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Rajshahi University

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Rajshahi University
Rajshahi Vishwavidyaalay
The Logo of Rajshahi University
Established 1953
Type Public
Chancellor President Mohammad Zillur Rahman
Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan [1]
Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Sheikh Mohammed Nurullah [1]
Academic staff 1000
Admin. staff 2000
Students 25000
Location Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Campus Urban, 753 acres (3 km2)
Rajshahi University or University of Rajshahi (Bengali: রাজশাহী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, Raajshaahi Bish-shobid-daloy) is a public university located in Rajshahi, a city in north-western Bangladesh. Rajshahi University was established in 1953, the second university to be established in what was then East Pakistan.
The university's forty-seven departments are organised into nine faculties. Rajshahi University is located in a 753 acres (3 km2) campus in Motihar, 3 kilometres (2 mi) from the Rajshahi city centre. With 25,000 students and close to 1000 academic staff, it is one of the largest universities in Bangladesh.[2] In addition to hosting programs in the Engineering, arts, sciences, agriculture, social sciences, business studies and medical sciences, the university houses a number of institutes of higher studies. This is the premier university in Bangladesh to have online subscription of world renowned journals.



[edit] History

Zuberi Guest house is named after the university's first vice-chancellor
The description on the memorial says,"Rajshahi University: Those who were martyred during the Liberation war".
The first proposal to establish a university came in 1917, when Calcutta University created the Sadler Commission[3] to assess the university system in Bengal. However, the recommendations of the report had no immediate consequences.
Following the Partition of India in 1947, what is now Bangladesh became East Pakistan. University of Dhaka, established in 1921, was the only university in East Pakistan at the time. Demand for a university in the northern part of East Pakistan gained momentum when two universities were established in West Pakistan without the establishment of any in the east. Students of Rajshahi College were at the forefront of the movement demanding a new university.[4] Finally, Rajshahi was selected as the home for the second university in East Pakistan and the Rajshahi University Act of 1953 (East Bengal Act XV of 1953) was passed by the East Pakistan provincial Assembly on 31 March 1953.[5] Itrat Hossain Zuberi, the Principal of Rajshahi College was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor of the university. Initially, the university was housed in temporary locations, such as the local Circuit House and Bara Kuthi, a 18th-century Dutch establishment. B B Hindu Academy, a local school, housed the library, teachers' lounge and the medical centre of the university. The university started out with 20 professors, 161 students (of which 5 were female) and six departments—Bengali, English, History, Law, Philosophy and Economics. In 1964, the offices moved to the permanent campus.
The 1960s was a turbulent period in the history of Bangladesh, when demands for East Pakistani autonomy became stronger. The students and staff of the university started playing an increasing role in politics during this period. On 18 February 1969, Shamsuzzoha, a professor of the university was killed by the police when he tried to prevent them from shooting student demonstrators.[6] This date is now commemorated as Zoha Day.[7] During the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, the university campus was used as a base by the Pakistan Army. A number of professors, students and officers of the university were killed by the Pakistan army during this period.
After independence, a new act regarding the administration of the university came into being—the Rajshahi University Act of 1973. The post-independence years saw the university grow steadily in student enrollment and size of the academic staff. However, the 1980s were turbulent years for the university, as the students agitated with other institutions of the country against the military rule of Hossain Muhammad Ershad. Since early 1990s, the university have seen relative calm and lowering of session backlogs, though active student politics remains a contentious issue to date.

[edit] Emblem

The current emblem of the university was also selected. The circle of the emblem represents the world. A open book is shown in red and gold, red representing one of the colors of the national flag, and gold the value of education. The body of the book is blue, the color of the sky, and at the centre is a shapla flower (Nymphaeaceae), the national flower of Bangladesh.

