bangla medium schools and therefore would have to adjust to English as the medium of instruction. They may be asked to attend English courses rigorously and special English course in summer or any other time preceding the semester in which they take regular courses. Similarly, students from non-science background or who are weak in Mathematics may be asked to attend a remedial course in Mathematics.

Recognition of Outstanding Performance:
A full-time student securing GPA 3.75 at the end of a regular semester will be included in the Dean’s Honor List and for maintaining CGPA 3.75 in successive 3rd and 4th semesters, will be placed in the VC’s Honor List. A student in the VC’s List will be given individual citation. Students with 3.9 will receive Chancellor award.
Grading and Performance Evaluation Process:
Final grade in each course will be given on the basis on the basis of the performance on class attendance, quiz, assignment presentation, midterm test and final examination as indicated bellow:
Class attendance    7
Assignment    5
Presentation (Mandatory)    8
3 Quizzes    15
Midterm Test    25
Semester Final Examination    40
Total    100

A student may earn five-letter grades on the basis of his/her performance of the course. The letter grades A, B, C, and D are considered passing grades and also acceptable to continuing of grades. Grade F is the failing grade. Daffodil International University is maintaining Uniform Grading system as per instruction of University Grants Commission of Bangladesh as follow:
Marks obtained out of 100    Grade    Grade point
Equivalent    Remarks
80% and above    A+    4.00    Outstanding
75% to less than 80%    A    3.75    Excellent
70% to less than 75%    A-    3.50    Very Good
65% to less than 70%    B+    3.25    Good
60% to less than 65%    B    3.00    Satisfactory
55% to less than 60%    B-    2.75    Above Average
50% to less than 55%    C+    2.50    Average
45% to less than 50%    C    2.25    Below Average
40% to less than 45%    D    2.00    Pass
Less than 40%    F    0.00    Fail

Grade Report

Each student’s grade point average is numerical value obtained by dividing the total grade points earned by the credits attempted. Only the courses graded A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D and F are used to determine credits attempted. In case students repeat courses, GPA and CGPA will be calculated on the basis of the grades obtained at the last attempt of the course (S) only. Grades obtained in course (s) in all examinations will be shown in the grade report. In addition, students who complete courses in addition to their normal credit requirements for graduation will inform the Registrar in writing about the course, which he intends to declare for consideration towards the requirements for the degree.

The Incomplete:
The 'Incomplete' (I) grade is used in special circumstances. The 'Incomplete' may be given only at the end of a semester to a student who has completed all other requirements except the final examination.

The student has the responsibility to take the initiative in making up the Incomplete as specified by the instructor. If action is not taken within three weeks of commencement of the next semester, the 'I' grade will automatically be converted into "F". In the event, where the instructor from whom a student received an incomplete grade is not available, the disposition of the case-involving grade rests with the Dean of Faculties.

Academic Probation:
A student must maintain a good academic standing with a CGPA of at least 2.00. Students with CGPA and (or) GPA of less than 2.00 will be placed on Probation. Students on Probation will be allowed a maximum of three semesters to earn CGPA and (or) GPA 2.00 or more failing of which will result in dropped from the program. 

Retake Policy:
A course passed with a grade less than B may be repeated to improve the relevant grade. When a course is repeated, the previous grade will be automatically cancelled. Students, failing in a course, will be allowed to repeat that course twice at the most on payment of course fee.

Appeal for Grade:
A student not satisfied with the grade in any course may appeal to the course teacher. But if the grade is not improved and at the same time, the student is not satisfied with the explanation of the teacher concerned, he/ she may make a written request to the Chair of the department or Dean of the faculty. The Chair will review the process by which the grade was determined. After having the grade or answer script-rechecked, the revised final grade will be delivered. These procedures must take place within two weeks after the grade was published. Before making an appeal the student will have to make a payment of fee as determined by the university authority

Law / Welcome to Law Forum
« on: April 07, 2010, 12:57:43 PM »
Dear All,

Welcome to our newly launched law forum. All the members of DIU family including faculty members, officers and students are requested to post any legal or law related works in this forum. We will also be glad to receive any suggestion for our development.



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