Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

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Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
বাংলাদেশ প্রকৌশল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
TypePublic engineering university
Established1876: Dhaka Survey School
1912: Ahsanullah School of Engineering
1947: Ahsanullah Engineering College, University of Dhaka
1962: EPUET
1971: BUET
Academic affiliations
Endowment 1.024 billion (2015-16)
($ 13 million)[1]
ChancellorPresident of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Vice-ChancellorSaiful Islam
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students10,644 (June 2015)[1]
Undergraduates5,206 (June 2015)[1]
Postgraduates4,805 (June 2015)[1]
440 (June 2015)[1]
Other students
193 (June 2015)[1]
CampusUrban, 91.37 acres
(0.37 km²)[1]
NicknameBUET (বুয়েট)
SportsCricket, Football and others

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ প্রকৌশল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়়, [baŋladeʃ prokowʃɔl biʃʃobiddalɔe̯]), commonly known as BUET (pronounced [bue̯eʈ]; Bengali: বুয়েট), is a public university in Bangladesh, which focuses on the study of engineering and architecture.[2] Founded in 1912, it is the oldest institution for the study of engineering (initially it was a diploma school), architecture and urban planning in Bangladesh.[3]

Every year, around 1055 students get accepted to their undergraduate programs to study engineering, architecture, and urban planning. Of the 10,000 candidates selected to write the undergraduate admission test from an initial application pool of over 10,000 applicants, only about the top 10% are admitted. Around 1000 graduate students are accepted into their Masters and PhD programmes on an annual basis. The total number of teachers is around 600. With the construction of new academic buildings, an auditorium complex, and halls of residence, the university has continued to expand over the last three decades. BUET has been ranked 175th among the Asian universities in the 2019 edition of QS World University Rankings.[4] BUET has been ranked #2001-3000 among all universities on QS World University Rankings.[5]


Dacca Survey School was established in 1876 as a survey school at Nalgola, west of the current Sir Salimullah Medical College campus, in Old Dhaka by the then Government of Bengal under British Raj.[6] It offered a survey course of two years to train land surveyors, at the end of which students competed at the Sub-Overseer's examination.[7] According to a report on public instruction in Bengal, on 31 March 1903, Dacca Survey School had 117 students of which 103 were Hindus and 14 were Muslims.[8] In 1908, the school started to offer diploma degrees.[9] Nawab Sir Khwaja Ahsanullah Bahadur, a philanthropist and Nawab of Dhaka, endowed donations for developing the survey school. After his death in 1901, his son, the then Nawab of Dhaka, Sir Khwaja Salimullah Bahadur released 112,000 rupees grant in 1902 in accordance.[10] As an acknowledgement of this contribution, the school was renamed to Ahsanullah School of Engineering.

The school offered three-year long diploma courses in civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. In 1912, the university was moved to its present premises.[3] A. K. Fazlul Huq, the then Prime Minister of Bengal, appointed Hakim Ali as the principal of the school in 1938.[9] After the partition of India in 1947, Chief Minister of East Bengal Sir Khwaja Nazimuddin approved the school to be upgraded to Ahsanullah Engineering College, as a Faculty of Engineering under the University of Dhaka, offering four-year bachelor's course in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical and Metallurgical engineering.[3] In 1948, the Government of East Bengal granted recognition to the engineering college. Ali became the first principal of the college.[9] In 1951, TH Mathewman was appointed the next principal. M. A. Rashid succeeded him in 1954 as the first Bengali principal of the college[11] and held the post until 1960.[12] In 1956, a new course curriculum and the semester system were introduced at the college.[9]

On 1 June 1962, in order to create facilities for postgraduate studies and research, the college was upgraded to East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology (EPUET), becoming the fourth university of the then East Pakistan.[9] Rashid was appointed the first vice-chancellor of the university. A partnership with the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (renamed Texas A&M University) was forged, and professors from A&M came to teach and formulate the curriculum. During this period, EPUET offered courses in mechanical, electrical, civil, metallurgical, and chemical engineering, and architecture.

After the liberation war of 1971, and Bangladesh's independence, EPUET was renamed to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).[3]

Several other departments offer graduate and undergraduate courses in different subjects: Water resources engineering, Urban and regional planning, Naval architecture and marine engineering, Industrial and production engineering, Petroleum and mineral resources engineering, Computer science and engineering, Glass and ceramic engineering, and Biomedical engineering. These courses were all added to the university at different times.

