North South University

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North South University
নর্থ সাউথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Motto Center of Excellence in Higher Education
Type Private, coeducational
Established 1992
Chancellor Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Atiqul Islam
Academic staff
907 (including 449 impermanent/adjunct faculty)
Students 13,990[1]
Undergraduates 12,068
Postgraduates 1,922
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
23°47′38″N 90°24′13″E / 23.794°N 90.4035°E / 23.794; 90.4035Coordinates: 23°47′38″N 90°24′13″E / 23.794°N 90.4035°E / 23.794; 90.4035
Campus Urban, 665,000 sqft
Colors Blue and white         
Nickname NSU
Affiliations University Grants Commission, Bangladesh

North South University (Bengali: নর্থসাউথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) or NSU is the first private university of Bangladesh.[2] The government of Bangladesh approved the establishment of North South University in 1992 under the Private University Act (PUA) 1992 (now replaced by PUA 2010). The university was formally inaugurated on February 10, 1993 by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

NSU has the authority, under its Charter, to impart instruction and confer undergraduate and graduate degrees in all branches of arts, business and sciences, including engineering, agriculture, law and medicine. It also has the authority to grant diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions. Currently, NSU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in 29 subjects (15 bachelor's degrees and 14 master's degrees). Additional programs including PhD in different subjects are under preparation.


SAC and Admin Building
SAC and Admin Building
Bridge between SAC and NAC
Bridge between SAC and NAC

The university's campus is at Bashundhara in Dhaka. The foundation of the campus was laid on January 30, 2003 by Begum Khaleda Zia.[3] Classes started in the permanent campus from June 9, 2009.[4]

This campus can serve up to 15,000 students with amenities and facilities. It contains six buildings with three basements on six acres of land having 665,000 square feet of floorspace.[5]


The Board of Trustees include notable industrialists: M.A. Kashem (current Chairman), Azim Uddin Ahmed, M.A. Hashem, Ragib Ali, Iftekharul Alam, M.A. Awal, Abul Kashem, A.S.F Rahman and Rehana Rahman amongst others.[citation needed]


The NSU library has six floors with over 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) floor area on the southeastern side of the campus. It is the first fully automated university library in Bangladesh using its own library management software,[6][7] which supports RFID system, web-based online circulation system, full-text e-books and online journal article repository services. The library can accommodate over 1,200 students in its reading rooms. On average 2,000 students use the library every day.

As of August 2014, the library holds 49,500 books, 50,000 online books, 6,000 bound journals (Foreign and local) and magazines, 1,890 CD-ROM databases and books, 226 DVD and videos, 159 audio-cassettes, and other resources.[8] It subscribes to 20 local journals, 18 foreign and 19 local magazines, two foreign dailies and most of the leading national dailies published from Dhaka. The NSU library is the pioneer of subscribing online journals and MyAthens in Bangladesh. It started subscription to online journals with JSTOR, IEEE, ACM Digital library and 39 titles of online journals for the first time in 2002. After that the other libraries started subscription to online journals in the country. Now it has access to 40,000 online journals of 52 publishers including Ebsco, Emerald, Blackwell, JSTOR, ACM, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Springer, ASCE and other major databases.

Academic programs[edit]

The university's ten departments are organized into four schools.


  1. School of Business and Economics
    • Department of Accounting & Finance
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Management
    • Department of Marketing & International Business
  2. School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Department of Mathematics and Physics
  3. School of Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Department of English & Modern Languages
    • Department of History & Philosophy
    • Department of Law
    • Department of Political Science & Sociology
  4. School of Health & Life Sciences
    • Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
    • Department of Environmental Science and Management
    • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Department of Public Health


NSU has four institutes and one center:

  • Institute of Modern Language
  • Institute of Development, Environment and Strategic Studies (IDESS)
  • Confucius Institute: The Confucius Institute at NSU was established in February 2006, the only language institute in Bangladesh which offers Chinese-language only education. Some 600 students have been enrolled and nearly 100 Bangladeshis are learning Chinese at the Institute now.[9]
  • Center for Information & Communication Technology (CICT)
  • North South University Global Health Institute (NGHI)

Student activity clubs[edit]

Social Services Club winter clothes distribution
  • Shangskritik Shangathan (SS)
  • Social Services Club (SSC)
  • Cine & Drama Club (CDC)
  • Earth Club
  • English Club
  • Life Sciences Club
  • CANVASS Club
  • Computer & Engineering Club(CEC)
  • Debate Club
  • Finance Club
  • Games and Sports Club
  • Model UN Club (MUN)
  • Photography Club
  • Pharmaceutical Club
  • Society of Science Engineering & Technology Club
  • The Marketing Club (TMC)
  • Human Resource Club
  • Ethics Club
  • Communications Club
  • Diversity Club
  • International Club
  • Young Economists' Forum (YEF)
  • Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES)[10]
  • MBA Club


The university publishes a journal called Panini.[11]



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