University of Chittagong
|University of Chittagong|
Seal of the University of Chittagong
|Chancellor||President of Bangladesh|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Anwarul Azim Arif|
|Campus||Rural, 1,754 acres (7.10 km2)|
|Affiliations||Association of Commonwealth Universities|
The University of Chittagong (Chittagong University, CU, Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public university situated in the suburban area of Hathazari, Chittagong district, Bangladesh. The university was established in 1966. The campus is 22 km north of Chittagong city. 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. It is a multidisciplinary research university. The university ranks among the top public and private universities of Bangladesh. Currently, it is the third largest University in Bangladesh with more than 20,000 students and about 800 faculty members.
Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who used to be a faculty member of this university and who is the founder of Grameen Bank, the pioneering figure in microcredit theory of Economics, and the 2006 winner of Nobel Peace Prize, started his first microcredit experiments in the neighbouring village of Zobra.
|University of Chittagong at a glance|
|Inauguration||18 November 1966|
|Location||Zobra village, Hathajari upajila, Chittgong
22 kilometer from Chittagong city
|Area||1,754-acre (7.10 km2)|
|Undergrad||BA, MA, BSc, MSc, MS, BBA, MBA, LLB, LLM, BSS, MSS, M.B.B.S.|
|Postgrad||M.Phil., Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H|
|Types||Male:6, Female:3, Coed:1|
|Other Staff||Officer:296, 3rd Class Staff:478, 4th Class Staff:1180|
- 1 Early Days
- 2 Degrees offered
- 3 Medium of instruction
- 4 Administration
- 5 Academic Faculties and Departments
- 6 Research works & Research Centers
- 7 Institutes
- 8 Facilities
- 9 University Publications
- 10 Alumni Associations
- 11 Social service of students
- 12 List of Vice chancellors
- 13 List of Pro Vice chancellors
- 14 Notable faculty
- 15 Honorary Doctorate Holders
- 16 Natural Beauty
- 17 See also
- 18 References
- 19 External links
On 3 December 1965, Professor A R Mallick (1918–97), as project director, inaugurated the work of founding the Chittagong University with only three employees, one typewriter, and a photocopier in a house in Chittagong City. The Chittagong University Ordinance was promulgated on 25 September 1966 and Professor Mallick was given the charge of Vice Chancellor that same day, a role which he assumed on 9 October 1966.
The university started its academic programme on 28 November with MA (Preliminary) programme classes for only 200 students in the departments of Bengali, English, History and Economics under the faculty of Arts. After a short while Medical, Engineering, Law, and Education Colleges situated outside the university campus were incorporated as separate faculties, and, from then on, the university's educational activities kept expanding.
The Chittagong University Act, 1973
|This section requires expansion. (February 2014)|
ACT NO. XXXIII OF 1973, an act to repeal the Chittagong University Ordinance, 1966, and provide for reconstitution and reorganisation of the University of Chittagong.
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 research PhD degrees..Consisting of two departments. It is offering Bsc (Eng) in Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication, Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering.
Chittagong University is a pioneer in offering 4-year BBA, BSc(Hons) in Forestry, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Science in Bangladesh. CU is the first university in the Indian Sub-Continent to have started a BBA Programme.
Due to growing demand of its MBA, in February 2012, the university authority started to offer another MBA program under a newly established business wing namely Center for Business Studies (CBS). Faculty of Business Administration of CU launched the Center for Business Studies (CBS) at its Chittagong City campus as an affiliated center for Professionals. CBS offers the two year Evening MBA Program for Graduates from different disciplines. University Grant Commission (UGC), Academic Council and Syndicate team have already approved the CBS; it started its journey in February 2012 towards being a Center of Excellence. In 2011-12 session, CU opened three new departments namely Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Pharmacy and Persian Language.
Medium of instruction
The medium of instruction English, except for departments such as Bengali, Arabic etc. Some faculties approve both English and Bengali 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.
