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Dinajpur (Bengali: দিনাজপুর) is a city of Rangpur Division situated in northern part of Bangladesh. It was founded in 1786. It is located in the Dinajpur District, near the capital city of Rangpur Division,413 km north-west of Dhaka in Bangladesh. It is situated in 25o37' N. latitude and 88o39' E longitude on the eastern bank of the river Punarvhaba. 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 Punarbhava on the west.
The percentage of literacy in the town is 56.5% which is quite high compared with that of other towns 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 got some prominent educational institutions.which are all Government Financed.They are as follows:
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University is located 13 km north of Dinajpur town, is one of the prominent institution in North Bengal of Bangladesh.it offers various undergraduate programs like Computer Science,BBA, Agriculture,Fisheries,Veterinary and Postgraduate programs like Agronomy,Horticulture,Soil science etc.
Established in 1992, Dinajpur Medical College is one of the 29 Government financed medical institutions located at historical Ananda sagar area in Dinajpur Town.Currently it offers 5-year MBBS Program along with 1 year compulsory after Graduation Internship Program.In 2009 Dinajpur city start English Version Education.Some notable English Version are:Bethel Int'l School,Dinajpur Ridge School,Dinajpur Labrotary School, Dinajpur Public School,South Point School and Green International School.
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.
- Mehrab Ali, "History of Dinajpur Pourasava" www.dinajpurmunicipality.com
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