Kabi Nazrul Government College

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Kabi Nazrul Govt. College, Dhaka
কবি নজরুল সরকারী কলেজ, ঢাকা
Kabi Nazrul Government College logo.jpg
Education is Light
Municipality Street
Dhaka, 1100
Established 1874
Founder (Haji) Muhammad Mohsin - one of the most prolific philanthropists in the history of Bengal
Principal Prof. SM Shafiqul Islam
Staff 148 (First Class-03, Second Class-78, Third Class-27, Fourth Class-40)
Teaching staff Full Time-115, Part Time-14
Grades 1116
Gender Boys and Girls
Age range 16–24
Number of students 2,250 (as of 2012–2013)
Medium of language Bengali, English
Campus size 18 Acre
Campus type Urban
Sports Football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, hockey, badminton
Team name KNGC Team
Communities served Facebook Charity Help organization
Affiliation Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alumni Kabi Nazrul Govt. College Association (KNGCA)
Board Dhaka Education Board

Kabi Nazrul Government College (also referred to as KNGC) (Bengali: কবি নজরুল সরকারী কলেজ), formerly known as Govt. Kabi Nazrul College is one of the most renowned and oldest educational institutions of Bangladesh. This institution began its journey in 1874.

Kabi Nazrul Govt. College is a public school in Laxmi Bazar, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The school offers education for students ranging from eleventh grade to eighteenth grade (approximately ages 16 to 24). With over 2,200 students, 500 of which reside in its dormitories, KNGC is one of the largest colleges in the Dhaka city.

Kabi Nazrul Govt College, Dhaka

Kabi Nazrul Govt. College is noted for its academic performance and extracurricular activities, having produced many notable alumni including leaders in business, the military and state and national politics as well as senior government officers, scientists and engineers. The Government of Bangladesh recognized the school for its strong performance in the Higher Secondary Certificate examination in 2001.

Besides, this college has played a very significant role in the historic language movement and the liberation war of Bangladesh. Specially the existing set of brilliant and experienced teachers of this college have demonstrated exceptional examples in conducting co-curriculum activities including class-room teaching with a view to create scientific minded,knowledgeable global citizens in order to face the challenge of the twenty-first (21st) century.


Kabi Nazrul Govt. College was originally established at Dhaka by a grant from the Mohsin Fund in 1874 as Mohasania Madrasah in the model of Calcutta Alia Madrasah, and came to be known as Dhaka Madrasah. In 1915 it was converted into Dhaka High Madrasah. In the following year, its Anglo-Persian department got separated and became the Dhaka Government Muslim High School. With the establishment of the University of Dhaka in 1921, the school was upgraded into a college and got a new name, the Islamic Intermediate College.

It continued to operate as a school-cum-college till 1968, when the college section got separated to form a new institution named Government Islamia College Dhaka. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the college was renamed as Kabi Nazrul Government College in 1972, and in the same year, it was upgraded to a degree college.


Kabi Nazrul Govt. College is located on the old part of the Dhaka city. The campus is in southeast Dhaka at Municipality Street, just opposite the campus of the Jagannath University. The campus consists of dormitories, teachers' quarters, individual residences for the principal and vice-principal, staff quarters, a small mosque, basketball and volleyball courts, an auditorium, an administrative building, and a full-size football field.

A monument has been built in front of Academic Building 1 to commemorate those killed during the Bengali Language Movement demonstrations of 1952. The Language Movement was a political effort in East Pakistan, advocating the recognition of the Bengali language as an official language of Pakistan.


With 8 buildings (including the newly built House), three of which are dormitories, it is one of the largest colleges in the Dhaka city. In total, the college has 2 fields and playgrounds. Two buildings known as Academic Buildings are used for academic purposes. Academic Building 1, for eleventh grade through to twelfth grade, is located at the northeast side; Academic Building 2, for thirteenth grade through to the eighteenth grade, is located at southeast corner of the campus.


The college offers higher secondary (Higher Secondary Certificate) along with university level education for both boys and girls.