Vice-Chancellor:Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif
Pro-Vice-Chancellor:Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury
- Chairman:Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif, Vice Chancellor
- Elected teachers:
- Professor Dr. Imran Hossen, Dean, Arts & Humanities Faculty.
- Professor Dr. Sultan Ahmed,Provost, Shahajalal Hall.
- Nominated by the Senate:
- Mr. S. M. Fazlul Haque
- Nominated by the Chancellor
- Professor Abdul Mannan,School of Business,ULAB.
- Professor Dr. Sourendra Nath Biswas,Department of Bangla Language & Literature, University of Chittagong.
- Professor Dr. Abul Khair,Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka
- Selected by the Academic Council:
- Professor Dr. Md. Nural Anwar, Department of Microbiology
- Senate selected Distinguished Citizen:
- Mr. L. K. Siddiquee.
- Nominated Government officer:
- Secretary:Ministry of Planning
- Secretary:Ministry of Education
- Registrar :University of Chittagong
- Deans of Faculties:
- Arts:Professor Dr. Imran Hossain, Department of History
- Science:Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Karim, Department of Statistics
- Social Science :Professor Hossain Kabir,Department of Public Administration
- Business Studies:Professor Dr. Muhammad Abu Taher, Department of Management Studies
- Biological Science:Professor Dr. Khan Touhid Osman, Department of Soil Science
- Engineering:Professor Dr. Shankar Lal Saha, Department of APECE.
- Law:Professor Dr. Abdullah al Farooq, Department of Law
- Medicine:Professor Dr. Muhammed Gofranul Haque
- Registrar :Professor Dr. Mohammed Shafiul Alam
- Librarian :Mr. Md. Abu Taher
Academic Faculties and Departments
With a modest beginning of 4 departments in 1966, the University of Chittagong has grown to 8 individual faculties, 38 departments, 6 institutes and 5 research centers. It has 4 affiliated government Medical colleges under the Faculty of Medicine. Recently,[when?] the veterinary medical college became a separate university, bringing the present number of faculties to 7. Current student enrolment is more than 19,000. What follows is a list of faculties and the related departments:
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Engineering
- Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering (APECE)
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
- 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
- Department of Pharmacy
- Faculty of Arts
- Department of Sanskrit
- Department of Bengali
- Department of English
- Department of Pali
- Department of History
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Fine Arts
- Department of Islamic History & Culture
- Department of Islamic Studies
- Department of Arabic & Persian
- Department of Linguistic
- Faculty of Social Science
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Communication & Journalism
- Department of Economics
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Public Administration
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Information Science & Library Management
- Department of International Relations (IR)
- Department of Home Economics
- Department of Urban & Rural Development
- Faculty of Business Administration
- Department of Accounting and Information System
- Department of Finance and Banking
- Department of Management Studies – renowned for being the department which helped Prof. Abdul Mannan, Prof. AJM Nuruddin Chowdhury and Prof. Anwarul Azim Arif become Vice Chancellors of the university. At present this department offers a 4-year undergraduate degree in BBA Management Studies, a 1-year MBAs in International Management and Human Resource Management and MPhil and PhD degrees.
- Department of Marketing studies and International Marketing(MSIM), http://www.marketingcu.org/
- Center for Business Studies (City Campus) for MBA (Evening) program
- Faculty of Law
- Department of Law
- Faculty of Medicine
- Chittagong Medical College
- Comilla Medical College
- Noakhali Medical College
- Cox's Bazar Medical College
- Maa o Shishu Medical College
- Southern Medical College
- BGC Trust Medical College
- Chittagong International Dental College
- Institute of Applied Health Sciences
- Institute of Community Ophthalmology
- Central Medical College, Comilla
- Eastern Medical College, Comilla
- Moinamoti Medical College, Comilla
- Other affiliated colleges
Research works & Research Centers
Most of the faculty members take keen interest in research work to build their professional career. The Research Cell at Science, Research Center for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (RCMPS), Nazrul Research Centre, Bureau of Business Research and the Social Science Research Institute help facilitate research activities. Funds are also procured from outside research organizations by the faculty members to continue research in their own fields of study. Some faculty members have earned reputations for their outstanding research works resulting in the development of new technologies. The number of higher-degree research students is on the increase day by day.
