Faujdarhat Cadet College

Coordinates: 22°24′00″N 91°45′45″E / 22.4000°N 91.7624°E / 22.4000; 91.7624
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Faujdarhat Cadet College
Bir Sreshtha Jahangir Academic Block

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Coordinates22°24′00″N 91°45′45″E / 22.4000°N 91.7624°E / 22.4000; 91.7624
Former nameEast Pakistan Cadet College
MottoDeeds not Words
(বাংলা: কথঅ নয় কাজ)
Established28 April 1958; 65 years ago (1958-04-28)
School boardBoard of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Chattogram
PrincipalMahinoor Akhtar (Acting)
AdjutantMajor Zayed Saad Al Rabbi
Area185 acres (750,000 m2)
Color(s)  Picton Blue
First PrincipalSir William Maurice Browne

Faujdarhat Cadet College is a historic public military high school (grade 7 to grade 12), modelled after public schools in the UK (according to the Public Schools Act 1868), run following the national curriculum of Bangladesh in English version, financed partially by the Bangladesh Army, located at Faujdarhat, near Chattogram, in Bangladesh.


Faujdarhat Cadet College boards up to 300 boys for grades 7 to 12. Every year, 50 students are admitted to the college at grade 7 through a nationwide admission test composed of written (Bangla, English, Mathematics, General Knowledge), interviews and Medical Examinations.

It was the first cadet college to be established by Field Marshall Muhammad Ayub Khan in erstwhile East Pakistan facing the Bay of Bengal. It was established on 28 April 1958.[1] Until 1965, it was known as the East Pakistan Cadet College. The school has an area of 185 acres making it the largest high school in Bangladesh. The school was designed by the most prominent artist of Bangladesh, Joynul Abedin.

The principal of the school is usually ranked Colonel or Lieutenant Colonel, and is appointed by the Adjutant General's branch of the Bangladesh Army.[2]

From 2003, the cadet colleges in Bangladesh were converted to the English version of the National Curriculum.[citation needed]

Cadets in class room

Academic system[edit]

Cadets are enrolled in class 7 of the Bangladesh National Curriculum and continue their study for six years up to the end of higher secondary or college level (high school in international standard). They follow the English version syllabus of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board.[3] Three national exams are taken by cadets, once in class 8, named Junior School Certificate (JSC), another in class 10, named Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the high school leaving examination in class 12 known as the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).

Each class generally has fifty students, divided into two sections which are known as forms. The Junior School Certificate (JSC), Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations are administered under the direct control of the Board of Education of Chattogram Division. Cadets have shown a clear trend of securing top positions in the merit lists of board examinations every year.

Reunion programs[edit]

Being one of the older educational institutions in the country, and with a long list of illustrious alumni, the college maintains a regular cycle of Reunions every 4 years. Usually, the Old Faujians Association (alumni association of the college) organizes this event teamed up with the college authority.

Reunion 2014[edit]

The Reunion in 2014 was a notable event as the Armed Forces also had lent hand in organizing this extravagant 3-day event. The Alumni endowed the college with their support in building new infrastructure and residential facilities as well as carrying out the large event which was held from 25 December to 27 December.[4]

Diamond Jubilee Reunion (Reunion 2018)[edit]

Diamond Jubilee Gate of Faujdarhat Cadet College

On 18 January 2018, the Old Faujians Association (alumni association of the college) organized an event called Diamond Jubilee Reunion. Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haque inaugurated the event.[5] The program lasted for three days. It started on 18 January and ended on 20 January. On the second day of the program, the legendary singer of this subcontinent, Runa Laila performed on the occasion.[6]

Houses and inter-house competition[edit]

There are four buildings to host the cadets, each two-storied. Each of the houses is given a name, a symbol, and a color.

  • Rabindra House:  
    • House Color: Yellow
    • House Symbol: Lion
    • House Motto: Strike and Strive
    • Former Babar House (South House)
  • Shahidullah House:  
    • House Color: Red
    • House Symbol: Tiger
    • House Motto: We Shall Never Surrender
    • Former Akbar House (North House)
  • Fazlul Huq House:  
    • House Color: Green
    • House Symbol: Panther
    • House Motto: Never Give In
    • Former Ayub House
  • Nazrul House:  
    • House Color: Blue
    • House Symbol: Jaguar
    • House Motto: They Live Who Dare
    • Former Shahjahan House

Usually, each house has 75 students, 12 to 13 from each grade. Students are divided into houses during their initial intake year. Year-round extra and co-curricular competitions and activities are arranged in the broad categories of cultural, sports and gardening competitions, as well as in academics. Based on results from each competition, the houses earn 'points' and the highest scoring house in a year is announced a winner at the end of the year. This enhances the competition and holistic development of all the cadets.

