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Dinajpur (Bengali pronunciation: [dinajpur]; Bengali: দিনাজপুর) is a city and District headquarte of Dinajpur district situated in Rangpur Division, Bangladesh. It was founded in 1786. It is located 413 km north-west of Dhaka in Bangladesh. It is situated in 25°37′ N. latitude and 88°39′ E longitude on the eastern bank of the river Punarbhaba. It is bounded on the north by Suihari, Katapara, Bangi Bechapara, Pulhat, Koshba on the south, on the east of Sheikhupura and by the river Punarbhaba on the west.
The percentage of literacy in the city is 85.05% which is quite high compared with that of other cites in the northern part of Bangladesh. The progress of education has been marked by gradual and steady increase in the proportion of literates.
Over the last 25 years, Dinajpur has attracted some prominent educational institutions, all of which are government financed. They are as follows:
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University is located 13 km north of Dinajpur town and is one of the prominent institutions in North Bengal. It offers various undergraduate programs such as computer science, BBA, agriculture, fisheries, veterinary medicine and postgraduate programs like agronomy, horticulture and soil science.
Established in 1992, M Abdur Rahim Medical College (former Dinajpur Medical College) is one of the 36 government financed medical institutions located at historical Ananda sagar area in Dinajpur City. Currently, it offers a five-year MBBS Program, along with a one-year compulsory post-graduation internship program. In 2009, Dinajpur city began an English version of education. Some notable English Version schools are: Bethel Int'l School, Dinajpur Ridge School, Dinajpur Labrotary School, Dinajpur Public School, South Point School and Green International School and Dinajpur Polytechnic Institute.
At first, after its formation in 1856, the Dinajpur Municipality used to be run by a town committee presided over by the Deputy Magistrate. This was among the first 40 municipalities in Bengal at that time. Later in 1868, the 'District Town Act' commissioned a chairman of the municipality who replaced the Deputy Magistrate and given a similar rank as a District Magistrate. Mr. Patterson was appointed the first chairman of Dinajpur Municipality in 1869. Now present chairman is Sued Jahangir Alam.
Khan Bahadur Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, First Muslim Graduate of the district, Member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly, School Inspector, Chairman Municipality.
Khan Sahib Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, Supdt. of Customs.
Dr. Motahar Uddin Ahmed, MRCP (Glasgow).
Mosahib Uddin Ahmed, District Registrar.
Air Vice Marshal Mumtaz Uddin Ahmed, Seventh Chief of Airstaff, Bangladesh Air Force.
Masud Ahmed, Former Ambassador.
Mansur Ahmed- Senior bureaucrat.
- Narayan Gangopadhyay, a Bengali novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer, and one of the leading writers of modern Bengali literature.
- Atmasthananda, fifteenth president of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.
- Debojyoti Mishra, an Indian music director and film composer.
- Liton Das, Cricketer Playing in Bangladesh National Team.
- Mehrab Ali, "History of Dinajpur Pourasava" www.dinajpurmunicipality.com
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- Population and Housing Census 2011 - Volume 3: Urban Area Report (PDF), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, August 2014