Jagannath University

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Jagannath University
জগন্নাথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Jagannath University logo.png
Motto শিক্ষা, ঈমান, শৃঙ্খলা
Shikkha, Iman, Shringkhola (Bengali)
Motto in English
Education, Faith, Discipline
Type Public, Coeducational
Established 1858 ,University - 2005
Chancellor Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr.Mijanur Rahman[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 25000
Location BangladeshDhaka, Bangladesh
23°42′37″N 90°24′40″E / 23.71028°N 90.41111°E / 23.71028; 90.41111Coordinates: 23°42′37″N 90°24′40″E / 23.71028°N 90.41111°E / 23.71028; 90.41111
Campus Urban
Nickname JnU (জবি)
Website www.jnu.ac.bd

Jagannath University (Bengali: জগন্নাথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jogonnath Bishobiddaloe) is a government-financed public university[2] in Sadarghat, Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh. Jagannath University is in the southern part of Dhaka city near the river Buriganga.


The university has a history that started in 1858 when Dhaka Brahma School was founded in 1858 by Dinanath Sen, Prabhaticharan Roy, Anathbandhu Mallik and Brajasundar Kaitra. The name Jagannath school was given by Kishorilal Chowdhury, the Zamindar of Baliati in Manikganj, who took over the school in 1872 and renamed it after his father. In 1884, it was raised to a second grade college. Law was one of the first courses introduced. A common management committee administered the school and college until 1887, when the school section was separated to form the independent Kishore Jubilee School. It is now known as K L Jubilee School. The administration of the college was transferred to a board of trustees in 1907. In the following year, it became a first grade college.

The college started with 48 students and in five years, the roll raised to 396. In 1910, Raja Manmath Roy Chowdhury, the zamindar of Santosh, Tangail, affiliated the Pramath-Manmath College of Tangail with Jagannath College. With the establishment of University of Dhaka in 1921, it stopped admission to degree courses and was renamed Jagannath Intermediate College. This status was changed after 28 years in 1949, when it reopened degree classes. The college was taken over by the government in 1968.

Jagannath College opened honours and masters programmes in 1975. That year the government once again took over the college and upgraded it into a postgraduate college. In 1982, the college closed its programmes at intermediate level. The college introduced evening shifts in 1992.

It was transformed into Jagannath University in 2005 by passing a bill named Jagannath University Act-2005 in the national parliament.[3]


As an A + grade ranked university by University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Jagannath University (JnU) has 31 departments under seven faculties. Every department follows the semester system. At present 507 teachers are engaged in providing quality education to around 20,000 students in Honors, Masters, M.Phil and Ph.D Programs.


There are seven faculties in Jagannath University.[4]

Faculty of Business Administration[edit]

Administrative building of Jagannath University.
Muktijoddher Prostuti, a Sculpture on the Bangladesh Liberation War,located at the heart of Jagannath University Campus.
Building of Faculty of Business Studies at Jagannath University.

Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Geography and Environment

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering(CSE)
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics

Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • Department of Bengali
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Islamic History and Culture
  • Department of Islamic Studies * Department of International Education Research(IER)

Faculty of Law[edit]

  • Department of Law

Faculty of Social Science[edit]

  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Mass Communication and Journalism

Faculty of Fine Arts[edit]

  • Department of Fine Arts and Graphics
  • Department of Drama and music

List of vice chancellors[edit]

  1. Professor Dr.Shirajul Islam Khan 20.10.2005 to 2008
  2. Professor Dr.Abu Hossain Siddique 2008 to 2009
  3. Professor Dr.Mesbah Uddin Ahmed 2009 to 19.03.2013
  4. Professor Dr. Mijanur Rahman 20.03.2013 to present

Cultural organizations[edit]


Student organizations[edit]

Bangladesh student organizations are active in the union:

  • Bangladesh Chhatra League
  • Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal
  • Bangladesh Chhatra Union
  • Socialist Students' Front
  • Bangladesh Chhatra Federation
  • Bangladesh Chhatra Dal
  • Revolutionary Students Chatramaitri
  • Bangladesh Islami Chhatra shibir

Notable alumni[edit]

The teachers and students of the then college took active part in the Language Movement of the early 1950s, the mass movements of the 1960s and the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971.


International ranking[edit]

In 2011-2012, the Jagannath University made it into the list of "Top World Universities" in the ranking carried out by the ranking agency Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds (THE–QS), UK . Out of over 30,000 universities around the world, JnU was placed as 2204.[5]


  1. ^ Vice Chancellor
  2. ^ "University Grants Commission of Bangladesh". List of Public Universities. University Grants Commission. Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Handbook Universities of Bangladesh 2009: Public Universities 21-31" (DOC). University Grants Commission. 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  4. ^ University Grants Commission of Bangladesh
  5. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2011 (501-600) -Top Universities". University-list.net. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 

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