Jagannath University

Coordinates: 23°42′37″N 90°24′40″E / 23.71028°N 90.41111°E / 23.71028; 90.41111
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Jagannath University
জগন্নাথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Other name
Former name
Jagannath School (1858-1884) , Jagannath College (1884-2005)
শিক্ষা, ঈমান, শৃঙ্খলা
Motto in English
Education, Faith, Discipline
Established1858; 165 years ago (1858) (As School), 1884; 139 years ago (1884) (As College), 2005; 18 years ago (2005) (As University)[1]
ChancellorMohammad Shahabuddin, Honorable President of Bangladesh
Vice-ChancellorMd. Imdadul Hoque[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff

23°42′37″N 90°24′40″E / 23.71028°N 90.41111°E / 23.71028; 90.41111
CampusUrban, 10+200 acre, 210 acres (85 ha)

'Jagannath University' (JnU) (Bengali: জগন্নাথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jagannātha biśbabidyālaẏa, University Acrostic : জবি or JnU) is a state-funded public university[4][5] at 9–10, Chittaranjan Avenue in Sadarghat, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.[6] Even though it is one of the most famous and academically one of the best universities in Bangladesh, JnU is the only non-residential University in this country [7] Jagannath University opens its first residential hall, only for females[8] Jagannath University is in the southern part of Dhaka city near the River Buriganga and a new super modern campus of approximately 200 acres is being built at Keraniganj.[9] Total campus area is more than 210 acres with three campus and a girls residence hall.


The university has a history that started in 1858 when Dhaka Brahma School was founded by Dinanath Sen, Prabhaticharan Roy, Anathbandhu Mallik and Brajasundar Kaitra. The name Jagannath School was given by Kishorilal Chowdhury [bn], 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, 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. In five years, the roll rose 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 the 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 and upgraded it into a postgraduate college. In 1982, the college closed its programmes at the intermediate level. It introduced evening shifts in 1992.

It was transformed into Jagannath University in 2005 by passage in the national parliament of the Jagannath University Act-2005.[10]


International ranking[edit]

In 2022, The ranking position of Jagannath University is 3399.[11] While the top position from Bangladesh is 1468. (All information is updated in July 2022 edition)


Jagannath University has 36 departments under seven faculties and two Institutes. Every department follows the semester system. As of November 2020 there are 960 teachers and 19,088 students in Honors, Masters, M.Phil. and PhD programmes.


There are six faculties, 36 departments, and two institutes at Jagannath University.[12]

Jagannath University Bird View
Administrative building of Jagannath University
Muktijoddher Prostuti, a sculpture on the Bangladesh Liberation War, at the heart of the campus
New Academic Building

Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences[edit]

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

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)[13]
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics
Bose Corner

Faculty of Business Studies[edit]

  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Management studies
  • Department of Marketing[14]
  • Department of Accounting and information systems

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
  • Institute of Education Research
  • Institute of Modern Languages

Faculty of Law[edit]

  • Department of Law
  • Department of Land Management and Law

Faculty of Social Science[edit]

  • Department of Sociology[15]
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Mass Communication and Journalism
  • Department of Film and Television

Faculty of Fine Arts[edit]

  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Drama and Dramatics
  • Department of Music

Organizations in the University Campus

  • Jagannath University Film Society - JNUFS
  • Jagannath University Journalism Association - JNUJA
Monument for the Martyred of 1857

List of vice chancellors[edit]

No Name From To
1. A. K. M. Sirazul Islam Khan 8 February 2006 26 July 2008
2. Abu Hossain Siddique 2008 2009
3. Mesbah Uddin Ahmed 2009 19 March 2013
4. Mijanur Rahman 20 March 2013 19 March 2021
5. Kamaluddin Ahmed (acting) 20 March 2021 31 May 2021
6. Md. Imdadul Hoque 1 June 2021 Present

Notable alumni[edit]

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

  • Commander BDF Sector 11 – M. Hamidullah Khan Bir Protik – Bangladesh War of Independence 1971.
  • Rafiq Uddin Ahmed- protester killed during the Bengali Language Movement that took place in East Pakistan (currently Bangladesh) in 1952. He is considered a martyr in Bangladesh.[16]
  • Sergeant Zahurul Haq - was a Pakistan Air Force sergeant. He was one of the 35 persons accused in the Agartala Conspiracy Case in 1969. He received the Independence Day Award from the Government of Bangladesh in 2018. Sergeant Zahurul Haq Hall of the University of Dhaka is named after him. BAF Zahurul Haq base, a Bangladesh Air Force base is named after him.[17][18]
  • Bhanu Bandopadhyay- an Indian actor, known for his work in Bengali cinema. He acted in over 300 movies, in numerous plays, and frequently performed on the radio.
  • Md. Saifur Rahman Freedom fighter, member of parliament[citation needed]
  • Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury – Freedom Fighter of Crack Platoon, Bangladeshi Minister, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh Awami League leader
  • Abdul Hamid – sports organizer and sports journalist
  • Bhabatosh Dutta – economist
  • Premendra Mitra – writer and poet
  • Anisuzzaman – educationist, researcher
  • Kaliprasanna Vidyaratna – Sanskrit scholar, author
  • Haider Hussain – singer
  • ATM Shamsuzzaman - actor[19]
  • Brojen Das – swimmer, the first Indian to swim the English channel
  • Imdadul Haq Milan – novelist and editor
  • Mohammed Nasim – Bangladeshi minister
  • Mustafa Kamal, former Chief Justice of Bangladesh and Chairman of Law Commission
  • Ajit Dutta - Bengali writer & poet
  • Md. Waliar Rahman - Bangladeshi civil servant and career diplomat
  • Ajit Krishna Basu - Bengali writer & magician
  • Mahadi-Ul-Morshed, Researcher, Entrepreneur, and Organizer. He received the first M.Phil. degree jointly as a direct student of the university.


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  4. ^ "University Grants Commission of Bangladesh". List of Public Universities. University Grants Commission. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Unified test system to save on costs and time". The Financial Express. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Jagannath University will get new campus at Dhaka's Keraniganj, education minister says" bdnews24.com. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  7. ^ "The strange case of JnU". The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  8. ^ bdnews24.com. "Jagannath University opened its first and only residential hall, for female students in 2022". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  9. ^ "New Jagannath University campus to attract foreigners: Nasrul Hamid". Daily Sun. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Handbook Universities of Bangladesh 2009: Public Universities 21–31". University Grants Commission. 2009. Archived from the original (DOC) on 6 September 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  11. ^ "World University Rankings 2022 Top Universities".
  12. ^ University Grants Commission of Bangladesh Archived 6 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "N Lakhimpur students develop hybrid car" Assam Tribune. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  14. ^ faculty members
  15. ^ "Department of Sociology".
  16. ^ |url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafiq_Uddin_Ahmed
  17. ^ "Haq, Zahurul - Banglapedia".
  18. ^ "2 more named for Independence Award". 20 March 2018.
  19. ^ "ATM Shamsuzzaman: The star who won the world". New Age. 23 November 2019.

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