[edit] Campus

[edit] Main campus

The administrative building dominates the main entrance to the university
Shabash Bangladesh commemorates the Bangladesh Liberation War
The Shaheed Minar is perhaps the most well known landmark in the University
The university's main campus is located in Motihar, on the eastern side of the city of Rajshahi and a mile from the river Padma.[5] The campus area is nearly 753 acres (3.05 km2). Access to the walled-off university campus is controlled through three security gates. The campus houses eleven large academic buildings—five for the arts, business studies and social sciences, four for the sciences and two for agricultural studies.
The central part of the university, accessible by the main gate, is dominated by the administrative building, where the offices of the Vice-Chancellor and other officials are located. This is flanked by the senate building and the residence of the Vice-Chancellor on one side (also featuring the famous Shabash Bangladesh sculpture) and the university mosque and Shaheed Minar complex on the other.[8] Behind the administrative building is the central library, around which the four science buildings and three main arts buildings are located. The science buildings are named numerically as the "First Science Building" and so on. The arts buildings are named respectively after Muhammad Shahidullah, Momtazuddin Ahmed and Rabindranath Tagore. More towards the east lie the stadium, the new teacher-student centre and the main auditorium.
The Kazla gate provides access to the south-western part of the campus. The Juberi international guest-house, Rajshahi University School and the main residential facilities for the academic staff and university officers are located here.[8] Near the residential areas are all five dorms (known as residential halls) for female students. The eastern part of the campus houses the Institute of Bangladesh Studies,[9] the medical and sports facilities and more residential facilities for the university staff—but is dominated by the eleven large dormitories for male students. From the Binodpur gate, the residential halls named after Nawab Abdul Latif, Shamsuzzoha and Madarbux are located to the north, while Sher-e-Bangla hall and the oldest dorm Motihar Hall[10] lie to the west.[11] The second largest mass graves in Bangladesh from the 1971 war era is located behind Shamsuzzoha Hall.[12]
The campus contains a quite a few mango orchards. The Rajshahi area is regarded as one of the best mangoe producing areas in the country,[13] and these orchards are leased out to professional farmers during the summer, when the fruits grow. The campus also reflects the region's silk industry, fields of mulberry trees are to be seen in the campus, both for agricultural and research needs. The northern part of the campus houses a botanical garden, which has a good collection of rare plants.

[edit] Other facilities

Varendra Museum is the oldest in the nation and an important resource for the university
A few miles from the main campus is the Varendra Research Museum,[14] one of the richest repertory of Bengal sculptures in the world.[15] Established in 1910 by Ramaprasad Chanda, the museum became a part of the university in 1960s when a financial crisis threatened its existence. Under the university, the museum has thrived, adding an folklore gallery to its impressive collection from ancient and medieval Bengal.[14] The Bara Kuthi, where the university was established is also still under university control, and is located on the Padma not too far away from Varendra Museum. The university has an agricultural facility few miles from the main campus. Rajshahi University maintains other facilities across the country including a guesthouse in the capital city, Dhaka.

[edit] Art and architecture

Rajshahi University is home to many architectural and artistic landmarks. The Shaheed Minar is an important example, complete with a mural designed by Murtaza Bashir. The Senate House is a modern mini-parliament house, usually used for meetings of the senate of the university, but it also accommodates national and international conferences, seminars and symposia.[citation needed] In front of the Senate House is Shabash Bangladesh, one of the largest war memorial sculptures in the nation; designed and constructed by Nitun Kundu.[16] The name comes from a poem by Sukanta Bhattacharya of the same name, the last four lines of which is engraved under the structure. Golden Jubilee Tower, a 2003 addition to the university's array of sculptures, commemorates the university's 50th anniversary. Other well-known buildings include the library and the university mosque.[citation needed] The Department of Fine Arts hosts a sizeable collection of contemporary art, while Varendra Museum has a large collection of ancient and medieval art.[17]

