Mirzapur Upazila

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Mirzapur
মির্জাপুর
Upazila
Mirzapur is located in Bangladesh
Mirzapur
Mirzapur
Location in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°6.5′N 90°5.5′E / 24.1083°N 90.0917°E / 24.1083; 90.0917Coordinates: 24°6.5′N 90°5.5′E / 24.1083°N 90.0917°E / 24.1083; 90.0917
Country  Bangladesh
Division Dhaka Division
District Tangail District
Area
 • Total 373.89 km2 (144.36 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 407,781
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Website Official map of Mirzapur

Mirzapur (Bengali: মির্জাপুর) is an upazila of Tangail District[1] in the division of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Geography[edit]

Mirzapur is located at 24°06′30″N 90°05′30″E / 24.1083°N 90.0917°E / 24.1083; 90.0917. It has 61479 households and a total area of 373.89 km².

Demographics[edit]

As of the 1991 Bangladesh census, Mirzapur has a population of 337,496. Males constitute 50.31% of the population, and females 49.69%. The number of adults is 178312. Mirzapur has an average literacy rate of 32.9% (7+ years), as compared to the national average of 32.4% literacy.[2]

Economy[edit]

The main business of the people is agriculture. Rice and jute are the main crops of this area. Other seasonal crops like mustard oil and potatoes are also grown here. The rest of the people of the upazila have other occupations in fields including business, teaching, public service, and private service. Recently, a number of NGOs have been working in this area and many local people are linked with the activities of these NGOs. In addition, people from this area receive a large amount of remittance from abroad. Often, at least one member of each family goes abroad. For this reason the economical system is better in this upazila than in other areas. Nowadays people are changing their fortune by doing the works of agriculture.

Administration[edit]

Mirzapur Upazila has 1 municipality(Mirzapur), 14 unions, 207 mauzas/mahallas, and 219 villages.

The union parishads are:

  • MP: Md. Akabbar Hossain, from Awami League
  • DC: Fazlur Rahman Farukh (ex MP)
  • Upazila Chairman: Mir Enayet Hossain (monto), from Awami League
  • Vice Chairman: Shorkar Heetesh Chondro (Poolok), from Awami League
  • Woman Vice Chairman: Ms. Salma Salam [Urmi] from Awami League
  • Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO): Md. Mahmudul Hassan

There are also some political leaders such as Fazlur Rahman Farukh(Ex MP), Eng. Mridha Nazrul Islam, Sadek Ahmed Khan, Syed Majibar Rahman Peshuary, Mir Sharif mahmud, Abdur Razzak bsc, Kayem Uddin Sharker, Sharful Islam Rasail (Shilpopoty), and Engg. Md. Harun Orrashid.

Bashtail union in the center of "Mirzapur Upozila Awami League" and Warshi Union for BNP.

Organizations[edit]

Some organizations of Mirzapur are listed below.

Kumudini Hospital[edit]

Kumudini Hospital[3] was established in 1944 by the philanthropist Ranada Prasad Shaha. Starting from 20 beds it now has 750 beds with its own full-fledged diagnostic facilities. Apart from indoor and outdoor facilities it has a village outreach program. It has provided treatment to 36,023 patients in indoor services and 2, 36,442 patients in outdoor services in 2010 (as per treatment statistics of 2010).

The hospital used to provide complete free service. However, from 1993 the Trust started a Patient's Participation Program for which the patients are to pay just for their medication. The outdoor patients have to buy a card worth of taka 10.00 only, which is valid for six months and within this time the patients can utilize all sorts of outdoor facilities with this card. In case of emergency there is a separate arrangement as well.

The hospital has its own diagnostic laboratory with all necessary general diagnostic facilities. In addition to diagnostic services this laboratory has, on a rather limited scale, research and training facilities. It has separate units in medicine, surgery, gynae & obs, eye, ENT, pediatrics and dentistry. The hospital has further plans to establish a modern cardiac centre, a modern ICU, a modern nephrology centre, an udgradation centre and a modern trauma centre in the near future. The hospital units contribute directly to the hands-on teaching of the medical students.

