October 23, 2019 marked the beginning of Independent University, Bangladesh’s annual three-day Club Carnival. Inaugurated by the acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Milan Pagon, and attended by the deans, faculty members, and students of IUB, the event started with music, dance, and bicycle stunts.
All 36 clubs of IUB participated in this event. The members set up stalls that were colourfully decorated and displayed a plethora of items ranging from trophies and photographs of their activities to cricket bats, mugs, jerseys, and books.
Saiful Kabir, In-charge of the Division of Student Affairs, which arranged the event, said, “The Club Carnival is a common platform for students, with all the opportunities under one roof. The students get the chance to display their talents and skills and show the IUB authorities, faculty members and staff their national and international achievements.”
This became evident when seeing the stalls. The different clubs had come up with innovative ways to encourage participation and engage people such as asking people to submit a 1-minute scary movie to arranging a speaking competition for children in school.
When asked about the activities carried out by the club, Rafa from IUB’s Independent Accounting Association Club mentioned how they hold competitions and workshops for students and even arrange for trips to places where students can hear from professionals what a career in finance and accounting would be like.
The members of other clubs also talked enthusiastically about their activities. Toersa, a member of the Global Gatekeeper’s Club, said, “What makes this club special is that instead of focusing on one aspect, it takes a multidisciplinary approach to looking at issues.” Shafrin, of IUB Film Club, said, “We don’t just review films, we make and direct them, and also teach students to make them.”
The second day of the Club Carnival saw a cultural programme. On the third and final day there was a concert where popular singer James performed with his band.