[edit] Organisation and administration

The university is run according to the Rajshahi University Act of 1973.[18] The act, passed in 1973, allows the university considerably more autonomy than most other peer institutions. The president of Bangladesh is the de-facto Chancellor of the university, but his role is mainly ceremonial. The highest official after the Chancellor is the Vice-Chancellor, selected by the senate of the university every four years. The Vice-Chancellor, as of 2007, is M Altaf Hossain. Other important officers of the university include the Pro Vice Chancellor, the registrar, the controller of examinations and the proctor.[18] The proctor is in direct charge of student activities and is the official with most direct contact with the students. The most important statutory bodies of the university are the senate, the academic council and the syndicate.[18] As a public institution, most of Rajshahi University's funding comes from the government. The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the body responsible for allocating funds to all public universities.
Students are admitted after they pass the Higher Secondary Exam (HSC exam). Students partake in entrance examinations, a separate one for each department.[19] This has been a contentious issue,[20] as there used to be only one exam for each faculty, after which students would be allocated to departments according to their result and choice of program. As a public university, Rajshahi University's tuition fees are relatively low; nevertheless, a hike in admission fees, during the 2006–07 session, have drawn criticism from student bodies.[21] As of 2007, the university awards a total of 340 scholarships, whose annual value is around 1.1 million taka. In addition, there are merit awards given by residential halls, departments and the university itself. Students are also eligible for the Prime Minister's Gold Medal award.[22] All colleges of the northern and southern regions of the country used to be affiliated with Rajshahi University. However, the administration of colleges across the country was taken over by the National University when it was established in 1992.[23]

[edit] Academics

[edit] Faculties

Faculties of the university
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Business Studies
  • Faculty of Life & Earth Science
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Agriculture
The Faculty of Engineering: Krishnachura blossoms in front of the First Science building, that houses Physics, Applied Physics & Electronics, and Information & Communication Engineering
Momtazuddin Arts Building houses some departments of the Faculty of Arts
The university's 47 departments are organized into nine faculties: Engineering, Arts, Law, Science, Medicine, Business Studies, Social Sciences, Life and Earth Sciences, and Agriculture.[24] The Arts and the Law faculties are the oldest in the university, both established in 1953, closely followed by the Faculty of Science (1956) and newly the Faculty of Engineering (2009). The university's departments represent the traditional studies in arts, commerce, sciences and engineering through programs in History, Languages and Linguistics, Economics, Business studies, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (est.2002), Physics, Computer Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Statistics, Geology & Mining, Geography, Psychology, Zoology, Botany, etc. The university is increasingly emphasizing on more specialized programs such as Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Information and Communication Engineering (ICE)(est. 2000) or Genetics and breeding (est. 1996).[4]
The Faculty of Engineering includes departments in Information and Communication Engineering (ICE)(est. 2000), Computer Science & Engineering, Applied Physics & Electronic Engineering, and Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. In the late 1990 and 2000s, programs in computer engineering and communication engineering were introduced.The university used to have a separate engineering program through BIT (Bangladesh Institute of Technology) Rajshahi, which has become an independent university being renamed Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology in 2002.
The Faculty of Arts includes departments in languages and linguistics (Bengali, English, Arabic), historical studies (history, Islamic history and culture), philosophy and fine arts. In the late 1990s, programs in theater, music and folklore studies were introduced.
The Faculty of Social Science has programs in sociology, social work, anthropology, economics, political science and media-related studies.[25]
The Faculty of Law consists only of the department of law, while the departments of finance and banking, management, marketing and accounting make up the Faculty of Business Studies. All facilities of these three faculties are located in the three arts buildings.
The four science buildings house the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Faculty of Life and Earth Science. The former has programs in physics, applied physics & electronics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, chemistry, psychology, [[applied chemistry[[, material science, biochemistry, and information & communication engineering.[25]
Prominent departments in the faculty of Life and Earth Sciences include zoology, botany, geography, pharmacy, and genetics & breeding; these are all housed in the third science building. Department of geology & mining is situated in the second science building.
Founded in 2000, the Faculty of Agriculture is the newest addition to the university, and was formed when a local agricultural college was absorbed into the university. The Faculty has programs in fisheries, genetic engineering, agronomy and veterinary sciences.[25]
Faculty of Medicine is organized differently from other disciplines. Medical education is provided by seven medical colleges located around the Rajshahi Division. Though these colleges are autonomous to a large extent, the degrees are conferred by Rajshahi University. Rajshahi Medical College is the oldest medical college under administration of the university and is located a few miles west of the university campus along with a highly equipped large hospital.

