SI-UK Bangladesh Staff
Prashanta B Barua
Prashanta Bhushon Barua is an Advocate in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh holding a joint an LLB from the University of Dhaka (University of London International Programmes), and another joint LLM from the University of Dhaka (Queen Mary University of London). Prior to returning to the law profession, Mr. Barua spent 15 years in the UK, and worked as Education Administrator and academic in UK HE sector. He ran two UK HE and FE Colleges successfully reviewed by QAA, and accredited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Mr. Barua has an extensive knowledge and insight on QAA expectations of recruitment in the UK HE sector. Alongside regular law teaching, Mr. Barua is a guest lecturer to several British, Indian, Bangladeshi Universities, and is renowned for his strong advocacy on quality delivery in HE Sector. In many Universities in Bangladesh and India, youth and cultural organisations, Mr. Barua is widely recognised as a motivational speaker. Alongside his law practice, Mr. Barua is keen to offer quality education to young people worldwide so that they can achieve their dreams.
Vaskar Sharma is a business graduate from the University of Dhaka and studied an MA by Research in Textile and Design Management at the University of Huddersfield. He is a qualified professional with technical and organisational skills harvested from 13 years’ of work experience in senior positions at leading national and international joint venture establishments in operations and business development. Vaskar had gained industry experience in international higher education having worked for two British colleges for more than five years in business development through agent management. He also managed a regional study center in Bangladesh. His most recent professional role was to lead a government funded regional team of social media campaigns aiming to ensure the participation of youth citizens in-country’s socio-economic development in this digital era. He also has fit for purpose knowledge on QAA expectations on recruitment for the UK HE sector. Vaskar is responsible for overall operations of SI-UK Bangladesh and will oversee the www.studyin-uk.com.bd website as well as other digital marketing activities.
Senior Education Counsellor
Ikbal Hasan has completed his LLB from the University of London and has an LLM in International Commercial Law with Distinction from the University of Bedfordshire. He did his PgDip BPTC with Very Competent from UWE and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In addition Ikbal previously worked as an International Admissions Officer at London East Bank College. He was responsible for international recruitment activities, assessing student applications according to admission policies, interviewing students, admissions newsletters, arranging education fairs and information sessions, visa compliance, maintaining the agent network in Bangladesh, and seminars on Tier 4 applications. Ikbal also worked as an Admissions Officer at the European College of Law, UK for two years. His primary responsibilities there included student enquiry follow up through phone calls, face to face meetings and emails - advising students about the programs offered, admission procedures, eligibility, tuition fees and scholarship opportunities. He also provided complete post arrival student support including enrolment and other international student advisory services (bank letters, NI letters, working in the UK etc). Ikbal is also a part-time lecturer at North South University where he teaches Business Law.
Senior Education Counsellor
Tajrian Chowdhury holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in English Language Training (ELT) from the Eastern University Bangladesh. She has been working in the education industry for more than six years as an English language lecturer and also as a career counsellor. She received professional training on scientific writing, leadership, behavioural change communication, SRHR & Law. Tajrian has accumulated in-depth knowledge of counselling, guiding, and enrolling students for the right subjects according to their academic path and academic performance. She also comprehends internal processes of universities, student needs and admission requirements.
Shams Romana holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication & Journalism from Stamford University Bangladesh and a MBA in Marketing from ULAB. She developed strong interpersonal skills while working in Business Development in the Finance Sector. She demonstrates distinctive and insightful dedication to carry out her role as an education counsellor effectively and efficiently.