The effectiveness of clubbing besides academics

Rubaiya Hassin Farheen

On the 6th and 7th November 2020, Midas Finance Ltd. presents Campus Club Summit 2020  in association with The Daily Star, which was organized by Excellence Bangladesh. A session was held on the effectiveness of club activities, moderated by Mr. Rafeed Elahi Chowdhury, the Co-Founder at Torun.

The panel members were the heart of the session which comprised of: 

• Mr. Rashedur Rahman, Executive Director- Innovation, Creativity and  Entrepreneurship, (ICE) Center, University of Dhaka 

• Mr. Shibli Shahriar, Qualified and Certified Mentor, Faculty of Business and  Entrepreneurship, Daffodil International University 

• Mr. Arif Zaman, Dean, School of Business, Canadian University of Bangladesh 

The session opened up with Mr. Rafeed’s warm introduction of the respected panel members. Before long Mr. Rashed’s quick overview of the current situation of the availability of co-curricular activities such as clubbing in Bangladesh and his remarkable viewpoints on its growing acceptance appeared noteworthy. Being a teacher at DU from 2000, from his 20  years of experience in club management besides teaching, he feels that the desired growth in enthusiasm in various institutional authorities and youths is striving to create opportunities for balancing academics and co-curricular equivalently is bringing about noticeable changes. Soon, Mr. Shibli took over the floor, starting off with elucidating remarkable comparisons in the acceptance of co-curricular especially in the case of private universities in different segments throughout the passage of time. He appreciated the fact that institutional authorities nowadays do realize the heavy significance of clubbing in developing the ‘4Cs’  (i.e. Collaboration skills, Creativity, Critical thinking, and communication skills) plus growth in an in-depth understanding of financial literature, futuristic skills, leadership as well as soft  skills in shaping up employability. In no time, after the floor was passed onto Mr. Arif, he brought to light the unfortunate situation in Bangladesh where 90% (approx.) of  Bangladeshis (according to his empirical evidence) addresses co-curricular activities as extracurricular activities and undervalue their significance. Hence, he strongly believes that various measures to raise awareness regarding this issue must be implemented concurrently pursuing an increased rate in co-curricular practices. 

Shortly, the focus shifted towards Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) versus clubbing where Mr. Shibli added that CGPA and clubbing cannot be practically balanced equally and,  therefore, trade-offs are required. According to him, UK -based research proved that people only comprised of very high CGPA reach the zenith of success in professional stages once in a blue moon. Furthermore, he positioned that CGPA is a passport to professional stages where co-curricular involving high negotiation, leadership, and networking skills shape them towards success in those stages. Before long Mr. Rashed defied, reasoning his stance that the significance of CGPA is way beyond just an entrance to employability via its extension by teaching disciplinary virtues and time-management in primary stages. In addition, he referred to a book, ‘Ikigai’ which, he supposes, defines the purpose of life quite smoothly. He continued that CGPA identifies the knowledge which is the first pillar to success, followed by skills, experience, and networking. Finally, he suggested that one should always seek self-complacence in life and set priorities based on that. The session was wrapped up with Mr. Arif recommending to set up a priority model to focus on in various segments of life where a student’s primary focus should be on CGPA, followed by diversification to different branches such as clubbing to gradually starting off with prioritizing because, he added, in the end, life is all about prioritizing.

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