[edit] Education and research

Undergraduates enroll for a four-year program through a highly competitive written admission test (on an average, 50 students compete for 1 seat). Students are assigned to a major when they enter the university, and cannot change it after the enrollment process. Most programs are organized by yearly semesters, though the business programs use two semesters a year, and others have been following suit.[4] Classes can be quite large in departments like history or accounting, due to a high student-to-teacher ratio (1:27).[26]
Most departments offer masters programs that are one or two years in duration, and are of two types- Masters with thesis, and Masters by coursework. Research in the university is conducted in specialised institutes as well as individual departments, with offering of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctoral (PhD) programs. As in other universities across the country, research plays second fiddle to education. The university has a research program related to the arsenic problem in Bangladesh.[27] The Institute of Bangladesh Studies is a noted research institute that publishes the Journal of IBS. The Journal provides the Institute faculty as well as fellow academicians elsewhere an opportunity to publish research and review articles in English.[28] The university is also home to Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR), an independent organisation conducting empirical and qualitative research in many fields. Much research work also centres around Varendra Research Museum.[14]

[edit] Institutes, library and press

The Central Library of the University
The university is home to five institutions. The oldest, established in 1974, is the Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS). Housed in the eastern end of the main campus, IBS was established by the Parliament of Bangladesh for research in Bangladesh-related topics. The institute conducts research and education at the postgraduate level, and has awarded 153 PhD degrees and 71 MPhil degrees in the humanities, social sciences and non-experimental sciences to date. The Institute of Biological Sciences (established in 1989) is another research institute focused on genetics and biological sciences, and was established through collaboration with the National Planning Commission.[not in citation given][29] Three newer institutes have been established since: the Institute of Business Administration, the Institute of Environmental Sciences and the Institute of Education and Research. As of 2006, the establishment of two more institutes, an Institute of English Language and a post-graduate Institute of Information Technology was under way.[4] The latter was established during a drive by the Bangladesh government to promote education in Information Technology (IT), when it provided Rajshahi University and 4 other major universities 3 crore taka each towards establishment of an IT institute.
The central library was established in 1955. Initially located at Bara Kuthi it was later shifted to its present location in the centre of the university campus. This modern library has a collection of 300,000 books and 2,000 journal titles [4] besides huge range of digital subscriptions. Students are found studying both in the reading rooms of the library and on the spacious corridors encircling the library on the ground floor.[30] In addition to the central library, there are seminar libraries in all institutes, departments and residential halls. Rajshahi University Press publishes scholarly books on many topics, and Rajshahi University Studies Journals for various disciplines mostly written by the members of the university teaching staff.

[edit] Student life

[edit] Housing

The university has sixteen residential halls for students, five for women and eleven for men. The residential halls are named after prominent Bangladeshi historical and cultural figures, some of them from Rajshahi. The largest men's hall is Shahid Habibur Rahman Hall, named after a mathematics professor killed on campus during the 1971 war by the Pakistani Army. The largest women's hall is Monnujan Hall, followed by Begum Rokeya Hall, named after Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a leading figure in women's rights activism in Bengal.[citation needed] The housing system can accommodate 8,000 students, which has created a deepening accommodation crisis as the student body has risen to 25,000.[31] Apart from the seat limitations, the amenities of these halls do not always meet decent accommodation standards.[32] This has led to the establishment of many privately owned off-campus "messes". The residential halls provide meals, which are subsidised by the university authorities.

[edit] Activities

The physical education department of the university has 27 instructors and is equipped with a 25,000-seat stadium, 2 gymnasiums, 1 swimming pool, 4 football grounds, 1 hockey ground, 4 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts and a squash court. The Teacher Students Centre was designed to be the centre of cultural activities of the university. Reception of fresh students, celebration of national holidays as well as the annual cultural competition are key cultural events at the university campus.[18] The university is home to recitation groups like Shwanan, and drama groups like Anushilon and Rajshahi University Drama Association (RUDA).[33] A vibrant fine arts scene thrives around the Department of Fine arts, and the campus hosts a number of exhibitions each year. The university has branches of all major national cultural groups, including Udichi and Gono Natto Shongstha.[citation needed]
During the three major national days, Language Movement Day (February 21), Independence Day (March 26) and Victory Day (December 16), the university hosts public meetings, cultural programs and political activities. On these days, students and teachers, going barefoot, congregate around the Shaheed Minar and pay their respect. During the major Muslim religious occasions of Eid, the university is usually deserted as students go home to be with their families. Other religiously important days like Shabe-barat are observed through discussions and religious activities. The major Hindu festival celebrated in the university is Saraswati PujaSaraswati, the goddess of knowledge, is worshiped in a central location as well as individually in many residential halls.[citation needed] The Bengali new year, Pohela Baisakh is also observed with much pomp.[34]

