|Pro-Vice-Chancellor||Md. Abul Hossain|
|Campus||Rural, 697.56 acres (2.8 km²)|
Jahangirnagar University (Bengali: জাহাঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jahangirnôgôr Bishwôbidyalôy, University Acronym: জাবি or JU) is a public university in Bangladesh, based in Savar Upazila, Dhaka. It is the only fully residential university in Bangladesh.
The university was established in 1970 by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance of the government of Pakistan. Its first vice-chancellor, Mafiz Uddin Ahmad (PhD in chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago) 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 holds 3rd position in public University ranking several times. On 2 March 2014, Farzana Islam, a professor of the Anthropology Department, was appointed the vice-chancellor of JU, marking the country's first woman to hold the position.
- 1 History
- 2 Location and campus
- 3 List of vice-chancellors
- 4 Academics
- 5 Cultural organisation
- 6 Other organisations
- 7 Student life
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Jahangirnagar University was formally launched on 12 January 1970 under the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970 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.
Jahangirnagar University Act of 1973
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
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. On 19 January 2017, the university arranged a bird fair in its Zahir Rayhan auditorium. The shahid minar of JU is the tallest shahid minar in Bangladesh. It is designed by architect Robiul Hossain.
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.
List of vice-chancellors
|Syed Ali Ahsan||(1972–1975)|
|Muhammad Enamul Haq||(1975–1976)|
|Zillur Rahman Siddiqui||(1976–1984)|
|Kazi Saleh Ahmed||(1988–1993)|
|Amirul Islam Chowdhury||(1993–1994)|
|Abdul Bayes ||(1999–2001)|
|Khondokar Mustahidur Rahman ||(2004–2007)|
|Muhammad Muniruzzaman ||(2009)|
|Shariff Enamul Kabir||(2010–2012)|
|M. Anwar Hossain||(2012–2014)|
There are 34 departments under six faculties:
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Science
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
- Department of Environmental sciences
- Department of Physics
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Statistics
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Geological Science
Faculty of Biological Science
- Department of Botany
- Department of Zoology
- Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Pharmacy
- Department of Public Health & Informatics
- Department of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (www.bgeju.edu.bd)
Faculty of Social Science
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Economics
- Department of Government and Politics
- Department of Geography and Environment
- Department of Public Administration
- Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- 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 & Media Studies
- Department of Philosophy
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 specialised 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. Since May 2012, there is a Weekend MBA programme for working professionals. As of October 2015, the institute admits 50 students every year to its undergraduate programme. IBA-JU offers Finance, Marketing, and HRM as majors for their students. 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, IBA-JU Photography Club, IBA-JU Sports Club, IBA-JU Debating Club etc.
- Institute of Information Technology
Institute of Information Technology established in 2009. Institute has goal to provide high end IT professionals.
Wazed Miah Science Research Center
Wazed Miah Science Research Center was established on 30 May 2009. Its director is Dr. Md. Khabir Uddin. Since then, it has been operating its activities temporarily in the 2nd floor of Zahir Raihan Auditorium, Jahangirnagar University. A six storied building is under construction and is expected to be completed in a few months time. The research centre has fully air-conditioned laboratories having sophisticated modern instrumental facilities. Its foremost purpose is to enhance research amenities of science faculties.
WMSRC has received a grant of Tk 450.00 lakh under Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP), Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) Window-3, administered by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh. The title of the subproject is “Procurement of a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer for Wazed Miah Science Research Center: Research Capacity Enhancement for Faculty and Postgraduate Students in Physical and Biological Sciences”, Complete Proposal No. JU 2347. The 400Mz NMR spectrometer has already been procured and is expected to be commissioned in May 2015.