In 2007, BUET celebrated 60 years (1947–2007) of engineering education in Bangladesh by arranging a 6 month long series of programs and events.[13]


Faculties and departments[edit]

Academic activities are undertaken by eighteen departments under five faculties.[14] Twelve departments offer undergraduate courses. All of the departments aside from the department of Humanities offer postgraduate courses.[14]

West wing of the Civil Engineering Building
Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
Mechanical Engineering Building
Entry approach of the Department of Architecture, BUET
Aerial view of the plinth level of the Architecture building
  • Faculty of Architecture and Planning
    • Department of Architecture (Arch)
    • Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP)
    • Department of Humanities (Hum)
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Civil Engineering (CE)
    • Department of Water Resources Engineering (WRE)
  • Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
    • Department of Industrial and Production Engineering (IPE)
    • Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME)
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE)
    • Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME)
    • Department of Chemistry (Chem)
    • Department of Mathematics (Math)
    • Department of Physics (Phys)
    • Department of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineering (PMRE)
    • Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering (GCE)


At present there are six institutes in BUET. These institutes offer postgraduate diplomas, master's and doctoral degrees.[15]

  • Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
  • Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT)
  • Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT)
  • Accident Research Institute (ARI)
  • BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS)
  • Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (INPE)

Research Centers[edit]

  • Centre for Energy Studies (CES)
  • Centre for Environmental and Resource Management (CERM)
  • Biomedical Engineering Centre (BEC)
  • Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC)
  • International Training Network Centre (ITN)
  • Bangladesh Network Office for Urban Safety (BNUS)


  • Directorate of Advisory, Extension and Research Services (DAERS)
  • Directorate of Students’ Welfare (DSW)
  • Directorate of Planning and Development (P&D)
  • Directorate of Continuing Education (DCE)

Journals and Research Bulletins[edit]

  • Journal of Mechanical Engineering Research and Developments
  • Chemical Engineering Research Bulletin
  • Bangladesh Journal of Water Resources Research
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Bulletin
  • Protibesh (Research Journal on Architecture)


BUET central library has an extensive compilation of books, journals, periodicals and monographs of relevant engineering fields. The library has a collection of 1,42,913 items of information materials. Among the materials, 1,25,066 and 17,847 are books and bound periodicals respectively.[16] Besides, 141 titles are in the current subscription list of journals.[16] Every year, 1500 volumes are added to this library.[16] The main reading room of the central library can accommodate 200 students at a time to provide reading facilities of rare and out-of-print books, and also ready reference and prescribed textbooks. The library offers free internet and a rental library program. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to use the internet on production of their valid ID cards along with the user name and password obtainable from IICT.[17] There are also departmental libraries in each of the departments and institutes and hall libraries in each of the residence halls.


After the independence of Bangladesh and the subsequent name change, the first convocation of the university was held in 1973.[18] Since then, convocations have been held in 1976, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2019.[19]


Registrar Building established in 1930
Old Academic Building

The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university who appoints the Vice-chancellor. The position is held by the incumbent President of Bangladesh.[20] The Vice-chancellor is the executive head of the university. The position is always held by a senior Professor of the university. The university is administered by the University Syndicate which is chaired by the Vice-chancellor. Members of the Syndicate include Deans of several faculties, Director General of Secondary and Higher Education in Bangladesh, Director General of Technical Education in Bangladesh, eminent academics from this university as well as from other famous public universities.[20] Each of the faculties is headed by a Dean and each of the departments is chaired by a Head of the department.[20] They are generally full professors from their respective faculties and departments. Institutes, Research Centers and Directorates are headed by the Directors who are full professors from relevant fields of research.[20] Other major administrative posts include the Registrar, the Comptroller and the Controller of Exams.

