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Islamic University (IU)
ইসলামী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় (ইবি)
Logo of Islamic University, Bangladesh.jpg
Type Public, Coeducational
Established 22 November 1979
Affiliation University Grants Commission, Bangladesh
Chancellor President Md. Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari
Students 16,000+
Location Kushtia, Khulna, Bangladesh
Campus Urban, 175 acres at Shantidanga-Dulalpur, beside the Kushtia-Khulna highway, about 24 km south from Kushtia and 22 km north from Jhenidah, (Post Code: Kushtia-7003).
Language Bengali, English, Arabic

Islamic University, Bangladesh (Bengali: ইসলামী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, বাংলাদেশ), commonly known as Islamic University (IU), Kushtia (Bengali: ইবি), is one of the major public research universities in Bangladesh and the largest seat of higher education in the south-west part of the country [1] financially aided by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and financed by the government of Bangladesh through University Grants Commission, Bangladesh. On 22 November 1979, the foundation of the Islamic University was set up in Kushtia[2] and it is operated under the Islamic University Act of 1980.[3] Islamic University began operations on 28 June 1986. It is 7th university in the country and the first university in the land of independent Bangladesh which was established after acquiring independence from then West Pakistan in 1971. It is a major international center for an excellent integration of Islamic studies with general studies and studies of modern science, engineering and technology. The university provides both local and foreign students with the facilities of undergraduate studies, postgraduate research and teaching.The standard of teaching is high and the facilities both for academic and extracurricular activities are of good quality. It is a campus-oriented university, where the academic and administrative buildings, residential halls and gymnasium, central cafeteria and auditorium are all on one self-contained 175-acre site at Shantidanga-Dulalpur, beside the Kushtia-Khulna highway. It is located about 24 km south and 22 km north of the Kushtia and Jhenidah district-towns, respectively.[4][5]


Main Gate of Islamic University

On 1 December 1976 then government announced the establishment of the Islamic University to promote Islamic System of education and to co-ordinate with Islamic Education and other branches of modern education in the country . Islamic University, Kushtia was founded on 22 November 1979 at Shantidanga-Dulalpur (Kushtia-Jhenidah) by the late president Ziaur Rahman based on the recommendation of ‘Islamic University Planning Committee’ on 7 January 1977 headed by M. A. Bari including other seven members.Then the Islamic University Act was passed by National Assembly of Bangladesh on 27 December 1980.The main objective for establishing Islamic University is “to provide for instruction in theology and other fields of Islamic Studies and comparative jurisprudence and such other branches of learning at Graduatge and Postgraduate level as the University may think fit and make provision for research including Post-Doctorate research and training for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge”[Clause 5(a), The Islamic University Act 1980(37)]. On 1 January 1981 the government of Bangladesh appointed A. N. M. Mamtajuddin Choudhury as the first vice-chancellor and the university became operational that year.[6]

Sculpture to remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war in 1971 against then West Pakistan.
Shahid Minar at IU, established to commemorate those killed during the Bengali Language Movement demonstrations of 1952 against then West Pakistan.
Monument to remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war in 1971 against then West Pakistan.

As construction of several important buildings began, a presidential decree was issued on 15 May 1982 to shift the university from Shantidanga-Dulalpur to Boardbazar, Gazipur on an area of 50 acres. The construction of an academic building, two residential halls and other necessary infrastructures were completed. Initially two faculties (Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) with four departments (Al-Quran, Dawah, Accounting, Management) were established and 300 students were enrolled. In 1987, two more departments (Sharia and Economics) were established. On 28 December 1988, while the infrastructure development and academic activities were in full swing, the university was again shifted to Shantidanga-Dulalpur (Kushtia-Jhenidah).

In 1991 five more departments — Bengali, English, Arabic, Islamic History, and Public Administration — were established.

Now there are 25 departments under five faculties—modern applied sciences, technological, and engineering subjects were included with the ordinary departments.

It is mention-able that the department of Information & Communication Engineering(ICE) of Islamic University in Kushtia was opened in 1998 as the pioneer department in that name in Bangladesh.

