Tuesday, October 14, 2008

University of Dhaka

University of Dhaka
Logo of the University of Dhaka

Motto: "সত্যের জয় সুনিশ্চিত
("Truth Shall Prevail")
Established: 1921
Type: Public, Coeducational
Chancellor: Iazuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor: Dr Syed Mohammad Abul Faiz
Faculty: 1,345
Students: 30,000
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Campus: Urban, 600 acres (2.43 km²)
Website: www.univdhaka.edu

The University of Dhaka (commonly referred to as Dhaka University or just DU) (Bengali: ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Đhaka Bishshobiddalôe) is the oldest university in Bangladesh. With more than 32,000 students and 1,300 teachers, the University of Dhaka is the largest university in Bangladesh. It is a multi-disciplinary university and is among the top universities in the region. It is the only university in Bangladesh to have been listed in AsiaWeek's listing of top 100 Universities in Asia (64th). [1].




Initially, the university worked hard to build up an outstanding record of academic achievement, earning for itself the reputation for being the 'Oxford of the East'. The university contributed to the emergence of a generation of leaders who distinguished themselves in different occupations in East Bengal.

Until the Partition of Bengal in 1947, it maintained its unique character of being one of the few residential institutions of higher learning in Asia. In 1947, it assumed academic authority over all educational institutions above the secondary level falling within East Bengal. In the process, it became a teaching-cum-affiliating institution. This transformation, coupled with its unprecedented growth in the years that followed, put strains beyond reckoning on its human as well as material resources.[citation needed]

The university demonstrated an inherent strength in its activities during its eventful and often critical existence of over 80 years. Today, it provides about 70% of the trained human resources of Bangladesh engaged in education, science and technology, administration, diplomacy, mass communication, politics, trade and commerce, and industrial enterprises in all sectors. Students and teachers of this university have played a major role in shaping the history of Bangladesh.[citation needed]

In 2007, Webometrics[1] ranked this university's website 2nd in Bangladesh and 56th in the Indian subcontinent in their World Universities Ranking[2] based on electronic publication, scientific results and international activities.[3] Moreover it is 5918th in the world[citation needed].

Foundation & early days

Established in 1921 under the Dacca University Act 1920 of the Indian Legislative Council, it is modelled after British universities. Academic activities started on July 1, 1921 with 3 faculties, 12 teaching departments, 60 teachers, 847 students and 3 residential halls.


Sir Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury , one of the  proposer of University of Dhaka
Sir Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury , one of the proposer of University of Dhaka

It is believed that a combination of political, social and economic compulsions persuaded the government of India to establish a university at Dhaka 'as a splendid imperial compensation' to Muslims for the annulment of the partition of Bengal. The first vice-chancellor of the university, Dr. PJ Hartog, a former academic registrar of the University of London for 17 years and a member of the University of Calcutta Commission, described this phenomenon as the 'political origin' of the institution.

The Partition of Bengal in 1905 provided the Muslim majority community of East Bengal and Assam with a sphere of influence of their own and raised new hopes for the development of the region and advancement of its people. But its annulment, barely six years later due to stiff opposition from the powerful Hindu leadership, was viewed by Muslims as 'a grievous wrong'. Muslims were late to realise that their educational backwardness was a root cause of their decline in other fields of life.

Viceroy Lord Hardinge was quick to perceive the dissatisfaction of Muslims and decided to pay an official visit to Dhaka to assuage the aggrieved community. A deputation of high ranking Muslim leaders, including Khan Bahadur Chowdhury Kazemuddin Ahmed Siddiky, Sir Nawab Khwaja Salimullah, Nawab Syed Nawab Ali Choudhury and A. K. Fazlul Huq, met him on January 31, 1912 and expressed their fears that the annulment would retard the educational progress of their community. As compensation for the annulment of the Partition, the deputation made a vigorous demand for a university at Dhaka. In response, Lord Hardinge affirmed that education was the true salvation of Muslims and that the government would recommend the constitution of such a university to the Secretary of State.

