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19 Sep 2018

Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka.

Jahangirnagar University is a public university in Bangladesh based in savar, Dhaka. The university was established in 1970. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Jahangirnagar University (JU) is a large (unirank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Jahangirnagar University (JU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the unirank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 48 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this Bangladeshi higher education organization a most selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

If someone is planning to make a short jaunt near Dhaka, then he/she is welcome to a place which is full of life & nature and opens up all its serenity especially in winter. I can give you surety that the place will bring you back to life from the dusty city-routine. The place is not far from the capital and located at 30 kilometers north of Dhaka city. The name of the place is Jahangirnagar University which is the only fully residential university in Bangladesh.

Now, a sweltering summer days went down with the sun throughout the country. But summer is the time when nature starts to come into bud. And Jahangirnagar is a place where one can really see the splendor of nature in this scorching summer day as the campus looks like heaven in spring.

As Jahangirnagar University (JU) is one of my preferred places for a quick getaway, the campus become vibrant with tourist in weekends. Some Krishnachura in bloom will welcome you right beside the main gate.

You have to make the plan to set the journey according to the season. It would better to start journey at 6:30 am in winter and after 4:00 Pm in summer when the sun becoming tired.

How to reach

There are plenty of public transports available from almost all parts of Dhaka but the quickest way would be to drive your own vehicle. Depending on from where you are commuting, it will take from 1 hour to 1.8 hours for you to reach JU.

Rickshaw is the best way to travel around Jahangirnagar University Campus while you will have to pay around 35-50 taka. You can walk around the campus in around 60 to 85 minutes covering the whole area of 5-6 kms.

Getting around natural beauty

Jahangirnagar University is called the realm of natural beauty. To take a fresh breath and to see the natural campus, thousands of people visit this university every year.

The whole campus is encircled by various types of trees and 12-13 lakes. The water features sprawled around the campus make an excellent habitat for the winter birds that flock in every year in thousands. In winter, the migratory birds come here to escape from severe cold of their native countries. There has a beautiful lake named Padda Pukur behind the VC residence where thousands of migratory birds sing their song with their own tune in winter  which will pleased you very much. The road between Kabir Sharoni to Chourasta should be most attractive as you will be greeted with thousands of Migratory Birds and red water lilies.

If you are fortunate person, then you could find some wild life here as the zoology department of Jahangirnagar University conducting a wild life rescue center which conserves some wild life helping to marmalade the ecological balance.

Have you ever know about Butterfly Park? Jahangirnagar University has a butterfly research centre and a butterfly park which is unique in Bangladesh. You will be able to see a wide verity of beautiful butterfly in a single area.

The highest Monument commemorating the language movement is situated in Jahangirnagar University. This sculpture named Amor Ekushe is well known all over the country and lots of people visit this University to see the highest language movement monument in Bangladesh. The Shahid Minar is a place where you can enjoy a hangout with your friends and family and enjoy some tea. There are two other monuments nearby which can be worth seeing.

Moreover, there has a big play ground named centre field and a beautiful central Mosque located near the main entrance.

Monni Shoroni and Chourongi yard are also well-known place in Jahangirnagar University.

You may enjoy drama and cultural programmes at Muktomoncho, a platform which established by the great artist Selim Al Deen. Different cultural groups usually performed here regularly. Shaptam Chayamancha is a great attraction for the visitors.

Where to Eat

Jahangirnagar University is a place where you can get food in very cheap rate and the item is claimed to be hygienic. Bot Tola, Tarzan Point, Dairy and Prantic gates are the popular places for food. If you are longing for a desi meal, Bot Tola is your best bet where you can have your lunch or dinner at a very low cost.  Bot Tola is famous for meals like 25 kinds of fried vegetables, as well as fish and meat curries. About 20 to 25 types of Bhorta are available here which prices ranging from 5-10 taka. If your want to take the test of Hilsha and Taki fish bhorta then you have to pay 10 taka while rests are in 5 taka.

