Islamic University of Technology

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Islamic University of Technology
Islamic University of Technology (coat of arms).png
Established 27 March 1981
Opened: 14 July 1988
Type International
Chancellor Secretary General of OIC
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. M. Imtiaz Hossain
Admin. staff 201
Undergraduates 890
Postgraduates 150
Location 23° 56′ 53.31″ N, 90° 22′ 44.76″ E
Gazipur
, Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangladesh
Campus Urban, 30 acres (120,000 m2)
Nickname IUT
Affiliations

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), International Association of Universities (IAU), Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), Association of the Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP),

University Grants Commission, Bangladesh
Website www.iutoic-dhaka.edu

Islamic University of Technology or IUT (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية للتقنية‎; Bengali: ইসলামিক ইউনিভার্সিটি অফ টেকনোলজি ) is an educational and research institution in Bangladesh run and funded by OIC. It is regarded as one of the prestigious institutions for engineering and technical education in Bangladesh. The main objective of IUT is to contribute in developing the human resources of the member states of the OIC, particularly in the fields of Engineering, Technology and Technical Education. IUT receives direct endowment from OIC member countries and offers scholarships to it's students in the form of free tuition, boarding, lodging and medicare. The aesthetic campus was designed by Turkish architect Pamir Mehmet, an MIT graduate.[1][2]

Accreditation[edit]

IUT has been granted membership of International Association of Universities (IAU), Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), Association of the Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) and the graduates are offered memberships by the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). UGC(University Grants Commission, Bangladesh) has listed it as the only International University.[3][4][5][6]

Location and Climate[edit]

Five Fundamentals Gate

IUT is at Board Bazar, Gazipur, about 25 km north of Dhaka (Latitude= 23'42`N, Longitude= 90'23`E), the capital city of Bangladesh.[7][8]

In this region of Bangladesh there are three well-defined seasons in a year — winter (November–February), summer (March–May) and monsoon or rainy season (June–September). The temperature ranges from a minimum of about 10 degree Celsius in the winter to an average of 32 degree Celsius in the summer. Average yearly rainfall is 225 cm. Relative humidity varies from 30% in the winter to over 90% in the rainy season.

History[edit]

Islamic University of Technology, established in 1978, was first known as Islamic Center for Technical, Vocational Training and Research (ICTVTR). It was proposed in the 9th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) held in Dakar, Republic of Senegal on 24–28 April 1978. The establishment of IUT in Dhaka, Bangladesh was then approved by the foreign ministers. All the members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) agreed to cooperate for the implementation of the project.

The implementation of the infrastructure commenced with the holding of the first meeting of the Board of Governors in June 1979. Foundation stone of ICTVTR was laid by the late President Ziaur Rahman of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh on 27 March 1981 in the presence of Yasir Arafat, the then-chairman of the PLO, and Habib Chatty, the then-Secretary General of OIC. ICTVTR was formally inaugurated by Hossain Mohammad Ershad, the president of Bangladesh on 14 July 1988.

The 22nd ICFM held in Casablanca, Morocco on 10–11 December 1994 renamed the ICTVTR as Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT). IIT was formally inaugurated by Begum Khaleda Zia the then prime minister of Bangladesh on 21 September 1995. The 28th ICFM held in Bamako, Republic of Mali on 25–29 June 2001 commended the efforts of IIT and decided to rename the IIT as Islamic University of Technology (IUT). IUT was formally inaugurated by Begum Khaleda Zia, prime minister of Bangladesh on November 29, 2001.

The university has advanced much in a short time,[citation needed] and infrastructure development is still going on, financed by loans from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) with a guarantee provided by the government of Bangladesh. The university started offering long regular courses from December 1986 and completed 19 academic years till 2005. The 19th convocation was held at the IUT auditorium on 27 September 2005. Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was the chief guest on the occasion.