[edit] Alumni and notable staff

The alumni of the university work at all levels of public and private sectors of the country. The academic staff of the university include some of the eminent scholars of the country. The faculty of the university at one point or other included the following academics: linguist Muhammad Shahidullah, linguist Muhammad Enamul Haque, the renowned literary writer Hasan Azizul Huq, author and scholar Ghulam Murshid, English Professor Zillur Rahman Siddique and eminent Political Scientist Talukdar Muniruzzaman. The alumni of the university include some national political figures,such as Habibur Rahman,who was also the former Chief Justice and head of the caretaker government in 1996 and Abul Hasanat Md. Kamruzzaman, one of the top leaders of Bangladesh's freedom struggle; notable artists and journalists such as singer Andrew Kishore, writer Selina Hossain, journalist Abdul Matin[disambiguation needed ], Hamiduzzzaman, Managing Editor of the National News Agency, BSS.
Rajshahi University Old Boys Association is the platform of former students of the university. Presently Mohini Mohan Chakravarti and Advocate Subrata Chowdhury are the Acting President and General Secretary of the organization.

[edit] Incidents and controversies

During the 1980s, the four-year honors course took as long as eight years due to the session backlogs, resulting mainly from conflicts between factions of political groups. Since early 1990s, student politics has been comparatively calmer, with student body elections not being held for more than a decade. The student groups have been demanding elections whereas others feel student politics should be banned.
In late 2004 and early 2005, two professors of Rajshahi University got assassinated within three months: professor Yunus from the economics department in December 2004[35] and professor Taher from the geology and mining department in February 2005.[36] Both murders were suspected to be driven by political motivations. A controversy over the hiring of over 500 new employees broke around the same time; detractors suggested that they were hired illegally, either in return for money or because of political reasons.[37] Since the new millennium, much attention has been focused on politics among university teaching staff. Observers have claimed that the teaching staff have been thoroughly polarised according to party lines in national politics.[citation needed] In 2005, a professor of the university was arrested for links with the Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh.[38]

chittagonj university

University of Chittagong

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University of Chittagong
চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Established 1966
Type Public
Endowment US$1.53 crore
Chancellor President Mohammad Zillur Rahman
Vice-Chancellor Professor Anwarul Azim Arif
Academic staff 726
Admin. staff 1900
Students 22000
Location Chittagong, Bangladesh
Campus Urban, 1,257.82 acres (5.0902 km2)
Affiliations Association of Commonwealth Universities
The University of Chittagong (Chittagong University) (Bangla: চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public university situated at the suburban area of Hathazari, Chittagong district, Bangladesh. The university was established in 1966. The campus is at 22 km north to the Chittagong city. It has a shuttle train service from 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM for the students. There are bus services for the teachers and staff as well. The University of Chittagong is surrounded by hills, and bisected by a small stream which made this university a famous tourist spot across the country.
Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who used to be a faculty member of this university, the founder of Grameen Bank, the pioneering figure in Microcredit theory of Economics, and the 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace, started his first microcredit experiments from this very campus at the neighbouring village of Zobra. Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam, a notable mathematician and physicist, is an existing faculty member.[citation needed].



