Sherpur Upazila

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Sherpur
শেরপুর
Upazila
Sherpur is located in Bangladesh
Sherpur
Sherpur
Location in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°40′N 89°25′E / 24.667°N 89.417°E / 24.667; 89.417Coordinates: 24°40′N 89°25′E / 24.667°N 89.417°E / 24.667; 89.417
Country  Bangladesh
Division Rajshahi Division
District Bogra District
Area[1]
 • Total 295.93 km2 (114.26 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Total 332,825
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Postal code 5840 to 5842
Website sherpur.bogra.gov.bd(Bengali)

Sherpur Upazila (Bengali: শেরপুর উপজেলা) is an upazila of Bogra District in the Division of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Sherpur Thana was established in 1962 and was converted into an upazila in 1983.[3] It is named after its administrative center, the town of Sherpur. It is said that there once lived Sher (Bengali: শের, tiger) family in the vicinity, from which the name "Sherpur" evolved.[citation needed]

History of the War of Liberation[edit]

History of the War of Liberation On 25 April 1971 the Pak army abducted 32 innocent people and took them to the Itakhola mass killing site and shot 25 of them dead. On 26 April, they also killed more than three hundred innocent Bangalis at a place near the Ghoga Bridge. On the same day the Pak army brutally tortured to death 26 persons at village Darimukunda. Besides, in May the Pak army killed more than one hundred innocent people at village Kallani. Marks of the War of Liberation Mass killing site 1 (Baghra Colony).

Geography[edit]

Sherpur Upazila has a total area of 295.93 square kilometres (114.26 sq mi).[1] It borders Shajahanpur Upazila to the north, Dhunat Upazila to the east, Sirajganj District to the south, Natore District to the south and west, and Nandigram Upazila to the west.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. (000) ±%
1991 229 —    
2001 286 +24.9%
2011 333 +16.4%
Source:
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics[1]

According to the 2011 Bangladesh census, Sherpur Upazila had 81.753 households and a population of 332,825, 16.2% of whom lived in urban areas.[2] 9.3% of the population was under the age of 5.[4] The literacy rate (age 7 and over) was 43.0%, compared to the national average of 51.8%.[5][6]

Tourism[edit]

Kherua Mosque, built in 1582, is an example of early Mughal architecture in Bengal. It is a symmetrical, single-aisled, three-bayed mosque with three domes.[7] Bhabanipur Shaktipeeth, one of seven Shakti Peethas in Bangladesh, is a sacred site for the followers of Hinduism.[8] Other famous spots are Bhabanipur Kali Mandir,[3] Sirajnagar Mosque, Sher-Shah Mosque, Shah-Bandegi Mosque, Shah-Turkan Mosque, Gobinda Rai Mandir, and Palli Unnayan Academy.

Economy[edit]

Main sources of income Agriculture 61.33%, non-agricultural labourer 2.97%, industry 1.44%, commerce 14.50%, transport and communication 4.47%, service 5.79%, construction 1.88%, religious service 0.16%, rent and remittance 0.27% and others 7.19%. Agricultural land Landowner 50.08%, landless 49.92%; agricultural landowner: urban 31.78% and rural 53.29%.'

Main crops Paddy, wheat, jute, maize, mustard, kalai, betel leaf, potato, onion, vegetables. Main fruits Banana.

Besides, There are Fishery 32, dairy 181, poultry 172, hatchery 1, Manufactories Rice mill 516, Saw mill 44, Flour mill 251, Oil mill 12, Ice factory 10, Cement factory 1, Cold storage 1, Goldsmith 72, Blacksmith 335, Potteries 66, Weaving 460, Embroidery 547, Bamboo and Wood work 675.

Every year they export lot of Paddy, wheat, maize, betel leaf, banana, vegetables.

Administration[edit]

Administration Sherpur Thana was formed in 1962 and it was turned into an upazila in 1983. Sherpur Upazila is divided into Sherpur Municipality and 10 union parishads. The union parishads are:

The union parishads are subdivided into 220 mauzas and 322 villages.

In the 2009 upazila elections, Md Mujibur Rahman Majanu was elected Upazila Chairman, while MA Halim and Mosammat Ajmi Ara Parveenwere elected vice chairmen.[9] The Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), who administers the upazila for the central government, is AKM Sarwar Jahan.[10]

Sherpur Municipality is subdivided into 9 wards and 19 mahallas.[1]

Education[edit]

There are one government college, 8 non-government general college, 5 non-government technical college, 42 Secondary School, 3 Institute in the upazila. Among them 4 Fazil Madrasha and 38 Dakhil Madrasha[11] Average literacy 36.3%; male 41.5%, female 31%.

Government College[edit]

Non-Government General College[edit]

Non-Government General Women's College[edit]

Non-Government Technical College[edit]

Secondary School[edit]

Secondary Women's School[edit]

Fazil Madrasha[edit]

Women's Fazil Madrasha[edit]

Dakhil Madrasha[edit]

Dakhil Madrasha (Girls)[edit]

Institute[edit]

Religion[edit]

Islam is the dominant religion of Sherpur Upazila. Indigenous community such as santal belongs to this upazila.

There are 461 mosque, 65 temple, and 1 church. Among them noted religious institutions are Kherua Mosque, Dhar Mokam Mosque, and Sher Mokam Mosque.

NGO[edit]

Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, Association for Social Advancement, TMSS, Swanirvar Bangladesh. In addition, there are some reputed NGOs who have been established and raised from Sherpur Upazila.[12] They are:

Media[edit]

  • Aajker Sherpur
  • Panchanadir Teere
  • Uttaranchal Barta
  • Shastha Banglar Mukh
  • Sharad Argha
  • Janatar Samgram.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "District Statistics 2011: Bogra" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Population Census 2011: Bogra Table C-01" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Islam, Md. Sirajul (2012). "Sherpur Upazila". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  4. ^ "Population Census 2011: Bogra Table C-04" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Population Census 2011: Bogra Table C-06" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Census 2011: Bangladesh at a Glance" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Akhter, Nasrin (2012). "Kherua Mosque". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  8. ^ Togawa, Masahiko (2012). "Sakta-pitha". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  9. ^ "Upazila Election Centerwise Result Details 2009". Bangladesh Election Commission. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "List of Upazila Nirbahi Officers". Ministry of Public Administration. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "List of Institutions". Ministry of Education. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "List of NGOs as on 24 February, 2016" (PDF). NGO Affairs Bureau. Retrieved 2 March 2016.