Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University

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Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University
Established 2001
Type Public university
Chancellor Abdul Hamid
President of Bangladesh
Provost Professor Dr. Ismail Hossain (Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam Hall), Professor Dr. Md. Sekender Ali (Sher-e-Bangla Hall),Professor Dr. Tuhin Suvra Roy (Siraj-ud-Doula Hall), Professor Dr. Parimal Kanti Biswas (Female Students' Hall),Professor Dr. Noor Jahan Begum (Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall)
Vice-Chancellor Professor Md. Shadat Ulla
Dean Prof. M. Zahidul Haque (Agriculture), Prof. Zulfikar Ahmed Reza (Agribusiness Management), Prof. Md. Anwarul Haque Beg (Animal Science & Veterinary Medicine), Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali (Post Graduate Studies)
Students ~2500
Location Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Campus Urban, 87 acres
Nickname SAU

Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (Bengali: শেরেবাংলা কৃষি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, Sher-e-Bangla Krishi Bishshobiddaloy) or SAU is the oldest agricultural institution in Bangladesh and South Asia, situated in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. It was established on December 11, 1938 as Bengal Agricultural Institute (BAI) and later upgraded to university in 2001 renaming Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University.[1]

Since its establishment, this university is playing a role in agricultural research and development (R&D) of the region through creation of knowledge, agricultural technology generation and transfer, crop diversification and intensification for the benefit of farming communities. SAU offers undergraduate and post graduate degrees through course credit system and also Ph.D. courses.


Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

SAU was established as Bengal Agricultural Institute (BAI) on December 11, 1938 by Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Huq, the then chief minister of undivided Bengal. The Bengal Agricultural Institute was renamed East Pakistan Agricultural Institute in 1947. After the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country in 1971, the name of the institute was spontaneously changed to Bangladesh Agricultural Institute (BAI). Since its inception in 1938, the BAI had been functioning as a Faculty of Agriculture under Dhaka University. After the establishment of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) at Mymensingh in 1961 its academic function was transferred to BAU in 1964 until its upgrade to Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in 2001.

Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University,Dhaka, Bangladesh

SAU became the 17th public university of the country in 2001. The Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Act 2001 was passed in the Parliament of Bangladesh on 9 July 2001. The foundation stone of the university was laid by the then Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina on 15 July 2001 and inaugurated the university activities through the appointment of the first vice-chancellor: Professor Md. Shadat Ulla. SAU functioned as a university from 2001 with a single faculty, namely Faculty of Agriculture following the issuance of a notification by the government as per requirement of the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Act 2001.[1] On 22 June 2009, a bill was placed in the parliament to assign the president as chancellor replacing the prime minister.Agribusiness Management, the second faculty started in 2007; the third faculty, Animal Science & Veterinary Medicine functioning from 2012.

Nearly 5,700 graduates plus 600 postgraduates have so far been produced by the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. Presently about 2,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students are enrolled in this university and are taught by faculty members.[1]



  • Institute of Seed Technology[2]

Central Library[edit]

SAU Central Library is in the west wing of the university building. The library has a collection of around 30,000 books comprising the major subjects of agriculture and related subjects. It also collects all the popular national journals related to agriculture and a few international journals. Students and teachers can borrow books from the library; they use its reference books/journals during office hours. The library has 24 officers and staff. It has been providing Internet service and photocopy facilities to the users.

Research program[edit]

New technologies are developed by potential researchers through Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Research System (SAURES). The Genetics and Plant Breeding Department has a major research thrust on development of new varieties of crops; identification of parental lines for hybrid development; molecular characterization of crops; and germplasm characterization, documentation and preservation.

Research organization[edit]

  • Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Research System (SAURES)
  • Wased Mia Research Centre


  • SAU Barta
  • Journal of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University

Halls of residence[edit]

The Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University has three halls for male students and two for female students. Students either to reside in or are attached to a hall of residence. A provost assisted by assistant provost looks after the administration of a hall.

Boy's dormitories[edit]

Girl's dormitories[edit]


Admission requirements for undergraduate courses[edit]

Students fulfilling the following requirements are eligible to apply:[3][4]

  • SSC/Equivalent passed students in Science Group/Equivalent.
  • HSC/Equivalent passed students having the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology, with minimum GP 3.00 in each of these subjects.
  • Applicants must have minimum GPA 3.00 in each of SSC and HSC Examinations with a combined GPA 7.0.
  • GCE holder applicants should have B grade in 5 subjects at O-Level and must have B grade in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology at A-Level.

Seats for undergraduate courses[4][edit]

  • Total seats: 500
  • Agriculture: 350
  • Agribusiness Management: 75
  • Animal Science & Veterinary Medicine: 75

Cancellation of admission[edit]

If a student fails to maintain on an average 70% of the class attendance of the courses before form fill up of the semester final examination Level-1, Semester-1, his/her admission will automatically stand cancelled.

Admission of foreign students[edit]

Foreign students interested for admission must apply well in advance through their respective mission in Bangladesh to the Ministry of Education, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka-1000 enclosing evidence of examinations passed and transcripts of academic accomplishments. After submission of application within the stipulated date, the admission committee of will review the candidate's eligibility.

Campus infrastructure[edit]

  • 1 administrative building
  • 3 faculty building & complex
  • Central Library
  • Auditorium
  • 5 halls for students
  • Poultry farm
  • Machinery farm
  • Research field (horticulture, agronomy, genetics & plant breeding, plant pathology, etc.)
  • buses
  • Mosjid (mosque)
  • Temple
  • WiFi
  • Cyber cafe
  • Bank & ATM booth
  • Gymnasium
  • Medical Center
  • Cafeteria
  • Parvez Market
  • SAU Market


Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University

Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh

Tel: +88-02-9144270-8,

Fax: 88-02-8155800


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Coordinates: 23°46′17″N 90°22′31″E / 23.7714°N 90.3754°E / 23.7714; 90.3754