On 23 June 2009, an Act of Parliament assigned the President as chancellor, replacing the Prime Minister.[7]


Vice-Chancellor: Prof Dr Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari (Pen Name: Rashid Askari)

Pro Vice-Chancellor: Prof Dr M. Shahinoor Rahman

BirSreshtho Hamidur Rahman Auditorium.

Treasurer: Prof Dr Selim Toha

Registrar:S. M. Abdul Latif (In-charge)

Proctor: Prof Dr Md. Mahabubar Rahman

Student Adviser: Professor Dr. Md. Anwarul Haque

Director of Computer Center: Professor Dr. Paresh Chandra Barman

Controller of Examination: Mohammad Ali (In-charge)

Office of the Director of Finance & Accounts: Md. Akamuddin Biswas, Director (In-Charge)

Office of the Chief Engineer: M.A. Abdus Salam, Chief Engineer

Office of the Information, Publication & Public Relations: , Deputy Director.

Foreign Students Admission Cell[edit]

Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh invites international students to apply for admission into one of its twenty-five Undergraduate (Bachelor's degree) Programs, Postgraduate (Master's degree) and Research Programs (MPhil/PhD).

Contact Person:[9][10]

  • Professor Md Rezaul Haque (PhD, Flinders; MA Sydney),
  • Head, Foreign Students Admission Cell,
  • Email:, Mobile: +88-,Fax: +88-071-74905.

Faculties and Departments[edit]

Play ground for football in front of Central Auditorium
Vice-chancellor's Residence

Academic activities are conducted by twenty five departments under five faculties:

  • Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST):

There are five departments under this faculty and the medium of instruction is English:

    • Department of Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering (APECE)[11]
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)[12][13][14]
    • Department of Information and Communication Engineering (ICE)[15][16][17]
    • Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (ACCE)[18]
    • Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BGE)[19]
    • Department of Applied Nutrition and Food Technology (ANFT)[20]
    • Department of Mathematics (MATH)[21]
    • Department of Statistics (STAT)[22]
  • Faculty of Business Administration:

There are four departments under this faculty and the medium of instruction is English:

    • Department of Accounting and Information Systems[23]
    • Department of Marketing
    • Department of Management[24]
    • Department of Finance and Banking[25]
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:
    • Department of Bengali[26]
    • Department of English[27][28]
    • Department of Economics[29]
    • Department of Public Administration
    • Department of Political Science[30]
    • Department of Folklore Studies
    • Department of Arabic Language and Literature
    • Department of Islamic History and Culture
  • Faculty of Law and Shariah:
    • Department of Law [31]
    • Department of Al-Fiqh
  • Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies:
    • Department of Al-Quran and Islamic Studies[32][33]
    • Department of Al-Hadith and Islamic Studies
    • Department of Dawah and Islamic Studies
Faculty Building (Faculty of Theology, Islamic Studies & Humanities)
Faculty of Business Administration Building
Faculty of Applied Science & Technology Building
Mir Mosharraf Hossain Academic Building (Faculty of Law,Faculty of Social Science)
Central Library at the IU Campus


Program offered[edit]

  • Undergraduate/Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology and Islamic Studies (BTIS), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Social Science (BSS), Bachelor of Law (LL.B).
  • Graduate/Master's Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Theology and Islamic Studies (MTIS), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Social Science (MSS), Master of Law (LL.M).
  • Post Graduate Research Degree: M.Phil, Ph.D
  • Evening MBA Program: Evening MBA Program was launched in the Faculty of Business Administration from July 2010. In three Departments i.e., Accounting & Information Systems, Management and Finance and Banking this program is being continued. Total 3 x 40 = 120 students are enrolled in this program in every semester (Jan-June-A and July-December-B). Now 14th batch is running their study in this program. 15th batch will be enrolled in July-Dec 2017 session.
  • In addition, Islamic University offers a Professional Master Degree Programme in 'Development Studies'(MDS) under the Department of Politics and Public Administration.[34]

Program duration[edit]

IU offers a four-year bachelor's degree and one-year master's degree.