[edit] University of Chittagong at a glance

Established 1966
Inauguration 18 November 1966
Location Zobra village, Hathajari upajila, Chittgong district; 22 kilometer from Chittagong city
Area 1,257.82-acre (5.0902 km2)
Faculty 7
Department 35
Institute 3
Research Center 5
Affiliated Faculty 1
Affiliated Institute 2
Affiliated College 8
Degree Awarded BA, MA, BSc, MSc, MS, BBA, MBA,LLB, LLM, BSS, MSS, M.B.B.S.
Higher Degree M.Phil., Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H
Hall 10 (male-6, female-3 and Both Male & Female-1)
Student 22000 odd (male-14,000, female-8,000)
Teacher 726
Officer 296
3rd class staff 478
4th class staff 1,180

[edit] Degrees offered

The university offers 4 Year Bachelor of Science (Honours) (B.Sc.), 1 Year Masters of Science (M.Sc.), both thesis and course work based, under the faculty of Science. Also, Post Graduate Degrees (PGD) in Computer Science and Information Technology are offered.
It offers 4 Year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and 1 Year Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees under the faculty of Business Administration, 4 Year Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) and 1 Year Masters of Social Science (MSS) degrees under the Faculty of Social Science, 4 Year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and 1 Year Masters of Arts (MA) degrees under the faculty of Arts, 4 Year LLB and 1 Year LLM degree under the Faculty of Law. The university also offers 2 Year MS, 2 Year MPhil and 3 Year PhD degree by research. Chittagong University is the pioneer to offer 4 year BBA, BSc(Hons) in Forestry, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Science in Bangladesh.

[edit] Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction here in this university is English Except for the departments such as Bengali, Arabic etc. Some faculties approve both English and Bangla as medium of instruction. In this respect it is up to the students to choose any of the languages they feel comfortable with in their studies.

[edit] Faculty and departments

With a modest beginning of 4 departments in 1966, the University of Chittagong has grown to 8 individual faculties, 35 departments, 3 institutes and 3 research centres. It has 3 affiliated Medical colleges under the Faculty of Medicine and 1 Veterinary Medicine College under the faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The veterinary medical college has recently been upgraded into a separate University. As such the number of faculties at present is 7. Current student enrollment is more than 19,050. Following is a list of faculties and the related departments.
  • Faculty of Science
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Chittagong
    • Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Statistics
    • Department of Physics
    • Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries the first of its kind in Bangladesh
    • Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences the first of its kind in Bangladesh
    • Research Centre for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (RCMPS)
  • Faculty of Biological Sciences
    • Department of Botany
    • Department of Zoology
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Department of Geography and Environmental Science
    • Department of Soil Science
    • Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
    • Department of Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts
    • Department of Bangla
    • Department of English
    • Department of History
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of FineArts
    • Department of Islamic History & Culture
    • Department of Arabic & Farsi
    • Department of Pracchovasha
    • Department of Communication & Journalism
    • Department of Islamic Studies
    • Nazrul Research Centre[citation needed]
  • Faculty of Social Science
    • Department of Public Administration
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Sociology
    • Department of Anthropology
    • Department of International Relations (IR)
    • Department of Home Economics
    • Institute of Development Studies
  • Faculty of Business Administration
    • Department of Accounting and Information System
    • Department of Management Studies
    • Department of Marketing studies and International Marketing(MSIM)
    • Department of Finance and Banking
    • Bureau of Business Research
  • Faculty of Law
    • Department of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Other affiliated colleges

[edit] Institute of Modern languages

Bengali, English, French, German, Arabic,Japanese and many other language courses are offered in this institute. One year certificate courses and one and a half year diploma courses are conducted at low costs.

[edit] Other Activities

University have Bangladesh National Cadet corps and Rover Scout for students to develop students' leading and social service capability.

[edit] Students' Organizations

At present, various organizations are running their activities.Chittagong University Debating Society(CUDS),is a organization of debate,Chittagong University Abritty Moncha is an recitation organization, Nikkon is organization of recite, presentation. These organizations conduct relevant courses. Chittagong University Astronomic Association is an organization of astronomic news, documentaries etc.
There are some other department wise student organizations in the university. Mention may be made of FBDA (Finance & Banking Debating Association) of the Department of Finance & Banking and SLP (Society for Leadership Proliferation) of the Department of Marketing. Both of the organizations are doing a lot.