Many Hindu leaders were not happy with the government's intention to set up a university at Dhaka. On February 16, 1912, a delegation headed by advocate Dr Rash Bihari Ghosh, met the viceroy and expressed the apprehension that the establishment of a separate university at Dhaka would promote 'an internal partition of Bengal'. They also contended, as was recorded in the Calcutta University Commission report later, that "Muslims of Eastern Bengal were in large majority cultivators and they would benefit in no way by the foundation of a university". Lord Hardinge assured that the new university would be open to all and it would be a teaching and a residential university.

The opposition by Hindu intelligentsia was not the only hurdle in implementation of the plan for the new university. Many complex legal and material issues were to be examined. After obtaining the approval of the Secretary of State, the government of India invited the government of Bengal to submit a complete scheme for the university. Accordingly, in a resolution of May 27, 1912, the government of Bengal appointed a committee of 13 members headed by Mr Robert Nathan, a barrister from London, to draw up a scheme for Dhaka University.The committee acted with speed and with the thoroughness and wisdom of 25 special sub-committees, it submitted its report in autumn of the same year. The report contained plans of the proposed buildings and estimates of capital expenditure amounting to Rs 5.3 million (later raised to Rs 6.7 million by the Public Works and Development agency) and of recurring expenditure amounting to Rs 1.2 million. The report went into considerable details about the mission of the university and its courses of study. The committee recommended that the university should be a state institution with unitary teaching and residential form on the model of modern UK universities such as Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool, and that it should encompass seven colleges including Dacca College and Jagannath College. The entire teaching in science, law, medicine, and engineering at postgraduate level was to be conducted by the university itself. In fact, the Dhaka University model was highly appraised and was later, followed in establishing new universities at Allahabad, Benaras, Hyderabad, Aligarh, Lucknow and Annamalai.

Kazi Nazrul Islam's tomb near the Dhaka University campus mosque
Kazi Nazrul Islam's tomb near the Dhaka University campus mosque

The Nathan Committee suggested for the university a spectacular site of about 243 acres (0.98 km2) forming part of the new civil station created at Ramna for the government of Eastern Bengal and Assam. The site housed Curzon Hall, Dacca College, the new government house, the secretariat, the government press, a number of houses for officers, and other minor buildings. In due course, all this land with their buildings and other properties was made over to the university in a permanent lease on a nominal rent of Rs 1,000 a year. After the committee report was published in 1913, the Secretary of State approved it in December 1913. Then with the emergence of First World War, acute financial stringency led the government to keep the decision in abeyance. This caused misgivings in the minds of Muslim leaders. When Nawab Syed Nawab Ali Choudhury raised the issue in the Indian Legislative Council on March 7, 1917, Shankaran Nair, the government spokesman, reaffirmed the government pledge to establish the university.

The decision to appoint a commission to enquire into the problems and needs of Calcutta University was announced by its chancellor Lord Chelmsford at convocation on January 6, 1917. Accordingly a commission was formed with Dr. ME Sadler as its chairman. The Commission agreed with most parts of the Nathan Committee scheme and urged that the University of Dhaka should be established without further delay.

The commission made 13 recommendations, which were mostly adopted, in the Dacca University Act 1920. The Governor General of India appointed Dr. PJ Hartog as the first vice-chancellor for a term of 5 years beginning December 1, 1920. He assumed office on December 10, 1920.Hartog put the university on a firm footing in his 5-year tenure of dedicated service.The advancement of the young university in the direction of academic excellence diligently marked by Hartog was carried forward by able successors such as Prof Harry Langley, AF Rahman, Dr. RC Majumdar, Dr. Mahmood Hasan and others.

Historical Events

From its inception, the University of Dhaka has been a place for many great scholars and scientists. From 1926 - 1945 the renowned physicist Satyendra Nath Bose served as a professor. It was during this period that he published his famous papers in collaboration with Albert Einstein, most notably defining Bose-Einstein condensate.

The university was witness to another historical event, as it was in the campus of Dhaka University that the original Flag of Bangladesh was unfurled for the first time, at a time of national crisis with the Bangladesh Liberation War looming closer. The University saw its share of the genocide initiated by Pakistani dictatorship in 1971, as many pupils and professors were killed in Operation Searchlight by the Pakistan Army.