The University of Chittagong is dedicated to the advancement of learning and is committed to promote research in all fields of knowledge. New research projects are undertaken every year. Research journals are also published by individual departments.[examples needed]
- Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries
- Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences
- Institute of Fine Arts
- Institute of Modern Language
- Social Science Research Institute
- Institute of Modern Languages
Halls of Residence
A dormitory is called a Hall in the university. Students admitted to the Departments and Institutes of the University have either to reside in or be attached to a hall of residence. The University has 7 halls for male and 3 for female students.
- Alaol Hall
- A. F. Rahman Hall
- Shahjalal Hall
- Suhrawardy Hall
- Shah Amanat Hall
- Shamsunnahar Hall
- Shaheed Abdur Rab Hall
- Masterda Surjasen Hall
- Pritilata Hall
- Deshnetri Begum Khaleda Zia Hall
The campus also hosts the Bishwa Shanti Pagoda Buddhist template, which also serves as a residence hall for the university's Buddhist students. The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall for male students and Jana Netri Sheikh Hasina Hall for female students are under construction.[when?]
The Chittagong University Library is situated in the University Campus. In 1990, the library was moved to its own building. At present, the total floor area of the library is 56,700 sq ft. The library is managed by the Library Committee consisting of 14 members which includes the deans of all the faculties in the university and is headed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor as its Chairman. The librarian is the Member-Secretary of the committee. At present, the library collection consists of about 3.5 lakh volumes of books and over 40,000 bound volumes of journals. A Resource Center for the Visually Impaired Students has been established in the library. The library provides a Current Awareness Service, photocopying, a CD-ROM Search Service, internet and an Online Journal Search Service.
The Medical Center of the University of Chittagong, located near the Law Faculty Building, offers free medical service and free pathological examinations to students, teachers and staff of the University and also family members of teachers and staff. The center provides service around the clock, seven days a week. The centre has eleven doctors and four ambulances. The center has a temporary arrangement for 6 bed accommodation.
University of Chittagong has transport services for students. Students can travel to the university campus by shuttle trains from the cityir by bus. It takes 40–50 minutes to reach the campus from Chittagong city by car or bus.
ICT Center of CU has increased internet bandwidth from 4Mbit/s to 30Mbit/s. This service is provided by BTCL using optical fibre technology.
The cost of study for a student at Chittagong University is higher than the cost of lodging in the students dormitories. Scholarship schemes and stipends are offered to students of outstanding calibre. Post-graduate research scholarships have also been introduced.
Sports and Extracurricular Activities
The Department of Physical Education started its activities from the start of Chittagong University.The Directorate also organizes and conducts inter-department and inter-hall tournaments, individual hall athletics, Chittagong University athletics, and inter-university games and sports. University students participate in national championships in different games and sports for which prior training and coaching are offered. The activities of the Department and Annual program are decided in collaboration with adviser committee headed by Pro-Vice Chancellor. The department also issues the certificate[clarification needed] to qualified Athlete and players. The university authority provides grants for selected students.
Department and university authority also provide university "Blue" for outstanding athletes. The university authority provides a "Player Quota" for the 30 talented students with some special quality to admit in different subjects in all faculties. The authority is going to start construction of modern gymnasium from 2011, adjacent to the central playground. There are playgrounds in the most of the residential Hall and improvised swimming pool and other grounds for respective games.
