Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University

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Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University
হাজী মোহাম্মদ দানেশ বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়,দিনাজপুর
HSTU Logo.png
Former names
Agricultural Extension Training Institute (1979), Hajee Mohammad Danesh Agricultural College (1988)
TypePublic
Established1979 (1979) (University started 11 September 1999)
AffiliationUniversity Grants Commission
ChancellorPresident Abdul Hamid
Vice-ChancellorMd. Kamruzzaman
Academic staff
309
Students11000
Location
Dinajpur
,
Rangpur
,
Bangladesh

25°41′53″N 88°39′18″E / 25.6980°N 88.6550°E / 25.6980; 88.6550Coordinates: 25°41′53″N 88°39′18″E / 25.6980°N 88.6550°E / 25.6980; 88.6550
CampusRural, 85 acres
Websitehstu.ac.bd
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Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) (Bengali: হাজী মোহাম্মদ দানেশ বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a government-financed public university of Bangladesh. Locally it is known as Hajee Danesh University.

About Hajee Mohammad Danesh[edit]

Hajee Mohammad Danesh (1900–1986) was leading political activist of South Asia during British colonialism.[4] He was born in Sultanpur village in Dinajpur District. He obtained his M.A. in history from Aligarh Muslim University in 1931 and B.L. degree in 1932. In the 1930s, Danesh became active in the communist organisations of Bengal, especially the Bengal provincial organisation of the Communist Party of India. He was arrested twice in 1938 by the government of Bengal for his participation in the Tebhaga movement, an agitation in northern Bengal against zamindars landlords for landless peasants and sharecroppers who sought a greater share of the yield, most of which was surrendered to the zamindars. Danesh was one of the few Muslim communist leaders of the struggle, and worked to mobilise the Muslim peasantry in favour of the movement. In 1945, he joined the All India Muslim League, but was later expelled for his participation in the continuing Tebagha movement, and re-arrested by the Bengal government in 1946. After the partition of India and Bengal in 1947, Danesh remained in his home district of Dinajpur, which fell in Muslim-majority East Bengal, which became part of the newly created Muslim state of Pakistan. He died in Dhaka on 28 June 1986.

History[edit]

Dr. M A Wazed Building

Shortly after the death in May 2009 of M. A. Wazed Miah, a physicist and the husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the regents of the university announced that the campus's third academic building, to be built later that year, would be named in his honour.[5]

On 16 April 2015, two students were killed during clashes between factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student front of the ruling Awami League party. Two arrests were made in the case five years later.[6]

Vice-Chancellor M. Abul Kashem was the target of a number of protests during his tenure. On 5 November 2018, students staged a sit-in over his handling of multiple sexual harassment complaints against two teachers.[7] Sixteen teachers went on strike in October 2020 alleging that Kashem had been out of his office and unreachable for seven months, leading to administrative paralysis.[8] Kashem, whose term was due to expire at the end of January 2021, fled campus two weeks early after jobseekers, who had besieged his official residence and cut off power and water to it, stormed the building and held him and his wife captive for six hours.[9]

Campus[edit]

The campus

Library[edit]

Library building

The university Library contains a collection of more than 25,000 volumes, including bound volumes of periodicals. It subscribes to over 50 foreign journals. A complete automation of the system is in the process. The Confined Section of the library contains rare books.

Medical centre[edit]

The medical centre offers free medical service to students, teachers, staff and family members of the teachers and staff. The centre provides service round-the-clock, seven-days-a-week, with four doctors with ambulance facility. The centre has 12 bed accommodation so that patients suffering from contagious diseases may be cared for in isolation.

Halls of residence[edit]

Dormitory 2

Male halls[edit]

  • Sheikh Rasel Hall
  • Sheikh Rasel Hall east(Extended Hall)
  • Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman Hall
  • Tajuddin Ahmed Hall
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall
  • International Hall

Female halls[edit]

  • Sheikh Fajilatunnesa Mujib Hall
  • Ivy Rahman Hall
  • Kobi Sufia Kamal Hall

An extended area for foreign students.

Faculties[edit]

Administration Building, HSTU.jpg
Side view of Agriculture building
One of the academic buildings 3Veterinary Building
TSC of HSTU.jpg

There are 9 faculties in HSTU with 45 departments:

  1. Faculty of Postgraduate
  2. Faculty of Agriculture:
    • Department of Agronomy(AGN)
    • Department of Horticulture (HRT)
    • Department of Soil Science (SSC)
    • Department of Entomology (ENT)
    • Department of Plant Pathology (PLP)
    • Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding (GPB)
    • Crop Physiology & Ecology (CPE)
    • Department of Agricultural Extension(AEX)
    • Department of Agricultural Chemistry (ACH)
    • Department of Agroforestry And Environment (AGF)
    • Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB)
  3. Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering:
    • Department of Computer Science & Engineering(CSE)
    • Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
    • Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  4. Faculty of Business Studies:
    • Department of Accounting (ACT)
    • Department of Management Studies (MGT)
    • Department of Marketing (MKT)
    • Department of Finance and Banking (FIB)
  5. Faculty of Fisheries:
    • Department of Fisheries Biology & Genetics (FBG)
    • Department of Fisheries Management (FMG)
    • Department of Fisheries Technology (FTL)
    • Department of Aquaculture (AQC)
  6. Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Science:
    • Department of Microbiology (MIC)
    • Department of Pathology and Parasitology (PPS)
    • Department of Dairy and Poultry Science (DPS)
    • Department of Anatomy and Histology (ANH)
    • Department of General Animal Science and Nutrition (ASN)
    • Department of Genetics and Animal breeding (GAB)
    • Department of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MSO)
    • Department of Physiology &Pharmacology (PPH)
  7. Faculty of Engineering:
    • Department of Agricultural & Industrial Engineering (AIE)
    • Department of Food Processing & Preservation (FPP)
    • Department of Food Engineering & Technology (FET)
    • Department of Food Science & Nutrition (FSN)
    • Department of Architecture (ARC)
    • Department of Civil Engineering (CE)
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  8. Faculty of Science:
    • Department of Chemistry (CHE)
    • Department of Statistics (SAT)
    • Department of Mathematics (MAT)
    • Department of Physics (PHY)
  9. Faculty of Social Science & Arts
    • Department of English (ENG)
    • Department of Economics (ECN)
    • Department of Sociology (SOC)
    • Department of Development Studies (DS)

Academics[edit]

Degrees offered[edit]

The university offers 23 undergraduate degrees under 9 faculties along with several postgraduate and doctoral courses. These are

  1. Faculty of Postgraduate Studies:
    • PhD
    • MA
    • MS
    • MBA
    • Evening MBA
  2. Faculty of Agriculture:
    • BSc(Hons.) in Agriculture
  3. Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering:
    • BSc(Engineering) in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
    • BSc(Engineering) in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
    • BSc(Engineering) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  4. Faculty of Business Studies (Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA):
    • BBA in Accounting
    • BBA in Marketing
    • BBA in Management
    • BBA in Finance & Banking
  5. Faculty of Fisheries:
    • BSc(Hons.) in Fisheries
  6. Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Science:
    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  7. Faculty of Engineering:
    • BSc in Food and Process Engineering (FPE)
    • BSc in Agricultural Engineering (AE)
    • Bachelor of Architecture(B.Arch)
    • BSc in Civil Engineering(CE)
    • BSc in Mechanical Engineering(ME)
  8. Faculty of Science:
    • BSc(Hons.) in Physics
    • BSc(Hons.) in Chemistry
    • BSc(Hons.) in Mathematics
    • BSc(Hons.) in Statistics
  9. Faculty of Social Science & Humanities:
    • B.A(Hons.) in English
    • B.S.S(Hons.) in Economics
    • B.S.S(Hons.) in Sociology
    • B.S.S(Hons.) in Development Studies

Admission and total seats[edit]

A gate of the university

There are 2005 seats available for undergraduate admission.[10]

Total seats at HSTU
Dept. Seat Dept. Seat
CSE 70 ECE 70
EEE 70 FPE 60
AIE 60 CE 50
ME 50 ARC 35
STAT 80 Math 80
PHY 75 Chem 75
AG 375 VAS 100
FISHERIES 110 ENG 105
SS 105 ECN 105
DS 50 MGT 70
AIS 70 F&B 70
Marketing 70

Additional seats are reserved for the students under the categories of son/daughter of Freedom Fighter (5%),foreigner(80 seats) Indigenous (1%) and Disabled (1 seat).

Research[edit]

Three years of research under Md. Hasanuzzaman, Chairman of the Genetics and Plant Breeding Department, led in 2014 to two new varieties of sweet pumpkins. The varieties, named "Hajee" and "Danesh", are higher yielding, sweeter, and have less fiber than other varieties grown in Bangladesh.[11]

Student life[edit]

Saheed Minar at HSTU

Sports[edit]

The university organises sports and other extracurricular and recreational activities. It provides intramural and extramural programmes.

  • Sports Club
    1. HSTU FC(Football club)
    2. HSTU Cricket Club
    3. HSTU Blade Skating

The directorate organizes and conducts interdepartmental and inter-hall tournaments, individual hall athletics, university athletics, and inter-university games and sports. Students participate in national championships in games and sports for which training and coaching are offered.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overview". HSTU.
  2. ^ "Vice Chancellor's Message". HSTU.
  3. ^ "HSTU at a glance". HSTU.
  4. ^ Mahfuzur Rahman Sarker (2012), "Danesh, Haji Mohammad", in Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.), Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.), Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
  5. ^ "HSTU bldg to be named after Dr Wazed". The Daily Star. 17 May 2009.
  6. ^ Hossain, Faruk (11 June 2020). "HSTU double murder: Two accused arrested in Dinajpur". Dhaka Tribune.
  7. ^ Hossain, Md Faruk (6 November 2018). "#MeToo: protest by HSTU teachers, students against sexual harassment". Dhaka Tribune.
  8. ^ "16 Hajee Danesh university teachers go on work abstention - Education". The Daily Observer. 8 October 2020.
  9. ^ "VC, wife leave HSTU campus in the dark". The Daily Star. 14 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Admission". HSTU.
  11. ^ Karmaker, Kongkon (13 August 2014). "Hajee Danesh University Scientists develop new pumpkin varieties". The Daily Star.

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