Organization[edit]

Administrative structure[edit]

Joint General Assembly
The Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs consisting of all member states of the OIC acts as the Joint General Assembly of the subsidiary organs including IUT. This assembly acts as the General Assembly of the university. It determines general policy and provides general guidance. It examines the activities of the university and submits recommendations to the ICFM. Internal rules and regulations which govern the internal activities are shaped through the decisions of this assembly. It elects the members of the governing body and examines the whole budget for a year. The Finance Control Organ of the university audits the financial possessions of the university and submits it to this assembly. Then it is submitted to the ICFM from here.
Governing Board
It is composed of nine members including a member from the host country who are selected by the Joint General Assembly. Members are selected as per geographical distribution and importance of the countries and people. The secretary general of OIC or his representative and the vice chancellor of the university become members of this board by their status. They are included as ex-officio members. This board focuses on the precision activities and programs of IUT and sends recommendations to the Joint General Assembly. This is the body that consults about the promoting measures of IUT with General Secretariat and it approves the final curricula of training and research programs. One of its prime jobs is to grant degrees, diplomas and certificates according to academic regulations.
Executive Committee
This is an organ of the Governing Board and is empowered to deal, between meetings of the board, with any matter that may be referred to it by the vice chancellor or that may be delegated by the board. All interim actions of this committee are reported to the Governing Board. The Executive Committee of the board consists of the secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Bangladesh as the Chairman, heads of the diplomatic missions of the member states of OIC in Bangladesh (to be nominated by the Governing Board) and the Vice Chancellor of IUT as general member.
Academic Council
Subject to other provisions this council advises the Governing Board on all academic matters. It makes proper conduct of teaching, training and examinations and distributes the awards of fellowship, scholarship, medals and prizes.

Some statutory committees are formed to ensure management of programmes and activities in the relevant and related fields. These committees include Administrative Advisory Committee, Departmental Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Finance Committee, Planning and Development Committee, Research Committee, Selection Committee, Students' Welfare Committee, Syllabus Committee, etc.

Admission[edit]

Undergraduate
The admission system of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) is different from other universities of Bangladesh for BSc and higher diploma programs. (In Bangladesh all public universities conduct enrollment examinations to select the students; students can come from any ethnic group and religion.) IUT authority only selects Muslim male students as per their results in secondary and higher-secondary level. A placement test determines the position of the students against their choice which they had given on the admission form. Prospective Muslim students need to fill a form and submit it to the ministry of manpower and employment of their respective countries. The form can be collected from IUT office or the respective ministry. It is also available in the university website. IUT was established to support only male Muslim students of all the countries of OIC. It takes students from the respective governments, and a majority of the students are Bangladeshi Muslims.
Postgraduate
IUT provides masters courses. Students need to take separate tests to be admitted in the masters courses. Research facilities are available here.

Academics[edit]

IUT contacts academic instructions completely in English. English, Arabic and French are the official languages of the university for all academic and admission purposes.

Undergraduate education
Postgraduate education
Research and related sponsors
IUT Campus
Minar adjacent to the mosque
Lake of IUT
The name, IUT
Front view of IUT halls and student center

Departments[edit]

  • Department of Mechanical & Chemical Engineering (MCE)
  • Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
  • Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
  • Department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE)

Research center[edit]

  • Department of Research, Extension and Advisory Services and Publication [REASP]
  • Energy and Environment Centre [EEC]

EEC[edit]

General Information

Energy and Environment Centre was established on 7 June 1998 with the objective of developing human resources in the field of energy and environment particularly for the member countries of the OIC, with special emphasis of the inter-relationship between the areas. Issues related to technology, society, policy and above all sustainability are needed to enhance energy consciousness and environmental responsibility.

The objectives of the centre are to continuously assess the training needs, prepare appropriate training and course materials, arrange short courses, workshops and seminars in cooperation with other OIC organs and bodies as well as relevant national, regional and international organizations, and develop facilities of international standard to meet the growing demands of the OIC Countries in the field of energy and environment.

With this aim, energy-related subjects are being offered in different semesters in the undergraduate courses of the Mechanical Engineering Department for specialization in the energy field. The centre promotes energy- and environment-related research in cooperation with other departments. Several Masters theses on Renewable Energy have been completed in the Mechanical and Chemical Engineering Department. A Ph.D. research on “Value addition of activated carbon from rice husk” is going on in the MCE Department.

Facilities/laboratories[edit]

For conducting the courses satisfactorily, the following laboratories and workshops are available.

Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering[edit]

  • Thermodynamics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics and Machinery
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Metro-logy
  • Automotive Workshop
  • Machine Shop with NC and CNC Machine Tools
  • Fitting
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Foundry
  • Computer Aided Design lab
  • Applied Mechanics and Materials
  • Mechanical Control and Instrumentation
  • Drawing & Design lab
  • Energy Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Chemical Process Calculation
  • Chemical Technology

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering[edit]

Electrical Engineering Laboratories
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Systems
  • Electrical Utilization
  • Electrical Workshop
  • Switchgear
Electronic Engineering Laboratories
  • Electronics
  • Electronic Workshop
  • Digital Electronics
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Radio and Television Engineering
  • Microwave and Telecommunication
  • VLSI Circuits
  • Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Control, Microprocessor and Micro-controller Systems
  • Physics

Department of Computer Science and Engineering[edit]

  • Software Engineering Laboratory
  • Network Laboratory
  • Multimedia Laboratory
  • Hardware Laboratory
  • Sun Solaris Lab

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering[edit]

  • Structural Engineering Laboratory
  • Construction Materials Laboratory
  • Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
  • Transportation Engineering Laboratory
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Hydraulics Laboratory

Department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE)[edit]

  • Language
  • Audio-Visual
  • Photographic Film Processing

Engineering and Technology programmes[edit]

Postgraduate courses:

  1. Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering
  2. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  3. Master of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  4. Master of Mechanical Engineering
  5. Master of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  6. Master of Science in Computer Science and Applications
  7. Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  8. Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  9. Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Engineering
  10. Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Applications

Four Year Bachelor of Science

  1. Computer Science and Engineering (BSc. CSE)
  2. Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BSc. Engg. EEE)
  3. Mechanical and Chemical Engineering (B.Sc. Engg. MCE)
  4. Civil and Environmental Engineering (B.Sc. Engg. CEE)

Higher Diploma in

  1. Computer Science and Engineering (HDCSE)
  2. Electrical and Electronic Engineering (HDEE)
  3. Mechanical Engineering (HDME)
  4. Civil Engineering (HDCE)

Instructor training and general studies[edit]

  1. Language
  2. Audio-Visual
  3. Photographic Film Processing

Computer centre[edit]

There is a Computer Centre in the first floor of the academic building. It maintains e-mail accounts for every student and faculty member of IUT. It is equipped with the following facilities:

A campus-wide network with Novell NetWare 5.1 and UnixWare 2 has been installed connecting computers in the centre and other computers in departments, library and offices. Internet facilities are available for the students, staffs and teachers.

Library and Documentation Centre[edit]

The students spend a lot of time at IUT Library and Documentation Centre. It is on the first floor of the Library/Cafeteria building overlooking a lake on the eastern and western sides. The library has a floor area of 1300 sq. meters with a shelf space of 52,000 books. It is divided into two sections, General and Research/Reference. To conduct the IUT Library service, a customized software was developed and installed. Recently[when?] the CSE (Computer Science and Engineering) department developed a new software for library management which is accessible through computers and cell phones. The data of projects/thesis/dissertations have been incorporated in the software. Now the faculty members and the students may search their desired books/dissertation from OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue). Local Area Network (LAN) in the IUT campus. There are 26,200 books on engineering, technical and vocational subjects. 20 technical journals are being subscribed from abroad annually. It is an open-shelf library. Books are issued to the students and staff for home use. It is open from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm on all working days and on one weekend 2.00 pm. to 10.00 pm.

To conduct the IUT Library service, a customized software has been developed and installed in the IUT Library. The data of projects, theses and dissertations have been incorporated in the BookTrax software. The library is in a process to computerize its other information resources. Now the members of the IUT working in the campus have the access to Library database through a LAN. The circulation system has been computerized and consumers can borrow through an automated bar-code system.

It has a photocopy section. Since all the students live on campus the library is the only place where they can use their time by reading books and taking notes up to 08-00 pm every day.

Financial aid[edit]

Depending on the availability of resources and contributions from the member states of the OIC, during the academic session all the regular students of IUT will be provided with continental breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner in the self-service cafeteria free of charge, but within Taka equivalent of US$50 per student per month. They can, however, buy snacks and more food using their own resources. The university also bears the cost of on-campus shared furnished accommodation (one room to be shared by four students).