East Pakistan era

The Partition of Bengal in 1947 considerably altered the character of Dhaka University. The East Bengal Educational Ordinance of 1947 added an affiliating character to its residential-cum-teaching model by calling upon it to assume the responsibilities of affiliation and supervision of 55 colleges, which were previously under the University of Calcutta. The university was relieved of this responsibility in 1992 when the National University was created to take over this task.

Dhaka University Central Students Union building
Dhaka University Central Students Union building

During World War II the government of India requisitioned some buildings of the university for military use. After Partition, the new government of East Pakistan requisitioned many more of them for offices and residences of government employees. This created an acute problem of accommodation to add to the problem of finance. The Pakistan government was indifferent to the university's needs and planned to move the university away from the city to keep its students out of politics. When General Ayub Khan seized power in October 1958, teachers and students of the university were already in the forefront of protests against the government's attempts to suppress the demands of the East Pakistanis for autonomy and the rightful place for Bengali as a state language of the country. In 1952, during the Bengali Language Movement effort, police killed some students agitating for a place of honour for their mother tongue. The government responded by replacing the Dacca University Act 1920 by an ordinance in 1961, totally depriving the university of its autonomy and democratic traditions. Termed a 'black law', the ordinance created a suffocating atmosphere in the university. The atmosphere of terror and oppression created in the whole country by successive military regimes led to mass upsurge, and ultimately, to the War of Liberation waged by Bengalis in 1971. Teachers and students of the university were in the forefront of this war and paid a heavy price in blood.

Aparajeyo Bangla: A statue on the Bangladesh Liberation War, located at the center of Dhaka University Campus
Aparajeyo Bangla: A statue on the Bangladesh Liberation War, located at the center of Dhaka University Campus

War of Liberation

The War of Liberation severely crippled Dhaka University's academics when a large number of its distinguished teachers and a considerable number of its students and employees were killed. The emergence of several new universities later did little to ease this burden.

The teachers, who were killed, include Dr. GC Dev, Dr. ANM Muniruzzaman, Santosh C Bhattacharya, Dr. Jyotirmoy Guha Thakurta, AN Munir Chowdhury, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, Dr. Abul Khair, Dr. Serajul Hoque Khan, Rashidul Hasan, Anwar Pasha, Dr. Fazlur Rahman, Giasuddin Ahmed, Dr. Faizul Mohi, Abdul Muktadir, Sarafat Ali, Sadat Ali, AR Khan Khadim, and Anudippayan Bhattachariya. The university's chief medical officer, Dr. Mohammad Mortuza, and a teacher of the University Laboratory School, Mohammad Sadeq were also killed.

Academic divisions:Faculties & Institutions

IBA: the premier Business School under Dhaka University
IBA: the premier Business School under Dhaka University

Today, there are 10 faculties, 52 departments, 9 institutes, 34 research centres, 1,545 teachers, about 30,000 students, 18 residential halls and 2 hostels.[4] [2] Two-thirds of the present faculty possesses degrees from universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Many of them achieved international reputation for their scholarly works. Many also have the experience of teaching in well-known institutions of higher learning abroad.


Faculty of Arts


  • Department of Bengali
  • Department of English
  • Department of Arabic
  • Department of Persian Language and Literature
  • Department of Urdu
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Islamic Studies
  • Department of Islamic History and Culture
  • Department of Information Science & Library Management
  • Department of Theatre & Music
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of World Religions

Faculty of Science

The science faculty was started with only three department in 1921 - Physics , Chemistry & Mathematics Department.Now there are about nine departments in faculty of science.[5]

Curzon Hall-The Science Faculty of DU
Curzon Hall-The Science Faculty of DU


  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Geography and Environment
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Theoretical Physics

Constituent Colleges

  • College of Textile Technology, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh College of Leather Technology, Dhaka
  • Military Institute of Science and Technology, Dhaka.
  • Bangladesh Institute of Textile Techonology, Tangail

Faculty of Engineering


  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • Department of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Technology

Faculty of Pharmacy

Established out of Faculty of Science in late 1960s, this faculty includes departments of Pharmacy, Pharmacology etc.


  • Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Technology

Constituent Colleges

  • Bangladesh Homeopathic Medical College, Dhaka
  • Government Homeopathic Degree College, Dhaka
  • Mymensingh Homeopathic Degree College & Hospital, Mymensingh
  • Government Unani and Ayurvedic Degree College, Dhaka

Faculty of Biological Science

It was established on the 1 January 1974. Previously the departments of this faculty was associated with the Faculty of Science. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Soil Science, Microbiology , Botany & Zoology are the mention-worthy departments of the faculty.


  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Soil, Water and Environment
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Fisheries
  • Department of Clinical Psychology
  • Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology

Affiliated Colleges

  • College of Home Economics, Dhaka.
  • Bangladesh Home Economics College, Dhaka
  • National College of Home Economics, Dhaka

Faculty of Business Studies

It is one of the leading faculties of University of Dhaka. In 1922 , one year after the establishment of University of Dhaka,Department of Commerce was founded under Faculty of Arts. Later in 1970 it started its activities as a separate faculty.

Dhaka University Faculty of Business Studies
Dhaka University Faculty of Business Studies


  • Department of Management Studies
  • Department of Accounting & Information Systems
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Banking
  • Department of Management Information Systems
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Department of International Business

Constituent College

  • Military Institute of Science & Technology, Dhaka

Faculty of Social Science

Established in late 70's, this faculty includes leading departments like Economics, Public Administration, International Relations, Political Science and Sociology.


  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Mass Communication & Journalism
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Population Sciences
  • Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Department of Women and Gender Studies
  • Department of Development Studies

Constituent College

  • Civil Service College, Dhaka

Faculty of Arts

The oldest faculty of the University includes departments like, Philosophy,History,Mass Communication & Journalism,English,Linguistics,Bengali, Arabic etc.Information science & Library management is here.

Faculty of law

  • Department of Law

Faculty of Medicine

Constituent Colleges/Institutes

  • Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka
  • Mymensingh Medical Colleg, Mymensingh
  • Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, Barisal
  • Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh MedicalCollege, Dhaka
  • Jahurul Islam Medical College, Kishorganj
  • Faridpur Medical College, Faridpur
  • Medical College for Women, Dhaka
  • Zainul Haque Sikder Women's Medical College, Dhaka
  • Dhaka National Medical College, Dhaka
  • Community Based Medical College, Mymensingh
  • Moulana Bhasani Medical College, Dhaka
  • Armed Forces Medical College, Dhaka
  • Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College, Dhaka
  • Kumudini Women's Medical College, Tangail
  • International Medical College, Gushulia, Gazipur
  • Ibrahim Medical College, Ibrahim Sarani, Dhaka
  • Tairunnessa Memorial Medical College, Gazipur
  • Shahabuddin Medical College, Dhaka
  • East-West Medical College, Dhaka
  • Enam Medical College, Dhaka
  • IBN Sina Medical College, Dhaka
  • Begum Khaleda Zia Medical College, Dhaka
  • NoRthern International Medical College, Dhaka
  • Nightingle Medical College,Sarkar Market, Dhaka
  • Dhaka Dental College, Dhaka
  • Pioneer Dental College, Dhaka
  • City Dental College, Dhaka
  • University Dental College, Dhaka
  • Sapporo Dental College, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh Dental College, Dhaka
  • Samajvittik Dental College, Dhaka
  • College of Nursing, Mohakhali, Dhaka
  • Kumudini Nursing College, Tangail
  • International Medical College , Gazipur
  • Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), Savar
  • National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic
  • Rehabilitation Centre, Dhaka
  • State College of Health Sciences, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences, Dhaka
  • Institute of Health Technology, Dhaka
  • Institute of Medical Technology, Dhaka

