Prof Chakma and his wife Meena Chakma had to spend 14 days in self-isolation due to Covid-19 regulations after they flew to Perth from Canada late last month. He then moved to Canada and earned a Master of Applied Science and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1984 and 1987 respectively.[6]. "I didn't even know we were building a statue till the Chakmaster hit me up," Cowin explained. Western president Amit Chakma was honoured by University Chancellor, Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife, Sharon, BA’64 when it was announced they had donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. Grant Reuber, who died in Toronto on July 7 at the age of 90, was a leading Canadian economist with a career trajectory that saw him become a leader in academia, business and the public service. [16] This was followed by the awarding of a Dean's Medal of Distinction from UBC Faculty of Applied Science in 2016 as part of UBC's centenary celebrations. In 1982, he graduated at the top of his class. [22] On 30 June this year Professor Chakma completed his second term and 10th year as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario. Western president Amit Chakma was honoured as University Chancellor, Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife, Sharon, BA’64, announced they've donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. He then served as Regina's vice president research from 1999 to 2001. He was elected as Chair of Council in 2017. [32], On March 27, 2015, Chakma came under criticism after reportedly earning $967,000 in salary and benefits in 2014, a year in which class sizes grew as Western administrators squeezed faculty, shrunk staffing and left empty vacated positions. The obituary was featured in Waterloo Region Record on May 22, 2020, and The Globe and Mail on May 22, 2020. [19], Chakma is an advocate for promoting international education and has written and commented extensively on this topic. Wednesday, June 17, 2020 The School is proud to announce that graduate students Dania Abuleil and Amy Chow have each won the Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student. UWA Chancellor, Robert French AC, said Professor Chakma came to UWA with demonstrated success in developing high quality teaching and learning while building research capability and important partnerships across academic, government and industry sectors. Early life and education. She and her two brothers were abducted on 12 June 1996 from her home at Lallyaghona village allegedly by the members of the Bangladesh Army.Kalpana Chakma is still missing. Amit Chakma doesn’t pull any punches when discussing the challenges he faces in his new role at the University of Western Australia. Bikanta Chakma has to be paid Rs 2 lakh (if he can produce medical records of his injury) and Kanyabati Reang may also get Rs 2 lakh if we can prove dispossession from the land. (Sponsor Content) He served as a member of Canada's Science and Technology Innovation Council from 2011 to 2017[25] and co-chaired the working group for the State of the Nation Report 2014[26] that benchmarks Canada's science, technology, and innovation performance against international standards of excellence. [34], On March 30, 2015, Member of Provincial Parliament for London-West, Peggy Sattler asked in the Provincial Parliament question period whether the government would prohibit university boards of governors from negotiating similar double payouts to university presidents. An academic, public policy enthusiast and a global citizen interested in education, environment and global issues. Royal Chakma Kingdom - Greater Chittagong Hill Tracts Region [4] He was the eldest among four siblings. The Chakma people are an ethnic minority from the south-east region of Bangladesh and Northeast India. The award is named after Michael P. Malone, an American historian and 10th president of Montana State University. He was inaugural Chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and has held senior advisory … One of the key recommendations was to double the number of international students in Canada by 2022. In 2014 Chakma was the recipient of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award. The Government of Canada has endorsed this key recommendation and adopted its International Education Strategy in 2014. “I want to bring a renewed focus on the student experience. [3], Chakma was born in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of the then East Pakistan now Bangladesh to Prabhat Chakma and Alo Chakma. [5] He studied in Ispahani School in Comilla and completed his secondary education from Rangamati Government High School. Professor Chakma joins UWA as its 19th Vice-Chancellor following an outstanding career in higher education leadership and academia in Canada, most recently 10 years as President and Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario in Canada. [30] Chakma said in his recommendation that "Nguyen's candidacy has been the fruit of our relentless proactive efforts in identifying potential women faculty members. His substantial record of research has covered greenhouse gas control technology, energy and environmental model system modelling, petroleum waste management, gas separation and processing and mass transfer. Dr. Amit Chakma, a dynamic and gifted academic leader, is the 10th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Amit Chakma (born 25 April 1959)[1] is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia since July 2020. Western president Amit Chakma was honoured Friday as University Chancellor, Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife, Sharon, BA’64 announced they had donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. [33][34] Chakma's pay was a result of "double-dipping," allowing him to collect a second full salary for choosing to work during his paid administrative leave. He served as the founding chair of HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency, a crown corporation set up to build and maintain the province's health human resources capacity by supporting the government's strategic direction of health workforce planning from 2007 to 2010.