Dining Hall[edit]

The college dining hall is named after its former principal Lt. Col. William Maurice Brown. The dining hall is modeled after the interior of a ship. The dining hall is supervised by a Faculty Member appointed as the Officer-in-Charge Dining Hall And the dining hall is co-operated by a Cadet of grade 12, appointed as The College Dining Hall Prefect. The college dining hall serves meal to the Cadets five times daily. Many ceremonies and farewell dinners are also held in this auspicious dining hall.[citation needed]


The college library is named 'Birsrestho Abdur Rouf Library.' There are around 20,000 (twenty thousand) books in the library with collections from all around the world. The collection of this college library offers books on language, linguistics, mathematics, religion, literature, arts, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, history, computer science, philosophy, psychology, agriculture, statistics and political science. The Library is enriched with valuable reference materials available such as atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, annual reports and publications, survey reports, census reports, country reports, statistical yearbooks, military publications, and audio-visual materials.[citation needed]


Faujdarhat Cadet College has a well-developed hospital. It is named after Birsrestho Nur Mohammad, who was killed in the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The hospital is run by a specialized doctor ranked Major or Captain from the medical corps of the Bangladesh Army. Besides cadets, it provides treatment to employees of all classes along with their families. All kinds of basic and first aid treatments are available. It is well-equipped with pathological tools to diagnose basic diseases. In case of critical diseases and emergency situations, patients are sent to Combined Military Hospital, Chittagong.[citation needed]


Government and politics[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh Election Commission
Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud Eminent lawyer, Politician, Academician, Former President of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Former Minister and Member of Parliament
Hossain Zillur Rahman Former Advisor, Bangladesh Caretaker Government
Imran Ahmad Politician and Businessman, Minister of People's Republic of Bangladesh
Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Bir Protik, Chairman of Bangladesh Kallyan Party
A. J. Mohammad Ali Former Attorney General of Bangladesh
Fazle Kabir Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank (country's central bank)

Military and diplomacy[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Lieutenant General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim 8th Chief of Bangladesh Army
General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan 15th Chief of Bangladesh Army
Major Gen AMSA Amin Ambassador to Russia and Brazil
Real Admiral Md. Mahbub-ul-Islam Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Logistics)
Major Gen Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin Military Secretary to Prime Minister from 2011 to 2019 [7]

Academia and science[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Mohammad Ataul Karim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with expertise in electro-optical systems, optical computing, and pattern recognition[8][9][10][11][12][13]
Fakhruddin Ahmed The first Bangladeshi Rhodes scholar
Gowher Rizvi The second Bangladeshi Rhodes Scholar. Currently he is working as International Affairs adviser of the prime minister of Bangladesh. He taught at University of Oxford and Harvard Kennedy School[3]
Shapan Adnan Former professor at National University of Singapore.
A. M. M. Safiullah Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
Shahriar Huda Professor at University of Kuwait.
Lutful Bari Bhuiyan Professor, University of Puerto Rico.
Shamim Hasan Principal, Chittagong Medical College
Khalid Moinuddin Professor, Victoria University, Melbourne.
Musabbir Chowdhury Dean, Fleming College, Canada. MBA, Ivey Business School.
Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Consultant, Urology, University College London
Rajiv Chowdhury Professor and Chair of Global Health at Florida International University (FIU), First Bangladeshi to win Gates Cambridge Scholarship and Bill Gates Sr. Prize.
Shafiqul Islam Professor at Tufts University. Graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Adnan Zillur Morshed Professor of Architecture at Catholic University of America. Graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A. Atiq Rahman Executive Director of BCAS, a prominent environmentalist, scientist, development expert, and a visionary thinker in South Asia, world-leading environment specialist, winner of Champion of the Earth Prize 2008.
Mazhar Islam Professor, Loyola University New Orleans.
Imran Matin Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development.

Culture, entertainment and sports[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jamil Ahmed Founding Chairman, Department of Theatre & Music, University of Dhaka.
Shakoor Majid Ekushey Padak, the second-highest state award winner travel novelist
Sanaullah Labloo CEO, Rangdhanu Media Ltd
Ramiz Uddin Chowdhury Editor, Purbokon

Banking and corporate[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ata Safdar Global VP, Reckitt
Mamun Rashid Former MD, Citi. Head of PwC Bangladesh
Major General (Retd.) Abdul Matin Director of Islami Bank Bangladesh
Majedur Rahman Director, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE)
Sayeeful Islam MD, Concord Group
MA Moyeen Chairman, Lanka Bangla Finance and Securities
Wahid Al Mamun Director, Boeing
Ahmed Ismail Hossain Director, United Group
Brigadier General (Retd.) Sharif Aziz MD, Elite Force
Mirajul Haq CEO, Bagdoom.com
Dr. Naushad Uz Zaman, PhD Founder and CTO, Blackbird.AI

Books published by alumni[edit]

1. Demography and the Global Business Environment (Alfred Marcus & Mazhar Islam[1])


  1. ^ M. Anwarul Haq (27 April 2008). Faujdarhat Cadet College: A Legacy of Learning. The Daily Star. Archived 30 September 2012.
  2. ^ "List of Cadet College - Bangladesh Army". www.army.mil.bd. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b Ahmed, Fakhruddin (28 April 2008). "Faujdarhat Cadet College: Half a century of excellence". The Daily Star. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  4. ^ "aamra was the proud sponsor of The Faujians Reunion 2014". aamra.com.bd.
  5. ^ "Diamond jubilee reunion of Faujdarhat Cadet College". Daily Sun. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Runa Laila to perform in Faujdarhat Cadet College's 60th birthday". The New Nation. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  7. ^ "PM's Military Secretary Zainul Abedin dies at 59". bdnews24.com. 17 December 2019.
  8. ^ "UMass Dartmouth appoints new provost". Umassd.edu. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  9. ^ "UMass Dartmouth appoints new provost". Providence Business News. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Optics & Laser Technology Editorial Board". Elsevier. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Karim Stepping Down to Accept Provost Position at UMass Dartmouth". Old Dominion University. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Biography of Dr. Muhammad A. Karim". Asianamerican.net. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Star Insight". The Daily Star. 4 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.

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