The university disburses a monthly allowance of Taka equivalent of US$40 to each regular student of Instructor Training, Post-Graduate programmes in Engineering and Technology, B.Sc. Engineering, B.Sc. Computer Science and Engineering and Higher Diploma in Engineering and Technology as pocket allowance to cover the costs of stationery, laundry, local transport etc. In addition to the above facilities, subject to the availability of funds, each regular student is now exempted from paying the fees for tuition, normal medicare and games and sports. In case of non-availability of mandatory contributions from member countries, the university will not be able to provide above facilities free of charge.

The round-trip air passage and other incidental expenses of the students are required to be borne by the nominating authority or by the candidates. In addition, the students who want to visit their countries during the vacation have to bear all expenses for the trip including air passage either by themselves or by their nominating authorities. The students are strongly advised to bring return air-tickets with them, as they must leave the hall of residence within two weeks after finishing the course.

Campus[edit]

Academic Buildings[edit]

A view of IUT old Administrative Building

There are two five storied academic building being with fully functional lift facilities enabled used for Academic Purposes.

Halls of residence[edit]

North hall of Residence

Each student of IUT gets a seat allotted to him in the halls of residence. Separate dorms known as hall accommodation is available inside the IUT campus. Though it is not really mandatory to reside in the campus, most of the students do so. A total of 240 rooms are provided in two Halls of Residence (North Hall and South Hall) with three blocks each: East Block, Middle Block and West Block. Each room has provision for accommodating a maximum of 3 to 4 students. Each student is provided with basic living ingredients from the authority without any cost.

It is compulsory for IUT students to reside in-campus which helps regular and attentive devotion to studies. Modern and comfortable hall accommodation is available inside the IUT campus. A total of 240 rooms are spread in three blocks. East Block, Middle Block, and West Block of each of the two Halls of Residence. Each room is provided with bed, mattress, pillow, quilt, reading table, bookshelf and cupboard. Bed linen is provided with laundry facilities. After the construction of the second Hall of Residence with a loan from Islamic Development Bank the total residential capacity has been raised.

Civic amenities[edit]

IUT has two self-service cafeterias (Central and North) where the students are required to take normal meals and breakfast. This University provides the students with continental breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner within about US $ 50 per month per student. The students are now being exempted from paying this cost. However, they may be required to pay the cost partly, if not in full, to account for any shortage in the contribution by the Member States. The Cafeteria is managed by the Cafeteria Committee represented by staff as well as students.

The student's centre of IUT is in front of the South hall and is visible from the main gate. Recreational arrangements are available there. The student's centre is arranged by a TV room, an indoor Basketball ground, Table Tennis court and Carrom board.[9] Daily newspapers are supplied on a regular basis. Arrangements for games and sports are usually in accordance to the preferences of the students of the member countries of OIC. This includes Football, Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Carrom.

Auditorium[edit]

IUT has a fully air-conditioned multi-purpose auditorium on its campus. It is provided with a stage and film-projection facilities. The interior is beautiful decorated; there are seating arrangements for about 600 people. The degree/diploma awarding convocation ceremony, seminars, cultural functions and examinations are held in the auditorium. It is also provided with a green room, special guest room, conference room and balconies two of which form the banks of the adjacent water pool.

The auditorium is capable for arranging seats for all the students and faculty members of IUT. All the exams held here in two shifts.

Student activities[edit]

Student societies in IUT includes:

  1. IUTCS - IUT Computer Society
  2. IUTDS - IUT Debating Society
  3. IUTISS - IUT Islamic Studies Society
  4. IUTPS - IUT Photographic Society
  5. IUTFS- IUT Film Society [1]
  6. IEEE Student Branch of IUT

All of these are extremely active, with regular activities, like workshops, seminars, etc. and maintain a good relation with other student bodies from other institutions in the country.

Students participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Most prominent of these are outdoor games and cultural fests. The student body is rich in the field of music and have released a number of audio tracks. Some digital productions like short films and movies have been produced in the name of 'IUT Production House'.

Asia link project[edit]

A framework approach to strengthening Asian higher education in advanced design and manufacture.