The dishes are reasonably priced and the quality is good, almost like homemade food and claimed to be hygienic. An average meal will cost Tk 30-100 only. On weekends, different rich items like polao, tehari and khichuri are available, too.

Tarzan Point is popular for its Chotpoti and Fuchka. And Pitha Chattar is filled with many local pitha shops.

If you are craving for Fast Food items then no tension as there are also six fast food places around the two entrances of the university, Dairy and Prantic gates. You can get it within the 5 minutes of order.

16 Sep 2018

University of Dhaka

The University of Dhaka is the oldest university in modern Bangladesh. The university is ranked number one on the Bangladesh University Ranking 2017. It opened its doors to academic activities on 1 July 1921 as a residential university. it has made significant contributions to the modern history of Bangladesh. After the Partition of India, it became the focal point of progressive and democratic movements in Pakistan. Its students and teachers played a central role in the rise of Bengali nationalism and the independence of Bangladesh.

Today, it is the largest public university in Bangladesh, with a student body of 33,000 and a faculty of 1,800. It was identified by Asia Week as one of the top 100 universities in Asia However, since the 1990s, the university has suffered from intensely politicized, partisan, and violent campus politics promoted by Bangladesh’s political parties.

It was established in the Ramna area of Dhaka City with approximately 600 acres of land. A large portion of its initial infrastructure comprised with the teachers of the Dhaka College and its buildings (present Curzon Hall).The University started its activities with 3 faculties (Arts, Science and Law), 12 teaching departments, 60 teachers, 847 students and 3 residential halls. There were eight departments under Arts faculty viz. Sanskrit and Bangla, English, Education, History, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Persian and Urdu, Philosophy, and Political Economy; the faculty of Science started with three departments viz. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and the faculty of Law started with the Department of Law. Out of the total students enrolled in the three faculties 386 were admitted in the Dhaka (Shahidullah) Hall, 313 in the Jagannath Hall and 178 in the Salimullah Muslim Hall as resident and non resident students.

Faculty Name Established Number of Departments First Dean
Faculty of Arts 1921 16 Dr. R. C Majumder
Faculty of Science 1921 6 Professor W. A Jenkins
Faculty of Law 1921 1 Dr. N. C Sengupta
Faculty of Medicine 1946 Affiliated medical colleges Major W. J Virgin
Faculty of Education 1956 Affiliated colleges and institutes Md. Osman Ghani
Faculty of Post-Graduate Medicine and Research 1972 Affiliated medical colleges Professor Dr. N Islam
Faculty of Business Studies 1970 8 Professor Abdullah Faruque
Faculty of Social Sciences 1970 11 Professor Mirza Nurul Huda
Faculty of Biological Sciences 1974 9 Professor A. K. M Nurul Islam
Faculty of Pharmacy 1995 3 Professor Muniruddin Ahmed
Faculty of Fine Arts 2008 8 Professor Abdus Shakur Shah
Faculty of Engineering and Technology 2008 3 Professor Nimchandra Bhawmick (acting)
Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences 2008 2 Professor Muhammad Kamrul Hasan (acting)


Institute Name Established Number of students First Director
Institute of Education and Research 1961 800 Dr. G. D Morison
Institute of Statistical Research and Training 1964 393 Dr. Qazi Motahar Husain
Institute of Business Administration 1966 838 Professor M Shafiullah
Institute of Nutrition and Food Science 1969 238 Professor Kamal Uddin Ahmed
Institute of Social Welfare and Research 1973 954 Professor M. A Momen
Institute of Modern Languages 1974 1076 Professor A. H. M Abdul Hai
Institute of Health Economics 1998 120 Dr. Sushil Ranjan Hawlader
Institute of Information Technology 2001 146 Professor Ahmed Shafi

Today, there are 13 faculties, 67 departments, 8 institutes, 30 Bureau and research centres, 1,693 teachers, about 32,540 students and 17 residential halls and three hostels. Two-thirds of the present faculty members possess degrees from universities of Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Many of them achieved international renown for their scholarship. Many also have the experience of teaching in well-known institutions of higher learning abroad. Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a student of this university and a renowned economist of Bangladesh and founder of the Grameen Bank, won the Nobel Prize for peace in 2006.

