Jahangirnagar University

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Jahangirnagar University
Type Public, Coeducational
Established 1970
Chancellor Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Farzana Islam
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Abul Hossain
Academic staff
755 (2014)
Administrative staff
1,700 (2014)
Students 16,781(2014) [1]
Undergraduates 10,983 (2014)
Postgraduates 3,501 (2014)
2,274 (2014)
Location Savar, Bangladesh
Campus Rural, 697 acres (2.8 km²)
Nickname জাবি (JU)



Jahangirnagar University (Bengali: জাহাঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jahangirnagar Vishvavidyalaya, University Acronym: জাবি or JU ) is a public university in Bangladesh, based in Savar Upazila, Dhaka.[2] It is the only fully residential[3] university in Bangladesh.[2]

The university was established in 1970 by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance of the government of Pakistan. Its first Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mafiz Uddin Ahmad (Ph.D in Chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago) took up office on 24 September 1970. The first group of students, a total of 150, was 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. On 2 March 2014, Farzana Islam, a professor of the Anthropology department, was appointed the Vice Chancellor of JU, marking the country's first female to hold the position.


Jahangirnagar University was formally launched on 12 January 1970[4] under the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970[2] and this day is observed as University Day. Initially, it was namedJahangirnagar 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.[4]

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 university stands on the west side of the Asian Highway, popularly known as the Dhaka-Aricha Road, and is 32 kilometers 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]

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 is 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]



There are 34 departments under six faculties:[5]

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Science

Faculty of Biological Science

Faculty of Social Science

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Business Studies

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

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Law & Justice


There are four institutes for specialized research and training:

  • Institute of Business Administration: Jahangirnagar University (IBA-JU) started as Jahangirnagar University's Department of Business Administration (DBA) in 1991. This institute is the first in Bangladesh to offer 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.[6] In May 2012, it started a Weekend MBA programme for working professionals.[7] As of October 2015, the institute was admitting 50 students a year to its undergraduate programme. 6,448 applicants took the competitive entrance exam for those seats.[8] IBA-JU offers Finance, Marketing and HRM as major for their students.[9] Students need to choose among these to do their major in BBA or MBA degree persuasion. IBA-JU has seven strong student organizations such as IBA-JU Business Club, IBA-JU Social Welfare Club, IBA-JU Photography Club, IBA-JU Sports Club, IBA-JU Debating Club etc.[10] All these students organizations are arranging several events, competitions and social welfare programs throughout the year.
  • [[Institute of Information Technology]][11]

Research Center[edit]

  • Wazed Miah Science Research Center

Cultural organization[edit]

Jahangirnagar University is culturally vibrant university with number of cultural organizations run by the students and teachers. Some of the well known organizations are-

  • Jahangirnagar University Model United Nations Association
  • Explorers- JU (Facebook Page)
  • Jahangirnagar Photographic Society (JPS)
  • Archaeology Debating Club (ADC)
  • Jahangirnagar University Science Club (JUSC)
  • Jahangirnagar University Career Club (JUCC)
  • Jahangirnagar Theater (TSC)
  • Jahangirnagar Theater (Auditorium)
  • Dhoni
  • Tori
  • Jahangirnagar University Debate Organization (JUDO)
  • Jalshiri
  • Suswar : "সুস্বর" [12]
  • Jahangirnagar Cycling Club (JCC)[13]
  • Business Research Club (BRC)
  • Jahangirnagar University Management Club (JUMC)
  • Anandan
  • Gitnat
  • Kal Boishakhi
  • Jahangirnagar University Debating Society (JUDS)
  • Jahir Rayhan Chalachitra Sangshad
  • Prothom-Alo Bondhushava
  • Sharkar Rajnity Bitarka Mancha,[14][15]
  • Jahangirnagr University Photographic Society (JUPS) (Facebook Page)
  • Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) JU platoons.

News And Media Society of Jahangirnagar University:

  • Jahangirnagar University press club (JUPC).

Regional Organizations:

1. Jahangirnagar University Barisal Divisional Students Welfare Association (JUBDSWA).

Others Organization[edit]

  • Jahangirnagar University Geographic Association.[16]

Student life[edit]

With a dozen residential halls (and more 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.[17]


Halls for male students[edit]

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 hard bound journals, and 22,000 online journals in the library. The library can accommodate over 170 students at a time. There is a cyber center in the premises. Airy with ample glass openings, the library is an elegant piece of architecture.[19]

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 computerized, as it would then be easier to lend books. The library's design used to be more spacious than it currently is. But the authority did not complete its complete structure. This results in students facing problems when using the library, especially since the university is residential.[19]

Medical Center[edit]

Jahangirnagar University has its own medical center for students, teachers and other staff member. The center 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).[20]

Jahangirnagar University maintains a medical center established in mid 1972. The center 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.[20]


The teachers-student center 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.[21]

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.[22]

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 professors and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.ugc.gov.bd/uploads/2015/annualreport/Part-1-2.zip
  2. ^ a b c d e Mesbah-us-Saleheen (2012). "Jahangirnagar University". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  3. ^ "History of JU - Jahangirnagar University". 
  4. ^ a b "History of JU". Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Faculties". Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "About IBA-JU". Institute of Business Administration, Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "IBA-JU to launch Weekend MBA programme". The Financial Express. Dhaka. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "JU Admission Test: 113 to vie for a JU seat". New Age. Dhaka. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Courses Offered | IBA-JU". iba-ju.org. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Student Organizations | IBA-JU". iba-ju.org. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Juniv.edu". 
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/SuswarJU/
  13. ^ https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=709528949141212&fref=ts
  14. ^ http://govpoliju.com/students/
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/groups/141243849248136/?fref=ts
  16. ^ http://www.observerbd.c om/2016/05/09/150482.php#sthas h.zFf9WWW7.dpufhttp://www.observerbd.c om/2016/05/09/150482.php
  17. ^ "student's accommodation". Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Student's Accommodation - Jahangirnagar University". 
  19. ^ a b "central library". Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "medical center". Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "TSC". Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "auditorium". Jahangirnagar University. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 23°52′57″N 90°16′02″E / 23.8824°N 90.2671°E / 23.8824; 90.2671