Rangpur Cadet College
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|Rangpur Cadet College
রংপুর ক্যাডেট কলেজ
|Motto||Knowledge is Power (জ্ঞানই শক্তি)|
|Area||37 acres (150,000 m2)|
A cadet college is an institution following the model of English public schools. The Pakistan government established the first cadet college in 1954 before the liberation of Bangladesh. In 1979, Rangpur Cadet College was established as the sixth cadet college of Bangladesh. The former Rangpur Residential Model High School was converted into a cadet college with some infrastructural modification. The land now owned by the college is partially taken from the Carmichael College, an educational college which stands beside it. The college started with its first three batches (called the intake) in 7th, 8th and 9th grade in 1979.Commander Habibur Rahman was the first principal of this institution.Cadet Hossain Sohel Shahnewaz was the first College Prefect of the CCR (who was assassinated on the February 25, 2009 in the BDR mutiny). From 2003, English was introduced as the medium of education as per a government decision to convert the cadet colleges into English medium. The 28th intake was the first batch in English medium.
Rangpur Cadet College is located in Rangpur. The college is outside the main city in a suburban area. It is 5 km south to the main town, and situated beside the Dhaka-Rangpur highway. Long trees made the place more attractive and a canal passes through the campus.
The main features of the campus are:
- Main academic building
- Residential houses for cadets
- Birsreshto Mostafa auditorium
- Birsreshto Motiur dining hall
- Birsreshto Nur Mohammad Hospital.
- Three basic playgrounds
- Five basketball grounds.
- Eight volleyball grounds
Curriculum and teaching process
The institute follows the curriculum provided by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board. It provides teaching in Sciences and Humanities group. The subjects under Commerce group are not available for study in the institution. The institute has followed the English version of the curriculum from 2003. The institute is under Dinajpur Education Board.
This institute provides educations from 7th grade to 12 grade only. The students appear for the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC), Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams from the college.
Cadet colleges are known for their strict and disciplined administration. The administration is run by a strict set of procedures which are common to all the cadet colleges. The cadets are divided into three houses, Omar Faruque, Titumeer and Birshrestha Jahangir. They participate in competitions on behalf of their house, and the houses are credited according to the achievements and discipline of the cadets.
The college administration is run under the supervision of a principal appointed either from the Bangladesh Armed Forces or from the faculty members. An adjutant and a Medical Officer also from Armed Forces monitors the disciplinary/administrative activities and Health and Sanitary issues respectively. The academic activities are supervised by the Vice Principal. The Principal is Lt. Colonel Asaduzzaman Subhani (AEC). and the Vice Principal is Mr.Abdul Mannan (Acting). The Adjutant is Major Tanvir Ahmed(East Bengal)(from the 16th intake of BCC) and the Medical Officer is Major Habib (AMC).
Cadets are appointed as Prefects, chosen from the senior-most class after departure of a batch. They are inaugurated by College Principal, Adjutant and Vice Principal in the college auditorium. According to seniority prefects are as follows:
- College Prefect (leads almost 300 cadets, maintains the overall discipline and works as a bridge between cadets and the administrative board)
- 3 House Prefects (leads each of the house of 100 cadets)
- College Games Prefect (in charge of the college games)
- College Cultural Prefect (in charge of cultural affairs)
- College Dining Hall Prefect (in charge of dining matters)
- 3 Assistant House Prefects (assists each of the house prefects)
- 3 House Games Prefects
- 3 House Cultural Prefects
|Omar Faruk House
(ওমর ফারুক হাউস)
|Blue||Aim is Victory (বিজয়ই লক্ষ্য, Bijoye Lokkha)||Caliph Umar Faruk bin Khattab (R)|
|Yellow||We are Fearless (মোরা নির্ভীক)||Meer Nisar Ali Titumeer|
|Birshrestho Jahangir House
(বীরশ্রেষ্ঠ জাহাঙ্গীর হাউস)
|Green||Rising Sun||Invincible in Struggle (সংগ্রামে দুর্জয)||Birshrestho Shahid Cpt. Mohiuddin Jahangir|
Cadets participate with the other houses in cultural, athletic, literary and music competitions. In the playground, they play cricket, football, hockey, volleyball, basketball, and athletics as practice or as competition. According to the result of all the competitions, the overall champion house is determined.
The largest event in the college is the annual athletics competition held at the end of the year. Cadets participate in a major literary and cultural competition and one sports competition held every year among all the cadet colleges of Bangladesh.
Success in national debate
- In 2008 at the tenth national TV school debate held in BTV, Rangpur Cadet College became the champion on that.
- A student became the best debater and a student fifth ranked debater in the country in 2008.
- In 2007 in the ninth national TV debate a team of three cadets were runners up.
- In 2008 a team of three became second runners up in 'Juktikothon: ATN Bangla National Debate Championship' under the sponsorship of BSB and Cambrian College.
- A cadet became the best debater in the country in school level winning in the 'National Baroari (12) Debate' while a cadet got fifth position.
- The first team sent from Rangpur Cadet College to the National TV debate competition in school level in 2002 secured the third position.
Every year the cadet colleges of Bangladesh take one new intake in class Seven. Only 50 to 55 new cadets are selected from all over the country for each cadet college through a nationwide examination.
Admission process usually starts toward the end of the year to accept new cadets for class 7 only. Written admission exams for all 12 cadet colleges are held on the same day throughout the country. Those who pass the written exam are called for oral/viva test and medical test. Based on the results of all three tests, the top 50/55 cadets are given admission to that cadet college.