Chittagong University Debating Society (CUDS)
The Chittagong University Debating Society (CUDS) is the central debate organization in the university. It was established on 11 November 1996 to promote rational free-thinking that contributes in making the better and inclusive society. It has the slogan “Ontorer Shimana Bistare Juktijuddhe Shobbo-shachi Chetonay Onirban”[clarification needed]
It has proved itself not only in the national level but also in international debating arena. It represented University of Chittagong in the Debate World Cup twice in Manila, Philippines and Chennai, India. It was also invited to participate in the 2013 Australs Debate Championship in Malaysia and SAARC Debate Championship in Pakistan. CUDS has won national debate championships both in Bangla and English formats. It has experienced different types of programs on the regular basis since 1996. Some highlighted activities are as follows:
- Arranging different kinds of Debate Contest.
- Promotional debate program since 2001
- Debate assistance program since 2001
- Debate for good governance
- Awareness debate since 2005
- Television debate(i.e. BTV National Debate & ATN Bangla Campus Parliament Debate) debate since 2006
- Participation in social development programs
It has successfully arranged debate competitions within the university, debate workshops, talk shows, debate exhibition and a promotional debate program for school children. CUDS arranged the first inter-school-and-college Bangla debate in 1999 in parliamentary form and an Inter School English Debate Competition in 2000, both were the first of its kind in Chittagong. It also played a role in the Rights and Development Convention 2002 as a component organization of ‘Odhikar o Unnoyon Sammilon Parishad’.[clarification needed] It publishes an annual journal titled ‘Kahan’ and a quarterly periodical regularly. Very recently it has emerged as the champions of the Robi-Drishty Intet-Varsity Debate Champion 2010, World Environment Day Inter Club Debate Champion 2011, CU IV Debate Champion 2013.
In 2012, it arranged "CU IV DEBATE FEST 2012" in both Bangla and English formats.
Other notable student organizations include:
- Chittagong University Abritty Moncha is a recitation organization
- Nikkon is organization of recitation and presentation.[clarification needed]
- Chittagong University Astronomic Association is an organization of astronomic news, documentaries etc.
There are other student organizations within different university departments. For example, the Finance and Banking Debating Association of the Department in Finance and Banking and the Society for Leadership Proliferation in the Department of Marketing.
University also has the Bangladesh National Cadet Corps and Rover Scout for students to develop students' leading and social service capability. Recently[when?], a group of students of Journalism Department of Chittagong University developed the country's first campus based online news paper.[dead link]
All the faculties publish a research journal of the common title Chittagong University Journal (formerly The Chittagong University Studies) distinguished by the name of the individual faculty suffixed to it. Chittagong University Journal of Arts, Chittagong University Journal of Social Science, Chittagong University Journal of Business and Chittagong University Journal of Law come out once or twice a year.
Each of the six internal faculties of the university brings out separate research journals annually which publish research or creative articles based on recommendations from at least two experts for each paper nominated by the editorial board of the concerned journal. There is a publication cell consisting of senior faculty members which can recommend the publication of standard textbooks or higher degree research dissertations. The university allocates funds to the Research Centre, Nazrul Research Centre and Bureau of Business Research to initiate small research projects to be done by the teachers. Over the years, the faculty members of this university have earned reputation by publishing a lot[quantify] of research papers in the national and international journals. Some of them have also completed a large number of research monographs in their fields.
The Business Administration Society, University of Chittagong (BASUC) is the alumni association of the Faculty of Business Administration. The association, since its inception on 15 February 2008, have been working with the faculty to bring together alumni and current students. BASUC organizes various development programs. In 2012, they supported the faculty and the dean's office to hold a day-long job fair bringing more than 15 organizations and several C-level executives to the university.
The Chittagong University Ex-students Club is for ex-students situated in Dhaka. The club organizes reunion and facilitates friendships among the members.
Social service of students
Students participate in local and international organizations. Some local organizations are Rotaract club of Chittagong University, the Red Crescent, and the Quantum Foundation. Some national organizations are the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) and the United Nations Youth Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB).