The university has also the following Statutory Authorities.[20]

  • Academic Council
  • Finance Committee
  • Faculties
  • Selection Boards
  • Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR)
  • Planning and Development Committee
  • Boards of Postgraduate Studies (BPGS)
  • Boards of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS)

The University Syndicate is the supreme authority in major policy-making matters and in approving recommendations. The Finance Committee, the Planning and Development Committee and other committees assist the Syndicate in matters important for proper functioning of the University. The Academic Council is the supreme body for formulating academic rules and regulations to which the CASR, Boards of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies and the Faculties recommend.[20]

List of Vice-chancellors[edit]

Following is the complete list of the Vice-chancellors.[21]

  1. M. A. Rashid (1 June 1962 – 16 March 1970)
  2. Mohammed Abu Naser (16 March 1970 – 25 April 1975)
  3. Wahiduddin Ahmed (25 April 1975 – 24 April 1983)
  4. Abdul Matin Patwari (24 April 1983 – 25 April 1987)
  5. Musharrof Husain Khan (25 April 1987 – 24 April 1991)
  6. Muhammad Shahjahan (24 April 1991 – 27 November 1996)
  7. Iqbal Mahmud (27 November 1996 – 14 October 1998)
  8. Nooruddin Ahmed (14 October 1998 – 30 August 2002)
  9. Md. Alee Murtuza (30 August 2002 – 29 August 2006)
  10. A. M. M. Safiullah (30 August 2006 – 29 August 2010)
  11. S M Nazrul Islam (30 August 2010 – 13 September 2014)
  12. Khaleda Ekram (14 September 2014 – 24 May 2016)
  13. Saiful Islam (22 June 2016 – present)



The Undergraduate admission test is one of the most intensive written examinations in Bangladesh. After completion of Higher Secondary level (H.S.C.) education, a student can submit her or his application for undergraduate admission if he/she fulfills the minimum requirements. The students with the best grades in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English and Bengali on their higher secondary examination are allowed to take the admission test. The screening process allows 12000 students to sit for the admission test, based on the cumulative sum of their GPAs in these five subjects.[22] After the admission test, only about 1055 students get admitted. However, for admission to the M.S. and Ph. D. programs, candidates are required to appear in interviews and/or written tests.

There are 26 seats for foreign students at the undergraduate level.[23] The pre-requisite qualification for admission is H.S.C. or GCE A-level or its equivalent with high grades in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The admission fee is $200; the course registration fee is US$50 per credit hour and the approximate cost of food, lodging etc. is US$100 per month.[23] A maximum of 10 students from a single country are allowed for admission.


For admission to the courses leading to a master's degree an applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 out of 5.00 or a first division or equivalent in any one of S.S.C. and H.S.C. or in equivalent examinations and must not have a GPA less than 2.00 out of 5.00 or a third division or equivalent in any of the aforementioned examinations and must have at least 50% marks or a minimum GPA of 2.50 out of 4.00 or its equivalent in B.Sc. Engg./ M.A or M.Sc. or MSS/ B. Arch./ BURP in the relevant branch. For admission to the courses leading to an M.Phil. degree an applicant similar criteria fulfilling relevant courses. For admission to the programs leading to Ph.D. degree, all the above criteria must be mate along with minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent in M.Sc. Engg. / M.Engg. / M.Phil. / MURP / M.Arch. / M.Sc. (WRD) degree in the relevant branch.[24]

Postgraduate degrees offered by departments and institutes are M.Sc. (Master of Science), M.Sc Engg. (Master of Science in Engineering), M. Engg (Master of Engineering), MURP (Master of Urban and Regional Planning), M.Arch. (Master of Architecture), M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy) and Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy). Postgraduate diplomas (PG. Dip.) are also offered in IT and Water resources development.

A foreign student has to pay US$50 per credit hour as tuition fees. The students of SAARC countries will fall under the category of local students’ tuition fees. A Ph.D student will have to complete 54 credit hours, 48 credit hours for M. Phil students and 36 credit hours for M.Sc./M.Engineering students. No Scholarship is available for the foreign students. Hall of Residence facilities are to stay in single position for the foreign students. The admission procedures of postgraduate programs commence two times in a year (April and October).[25]

Research programs[edit]

For consultation and research the expertise at the university, its teachers and the laboratory facilities are available to other organizations of the country. A separate institution – Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC) has been formed to oversee these activities.[26]

Postgraduate research works are now among the primary functions of the university. All the departments carry out their own research programs. The faculties undertake pioneering works in various fields – from renewable energy to GIS. In addition to these, the university undertakes research programs sponsored by outside organizations like United Nations Organizations, Commonwealth Foundation, European Union, University Grants Commission (Bangladesh), World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DfID, JICA etc.[3][26]

Conferences and workshops[edit]

