On October 27, 2017, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka arranged the Freshers' Reception Programme (affectionately called Fresherz) for its newest BBA Batch, BBA 25th. The event was organised by the BBA 24th Batch, as it is the institutional tradition for the sophomores to organise the event for the freshmen. Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited was the title sponsor of the event.
The event started off at 5 PM with a welcoming speech from the BBA Chairperson, Md. Ridhwanul Haq, PhD. “Fresherz has just as much significance to this institution as any other event it houses, because it has an integral part to play in shaping the IBA culture,” he said.
His speech was followed by a speech from the Director of IBA and the President of the Ceremony, Professor Dr. AKM Saiful Majid. He emphasised on the significance of the event by saying, “It is of utmost concern that the freshers be given the right kind of reception to emphasise how this place accepts them as one of its own and boosts their morale for the rest of the years they are about to spend here.”
The final speech came from Ali Nawaz, the Chief Financial Officer of Beximco Pharma who attended the programme as a representative of the chief guest, Nazmul Hassan MP, Managing Director of Beximco Pharma. Being an MBA alumni of the esteemed institution, he became very nostalgic.
He also encouraged the freshmen by saying, “I am very proud to say that in most of the private local companies of Bangladesh, IBA-ites are holding the top-most positions.”
After the speeches were done, Dr. Majid and the guest were handed crests as a token of gratitude for gracing the event with their presence.
The formal part of the ceremony was followed by cultural performances by the three current BBA batches, BBA 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. The entire auditorium sang along with the performers who covered songs such as “Summer of '69”, “Wonderwall”, and many more. Aside from the song covers, the event also featured electrifying dance performances and fun, engaging activities for the freshmen to partake in. After a series of wonderful performances, the event ended at 10 PM.
It is customary for Fresherz events to have a theme based on pop culture. This year's Fresherz was Oscar-themed. Starting from the amazing décor, lighting and photo booths to the “Black Tie” dress code of the event, everything successfully managed to recreate the atmosphere of the Academy Awards with commendable accuracy.
Ever since its inception in 1966, IBA has established its supremacy as the leading business school of the country in terms of not only academic performance and job placement but also in terms of extracurricular activities. So, those who manage to get in deserve nothing but the grandest and most heartfelt reception and this year's Fresherz has managed to give the freshmen exactly that.