Bharateswari Homes[edit]

Bharateswari Homes is a boarding school for girls located in Mirzapur upazila, Tangail District, Bangladesh. The school was established in 1945 by philanthropist Ranadaprasad Saha. He established the institution for girls' education and named it after his grandmother Bharateswari Devi.

Bharateswari Homes is the first residential development in the region. The school introduced higher secondary education (HSC) in 1962. However, the HSC section closed in 1973. It started again in 1983. In 2013 the school had about 1000 students and 60 teachers.

Apart from regular studies, students at the school take active part in cultural activities, particularly in physical training. The school is nationally renowned for the unique physical training offered to its students. Each year a Bhatateswari Homes party is invited by the government to perform in the celebrations of national days and national festivals in Dhaka.

The school provides education and training in computer literacy and also runs an English Language Club, a Science Club, a Debating Club and a unit of the BISWa SAHITYa KENDRA. In 1997, Bharateswari Homes formed Girls-in-Scout, which is the largest children's organisation of the country.

Varateswary Homes[edit]

Mirzapur is the birthplace of Ronada Proshad Shaha, the founder of Kumudini Kallayan Trust. Masdai is one of the villages of Mirzapur Upazila, which is under Warshi Union. It is the birthplace of Late Khaled Khan, famous actor and director; Eng. Aminur Rahman Laskar, former Chief Engineer of Roads & Highway; Eng. Mizanur Rahman Khan, Chief Engineer of Bangladesh Polly Bidduth Unnayan Board, Shamsul Huda Khan, Managing Director of National Bank Limited, Taherul Islam Khan, former Regional Adviser, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Solaiman Khan, Deputy Secretary of Health Ministry.

Masdai village is also famous for football games and has presented some quality football players in the Dhaka first division league. There are primary schools and high school in the village. Masdai village is a village for education, art culture and professional people in country and abroad. Actor Shaheen Khan and singer Mamun Zahid Khan are also from this village. There is an ideal union in Mirzapur named "Bashtail". There is a school there, named "Bashtail M M A high school". There are also a college, a madrasha, a primary school, and many kindergartens. Bashtail is very developed in sports. The football team of Bashtail is the champion among the district.

Newly formed Bhawra Union, there is a village Bhawra, a high school, and primary school. Joint founders are Khandaker Abdul Bari and Nazim Uddin Sarkar; social workers are Md. Delwar Hossain, Abdus Sabur (former Union Chairman), Garamara gohailbari Sobuj shena uccha Biddaloy is also a renowaned school of Bohurea union, Shilpopaty Sharful Islam Rasail is the acting President of this high school. Barati Nardana Bangladeh High School of Banail Union.

Kamarpar is a nearby village. One primary school and post are in this village. This village also has a bazaar where every morning people come to purchase and sell necessary goods. CBA Non Gov. Primary School, Village: Chowhattur Union Vatgram. Ex.Secretary CBA School Management.

Thalpara is a nearby village. It is a naturally beautiful place. There are many canals and two rivers around the village. There are a primary school and Hapizia Madrasha. The primary school name is (43 No: thalpara primary school).

An industrial area has grown up at Gorai union including Nasir Glass & Tubes, Naheed Cotton Mill, Newtex Dyeing&Printing, Uttara Spinning, Youth Spinning Mill, Comfit composit Mill, and Masafi bread and biscuit factory.

Transport[edit]

Mirzapur is directly linked with the highway from Dhaka to Tangail (connected to Bangbandhu Bridge on Jamuna River). Also there is a Dual-Gauge Rail-line from Dhaka to Rajshahi and Khulna.

However, the internal communication system is very poor. The roads within the upazila, connected to different unions and villages, are badly less developed. Maximum people are to come to the Upazila Headquarters on foot or bicycles. There is no scope to run any vehicle. Especially, the road from Mirzapur to Nagarpur via Nagar Bhad Gram is in odd situation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malay Shaha (2012), "Mirzapur Upazila", in Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal, Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.), Asiatic Society of Bangladesh 
  2. ^ "Population Census Wing, BBS.". Archived from the original on 2005-03-27. Retrieved November 10, 2006. 
  3. ^ Kumudini Hospital