Initially, the teachers and students of the university worked hard to build up an outstanding record of academic achievement, earning for itself the reputation of being the ‘Oxford of the East’. The university contributed to the emergence of a generation of leaders who distinguished themselves in different walks of life.

Until the Partition of Bengal in 1947, it maintained its unique character of being one of the few residential institutions of higher learning in Asia. In 1947, it assumed academic authority over all educational institutions above the secondary level falling within East Bengal. In the process it became a teaching-cum-affiliating institution. This transformation, coupled with its unprecedented growth in the years that followed, put strains beyond reckoning on its human as well as material resources.

The emergence of several new universities later did little to ease the burden of Dhaka University. Its academic life was severely disrupted during the war of liberation when a large number of its distinguished teachers and a considerable number of students and employees lost their lives.

The teachers, who were killed, include Dr. GC Dev (Department of Philosophy), Dr. ANM Muniruzzaman (Department of Statistics), Santosh C Bhattacharya (Department of History), Dr. Jyotirmoy Guha Thakurta (Department of English), AN Munir Chowdhury (Department of Bangla), Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury (Department of Bangla), Dr. Abul Khair (Department of History), Dr. Serajul Hoque Khan (Institute of Education and Research), Rashidul Hasan (Department of English), Anwar Pasha (Department of Bangla), Dr. Fazlur Rahman (Department of Soil Science), Giasuddin Ahmed (Department of History), Dr. Faizul Mohee (Institute of Education and Research), Abdul Muktadir (Department of Geology), Sarafat Ali (Department of Mathematics), Sadat Ali (Institute of Education and Research), Ataur Rahman Khan Khadim (Department of Mathematics), and Anudaipayan Bhattachariya (Department of Physics). The university’s chief medical officer, Dr. Mohammad Mortuza, and a teacher of the University Laboratory School, Mohammad Sadeq were also killed.

Residential Hall/Hostel

Name of the Hall Established Number of residential students First provost
Salimullah Muslim Hall 1921 805 Sir A. F Rahman
Shahidullah Hall (Dhaka Hall) 1921 1225 Professor F. C Turner
Jagannath Hall 1921 1802 Dr. Naresh Chandra Sengupta
Fazlul Haq (Muslim) Hall 1940 766 Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah
Zahurul Haq (Iqbal) Hall 1957 1325 Dr. Mofijuddin Ahmed
Ruqayyah Hall 1963 1904 Mrs. Akhter Imam
Surjasen (Mohammad Ali Jinnah) Hall 1966 1047 Professor M Shafiullah
Sir P. J Hartog (International Hostel) International Hall 1966 124 Professor M Afsaruddin
Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall 1967 1192 Professor Md. Innas Ali
Shamsun Nahar Hall 1971 1350 Dr. Syeda Fatema Sadeq
Kabi Jasimuddin Hall 1976 387 Professor K. M. A Qamruddin
Sir A. F Rahman Hall 1976 1000 Dr. A. M. M Nurul Hoq Bhuiyan
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall 1988 730 Professor Abu Zafar
Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall 1988 944 Dr. A. F. M Khudadad Khan
Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall 1989 700 Dr. Hamida Akhter Begum
Amar Ekushey Hall 2000 596 Dr. Shahid Akhter Hossain
Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib Hall 2000 649 Dr. Nasrin Ahmed
Begum Sufia Kamal 2012 To be admitted in the next academic session Dr. Nilufar Nahar

The university demonstrated an inherent strength in its activities during its eventful and often critical existence of over 90 years. Today, it provides about 70% of the trained human resources of Bangladesh engaged in education, science and technology, administration, diplomacy, mass communication, politics, trade and commerce, and industrial enterprises in all sectors.