Magazines, Journals and Research Bulletins[edit]

  • Journal of the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology
  • Jouranal of Islamic University (IU Journal)
  • Islamic University Studies
  • 'Swapno', a literary magazine [35]

Conferences and workshops[edit]

National Workshop on Networking using Linux at the ICE Department.
Training on IoT at the ICE Department, IU.
Inter-university Debate Competition-2017 at IU
Teacher-Students are enjoying a cultural Program at the Central Auditorium
Teachers-Students Cultural Center

Islamic University regularly organizes national and international conferences and workshops in its campus to enhance the research capabilities of its students and faculties. Among the conferences and workshops organized by different faculties and departments, following are notable:

  • National Workshop on Networking and ISP set up (System Administration) using LINUX' organized by the department of Information and Communication Engineering (ICE) on 27–29 March 2009.
  • International seminar titled ‘Role of Microbial Proteases in their own metabolism and host Infection’ in September 2015, organized by the Applied Nutrition and Food Technology(ANFT) Department of Islamic University in collaboration with Nagasaki University, Japan.[36][37][38]
  • 'MOOC-GERMANPROBASHE SEMINAR' organized by the Department of Information & Communication Engineering (ICE) on 14 January 2016"
  • Seminar on self-assessment on 3 March 2016, arranged by the Law and Muslim Jurisprudence Department of the university with the help of University Grant Commission (UGC).[39][40][41]
  • A workshop on 'Effective Teaching of English: Best Practice' on 30 July 2016, jointly organized by the English Department of the university and Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association(BELTA), sponsored by the American Centre, US Embassy, Dhaka.[42][43]
  • A three-day workshop on 'Pure Pronunciation, News Presentation and Recitation’; ‘Abritti, Abrtti’, a campus-based organisation of recitation, in association with the IU English Department has organised the event with the slogan ‘Asun Suddhotar Chorcha Kori’ (let’s practice purity)on 27–29 August 2016 [44]
  • A career camp on ‘Information and Communication Technology’ was held at Islamic University (IU), Kushtia central auditorium on 5 October 2016.[45]
  • A two-day national workshop on 'Bioinformatics and Computational Biology' was held on 8–9 April 2017 at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia.[46][47][48]
  • A seminar on ‘comparative study between Tennessee Williams and Nathaniel Hawthorne’ was held at Islamic University (IU), Kushtia on 19 April 2017.[49][50]
  • An international conference on ‘The Role of Nutrition in Health and Development’ was held on May 6, 2017 at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia .[51] [52][53][54][55][56][57]
  • A seminar on ‘the practices of communicative language teaching at private college level in Bangladesh: problem and solutions’ was held at Islamic University (IU), Kushtia on May 2, 1017. [58]


The first convocation of the university was held on 27 April 1993.[59] Since then, a second convocation was held on 5 December 1999 and the third on 28 March 2002.

Student life[edit]

Halls of residence[edit]

The University has 7 residential halls, 4 for males and 3 for female: They are

Male halls:

Female halls:


Student body[edit]

The university has about 16,000 regular students.[61] There are seven residential halls for students, including four of 2000 seats for male and three of 1500 seats for female students. This capacity is not enough and students usually live in two adjacent cities, Kushtia and Jheniadah. The university has approximately 70 buses (both owned and hired) to bring those students to the campus.

Sports facilities[edit]

Wooden-floor Gymnasium at IU Campus

IU has two large playground, one is for playing cricket and another for playing football. These two are used as venue of annual athletics competition of the university as well as cricket, football, hockey competitions. Moreover, these two venues are very popular for inter-university football and cricket competition. Students can access the facility all year round. IU has tennis court beside the gymnasium building. It also has a gymnasium cum indoor stadium near the halls of residence where students can do gymnastics and play basketball, badminton during leisure, and this gymnasium is used almost every year for inter-university basketball, badminton competition.

