- Jahangirnagar University
Jahangirnagar University Established 1970 Type Public Chancellor President Mohammad Zillur Rahman Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Shariff Enamul Kabir Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Prof. Dr. Mohammed Muniruzzaman (academic)& Professor Dr. Forhad Hossain (admin.)
Academic staff 672 Students 10500 Location Savar, Bangladesh Campus rural, 697.56 acres (2.823 km²) Website www.juniv.edu
Jahangirnagar University (Bengali: জাহাঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jahaŋgirnôgor Bishshobiddalôe) is a public university of Bangladesh. It is the one and only residential university in the country.
The university was established in 1970 by the government of Pakistan by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970. During the first two years, it operated as a project. Its first Vice-Chancellor took up office on September 24, 1970. The first group of students, a total of 150, was enrolled in four departments: Economics, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics. Its formal inauguration was delayed until January 12, 1971, when the university was formally launched by Rear Admiral S. M. Ahsan, the Chancellor. The university was formally launched on 12 January 1970.
After the independence of Bangladesh, the university was renamed as Jahangirnagar University by Jahangirnagar University Act, 1973.
In 2010 the university had a total of 10,500 students, 672 teachers, 206 staffs and 1,200 other employees.
Location and campus
The university stands on the west side of the Asian Highway, popularly known as the Dhaka-Aricha Road, and is 32 kilometers from the capital. Spread over a land area of 697.56 acres (2.8 km²), the campus lies between the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) and the Savar Cantonment, on the north of which is the National Monument (Jatiyo Smriti Soudho).
The topography of the land, with its gentle rise and plains, is soothing to the eye. The bodies of water sprawling around the campus make an excellent habitat for winter birds that flock there every year by the thousands, making bird-watching a favorite pastime. The beauty of this university campus attracts tourists.
There are 28 departments under 5 faculties:
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Department of Bangla
- Department of English
- Department of History
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Archaeology
- Department of Drama and Dramatics
- Department of International Relations
Faculty of Biological Science
- Department of Botany
- Department of Zoology
- Department of Pharmacy
- Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Science
- Department of Physics
- Department of Statistics
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Geological Science
- Department of Environmental Sciences
- Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Faculty of Social Science
- Department of Economics
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Government and Politics
- Department of Geography and Environment
- Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JU)
- Department of Public Administration
Faculty of Business Studies
- Department of Finance & Banking.
- Department of Accounting and Information System
- Department of Marketing
- Department of Management Studies
There are four institutes for specialized research and training:
- Institute of Business Administration
- Institute of Information Technology
- Institute of Remote Sensing
- Language Centre
Halls for male students
- Al Beruni Hall: Very first hall in JU.
- Mir Mosharrof Hossain Hall: The largest Hall in the country.
- A. F. M Kamaluddin Hall: This hall was established in 1986 named after very first Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University. This hall is situatad in the center point of JU campus.
- Shahid Salam Barkat Hall
- Moulana Bhashani Hall
- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall
- Rafiq Jabbar Hall: This hall is recently established named after two language martyrs.
On 20 June 2009 the foundation stone for a new male dorm, Shahid Rafik-Jabbar Hall, was laid by the ex-Vice Chancellor Dr. Alauddin Ahmed. The new hall is expected to accommodate 576 students.
Halls for female students
- Nobab Foijunnesha Hall
- Fajilatunnesha Hall
- Jahanara Imam Hall
- Pritilota Hall
- Begum Khaleda Zia Hall
Other establishments and facilities
The Central Library of the university is in-between the main academic buildings and the dormitories. It has a collection of over 95,000 titles. The university has a gymnasium, a swimming pool, and a central cafeteria. The university has its own medical centre as well.
Bus services between the campus and Dhaka city are provided by the university. There is an open-air amphitheatre, the very first one in the country, inside the campus. A Teacher-Students Centre (TSC) is also established for different club activities for teachers and students.
Noteworthy professors and alumni
- National Professor Syed Ali Ahsan
- Theatrical performer Humayun Faridi
- Playwright and theatrical artist Selim Al Deen
- Economist & anthropologist Anu Muhammad
- Poet Mohammad Rafiq
- National Cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim
- ^ "Four public universities get new VCs". The daily Star. 2009-02-25. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=77352. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
- ^ Juenglish.com
- ^ Facebook.com
- ^ Juniv.edu
- Official website of Jahangirnagar University
- Banglapedia on Jahangirnagar University
- Old Photographs of the Campus
- A report from the Swedish South Asian Studies Network
- Jahangirnagar University Alumni Database
- Admission Information
- Yellow Page
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