[edit] Social service of students

Students join local and international organizations to serve society. Some local organizations are rotaract club of Chittagong University, Red crescent, quantum foudation. Some international organizations are Bangladesh youth Leadership Center (BYLC), United Nations Youth Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB).

[edit] Art and Architecture

The Central Shaheed Minar

[edit] List of Vice chancellors[1]

Name From To
Professor Dr. Azizur Rahman Mollik Daniel 01-10-1966 31-01-1972
U. N. Seddiqui (in charge) 21-04-1971 30-01-1972
Professor Dr. Innas Ali 01-02-1972 18-04-1973
Professor Abul Fazl 19-04-1973 27-111975
Professor Dr Abdul Karim 28-11-1975 18-04-1981
Professor Dr. M. A. Aziz Khan 19-04-1981 18-04-1985
Professor Mohammad Ali 19-04-1985 22-05-1988
Professor Dr. Alamgir Mohammad Shirajuddin 23-05-1-88 29-12-1991
Professor Dr. Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury 30-12-1991 06-11-1996
Professor Abdul Mannan 06-11-1996 13-02-2001
Professor Mohammad Fazlee Hossain 14-02-2001 02-02-2002
Professor A. J. M. Nuruddin Chowdhury 02-02-2002 02-02-2006
Professor Dr. M. Badiul Alam 03-02-2006 24-02-2009
Late Professor Dr. Abu Yousuf Alam 25-02-2009 28-11-2010[2]
Professor Dr.Muhammad Ala-ud-din (Acting) 09-12-2010[2] 14-6.2011
Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif 15-06-2011 present

[edit] List of Pro Vice chancellors[1]

Name From To
Professor Md. Ali Imdad Khan 01-11-1987 14-11-1989
Professor Dr. M. Badiul Alam 30-12-1991 26-08-1996
Professor Dr. Abu Yousuf Alam 26-08-1996 13-02-2001
Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif 10-07-2001 13-11-2001
Professor Dr. Muhammad Shamsuddin 13-11-2001 13-11-2005
Professor Dr.Muhammad Ala-ud-din 25-02-2009[3] Present

[edit] Students Residence

There are 7 halls for male and 3 halls for female students. Male halls are 1. Shah Amanat Hall, 2. Shahjalal Hall, 3. Alaol Hall, 4. F. R. Hall, 5. Sohrawardi Hall 6. Abdur Rab Hall 7. Masterda Surjasen Hall(For both male & female). Female halls are 1. Shamsun Nahar Hall, 2. Priti Lata Hall and 3. Khaleda Zia Hall. The campus also hosts a Buddhist temple named Bishwa Shanti Pagoda, which also serves as a residence hall for the university's Buddhist students

dhaka university

University of Dhaka

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Coordinates: 23°44.10′N 90°23.45′E / 23.735°N 90.39083°E / 23.735; 90.39083
University of Dhaka
Logo of the University of Dhaka
Motto সত্যের জয় সুনিশ্চিত (Bengali)
Motto in English Truth Shall Prevail
Established 1921
Type Public, Coeducational
Chancellor Mohammad Zillur Rahman, President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique
Academic staff 1,645
Students 32,000
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Campus Urban, 600 acres (2.43 km²)
University of Dhaka Logo

Aparajeyo Bangla: A statue on the Bangladesh Liberation War, located at the center of Dhaka University Campus
The University of Dhaka is the oldest university in Bangladesh. It is a multi-disciplinary research university and is among the top universities in the region. Established on July 21, 1921, as per the Government of India Act, 1920, it was modelled on the Universities in England and soon gained prominence. Students and teachers of this university have played a major part in shaping the history of Bangladesh.
From its inception, the University of Dhaka has been a place for many great scholars and scientists. From 1926 - 1945 the renowned physicist Satyendranath Bose served as a professor. It was during this period that he published his famous papers in collaboration with Albert Einstein, most notably defining Bose-Einstein condensate. After independence from the British Empire in 1947 it gained prominence as the leading university in East Pakistan.
The university was witness to another historical event, as it was in the campus of Dhaka University that the original flag of Bangladesh was unfurled for the first time, at a time of national crisis with the Bangladesh Liberation War looming closer.
Currently, it is the largest public university in Bangladesh, with more than 30,000 students and nearly 1,300 teaching staff. It is the only university in Bangladesh to have been listed in AsiaWeek’s listing of top 100 Universities in Asia (64th). [1].