[27]. We have important roles to play in both. October 09, 2018. Perth WA 6009 Australia. While he was dean of engineering at the University of Regina in 1998, Chakma hired Lana Nguyen as a professor of systems software engineering. [4] He received a scholarship from the Algerian government, along with nine other Bangladeshi students, to study natural gas processing engineering at Algerian Petroleum Institute in Algeria. [4] He passed his HSC examination from Dhaka College in 1976. Professor Amit Chakma and his wife Meena flew to Perth from Canada last month and spent 14 days in self-isolation in accordance with Government requirements. Chakma has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of a Canada-based development organization of long standing the World University Services of Canada (WUSC)[28] from 2011 to 2015. [10], Chakma served as the Chair of U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities from 2012-2014. Professor Amit Chakma has been appointed at the University of Western Australia as its 19th Vice-Chancellor. Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, Western University’s 22nd Chancellor, and his wife Sharon, BA’64, have generously donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building in honour of the University’s 10th president, Amit Chakma.. Read the full article. Alumni tapped for Governor General honours . From 1988 until 1996, Chakma taught chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. “My main focus will be to connect with the UWA community as we look to recover and rebuild following the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It follows an outstanding career in higher education leadership and academia in Canada, most recently 10 years as President and Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Join us and Seek Wisdom. In October, former Western Chancellor Jack Cowin (left), BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife Sharon, BA’64, donated $5 million to support Western Engineering, and to name the Amit Chakma Engineering Building in honour of their friend and the university’s 10 th President (right). Professor Chakma joins UWA as its 19th Vice-Chancellor following an outstanding career in higher education leadership and academia in Canada, most recently 10 years as President and Vice Chancellor of The University of … “Stepping into the role of Western’s tenth president is a humbling and energizing experience”, says Amit Chakma. [2] Previously he served as the 10th president and vice-chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009 to 2019. “She has given service of the highest order to the University and has set an outstanding example of what can be achieved by the combination of intellect, humanity and honesty.”, Simone Hewett (UWA Media and PR Manager) 08 6488 3229 / 0432 637 716, 35 Stirling Highway The award citation described how Chakma used education as the basis for his remarkable journey as a young boy from a tribe in the hills of southeastern Bangladesh to becoming a university president in Canada.[14]. “I’m very much looking forward to meeting the wonderful staff and students at UWA and finding my way around this very beautiful campus,” Professor Chakma said. 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[18], On October 12, 2018, University of Western Ontario announced that the University's new engineering building would be called the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. The outgoing president of Western University, Amit Chakma, is getting a building named in his honour. Professor Chakma is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and holds a Master of Applied Science and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. [9] In 2014 Western's Senate and Board of Governors approved the University's ambitious strategic plan titled "Achieving Excellence on the World Stage. (Mark Spowart/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Related Stories. In 1996, he moved to the University of Regina as dean of engineering. In this 2018 Facebook (Amit Chakma) photo, Prof Chakma welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Western University’s Alumni Hall for a Town Hall meeting. Cowin, who was also behind the retroactive renaming of the former ThreeC+ Engineering Building (now the Amit Chakma Engineering Building), explained that the university intially planned to construct an elaborate memorial in honor of philanthropist and former university chancellor Richard G. Ivey. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women, an international liberal arts university located in Chittagong, Bangladesh[29] from 2012 to 2015 as Vice-Chair and Acting Chair. “Stepping into the role of Western’s tenth president is a humbling and energizing experience”, says Amit Chakma. Professor Amit Chakma and his wife Meena flew to Perth from Canada last month and spent 14 days in self-isolation in accordance with Government requirements. “Like all universities worthy of the name, UWA is a creator of new knowledge and a custodian of intellectual endeavour, evidence-based enquiry and academic freedom. On June 19, 2010 Chakma received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from the University of Waterloo. Amit Chakma answers questions at a news conference in London, Ont., Tuesday, Dec.20, 2011. 7.1K likes. During his time at the University of Regina, Chakma was named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40 list. In 2015 Chakma received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Engineering Alumni group at the University of British Columbia. As per the Atrocities Rules of 2016, Pindulal’s relatives have to be paid Rs eight lakh, pension of Rs 5000 per month to his wife, education upto graduation level for children and food for three months. [17], On March 4, 2017, he was the convocation speaker at the 50th convocation of the University of Dhaka, the pre-eminent university locally known as the Oxford of the East, ranked In the top 1000 globally per QS World University Rankings, where he was bestowed Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by President Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh, the Chancellor of the University for his outstanding leadership in education and research. Dr. Amit Chakma, a dynamic and gifted academic leader, is the 10th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. 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