Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

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Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
বাংলাদেশ প্রকৌশল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Established 1876: Dhaka Survey School
1912: Ahsanullah School of Engineering
1947: Faculty of Engineering, University of Dhaka
1962: EPUET
1971: BUET
Type Public, Coeducational
Chancellor President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Khaleda Ekram[1]
Academic staff
Students 5500
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Campus Urban, 76.85 acres (0.31 km²)
Nickname BUET

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ প্রকৌশল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, [baŋlad̪eʃ prokowʃɔl biʃʃobid̪d̪alɔe̯]), commonly known as BUET (pronounced: [bue̯eʈ]; Bengali: বুয়েট), is a Public Engineering University in Bangladesh. This is a renowned institution for the study of engineering and architecture in Bangladesh.[2]

In this institution, every year around 1000 students get enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs to study engineering, architecture, and planning. In undergraduate admission test, only about top 10% students can get admitted among 9,000 selected candidates, who are selected from an initial application pool of 20,000 applicants. The total number of teachers are about 500. The University has continued to expand over the last three decades. This includes the construction of new academic buildings, auditorium complex, halls of residence.


"Dhaka Survey School" was established in 1876 as a survey school at Nalgola, in Old Dhaka to train surveyors for the then Government of Bengal of Hindustan.[3] Later, generous grants from Nawab Ahsanullah, a renowned Muslim patron of education and member of the Nawab family of Dhaka, enabled it to expand as a full-fledged engineering school. In recognition of this contribution, the school was renamed to "Ahsanullah School of Engineering". It offered three-year diploma courses in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. It was moved to its present premises in 1912.

After the partition of India in 1947, it was 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.

In 1962, it was renamed as East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology (EPUET). A partnership with the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (renamed Texas A&M University in 1963) was forged, and professors from A&M came to teach and to formulate the curriculum. During this period, EPUET offered courses in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Metallurgical, Chemical engineering and Architecture.

After the liberation war of 1971, Bangladesh became independent, and EPUET was renamed to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).[4]

Several more departments to offer graduate and undergraduate courses in different subjects - Water Resources Engineering, Naval architecture & Marine engineering, Industrial & Production Engineering, Petroleum & Mineral Resources Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Glass and Ceramic Engineering- were included in 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.[5]


Faculties and Departments[edit]

Academic activities are undertaken by seventeen departments under five faculties. Eleven departments offer undergraduate courses. All of the departments except the department of Humanities offer postgraduate courses.

Civil Engineering Building
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Building
Entry approach of the Dept. of Architecture, BUET
Aerial view of the plinth level of the Architecture building
  • Faculty of Architecture and Planning
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Urban and Regional Planning
    • Department of Humanities
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
    • Department of Industrial & Production Engineering (IPE)
    • Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering(NAME).
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Civil Engineering (CE)
    • Department of Water Resources Engineering (WRE).
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE)
    • Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering (MME)
    • Department of Chemistry (Chem)
    • Department of Mathematics (Math)
    • Department of Physics (Phys)
    • Department of Petroleum & Mineral Resources Engineering (PMRE)
    • Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering(GCE)


At present there are four institutes in BUET. These institutes offer postgraduate diplomas and master's degree.

  • Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
  • Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT)
  • Institute of Information and Communication Technology
  • Accident Research Institute (ARI)

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)
  • Accident Research Institute (ARI)


  • 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)

BUET 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 the relevant engineering fields. The Central library has a collection of over 132,000 volumes and 218 current periodical subscriptions. Per year 1500 volume are added to this library.[6] It also has a free internet browsing facility and a rental library program. There are also departmental libraries in each department and a hall library in each of the residence halls.



The Undergraduate admission test is one of the most intensive written examinations in Bangladesh. After completion of higher secondary level (HSC) education, a student can submit her or his application for undergraduate admission if he/she fulfills the minimum requirements. Students with the best grades in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English of their higher secondary examination are allowed to take the admission test. The screening process allows 9000 students to sit for the admission test, based on the cumulative sum of GPAs in these four subjects .[7] After the admission test, only about 1000 students get admitted. However, for admission to M.S. and Ph. D. programs candidates are required to appear in interviews and/or written tests.

There are 26 seats for foreign students in undergraduate level. The pre-requisite qualification for admission is H.S.C. or GCE A level or its equivalent with good grades in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Tuition and other fees per year is US$1000 (one thousand US dollar) and approximate cost for food, lodging etc. is US$100 (one hundred US dollar) per month. Maximum 10 students from a single country are allowed for admission.[8]

Post graduate[edit]

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.[9]

Post graduate courses are M.Sc (Masters of Science), M.Sc Engg. (Masters of Science in Engineering), M. Engg (Masters of Engineering),MURP (Master of Urban and Regional Planning), M.Arch (Master of Architecture) and Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy).

Student life[edit]

Halls of residence[edit]

Sabekunnahar Sony Memorial Sculpture, beside Titumir Hall.
BUET Auditorium
Sher-e-Bangla Hall, BUET

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 graduate students.[citation needed] The Chatri Hall is for female students, and the remaining six halls are for male students studying in the undergraduate level. These halls were built in different periods of time[when?]. Designs of these halls bear the history and architecture of different time. 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:

  • Ahsanullah Hall
  • Titumir Hall
  • Chatri Hall
  • Dr. M. A. Rashid Hall
  • Nazrul Islam Hall.
  • Sher-e-Bangla Hall
  • Suhrawardy Hall
  • Shahid Smriti Hall

Student organizations[edit]

  • Badhan (Blood donation), BUET Zone
  • BUET Energy Club (BEC)
  • BUET Career Club (BCC)
  • BUET Debating Club
  • BUET Drama Society
  • BUET Film Society
  • BUET Photographic Society [10]
  • House of Volunteers : BUET
  • Satyen Bose Club (Science Club)
  • BUET Rover Group
  • BUET Literary Society
  • Kantha BUET (Recitation Group)
  • Water Resources Engineering Students' Association (WRESA)
  • Students Assiociation of Material and Metallurgical Engineering (SAMME)
  • Civil Engineering Students Association (CESA)
  • 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)
  • Murchhona:BUET
  • Safety Movement BUET
  • Environment Watch : BUET
  • BUET Journalist Society
  • BUET Chess Club
  • IEEE BUET Student Branch
  • Chemical Engineering Students Association
  • BUET System Analysis Design and Development Group (BSADD)
  • BUET Meditation Club


  • CSE, BUET graduates won the Fulbright Scholarship six years in a row.
  • BUET teams participated in the IEEE Myron Zucker Student Design Contest in 2001, placed first, Chicago, USA.[11]
  • BUET teams participated in the Asia-Pacific Robot Contest ABU ROBOCON 2005 Beijing and was awarded the Panasonic Award.
  • BUET student won the 2006 IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest.
  • BUET won the Student Enterprise Award in 2007 from IEEE.[12]
  • BUET won the IEEE Vibrant Student Branch Award 2008 in IEEE Region 10 Student Congress in 2007 from IEEE
  • CSE, BUET students have been constantly ranked in the top 35 within last decade at the ACM ICPC.
  • Dozens of BUET Alumni are now working at Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook [13]

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]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°43′37″N 90°23′34″E / 23.726996°N 90.392858°E / 23.726996; 90.392858