Jahangirnagar University

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Jahangirnagar University
জাহাঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Crest of Jahangirnagar University
Former name
Jahangirnagar Muslim University
Established1970 (1970)
ChancellorAbdul Hamid
Vice-ChancellorFarzana Islam
Pro-Vice-ChancellorMd. Amir Hossain
Academic staff
755 (2014)
Administrative staff
1,700 (2014)
Students16,781 (2014)[1]
Undergraduates14,560 (2014)
Postgraduates3,501 (2014)
2,274 (2014)
23°52′57″N 90°16′02″E / 23.8824°N 90.2671°E / 23.8824; 90.2671Coordinates: 23°52′57″N 90°16′02″E / 23.8824°N 90.2671°E / 23.8824; 90.2671
CampusRural, 697.56 acres (2.8 km²)
Websitejuniv.edu (General) ju-admission.org (Admission)

Jahangirnagar University (abbreviated as JU) is a public university in Bangladesh, based in Savar, Dhaka.[2] It is the only fully residential university of Bangladesh.[3][4]

The university was established in 1970 by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance of the government of Pakistan. Its first vice-chancellor, Mafizuddin Ahmed (PhD in chemistry, Penn State) took up office on 24 September 1970. The first group of students, a total of 150, were enrolled in four departments: Economics, Geography, Mathematics, and Statistics. Its formal inauguration was delayed until 12 January 1971, when the university was launched by Rear Admiral S. M. Ahsan, the chancellor.

It operated as a project until 1973, when the 'Jahangirnagar Muslim University Act' was amended as the 'Jahangirnagar University Act'.

In 2014, the university had 16,781 students, 755 teachers, and 1,430 other employees. It has been ranked 3rd several times in national public university rankings.


Jahangirnagar University was formally launched on 12 January 1971[5] under the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970[2] and this day is observed as University Day. Initially, it was named Jahangirnagar Muslim University, and the plan was to operate the university like Aligarh Muslim University. But after the independence of Bangladesh, its name changed to Jahangirnagar University under the Jahangirnagar University Act' 1973.[5]

Jahangirnagar University Act of 1973[edit]

ACT NO. XXXIV OF 1973, an act to repeal the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970 and to provide for reconstitution and reorganisation of the Jahangirnagar Muslim University.

Location and campus[edit]

The Shaheed Minar of Jahangirnagar University is the tallest Shaheed Minar in Bangladesh
Winter birds at Jahangirnagar University
Central Mosque

The university stands on the west side of the Asian Highway, popularly known as the Dhaka-Aricha Road, and is 32 kilometres away from the capital. Spread over an area of 697.56 acres (2.8 km2), the campus surrounded by the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) on the south, and the Savar Cantonment on the northeast, on the north of which is the National Monument (Jatiyo Smriti Soudho) and a large dairy farm on the east. The topography of the land with its gentle rise and plains is pleasing to the eyes. The water features sprawled around the campus make an excellent habitat for the winter birds that flock in every year in the thousands and consequently, it is a site frequented by many bird watchers.[2] On 19 January 2017, the university arranged a bird fair in its Zahir Rayhan auditorium.[6] The Shahid Minar (martyrs' monument) of JU is the tallest in Bangladesh, 71 feet high and made of ceramic bricks on a base 52 feet in circumference. The height signifies the war of independence fought in 1971 and the circumference refers to the language movement of 1952. It is designed by architect Robiul Hossain.[7]

The university is an autonomous body managed by an executive council known as 'the syndicate'. Its statutes need ratification by the Senate of the university, which meets at least once a year to do the same. The Senate passes the annual budget of the university, reviews its academic matters, and elects a panel of three nominees for the position of its vice-chancellor once every four years. the selection and appointment are made by the president of Bangladesh, who is the chancellor of the university. The chancellor also appoints the pro-vice-chancellor and the treasurer of the university.[2]

List of vice-chancellors[edit]

The first vice chancellor, Mafizuddin Ahmed, was appointed in 1970.