Fish Hatchery and Research Center
Jahangirnagar University is culturally vibrant university with number of cultural organisations run by the students and teachers, including:
- Jahangirnagar University Model United Nations Association
- Explorers – Jahangirnagar University
- Jahangirnagar Photographic Society (JPS)
- Archaeology Debating Club (ADC)
- Jahangirnagar University Science Club (JUSC)
- Jahangirnagar University Career Club (JUCC)
- Jahangirnagar Theater (TSC)
- Jahangirnagar Theater (Auditorium)
- Jahangirnagar University Debate Organization (JUDO)
- Suswar : "সুস্বর"
- Jahangirnagar Cycling Club (JCC)
- Business Research Club (BRC)
- Jahangirnagar University Management Club (JUMC)
- Kal Boishakhi
- Natyam : " নাট্যম"
- Jahangirnagar University Debating Society (JUDS)
- Jahir Rayhan Chalachitra Sangshad
- Prothom-Alo Bondhushava
- Management Studies Debating Society(MSDS)
- Sharkar Rajnity Bitarka Mancha,
- Jahangirnagr University Photographic Society (JUPS)
- Jahangirnagar University Information and Technology Society (JUITS)
- Jahangirnagar University Computer club
- Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) JU platoons
- Biotech Club
News And Media Society of Jahangirnagar University:
- Jahangirnagar University Journalists' Association (JUJA).
- Jahangirnagar University Press Club (JUPC)
1. Jahangirnagar University Barisal Divisional Students Welfare Association (JUBDSWA).
- BADHAN ( A Voluntary Blood Donors' Organization), JU Zone
- Health Awareness Union, Jahangirnagar University
- Jahangirnagar University Geographic Association.
With fifteen 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.
Halls for male students
- Al Beruni Hall: the oldest dormitory of the campus, named after Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī; it has an extension building.
- Mir Mosharrof Hossain Hall: named after Mir Mosharraf Hossain.
- A. F. M. Kamaluddin Hall: named after one of the ex-vice-chancellors of Jahangirnagar University A.F.M. Kamaluddin, a geographer, who died prematurely.
- Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall: named after two language martyrs of the Bengali Language Movement. Virtual tour inside Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall.
- Mowlana Bhashani Hall: named after Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani.
- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall: named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
- Shahid Rafiq Jabbar Hall: named after two language martyrs of Bengali Language Movement.
- Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore Hall: named after kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore.
Halls for female students
- Nawab Faizunnesa Hall: named after the educator Nawab Faizunnesa Choudhurani (1834–1903).
- Fajilatunnesa Hall: named after the first Bengali female graduate in mathematics from University of Calcutta.
- Jahanara Imam Hall: named after Jahanara Imam
- Pritilata Hall: named after Pritilata Waddedar
- Begum Khaleda Zia Hall: named after Khaleda Zia, former prime minister of Bangladesh
- Sheikh Hasina Hall: named after Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh
- Sufia Kamal Hall: named after kobi Sufia Kamal, a famous poet and a political activist.
- Bongomata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Zahir Raihan Auditorium
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.
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.
- Theatrical performer Humayun Faridi
- Playwright and theatrical artist Selim Al Deen
- Bangladeshi theatre, television and film actor Shahiduzzaman Selim
- Bangladeshi dancer and choreographer Shibli Mohammad
- Poet, singer, and painter of Bangladesh of contemporary age, Kafil Ahmed
- Lux Channel i superstar Zakia Bari Momo
- Television actress Sumaiya Shimu
- Bangladeshi model and actor Shajal Noor
- Scientist Azam Ali, known for having developed a wound dressing
- Several national team cricketer have studied in this university including current captain Mashrafe Mortaza, former test captain Mushfiqur Rahim, former national team cricketer and national team coach Mohammad Salahuddin
- Mohammad Mahfizur Rahman, competed in the 50 m freestyle event at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics
- Mim Mantasha , the winner of Lux Channel I Superstar beauty pageant television reality show that was held in 2018.
- Professor Dr. Syed Safiullah former environmental scientist.
- National Professor Syed Ali Ahsan
- Shwadhinota Puroshkar winning Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui
- Professor Dr.Shariff Enamul kabir .Ex Vice Chancelor and P.S.C member.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award-winning physicist Abdullah Al Mamun
- Economist and anthropologist Anu Muhammad
- Poet Mohammad Rafiq, awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1987 and Ekushey Padak in 2010
- National professor and former director general of Bangla Academy, Mustafa Nurul Islam
- Bangladeshi essayist-poet Hayat Mahmud
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