Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur

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Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur
বেগম রোকেয়া বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় রংপুর[1]
Logo of Begum Rokeya University.svg
জ্ঞানই শক্তি[2]
Motto in English
Knowledge is Power
EstablishedOctober 12, 2008; 13 years ago (2008-10-12)
EndowmentPublicly funded by Government (1 billion BDT per year excluding development funds)
Budget1 Billion BDT per year[citation needed]
ChancellorPresident of Bangladesh
Vice-ChancellorMd. Hasibur Rashid
Academic staff
203 (December 2015)
Administrative staff
623 (December 2015)
Students7,120 (December 2015)
Undergraduates4,834 (December 2015)
Postgraduates2,286 (December 2015)

25°43′04″N 89°15′33″E / 25.7179°N 89.2592°E / 25.7179; 89.2592Coordinates: 25°43′04″N 89°15′33″E / 25.7179°N 89.2592°E / 25.7179; 89.2592
CampusUrban, 75 acres (30 ha)
LanguageBengali, English
AffiliationsUniversity Grants Commission of Bangladesh

Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR), formerly Rangpur University,[3] is a government-financed public university in Bangladesh. It is the only general categorised university in Rangpur Division and the second public university in the region. It was named after the feminist writer and social worker Begum Rokeya. It is the 30th public university of Bangladesh. It was established on 12 October 2008 under Begum Rokeya University Act, 2009 (2009–29).


The university is between Rangpur Cadet College and Carmichael College in Rangpur. It covers an area of 75 acres (30 ha). The university has constructed four academic building and started class from August 2011 in the main campus. Currently, the university has 22 departments and almost 7,000 students. It contains three student halls (two male and one female). There is a library and a cafeteria on the campus.

Rear View of Campus, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur
Campus of Begum Rokeya University at Night, Rangpur


Since 1947, a university in this region has been a long cherished dream. A popular demand for a kind of university that can reach out to a large number of students desiring higher education in this vast region has always been intensely felt but has never been fulfilled. In 2001, the then Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, laid the foundations of Rangpur University of Science and Technology. However, later on the establishment was cancelled.

It was not until August 2007 when Fakhruddin Ahmed, chief advisor of the Caretaker Government, agreed in principle to establish a full-fledged university in Rangpur.[4] Fakhruddin Ahmad, in a historic cabinet meeting held in Rangpur on 2 February 2008, took the decision to establish a university in Rangpur. The Rangpur University Ordinance was approved by the cabinet on 15 June 2008.[5] M. Lutfar Rahman was appointed the first vice-chancellor on 20 October 2008. Two days later Hossain Zillur Rahman, the then education and commerce advisor to the Caretaker Government formally inaugurated the university.


  • Chancellor: Md. Abdul Hamid, President, The People's Republic of Bangladesh
  • Vice-Chancellor: Prof.Dr. Ashik Hossain Dipjol
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor: Sarifa Salowa Dina

Administrative officers[edit]

  • Registrar: Colonel Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal (Retd.) [6]
  • Assistant Registrar: Md. Khairul Islam
  • Treasurer: Md. Hasibur Rashid
  • Proctor: Md. Golam Rabbani [7]
  • Provosts:
    • Komolesh Chandra Sarkar, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall
    • Shafiqur Rahman, Sohid Mukhtar Elahi Hall[8]


Academic Building 1 & 2 of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur
Academic Buildings of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur

Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • BSc (Engineering)
  • BSc (Hons.)
  • B.A. (Hons.)
  • B.B.A. (Hons.)
  • B.S.S. (Hons.)

Graduate programs[edit]

  • MSc (Engineering)
  • MSc
  • M.A.
  • M.B.A.
  • M.S.S.

Post Graduate programs[edit]

  • MPhil (MPhil leading to PhD)
  • PhD

Other programs[edit]

  • M.B.A. (Evening)

Faculties and departments[edit]

BRUR has 21 departments under six faculties.

Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • Department of Bangla
  • Department of English
  • Department of History and Archaeology

Faculty of Social Science[edit]

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Gender and Development Studies
  • Department of Mass Communication and Journalism
  • Department of Public Administration

Faculty of Business Studies[edit]

  • Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Department of Management Studies
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Finance and Banking

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics

Faculty of Engineering & Technology[edit]

  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Geography and Environmental Science
  • Department of Disaster Management


BRUR enrolls undergraduate students. Students who want to get admitted need to pass and compete on the merit list in the admission test which is highly competitive. Admission tests are arranged by the university under authority of admission council for all faculties.

Statistics based on academic year 2014–15 admission:

  • Total applicants: 90,402[9]
  • Total seats available: 1,258
  • Average applicant to seat ratio: 72:1.
  • Acceptance rate: 1.39%

Grading system[edit]

The academic year consists of two semesters. Academic courses are based on a credit system. Result scale is out of 4. 80℅-100%= 4. Per course includes 3.00 credits and at last semester there is a compulsory thesis for each student including 6 credits.

Central Library and Information Center[edit]

The Central Library and Information Center (CLIC) of Begum Rokeya University was established on 12 October 2008 with an aim to support the instructional and research programs of the university. The vice-chancellor opened all activities of CLIC on 19 November 2009.

Initially, CLIC started functioning at the temporary campus of the university (Teachers' Training College, Rangpur). It was shifted to the permanent campus on 19 March 2011. This library and information centre has large reading rooms with huge resources such as books, journals, periodicals etc. The director is Porimol Chandra Barman.[10]


Dr. Wazed Research and Training Institute. MPhil & PhD degrees are offered under this institute. The institute is one of the few institutes exclusively designed for MPhil and PhD programs in the country. It also offers MPhil leading to PhD.

Bengali New Year Celebration at Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur

Political organisations[edit]

Residential halls[edit]

For male students[edit]

  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall
  • Sohid Mukhtar Elahi Hall
Male Student Halls of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur

For female students[edit]

  • Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall
  • Sheikh Hasina Hall (under construction)



  • Liberation Monument
  • Sohid Minar


  • Four academic buildings
  • Central Library
  • Dr. Wazed Research and Training Institute (DWRTI)


  • Administrative Building


  • Only full-fledged Public University in Rangpur Division; very low tuition fees
  • In-campus medical facilities
  • Own bus transportation service
  • Central library with Computer lab & seminar libraries in departments
  • Cafeteria
  • Central Mosque
  • Cyber Center

List of vice-chancellors[edit]

Name From To
M. Lutfar Rahman 20 October 2008[5] 7 May 2009
Mohammad Abdul Jalil Miah 7 May 2009[11] 5 May 2013
A. K. M. Nurun Nabi 6 May 2013[12] 5 May 2017
Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah 1 June 2017[13] 9 June 2021
Md. Hasibur Rashid 9 June 2021[14] Present


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  12. ^ "Nurun Nabi new VC of Rokeya Univ". 6 May 2013.
  13. ^ বেগম রোকেয়া বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ভাইস চ্যান্সেলর নিয়োগ আদেশ। |Ministry of Education- | শিক্ষা মন্ত্রণালয়-গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Professor Hasibur Rashid appointed Begum Rokeya University VC". The Daily Star. 9 June 2021.

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