[edit] Bureaus and Research Centers

  • Bureau of Economic Research
  • Bureau of Business Research
  • Bose Centre for Advanced Study and Research in
  • Natural Sciences
  • Centre for Advanced Studies and Research in
  • Biological Sciences
  • Dev Centre for Philosophical Studies
  • Renewable Energy Research Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Humanities
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Social Sciences
  • Semiconductor Technology Research Centre
  • Biotechnology Research Centre
  • DU Cyber Centre
  • Nazrul Research Centre
  • Nazmul Karim Study Centre
  • Disaster Research Training and Management Centre
  • Dr. Sirajul Haque Islamic Research Centre
  • Centre for Biomedical Research
  • Bangladesh-Australia Centre for Environmental Research
  • Delta Research Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Physical, Chemical,
  • Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences - The Centre of Excellence
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Arts and Social
  • Sciences - The Centre of Excellence
  • Centre for Corporate Governance and Finance Studies
  • Center for Microfinance and Development
  • Japan Study Centre
  • History Research Centre
  • Centre for Development and Policy Research
  • University and Industry Alliance
  • Professor Dilip Kumar Bhattacharya Research Centre
  • Organic Pollutants Research Centre
  • Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit
  • Center for Administrative Research and Innovation-CARI
  • Dhaka University Earthquake Observatory
  • Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Dhaka University Arboriculture Section

[edit] Facilities

Teacher Student Centre

[edit] Culture and Activities

Students of Charukala (Fine Arts) Institute of University of Dhaka preparing for Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh (Bengali new year) celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Pohela Boishakh (Bengali new year) celebration in DU campus

[edit] List of Vice Chancellors

  1. Sir. P. J. Hartog: 1.12.1920-31.12.1925
  2. Professor G. H. Langley: 1.1.1926-30.6.1934
  3. Sir. A. F. Rahman : 1.7.1934-31.12.1936
  4. Dr. R. C. Majumder : 1.1.1937-30.6.1942
  5. Dr. Mahmud Hasan : 1.7.1942-21.10.1948
  6. Dr. S. M. Hossain : 22.10.1948-8.11.1953
  7. Dr. W. A. Jenkins : 9.11.1953-8.11.1956
  8. Justice Muhammad Ibrahim : 9.11.1956-27.10.1958
  9. Justice Hamoodur Rahman : 5.11.1958-14.12.1960
  10. Dr. Mahmud Husain : 15.12.1960-19.2.1963
  11. Dr. Md. Osman Ghani : 20.2.1963-1.12.1969
  12. Justice Abu SyedChaudhury : 2.12.1969-20.1.1972
  13. Dr. Muzaffar Ahmed Chaudhury : 21.1.1972-12.4.1973
  14. Dr. Abdul Matin Chaudhury : 13.4.1973-22.9.1975
  15. Professor Muhammad Shamsul Huq : 23.9.1975-1.2.1976
  16. Dr. Fazlul Halim Chowdhury : 2.2.1976-20.3.1983
  17. Dr. A. K. M. Siddiq : 21.3.1983-16.8.1983
  18. Dr. Md. Shamsul Huq : 17.8.1983-12.1.1986
  19. Professor Abdul Mannan : 12.1.1986-22.3.1990
  20. Professor M. Maniruzzaman Miah : 24.3.1990-31.10.1992
  21. Professor Emajuddin Ahamed : 1.11.1992-31.8.1996
  22. Professor Shahid Uddin Ahmad : 31.8.1996-29.9.1996
  23. Professor A. K. Azad Chowdhury : 30.9.1996-12.11.2001
  24. Professor Anwarullah Chowdhury : 12.11.2001-31.7.2002
  25. Professor Dr. A.F. M. Yusuf Haider : Aug. 01, 2002 – Sep. 23, 2002.
  26. Professor S. M. A. Faiz : 23.9.2002-16.1.2009
  27. Professor A A M S Arefin Siddique