Dhaka Residential Model College

Coordinates: 23°45′54″N 90°22′4″E / 23.76500°N 90.36778°E / 23.76500; 90.36778
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Dhaka Residential Model College
ঢাকা রেসিডেনসিয়াল মডেল কলেজ


Coordinates23°45′54″N 90°22′4″E / 23.76500°N 90.36778°E / 23.76500; 90.36778
Former nameResidential Model School
TypeAutonomous Public
Mottoউৎকর্ষ সাধনে অদম্য
(Strive for Excellence)
EstablishedMay 5, 1960; 64 years ago (1960-05-05)
FounderField Marshal Ayub Khan
School districtDhaka Education Board
School number108258
School code1300
PrincipalBrigadier General Kazi Shameem Farhad
First PrincipalLieutenant Colonel Mohammad Manzurur Rahman
FacultyFull time-150, part time-37
Age range8–18 (approximately)
Enrollment5550[1] (2022-2023)
LanguageBengali, English
Campus size52 acres (21 ha)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  White
SportsFootball, cricket, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, hockey, badminton
Team nameDRMC Team

Dhaka Residential Model College, also known as DRMC (Bengali: ঢাকা রেসিডেনসিয়াল মডেল কলেজ), is a prestigious and historic public autonomous residential school (in the Indian subcontinent, as in the United Kingdom, higher secondary schools comprising the 11th and 12th years of education are often referred to as colleges), located at Mirpur Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The college offers education for students ranging from third grade to twelfth grade (approximately ages 8 to 18). DRMC is the largest Residential Public School & College in the country.


Dhaka Residential Model College was established by the then President of Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan in 1960 on an area of about 52 acres beside Mirpur Road near Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka.[citation needed]

In 1962, the administration of DRMC was assumed by the provincial government of then East Pakistan.[2]

In 1965, the government converted the institution into an autonomous body, and its administration was relegated to a board of governors with the Chief Secretary as its chairman. In 1967, the government again took control of the school. At that time, a new board of governors was constituted with the Education Secretary as its chairman. The school opened its eleventh and twelfth grades in 1967.[3]

The initial purpose of establishing DRMC was to provide education for the sons of elite military officers and high-ranking government officials in East Pakistan. The school, and later the college, were modeled after public schools in the United Kingdom (according to the British Public Schools Act 1868), particularly Eton College.

The house system was designed to resemble Eton's. After the independence of Bangladesh, a board of governors was appointed with the Education Secretary as its chairman. Since its inception, the school has been funded through government grants and minimal student fees. The Board of Governors has been empowered to “frame rules as it deems necessary for the proper functioning of the school”.[3]

The school began with only one study session, known as the Morning shift which operates from 07:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. In March 1993, another session known as the Day shift was added, according to the education expansion policy of the government, to cope with the growing number of students.[4]

The day shift session operates from 12:30 p.m. to 05:10 p.m. Measures were taken to build park, swimming pool, auditorium, mosque, administrative building, hospital and residences for the principal, vice-principal, teachers and school staff.


Dhaka Residential Model College offers primary, secondary education and higher secondary education.[5]

There are two academic semesters per academic year. The first semester is from January to June, and the second term is from July to December. Each semester has a final exam known as the Half-Yearly and Annual Examination. There are also three class tests for all the subjects throughout both semesters to prepare students for the final exams. All single examination results are taken into account when assessing the final evaluation of the student. There are two versions offered at the institution: Bengali Version and English Version. DRMC offers all three groups created by the Bangladesh Education System in Secondary and Higher Secondary levels: Science, Business, and Humanities.


Outer view of Dr. Qudrat-E-Khuda house

There are 6 houses in this school. Every house has a common room, an office room, a dining hall, a small library, a kitchen, a garden, and a prayer room. The common room is used for watching television and for parents’ gatherings on weekends. Some indoor games such as table tennis and chess are also played in these rooms. To bolster the spirit of excellence among the students, many inter-house competitions are arranged as per specific schedules, mostly in the areas of sports and culture. Moreover, there is another house that does not have accommodation for the students but only serves as a platform for the Day Shift non-resident students studying up to class eight. Under the umbrella of this house named 'Jasimuddin House', students, like other houses, participate in various extra-curricular activities. Only the morning shift students stay in the houses. A list of the houses is given below.