BUET regularly organizes national and international conferences and workshops in its campus to enhance the research capabilities of its students and faculties. Among the conferences organized by BUET, following are notable.[27]

  • International Conference on Information and Communication Technology
  • International Conference on Mechanical Engineering (ICME)
  • International Conference on Water and Flood Management (ICWFM)
  • Bangladesh Civil Engineering Summit
  • International Earthquake Symposium, Bangladesh
  • International Conference on Disaster Risk Management (ICDRM)
  • International Conference on Chemical Engineering (ICChE)
  • International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies
  • Bangladesh Geotechnical Conference
  • International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (ICECE)
  • International Symposium and Workshop on Sustainable Transport for Developing Countries (STDC)
  • International Conference on Marine Technology (MARTEC)
  • International Workshop on Algorithms and Computation (WALCOM)
  • International Conference on Networking Systems and Security (NSysS)

Student life[edit]

Halls of residence[edit]

Sabekunnahar Sony Memorial Sculpture, beside Titumir Hall
BUET Auditorium Complex
Titumir Hall, one of the eight dormitories of the university

There are eight residence halls to provide housing for BUET students. The Shahid Smriti Hall is reserved for young teachers who do not have an official quarter in the campus and for the male graduate students.[28] The Chatri Hall is for female students, and the remaining six halls are for male students studying at the undergraduate level.[28] These halls were built in different periods of time, and their designs bear the history and architecture of different times.[when?]. The administrative head of a residence hall is its provost, usually chosen from the senior teachers of different faculties. 3 Assistant Provosts are also appointed in the hall administration. Most of the halls are named after several eminent figures in the history of Bangladesh. These are listed below:

Students who do not stay at halls of residence are facilitated by university's own commuter buses which cover major routes of Dhaka city.

Sports facilities[edit]

Playground of BUET

BUET has a large playground at the eastern periphery of main academic campus. It is used as venue of annual athletics competition of the university as well as cricket, football, hockey competitions. Students can access the facility all year round. Besides, visiting foreign national football teams as well as few top football clubs of Bangladesh sometimes use this ground for practice sessions. BUET has tennis court in the main academic area. It also has a gymnasium near halls of residence where students can do gymnastics and play basketball during leisure

Student organizations[edit]

  • 'বুয়েট সাংবাদিক সমিতি'(BUET Journalist Society)
  • Murchhona : BUET (Cultural Organization)
  • BUET Self Defense Club (BSDC)
  • Kantho:BUET (Recitation Club)[29]
  • BUET Nuclear Engineering Club (BNEC)
  • Badhan (Blood donation), BUET Zone
  • BUET Robotics Society (BRS)
  • BUET Energy Club (BEC)
  • BUET Career Club (BCC)
  • BUET Debating Club (BUETDC)
  • BUET Drama Society
  • BUET Film Society
  • BUET Photographic Society (BUETPS)[30]
  • House of Volunteers : BUET
  • Satyen Bose Club (a Science organization named after Satyendra Nath Bose)
  • BUET Rover Group
  • BUET Literary Society
  • Civil Engineering Students' Association (CESA)
  • Water Resources Engineering Students' Association (WRESA)
  • Students Association of Material and Metallurgical Engineering (SAMME)
  • Association of Computer and Electrical Students (ACES)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Students' Association of BUET (USAB)
  • Association of Industrial and Production Engineers, Bangladesh (AIPEBD)
  • Safety Movement BUET
  • BUET Chess Club
  • IEEE BUET Student Branch
  • Chemical Engineering Students Association
  • BUET System Analysis Design and Development Group (BSADD)
  • BUET Meditation Club
  • BUET Brainiac (Quiz club)
  • BUET Brainteaser Club
  • BUET Entrepreneurship Development Club
  • BUET Origami Club
  • Charcoal BUET (Artista Society)
  • BUET Entrepreneurship Development Club (EDC)
  • Anuranan (BUET Math Club)


Abrar Fahad, a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department, was tortured and killed by Chhatra League leaders in Sher-e-Bangla Hall in 2019.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

A large number of BUET alumni are working in the industry and academia both in Bangladesh and outside Bangladesh.

See also[edit]


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Coordinates: 23°43′36″N 90°23′33″E / 23.72667°N 90.39250°E / 23.72667; 90.39250