List of Vice chancellors
|Professor Dr. Azizur Rahman Mollik Daniel||1 October 1996||31 January 1972|
|U. N. Seddiqui (in charge)||21 April 1971||30 January 1972|
|Professor Dr. M Innas Ali||1 February 1972||18 April 1973|
|Professor Abul Fazal (writer)||19 April 1973||27 November 1975|
|Professor Dr. Abdul Karim||28 November 1975||18 April 1981|
|Professor Dr. M. A. Aziz Khan||19 April 1981||18 April 1985|
|Professor Mohammad Ali||19 April 1985||22 May 1988|
|Professor Dr. Alamgir Mohammad Shirajuddin||23 May 1988||29 December 1991|
|Professor Dr. Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury||30 December 1991||6 November 1996|
|Professor Abdul Mannan||6 November 1996||13 February 2001|
|Professor Mohammad Fazlee Hossain||14 February 2001||2 February 2002|
|Professor A. J. M. Nuruddin Chowdhury||2 February 2002||2 February 2006|
|Professor Dr. M. Badiul Alam||3 February 2006||24 February 2009|
|Late Professor Dr. Abu Yousuf Alam||25 February 2009||28 November 2010|
|Professor Dr.Muhammad Ala-ud-din (Acting)||9 December 2010||14 June 2011|
|Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif||15 June 2011||Incumbent|
List of Pro Vice chancellors
|Professor Md. Ali Imdad Khan||1 November 1987||14 November 1989|
|Professor Dr. M. Badiul Alam||30 December 1991||26 August 1996|
|Professor Dr. Abu Yousuf Alam||26 August 1996||13 February 2001|
|Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif||10 July 2001||13 November 2001|
|Professor Dr. Muhammad Shamsuddin||13 November 2001||13 November 2005|
|Professor Dr.Muhammad Ala-ud-din||25 February 2009||Incumbent|
- Jamal Nazrul Islam, Theoretical Physicist and Mathematician. Ex-Professor, Mathematics Department. Ex-Professor Emeritus and founding Director of Research Center for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (RCMPS).
- Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace. Former professor of Economics Department, initiated his project on micro credit in the adjacent area, Jobra.
Honorary Doctorate Holders
- Doctor of Science in 1981, Abdus Salam, Winner, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979
- Doctor of Science in 2008, Jamal Nazrul Islam, Eminent Physicist, Mathematician, Astronomer, Cosmologist
More than 400 acres of land have already been brought under tree plantation programmes. These plantations are mainly used for research and to put a vegetation cover on the campus. More than 200 tree species of both indigenous and exotic nature have been planted in the campus. There is also a plan to conserve the threatened and endangered species in the campus through plantation programmes. The Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Botany are maintain the plantation programmes on the campus. Various private organizations are often permitted to take part in tree plantation.
The campus holds diverse species of animals and birds. At least 130 species of birds have been found. A list of wildlife and insects is under preparation.[when?] The afforestation programme means the diversity of animal life has also been increasing gradually. The university authority adheres to the policy of preserving and extending the facilities for wildlife in the campus.
A botanical garden has been established on the southern side of the university campus over an area of 60 acres for the conservation of indigenous and exotic plant species of academic and aesthetic interests. More than 10,000 plants of about 400 species comprising over 150 families of both exotic and indigenous species of timber, medicinal, fruits, spices, beverage, latex, orchids, novelty have been preserved or are growing naturally and used as experimental materials. About 72 species of orchids and a good number[quantify] of rare shade plants have been conserved in the Orchidarium and Conservatory House respectively.
- Education in Bangladesh
- List of universities in Bangladesh
- Dhaka University
- Rajshahi University
- Jahangirnagar University
- http://www.banglapedia.org/httpdocs/HT/M_0437.HTM Professor A R Mallick (1918–97)
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
- Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences
- CU website
- http://www.cunews24.com country's first campus based online news paper
- Dr. M. A. Aziz Khan
- "Dr Alauddin made CU acting VC". BDNews24.com. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
- Professor Dr.Muhammad Ala-ud-din (Acting)
- Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif
- New Age, Wednesday, February 25, 2009
- Official website
- Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
- Society for Leadership Proliferation
- Department of Marketing Studies & International Marketing