University of Barisal

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University of Barisal
বরিশাল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
University of Barisal logo.jpg
Motto জ্ঞানই শক্তি
Motto in English
Knowledge is power
Type Public
Established 2011 (2011)
Academic affiliation
Budget 99.997m
Chancellor President Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. S. M. Imamul Huq
Dean 6
Academic staff
151 (January 2017)
Administrative staff
158 (2014)
Students 5430 (January 2017)
Undergraduates 3637 (2014)
Other students
Location Barisal, Bangladesh
Campus Suburban (50 acres)
Language English, Bengali
Nickname BU

University of Barisal (Bengali: বরিশাল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Boriśāl Biśbôbidyālôẏ also known as Barisal University or simply BU), is a public university located in Barisal, a city in southern Bangladesh.[1] It is the only general public university in Barisal division and the country's 33rd public university. It was established in 2011 and started educational activities on 24 January 2012. The university offers degrees in undergraduate levels. There are twenty academic departments under six faculties.


BU is situated in the district of Barisal under Barisal Division. It is located at Karnakathi on the eastern bank of the Kirtonkhola river beside Barisal-Patuakhali highway about 2 kilometres from the centre of Barisal City.


Barisal University Lake view

Demand for a university was first made in 1960 before the independence of Bangladesh. In 1973, then-Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared he wished to establish a university in Barisal during a rally held in the city. President Ziaur Rahman made a similar statement concerning establishing a university in Barisal on 23 November 1978, at a rally in Barisal Circuit House. In 1990s, former president Abdur Rahman Biswas also made a statement for the establishment of the university.

After three decades, following strong demand from the people of Barisal, the proposal was passed in ECNEC on 20 November 2008, by then Caretaker Government. On 22 November 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction of building of the university. The educational activities were inaugurated by Minister for Education Nurul Islam on 24 January 2012, in a temporary campus beside Barisal Zilla School.

The construction of the main campus started in 2012 which is located at Karnakathi on the eastern bank of the Kirtankhola river in Barisal Sadar Upazila. Tk. 900 million was estimated to construct the university on 50 acres of land, including 12 acres of private and 38 acres public land.

In academic year 2011–2012 around 400 students are enrolled in six majors under four disciplines.[2][3]


BU Campus
Barisal University entrance
View from the academic building
Barisal University academic building
View from the highway
Barisal University Campus at night
Barisal University Students and faculty buses
Double-decker students' bus
Bangobondhu Hall
Sheikh Hasina Hall

The university campus covers an area of 50 acres. The campus of BU is remarkable for its beautiful architecture and natural beauty. It is landscaped around the Kirtankhola river with field areas and plants making the campus a natural arboretum. Facilities include academic buildings, administration building, auditorium, library, computer centre, workshop, research laboratories, halls of residence, teachers' quarter, mosque etc. The university has inside its boundaries a bank, a canteen and a large auditorium.


The university runs its own regular bus service to and from the city for benefit of the students residing there, every alternate day. Friday and Saturday are weekly holidays. Four double-decker BRTC bus of Barisal University also ply to and from the city. All kinds of mechanised transport ply between Campus and the city.

  • Four Double decker Bus
  • Two BRTC Bus
  • Four University Bus
  • One AC Bus
  • One minibus

Medical Center[edit]

The University Medical Center is equipped for primary care but serious cases are referred to a medical college hospital which is about 4 kilometres away.

Sports and entertainment[edit]

The university provides facilities for football, cricket, volleyball, table tennis etc. The students play tennis, badminton and other games as well. Sports meets and games competitions are features of campus life. The students arrange debate, cultural show etc. The annual sports events are arranged at Barisal Divisional Stadium.


The library of BU is dedicated for individual study and group discussion. Multiple copies of text books are available at the counter. The library has more than 20,000 books and hundreds of journals and periodicals in its collection. Approximately 100 students can use these facilities at a time. The daily newspaper and monthly magazines are also available.



List of Vice-Chancellor[edit]

  1. Professor Dr. Harun-or-Rashid (2011–2015)
  2. Professor Dr. S. M. Imamul Huq (2015–present)


  1. A.K.M Mahbub Hasan


Classes for the 2011–12 academic year started on 24 January 2012. Admission is offered in six subjects: Mathematics, Management Studies, Marketing, Economics, Sociology, and English. Currently it offers admission in 6 faculties and 20 departments.

Faculty of Science and Engineering[edit]

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Geology and Mining

Faculty of Bio-Sciences and Agriculture[edit]

  • Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Coastal Studies and Disaster Management

Faculty of Arts and Humanities[edit]

  • Department of Bengali
  • Department of English
  • Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Social Science[edit]

  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Sociology

Faculty of Business Studies[edit]

  • Department of Accounting and Information System (AIS)
  • Department of Finance and Banking
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Management Studies

Faculty of Law[edit]

  • Department of Law

Medium of instruction[edit]

The medium of instruction is English, which is the official language for examinations. Bengali is also followed while teaching.

Halls of residence[edit]

There are two men's and one women's dormitorie.

Men's Dormitories :

  1. Bangabandhu hall
  2. Sher-E-Bangla hall

Women's Dormitory :

  • Sheikh Hasina hall


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°39′35″N 90°21′45″E / 22.659691°N 90.362371°E / 22.659691; 90.362371