Seven academic institutions across six European and Asian countries are working in partnership for three years to strengthen Asian higher education in advanced design and manufacture: University of Strathclyde, Troyes University of Technology, University of Malta, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Islamic University of Technology.

The specific objective is to develop a framework solution to engineering higher education demands in Asia, by developing a new curriculum in Advanced Engineering Design and Manufacture for Asian and European MSc education, upgrading the skills of university teaching staff in Bangladesh, Pakistan and China, split training Asian PhD students in European Institutions, comparing educational policies / systems / programmes among countries, and enhancing the overall management of Asian universities.

In Europe, the higher education in Engineering Design and Manufacture has been well advanced, but in most regions of Asia, it is not. The project aims to develop a framework to strengthen postgraduate education in advanced design and manufacture in the least developed and developing Asian countries. The target groups are teaching staff, postgraduate students and engineers in Bangladesh, China and Pakistan. It will develop an innovative multidisciplinary MSc course entitled “Advanced Design and Manufacture”; split train Asian Ph.D. students; train postgraduate students, teaching staff, engineers, and practitioners; compare the education system of partner institutions; and organise an conference to exchange experience from different Asia Link projects. The partnership consists of seven leading universities from three Asian and three European countries. The project is for 36 months.

10-year plan (Road Map)[edit]

The Road Map (OIC-10Y-PoA/RM/2006/Final, Section 2: Development of Socio-Economic and Scientific Issues, V. Higher Education, Science and Technology) points out at the need of closing the digital gap (§5), ensure effective and active coordination between OIC Member States (§1), initiate specific projects in the fields of Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering (§7), and also calls for exchange of knowledge among the academic institutions (§1) of Member States.

Keeping the above directives in mind, Islamic University of Technology (IUT), in addition to its existing long regular programmes initiated some steps, including designing short courses, training programs, plans of cooperation in the field of science and technology among the Member States and so on.

More specifically to enhance the knowledge in the field of Information Technology and reduce the digital gap it has designed a short course on “Computer Network Server Administration in LINUX Environment”, for 12–16 November 2006. All the interested institutions and participants of the OIC countries are welcome to join the program. The details are available in the brochure being circulated to the Member States and are on the website.

For upgrading the curriculum in the field of Advanced Manufacturing and Design, IUT has joined hands with the Universities of UK, France, China, Malta and Pakistan under the umbrella of Asia Link Programme, initiated by the European Union and under their patronage. Initial work on the project has already started.

In addition to the above, the other programs related to Medical Electronics for Health Care, Training the Trainers in the Technical Education Field, Design of Jigs, Fixture for Computer Integrated Manufacturing have been finalized and the announcements will be sent to all the contact points of the Member States.

Additional plans involving (i) Staff Development for the proposed Al-Aqsa University (ii) Pedagogical Training for Religious Teachers at the Secondary Level, (iii) Helping and Advising SME sectors in OIC countries (iv) Cooperation among OIC countries in the field of Science and Technology and (v) Women Education, the details of which have been prepared, submitted by IUT may be taken up for discussions at the appropriate forums and decisions may be taken regarding implementations.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Establishments of architect Pamir Mehmet| http://dolusozluk.com/?i=92020
  2. ^ Topography of I.C.T.V.T.R by Pamir Doruk Mehmet | http://archnet.org/library/sites/one-site.jsp?site_id=585
  3. ^ UGC, Bangladesh Accreditation|http://www.ugc.gov.bd/university/?action=international
  4. ^ International Association of Universities|http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/institutions#Bangladesh
  5. ^ Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World|http://www.fuiw.org/en/index.php
  6. ^ Association of the Universities of Asia and the Pacific|http://auap.org/index.php?page=auapmemberlist
  7. ^ IUT Structural Details | http://archnet.org/library/images/thumbnails.jsp?collection_id=&location_id=1976&place_id=&start=1&limit=9
  8. ^ IUT Calendar 2004/05, Islamic University of Technology (OIC); published by the Department of Research, Extension, Advisory services and Publication (REASP); part: Location and Climate.
  9. ^ IUT Website

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°56′53.31″N 90°22′44.76″E / 23.9481417°N 90.3791000°E / 23.9481417; 90.3791000