Although Kabi Nazrul Govt. College operates from the 11th through the 18th grade, it only admits students into the 11th, 13th and 17th grades. Consequently, the higher grades have fewer students than the lower grades, as a relatively large number of students transfer out. Admission in the 11th and 13th grades are based on admission tests. The admission tests for KNGC are highly competitive. Students in these grades are admitted through written and viva voce tests. Students who pass the written test have to qualify in the viva exam. Eligibility of admission to the 11th grade is determined by a student's grade point average (GPA) in the previous S.S.C. examination (not more than two years old). Many students with the highest grades in the S.S.C. compete for admission as the school has limited enrollment in every grade.


The curriculum of Kabi Nazrul Govt. College includes traditional intermediate level academic subjects from the grade 11th to 12th. For 13th to 18th grade students have to follow the traditional curriculum of the National University of Bangladesh.

Students of the intermediate level (grades 11 and 12), have to elect one of the three major programs: Arts and Humanities; Commerce; and Science. Students have some compulsory subjects and some optional subjects in each of the programs. Academic core subjects includes Bengali, and English. Compulsory subjects for Science group: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics or Biology; for Arts and Humanities: ; and for Commerce:

Faculties and Departments[edit]

Faculty of Arts and Humanities[edit]

This faculty comprises the following departments:

  • Department of Bengali
  • Department of English
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of History
  • Department of Islamic History and Culture
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Arabic Studies
  • Department of Pali
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of management

Faculty of Science[edit]

This faculty comprises the following departments:

  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Statics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Computer Science

Academic performance[edit]

The H.S.C. examination is conducted by the Board of Secondary and Intermediate Education under the Ministry of Education. H.S.C. is the high school diploma which is equivalent to the SAT or ACT in the United States, and the A Levels in the UK. The H.S.C. examination consists of six subjects totaling 1,200 marks, with each subject providing 200 marks, including practical tests for science subjects. The minimum number of marks required to pass each subject is 160. Results of both the exams are published in the form of a GPA. The highest score is GPA-5. The Dhaka Education Board annually ranks schools and colleges from across the country in terms of GPA-5 scorers.[1]

The Ministry of Education awarded the institution in 2001 for brilliant performance in the H.S.C. examination.

Kabi Nazrul Govt. College's performances in the H.S.C. (Higher Secondary Certificate) examinations from 2006 to 2009 are as follows:

Year Number of Examinees Number of Passed Students Pass Percentage Obtained GPA-5 Ranking Reference
2005 314 239 67.75% 31
2006 331 278 72.37% 54
2007 336 260 68.62% 63
2008 346 274 75.54% 79
2009 360 297 78.35% 83
2010 364 322 79.68% 85


Though there is no particular uniform for students but they had to follow the dress code. Except in winter, the uniform for students from grades six to twelve consists of a short-sleeved white shirt with white trousers. For students from grades eleventh to twelfth, the uniform is a short-sleeved white shirt with navy blue half pants. The uniform differs a bit during the winter season. In winter, students wear a navy blue sweater with a necktie, in addition to shirt and pants. For footwear, students wear black Oxford shoes with white socks. In addition, a name tag and college badge are included as part of the uniform. Sport uniforms include white T-shirts with navy blue half pants and appropriate footwear.


Like all other colleges the chief of the college and university section administration is the “Principal” while there is a “Vice-Principal” of the college and university sections. They are selected by the jury board.

Current Principal of the institution is Prof. Rawshan Jahan and the Vice-Principal is Prof.

The Governing body members are elected for 5 years by vote. The governing body’s members are:


College section: 30 lecturers and university section: 45 lecturers


There are 10,000 (Ten Thousand) books in the library with well decorated reading room. Every Department has a library of their own.The libraries are always supported the students and as well as developed their studies. Various kinds of cultural and educational plans are also held in library.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Events and programs[edit]


Debate and speech[edit]


Notable alumni[edit]

With the very inception, this college has been playing a pioneering role in creating patriotic worthy citizen. Many learned people of the country studied in this college.

Alumni Association[edit]

Kabi Nazrul Govt. College Association (KNGCA)



  1. ^ "Education Board Bangladesh". Intermediate and Secondary Education Boards. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 23°45′54″N 90°22′4″E / 23.76500°N 90.36778°E / 23.76500; 90.36778