Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

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Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
বাংলাদেশ প্রকৌশল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Type Public, Coeducational
Established 1876: Dhaka Survey School
1912: Ahsanullah School of Engineering
1947: Faculty of Engineering, University of Dhaka
1962: EPUET
1971: BUET
Chancellor President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Khaleda Ekram[1]
Academic staff
Students 5500
Location Dhaka, BangladeshBangladesh
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 1030 students get enrolled in undergraduate 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 minimum 10,000 applicants. The intake of graduate students in Masters and PhD programs is around 1000. 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. The university is ranked among top 250 Asian universities in 2015 by the QS World University Rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds.[3]


"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 British India.[4] 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.[5]

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.[5]

In 1962, it was renamed as East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology (EPUET) being the fourth university of the then East Pakistan. 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).[5]

Several more departments to offer graduate and undergraduate courses in different subjects - Water resources engineering, Urban & Regional planning, Naval architecture & Marine engineering, Industrial & Production engineering, Petroleum & Mineral resources engineering, Computer science & engineering, Glass & Ceramic engineering, Biomedical 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.[6]


Faculties and Departments[edit]

Academic activities are undertaken by eighteen departments under five faculties.[7] Twelve departments offer undergraduate courses. All of the departments except the department of Humanities offer postgraduate courses.[7]

Civil Engineering Building
Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
Electrical and 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 five institutes in BUET. These institutes offer postgraduate diplomas and master's degree.[8]

  • 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)

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)

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 1,42,913 items of information materials. Among the materials, 1,25,066 and 17,847 are books and bound periodicals respectively.[9] Besides, 141 titles are in the current subscription list of journals.[9] Per year 1500 volume are added to this library.[9] The main reading room of central library can accommodate 200 students at a time to provide reading facilities of rare and out of print books, ready reference and prescribed textbooks. It also has free internet browsing facility and a rental library program. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to use internet on production of their valid ID cards along with user name and password obtainable from IICT.[10] There are also departmental libraries in each department and hall libraries 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 (H.S.C.) 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, English and Bangla 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 five subjects .[11] After the admission test, only about 1030 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.[12] 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. Admission fee is US$200 (two hundred US dollar), course registration fee is US$50 (fifty US dollar) per credit hour and approximate cost for food, lodging etc. is US$100 (one hundred US dollar) per month.[12] Maximum 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.[13]

Post-graduate degrees 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).

A foreign student has to pay US$50 (fifty US dollar) 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).[14]

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.[15]

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), etc.[5][15] In addition, BUET regularly organizes national and international conferences and workshops in its campus to enhance the research capabilities of its students and faculties.[16]

Student life[edit]

Halls of residence[edit]

Sabekunnahar Sony Memorial Sculpture, beside Titumir Hall.
BUET Auditorium Complex
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 male graduate students.[17] The Chatri Hall is for female students, and the remaining six halls are for male students studying in the undergraduate level.[17] 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

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 indoor physical exercises during leisure.

Student organizations[edit]

  • Badhan (Blood donation), BUET Zone
  • BUET Energy Club (BEC)
  • BUET Career Club (BCC)
  • BUET Debating Club (BUETDC)
  • BUET Drama Society
  • BUET Film Society
  • BUET Photographic Society (BUETPS)[18]
  • House of Volunteers : BUET
  • Satyen Bose Club (a Science organization named after Satyendra Nath Bose)
  • BUET Rover Group
  • BUET Literary Society
  • Kantha BUET (Recitation Group)
  • Civil Engineering Students Association (CESA)
  • Water Resources Engineering Students' Association (WRESA)
  • Students Assiociation 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)
  • Murchhona : BUET (Cultural Organization)
  • 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
  • BUET Brainiac (Quiz club)

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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 International Collegiate Programming Contest.
  • BUET reached "partial double octo-final" round in open break category (44th among 400 teams) at the 36th World Universities Debating Championship 2016.[21]
  • Dozens of BUET Alumni are now working at Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook.[22]

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]


  1. ^ "Architecture Professor Khaleda Ekram first female BUET VC". 
  2. ^ "The registration to sit for the BUET admission test closes today". Daily Sun. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology". QS World University Rankings. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology". Banglapedia, National Encyclopaedia of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ a b c d "About BUET". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  6. ^ "BUET starts celebrating 60 yrs of engineering education". The Financial Express. 29 July 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Departments". Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Institues". Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  9. ^ a b c "Resources". 
  10. ^ "Facilities". 
  11. ^ "Undergraduate Admission". Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  12. ^ a b "Foreign 2015-16" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  13. ^ "Eligibility Criteria". Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  14. ^ "Procedure and Eligibility for the Foreign Students" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  15. ^ a b "Research". Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  16. ^ "Conferences and Workshops". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  17. ^ a b "Campus Life". Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  18. ^ "Buet Photographic Society". Flickr. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
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  21. ^ "Thessaloniki WUDC 2016". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  22. ^ "CSE Graduates Get job in Google". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  23. ^ "Faculty - Dr. Fazle Hussain". University of Houston. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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