Cadet Colleges in Bangladesh

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Cadet Colleges are special institutions which aim to produce students capable of leading the country and also act as skilled Army Officers. These institutions were primarily constructed in accordance with the Public Schools of England.

History of cadet colleges[edit]

The system of cadet college was first introduced in Germany in the era of Bismarck. Napoleon Bonaparte introduced this in France. Military and Royal aristocrats would send their children or wards to those cadet colleges for education and a career in the Royal Army. After partition in 1947 the new state of Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, the system was introduced by the then President of Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan. The first cadet college was built in West Pakistan near Hasan Abdal town of Attock district of Punjab province in the year 1954. Faujdarhat Cadet College in Chittagong District was founded in 1958.

List of cadet colleges in Bangladesh[edit]

There are 12 Cadet Colleges in Bangladesh. Among these, nine for boys and three for girls. Four Cadet Colleges were established before 1971. Other cadet colleges were built after the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

No. Name Location Area (acre) Established
01 Faujdarhat Cadet College Chittagong 185 1958
02 Jhenaidah Cadet College Jhenaidah 110 1963
03 Mirzapur Cadet College Mirzapur, Tangail 95 1965
04 Rajshahi Cadet College Sardah, Rajshahi 110 1965
05 Sylhet Cadet College Sylhet 52.37 1978
06 Rangpur Cadet College Alamnagar, Rangpur 37 1979
07 Barisal Cadet College Rahmatpur, Barisal 50 1981
08 Pabna Cadet College Pabna 38 1982
09 Mymensingh Girls Cadet College Mymensingh town, Mymensingh 23 1983
10 Comilla Cadet College Kotbari, Comilla 57 1983
11 Joypurhat Girls Cadet College Joypurhat 7 2006
12 Feni Girls Cadet College Feni 49.5 2006

Cadet college governing bodies[edit]

Cadet colleges are governed by a central governing body consisting of senior Army officers of the respective country. Adjutant General of Army acts as the chairman of the Body.

No. Rank Name From To
01 Major General Aga Mohammad Yahya Khan November 29, 1963 August 5, 1964
02 Major General Fazal Mukim Khan, SPK, SQA August 6, 1964 October 23, 1966
03 Major General Muzaffar Uddin, SPK October 24, 1966 October 15, 1969
04 Major General Khadem Hussain Raja, SQA October 16, 1969 March 25, 1971
05 M. Sadat Hossain August 8, 1972 September 18, 1973
06 Major General Ziaur Rahman, BU, PSC September 19, 1973 November 13, 1975
07 Major General Hossain Mohammad Ershad, NDC, PSC November 14, 1975 February 27, 1979
08 Brigadier Moinul Hossain Chowdhury, BB February 28, 1979 September 23, 1981
09 Lieutenant General Hossain Mohammad Ershad, NDC, PSC September 24, 1981 March 29, 1982
10 Major General Sadiqur Rahman Chowdhury, TQA March 30, 1982 August 11, 1983
11 Major General Safi Ahmed Chowdhury, PSC September 1, 1983 April 1, 1984
12 Major General Abdus Samad, PSC April 2, 1984 April 23, 1984
13 Brigadier, Major General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim, BB, PSC April 23, 1984 February 12, 1986
14 Major General M. Anwar Hossain November 1, 1986 January 26, 1987
15 Major General Mohammad Abdul Matin, BP, PSC January 27, 1987 March 7, 1987
16 Major General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim, BB, PSC March 8, 1987 May 10, 1989
17 Major General Mohammad Abdul Matin, BP, PSC May 11, 1989 March 5, 1991
18 Major General Mohammad Azizur Rahman, BU, NDC, PSC March 6, 1991 June 9, 1992
19 Brigadier Amin Ahmed Chowdhury, BB, PSC June 10, 1992 February 13, 1995
20 Brigadier A. M. Siraji February 14, 1995 January 31, 1997
21 Major General Mohammad Matiur Rahman, BP February 1, 1997 November 28, 1998
22 Major General Mohammad Masudur Rahman, BP, NWC, PSC January 10, 1999 March 6, 2000
23 Major General Ahsan Nazmul Amin, NDC, PSC March 7, 2000 December 26, 2000
24 Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, RCDS, PSC February 5, 2001 November 16, 2001
25 Major General Jalaluddin Ahmed, NDU, PSC November 17, 2001
26 Lieutenant General Sina Ibn Jamali, AWC, PSC

History[edit]

The first cadet college in Bangladesh was established in 1958 over an area of 185 acres (0.75 km2) of land at Faujdarhat in Chittagong District. The college was put under the management and supervision of the army general commanding officer of the 14th division, although the education ministry provided the funds and was in charge of accreditation. Sir William Maurice Brown (a Lieutenant Colonel of the New Zealand army) was the first Principal of the college and served it in that capacity for 7 years. The idea behind the establishment of cadet colleges was to train the country's youth and instill in them high moral, sound mental capacity, breadth of vision, physical stamina, power of leadership and the capacity to run the rapidly expanding government administrative machinery. The cadet colleges were completely different from all existing types of secondary and higher secondary educational establishments, but soon became famous for their performance in terms of the excellent results of their students in public examinations. Such excellence was attributed mainly to rigorous scrutiny in intakes and the good quality of instruction

Ex-cadets' organizations[edit]

Cadets passed out from a Cadet College feel deeply for his or her alma mater. From this aspiration, ex-cadets of almost every cadet college have been able to form alumni associations called ex-cadets associations. Some of these are :

No. Short name Full name Established Members
01 OFA Old Faujians' Association
03 ORCA Old Rajshahi Cadets' Association
02 JEXCA Jhenaidah Ex-Cadets Association
04 MECA Mirzapur Ex-Cadets' Association
05 ROCA Rangpur Old Cadets' Association
06 ACOC Association of Comilla Old Cadets'
07 AMEC Association of Mymensingh Ex-Cadets'
08 BEXCA Barisal Ex-Cadets' Association
09 APEC Association of Pabna Ex-Cadets'
10 OCAS Old Cadets' Association of Sylhet

See also[edit]

Military high school

Boarding school

House system

Cadet Colleges in Pakistan

Cadet College Hasan Abdal

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