The Bangladesh Students Association (BDSA) is a fairly large organization with undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral members with the majority being graduates here at the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. It is a close-knit community enthusiastic about nurturing and sharing the rich Bangladeshi culture and heritage with Purdue’s diverse community.

It serves to help new students settle down and be introduced to the present Bengali community members. Numerous social events are held each year to help members be a part of the usual festivities from back home, and also proudly showcase their traditions and heritage to their international friends. BDSA collaborates with other organizations to put up events, participate in fundraisers and social activities. The biggest and most popular events of the year include the International Mother Language Day and the Bengali New Year celebrations.

Every year elections are held to elect a President. Members are given an opportunity to be a part of this committee. Students accepting these positions obtain valuable leadership skills while running an organization of this size. Students develop communication, organization, and negotiation skills through interactions with members of BDSA and other student organizations. Although the skills learnt are in an informal social setting, it is still an invaluable learning platform for their professional development.

Founded in 2000, BDSA is the only Bangladeshi student organization serving the Bangladeshi community at Purdue. Over the years, the community has grown significantly and continues to do so with well over a 100 members currently listed.

Constitution of Bangladesh Students Association

Article I

The name of the organization shall be Bangladesh Students Association.

Article II

The aim and purpose of this association is to represent Bangladesh, its cultures and serve the interests of Bangladeshi students within Purdue University.

Article III

Membership and participation are free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. Only Purdue University students are eligible for regular or active membership in the organization. The advisor will be as a non-student member of the organization, with all rights and privileges therein, except for the right to vote or hold office. Advisor must be full-time faculty or administrative/professional staff at Purdue. Purdue University staff and faculty are eligible for adjunct membership. Adjunct members have no right to vote. Membership shall be open to anyone, who is eligible according to the aforementioned definition and also has paid his or her membership fees. Those who wish to participate and do not wish to pay the membership fee shall be Honorary Members. Honorary Members can participate in any activity but cannot vote in elections or hold any post in the Executive Committee. The President shall announce the amount of fees to be paid by each member in the beginning of each academic year and it shall be charged once in every year. Semester membership dues shall not be increased more than 25% (twenty-five percent) without the approval by the majority of the members.

Article IV

The Executive Committee shall consist of President, Vice president and Treasurer. The term for each committee will be one academic year. At the request of at least 61% of the general members, any decision taken by the Executive Committee can be reversed.

Election Procedures:-

1. The out-going Executive Committee shall act as the Election Committee and shall supervise the election.

2. The election shall be held at the general/election meeting, called by the Executive Committee, at the end or beginning of each academic year.

3. The election shall be by secret ballot.

4. To be elected to an office, the candidate must carry the votes of a majority vote of the regular members present and voting. In the event when no candidate has a majority, the candidate with the least number of votes shall be stricken from the ballot and a new vote will be taken. A minimum of 50% of all the members should be voting to elect an Executive Committee.

 Article V

The President

1. shall manage and coordinate the affairs of the organization.

2. shall preside at the meetings of the Executive Committee and the general meetings of the organization.

The Vice President

1. shall be responsible to promote its activities and to fulfill its objectives with the cooperation of the other members of the Executive Committee.

2. shall be authorized to form special committees as deemed necessary.

3. shall call general meetings as necessary.

The Treasurer

shall keep accounts, deposit the organization's funds, and makes expenditures in the manner approved by the Business Office for Student Organizations.

Article VI

Section 1: Proposal of Amendments

Amendments to the Constitution can be proposed to a general meeting in the following two procedures:-

1. Resolution by the Executive Committee.
2. Petition signed by at least 30% of the regular members Section 2: Resolution of Amendments

Once a proposal of amendment is brought to the floor of a general meeting, the members on a referendum shall vote on it. The passage of the proposal requires at least 66% of all the members to vote in favor of the proposed amendment. All amendments to the constitution and bylaws are subject to the approval of the Office of the Dean of Students.