Name Duration
Mafizuddin Ahmed (1970–1972)
Syed Ali Ahsan (1972–1975)
Muhammad Enamul Haq (1975–1976)
Zillur Rahman Siddiqui (1976–1984)
Mohammad Noman (1988)
Kazi Saleh Ahmed (1988–1993)
Amirul Islam Chowdhury (1993–1994)
Alauddin Ahammad (1998–1999)
Abdul Bayes [8] (1999–2001)
Jasim Uddin[9] (2001–2004)
Khondokar Mustahidur Rahman (d. 2021)[10][11][12] (2004–2007)
Muhammad Muniruzzaman [13] (2009)
Shariff Enamul Kabir (2010–2012)
M. Anwar Hossain (2012–2014)
Farzana Islam (2014–)



There are 34 departments under six faculties:[14]

Faculty of Arts and Humanities[15]

  • Department of Archaeology
  • Department of Bangla
  • Department of Drama and Dramatics
  • Department of English
  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of History
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Journalism and Media Studies
  • Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Biological Sciences[16]

  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Public Health and Informatics
  • Department of Zoology

Faculty of Business Studies[17]

  • Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Department of Finance and Banking
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Management Studies

Faculty of Law[18]

  • Department of Law and Justice

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences[19]

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Environmental sciences
  • Department of Geological Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics

Faculty of Social Sciences[20]

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Geography and Environment
  • Department of Government and Politics
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning


There are four institutes for specialised research and training:[21]

  • Institute of Business Administration Jahangirnagar University (IBA-JU) started as the university's Department of Business Administration (DBA) in 1991. This institute is the first in Bangladesh to offer an undergraduate degree in business. It offers a four-year course of study leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, and an eighteen-month post-graduate Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.[22] Since May 2012, there is a Weekend MBA programme for working professionals.[23] As of October 2015, the institute admits 50 students every year to its undergraduate programme.[24] IBA-JU offers finance, marketing, and human resource management as majors.[25] IBA-JU has seven student organisations such as Infusion-The Cultural Club of IBA-JU, Communic, IBA-JU Business Club, IBA-JU Social Welfare Club, Envision:IBA-JU Photography Club, IBA-JU Sports Club and IBA-JU Debating Club.[26]
  • Institute of Information Technology[27] was established in 2009.
  • Bangabandhu Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture[28][29]
  • Institute of Remote Sensing [30]
Wazed Miah Science Research Centre
Fish Hatchery and Research Center

Student life[edit]

With sixteen residential halls ( and six: under construction), Jahangirnagar University is mandated to provide residential accommodation to every student with separate halls for the female students. Each hall has its own administration system headed by a provost and is equipped with facilities such as playgrounds, rooms for indoor games, dining halls etc.[31]


Halls for male students[edit]

Butterfly shaped Mir Mosharrof Hossain Hall, Jahangirnagar University

Halls for female students[edit]

Central library[edit]

Established in 1985, the JU library is equipped with a huge collection of books. Located behind a monument of "Sangshaptak", the library is conveniently placed between the main academic buildings and the dormitories. The entire area has Wi-Fi coverage. There are more than 110,000 books, 14,000 hardbound journals, and 22,000 online journals in the library. The library can accommodate over 170 students at a time. There is a cyber centre on the premises. Airy with ample glass openings, the library is an elegant piece of architecture.[32]

Obtaining and cancelling a library membership involves a fair number of steps. The library administration plans to extend the library buildings and make the whole system computerised, to make it easier to lend books. The library's design used to be more spacious than it currently is. But the authority did not complete its entire structure. This results in students facing problems when using the library, especially since the university is residential.[32]

Medical centre[edit]

Jahangirnagar University has its own medical centre for students, teachers and other staff members. The centre provides 24-hour service and is supervised by the chief medical officers with a staff of qualified doctors. Despite bearing all expenses related to treatment for students, it only provides health-related advice to staff members (including teachers).[33]

Jahangirnagar University maintains the medical centre established in mid-1972. The centre used to be located in Al Beruni. It was moved to its present location (beside the Fazilatunnesa hall and behind the transformation office) later on. Presently, 30 medicine companies supply their products. A new medical centre building is being built following a long student movement.[33]


The teachers-student centre has the prime role in improving the relationship between the teachers and the students of the campus. It is a cultural hub for the university. Cultural groups usually perform drama and cultural programmes at Muktomoncho. Shaptam Chayamancha is a great attraction for students.[34]

Zahir Raihan Auditorium[edit]

The "Zahir Raihan Auditorium", located in the TSC complex, is named after Zahir Raihan, a famous Bangladeshi novelist, writer and filmmaker. There is also a seminar hall for seminars, meetings and cultural programmes. The auditorium has 1500 seats, while the seminar hall can accommodate 250 persons. It is an auditorium fully equipped for drama, cultural activities, international conferences, and other similar events.[35]

The university has a gymnasium, a well-equipped swimming pool, an amphitheatre, and a central cafeteria. Adequate bus services between the campus and Dhaka city are provided to the students, teachers, and other employees of the university.

Notable people[edit]



See also[edit]


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