Junior houses[edit]

This house was first created in April 1960. Its first name was Jinnah House. After Bangladesh gained independence, this house was named as 1 Number House. After some time, it got renamed as Dr. Qudrat-E-Khuda House. This house gets lots of prizes in many competitions as well as in studies.
  •   Zainul Abedin House
    • House Color: Yellow
    • Former Ayub House, 2 Number House
This house was first created in May 1961. Its first name was Ayub House. After Bangladesh gained independence, this house was named as Zainul Abedin House. This house is full of talents in studies and sports.
There is no particular residence for this house and it was for day shift students. In 2008, this house was founded so that the students of the day shift could participate under a house's name in cultural and sports competitions.
Outer view of Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah House

Senior houses[edit]

This house gets lots of prizes in many competitions as well as in studies. Champion of Inter House Wall Magazine Competition 2020.
Sheikh Jamal, the second son of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was a resident student of this house during his study time at this school.
  •   Lalon Shah House
    • House Color: Pink
    • Former 3 Number House
From 1960 to 1976, this house was used as a medical center. In 1977, it started as a house named 3 Number House. On 10 September 1978, late principal Colonel Jiauddin Ahmed named this house as Lalon Shah House.
On 20 March 2008, this house was founded. The annex (also known as Old Bank Building) was added as part of the house on 4 September 2009.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

DRMC is the most successful institution in Bangladesh in terms of a diverse range of extracurricular opportunities, skill growth practice, and personal development cooperation offered to a student. Due to the size of the college, extracurricular activities offered at Dhaka Residential Model College are many and varied,[6] and are a major feature of DRMC. In addition to established sports, the college also has a lot of clubs including Boy Scout troop & BNCC Platoon.

Students participate in different programs and contests like debating contests, art competitions, music, sports and athletics, essay writing, performing arts, quizzes, science fairs; math, chemistry, physics, and astronomy Olympiads; and other extracurricular activities at both national and international levels.[7][8][9]


The college has a total of 20 active extracurricular clubs. They are:

  • DRMC Science Club
  • DRMC Math Club
  • DRMC IT Club
  • Remians Art Club
  • Remians Music & Cultural Club
  • Remians Youth Red Crescent
  • Remians Debating Society
  • Remians Language Club
  • DRMC Adventure & Tour Club
  • DRMC MUN Association
  • DRMC Islamic Cultural Club
  • DRMC Film and Photography Club
  • DRMC Business & Career Club
  • DRMC Social Service Club
  • DRMC BNCC Platoon
  • DRMC Scouts
  • DRMC Youth Club
  • DRMC Games & Sports Club
  • Remians Nature & Earth Club
  • Remians Cultural Club


Among the outdoor games, football and cricket are the most popular. Cricket is played in winter while football is in summer. DRMC has teams for football, cricket, volleyball, hockey, and basketball that participate in national and regional games. The DRMC football team reached the finals and became runner-up in the first-ever Inter-School Football Tournament 2003; one of its players won the Man of the Match trophy.[10]

The team won the championship in the Inter-School Football Competition for the first time in 2006.[11] DRMC also hosts many tournaments on its grounds.[12][13] Within the college, teams from the houses take part in annual football, cricket, basketball and volleyball tournaments. It also holds indoor game tournaments such as table tennis and chess. Currently, they are the champions of Dhaka zone football in 2022.

Quiz bowl[edit]

DRMC students actively take part in various quiz bowls. The DRMC quiz team became champions in a competition organized by Bangladesh Television in 2001. Among 50 competing schools, the DRMC team won first place by defeating Viqarunnisa Noon School.[14] DRMC students, who have done well in many quiz bowls since 2001, won championships in the quiz contest at Notre Dame College Science Festival 2002,[15] Standard Chartered-Prothom Alo 14th Inter College Quiz Contest hosted by the National Defence College, India,[15] 28th National Science & IT Week 2005,[16] Inter-School Quiz Contest 2006 hosted by Shishu Academy[16] and BCSIR Science Fair, the national level science fair hosted annually by the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.[17]

DRMC quiz team 'Platinum' became champion in The HSBC Prothom Alo Language Competition in 2005 both at the regional and national levels. DRMC quiz team 'BOMARU' secured the championship in the National Inter-School quiz competition organized by Bangladesh Shishu Academy in 2009. DRMC quiz team became champion in the 2017 'Quiz Quiz', an interschool quiz competition organized by Bangladesh Television.


Shandipan is the yearbook of Dhaka Residential Model College, containing school-related news, poems, articles, stories, science fiction, jokes, and other items of interest, written by the students, teachers, and staff. The magazine reflects the creativity of the college and provides an opportunity for students to express their thoughts. In addition, the college publishes supplements and souvenirs on the occasion of special functions and events such as the Science Club publishes a souvenir named "Aurora" , the Language Club publishes "Dhoni" and the Islamic Culture Club publishes "Deen".[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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