Bengali New Year Celebration in the Campus
Spring Festivals Celebration at IU
Students are in front of Monument.
Rag Day of ICE Departments Students.
Inter-department Cricket competition
Mofiz Lake-IU

Student organizations for extracurricular activities[edit]


  • Teacher-Student Cultural Centre(TSCC)
  • Islamic University Film Society (IUFS)
  • Islamic University Debating Society (IUDS)
  • Islamic University Photographic Society (IUPS)
  • Islamic University Rover Scout Group(IURSG)
  • Islamic University Rotaract Club (IURC)
  • Islamic University Press Club
  • Islamic University Journalist Association (IUJA)
  • Islamic University Computer Association (IUCA)
  • TARUNNO (A voluntary, non-political, and social welfare organization of Islamic University, Kushtia)
  • Bangladesh Nation Cadet Corps Wing Islamic University (BNCCIU)
  • Students Association of Information and Communication Engineering (SAICE)
  • Career Club of Information and Communication Engineering (CCICE)
  • Programming Club of Information and Communication Engineering (PCICE)
  • ‘Abritti, Abrtti’, an IU campus-based organisation of recitation.[44]
  • Islamic University Nutrition Club (IUNC)[63][64]
  • Islamic University GRE Club
  • Islamic University IELTS Club
  • 'Swapno Sahitya Parishad' a campus based literary organization [65]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Dr. Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari, Professor, Department of English & Vice Chancellor, Islamic University, Kushtia.
  • Dr. Abul Ahsan Chowdhury, Professor, Department of Bengali.
  • Dr. Md. Alauddin, Professor (Retd.), Department of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Islamic University, Kushtia.
  • Dr. Md. Abdus Sattar, Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Vice Chancellor, Jessore University of Science & Technology (JUST).
  • Dr. A.S.M Anwarul Karim, Professor (Retd.), Department of Bengali, Ex-Treasurer, Islamic University, Kushtia, Presently Pro-vice Chancellor, Northern University, Bangladesh
  • Faez M Serajul Hoque, Professor(Retd.), Department of English & Former Vice Chancellor, Islamic University, Kushtia; Presently adviser & Professor of English Department, Uttara University, Dhaka .
  • Dr. M. Ekin Uddin, Professor (Retd.) & Founding Chairman, Department of Information & Communication Engineering, Islamic University, Kushtia; Former Professor & Dean, School of Applied Science & Engineering, Asian University of Bangladesh, Dhaka; Presently Professor, EEE & CSE Department, Uttara University, Dhaka.
  • Dr. Md. Aynul Islam, Professor, Department of Economics, Islamic University, Kushtia; Chairman & Professor, Department of Economics, Jagannath University, Dhaka.

University School & College[edit]

IU has a 'Laboratory School & College' of secondary level and higher secondary level inside the campus for the children. The school & college also receives general students. [66]

List of vice-chancellors[edit]


  • 01. Prof Dr A. N. M. Mamotaz Uddin (From 9 February 1979 to 31 December 1980)
  • 02. Prof Dr Muhammad Sirazul Islam (From 28 December 1988 to 17 June 1991)
  • 03. Prof Dr Muhammad Abdul Hamid (From 18 June 1991 to 21 March 1995)
  • 04. Prof Dr Muhammad Enam-Ul-Haque (From 9 May 1995 to 2 September 1997)
  • 05. Prof Dr Kayes Uddin (From 3 September 1997 to 19 October 2000)
  • 06. Prof Dr Muhammad Lutfar Rahman (From 20 October 2000 to 3 November 2001)
  • 07. Prof Dr Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman (From 10 December 2001 to 2 April 2004)
  • 08. Prof M. Rafiqul Islam (From 3 April 2004 to 10 July 2006)
  • 09. Prof Foyez Muhammad Sirazul Haque (From 10 August 2006 to 8 March 2009)
  • 10. Prof Dr M. Alauddin (From 9 March 2009 to 27 December 2012)
  • 11. Prof Dr Abdul Hakim Sarkar ( From 27 December 2012 to 30 June 2016)
  • 12. Prof Dr Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari (From 20 August 2016 to till date);

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Coordinates: 23°43′16″N 89°09′01″E / 23.7212°N 89.1504°E / 23.7212; 89.1504