Faculty of Education

  • Technical Teachers' Training College, Dhaka

Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine and Research

Constituent Colleges/Institutes

  • Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka
  • Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka
  • Mymensing Medical College, Mymensingh
  • Sher-E-Bangla Medical College, Barisal
  • Dhaka Dental College, Dhaka
  • National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic
  • Rehabilitation Centre, Dhaka
  • National Institute of Preventive & Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Dhaka
  • National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Dhaka
  • National Institute of Chest Diseases and Hospital, Dhaka
  • National Institute of Ophthalmology, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh Institute of Child Health, Dhaka
  • Armed Forces Medical Institute, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka.
  • Mirza Ahmed Ispahani Institute of Ophthalmology &
  • Islamia Eye Hospital, Dhaka
  • BIRDEM Academy, Dhaka
  • Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Ultrasound, Dhaka.
  • National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute, Dhaka.
  • National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital, Dhaka.
  • National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology, Dhaka
  • Institute of Child and Mother Health (ICMH), Dhaka.
  • Centre for Medical Education, National Health Library Building, Dhaka.
  • Lions Eye Institute & Hospital, Dhaka.
  • Institute of Child Health & Shishu Hospital, Dhaka.


The institutes are the constituent schools of the university with separate governing bodies. They function under the executive and academic control of the University. There are in total 9 Institutes in Dhaka University.

Institute of Education & Research (IER)

The Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka, was established through the joint efforts of the University of Dhaka, the then Government of Pakistan and the U.S. AID ( then ICA) Mission. The U.S. AID Mission in the then Pakistan entered into a contract with the Colorado State College, (later became University of Northern Colorado), Greeley, Colorado, U.S.A., for professional services to establish, organize and direct the initial stages of IER, including advanced overseas training of teachers. The contract came into effect on November 1, 1959. The classes of the Institute began on July 1, 1960 with 33 students of one year M.Ed. degree program. Over the year it has expanded and diversified its programmes. Number of students increased from 33 in 1960 to 700 (academic year 2002- 2003). The Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka is an apex institute in the field of professional education in Bangladesh. It is the only Institute of its kind under the public universities of Bangladesh which offers teaching programmes leading to higher professional degrees, conducts advanced research studies and provides extension services in education. Its professional staff, most of them having overseas post-graduation and doctoral degrees and long experiences with specialization in various aspects of education render professional services to Government sponsored committees and commissions on education to help develop the education sector of Bangladesh and provide consultancy services at both national and international levels.

At Present there are 47 posts of full time teachers in IER.

The Institute was started in 1960 with the following objectives:

  • To promote and to provide facilities for advanced study and research in education.
  • To provide teaching, and guidance in order to prepare candidates for the degrees of Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Education of the University
  • To provide courses of further study for those already qualified to engage in educational work.
  • To provide services for those concerned with higher education in the University Teaching Departments and affiliated or constituent colleges.

Administration and Management of IER

The IER, is run by the second statutes under President’s order of 1973 and its budget is a part of university budget. The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive of the University. The Director is the administrative head of the Institute. Administration and Management of the Institute is vested in the following bodies, subject to approval of their actions by the Syndicate and or Academic Council of the University, as the case may be:

1. The Board of Governors, of which the Vice-Chancellor is the Chairman; 2. The Committee of Advanced Studies in Education, of Which the Director is the Chairman; 3. The Selection Board for Professorships and Associate Professorships of which the Vice-Chancellor is the Chairman; 4. The Selection Board for teaching Posts other than Professorships and Associate Professorships of which the Pro-Vice-Chancellor is the Chairman; 5. The Selection Board for appointments to non-teaching posts not below the rank of section Officers of which the Pro-Vice-Chancellor is the Chairman; 6. The coordination and Development Committee, of which the Director is the Chairman; 7. The Academic Committee, of which the Director is the Chairman.

Academic Programs of IER

The Institute started its onward march with 33 M. Ed students in 1960-61 academic year. Considering the ever-increasing demand of trained teachers, the Diploma-in-Education Program was added subsequently in the IER. The Ph. D. program in exculpation is offered to specially selected candidates. Over the years IER has diversified and expanded its programs. For providing highly qualified professionals for the education sector, IER took the initiative and introduced the Integrated Bachelor of Education (Hons.) program from 1994-95 session. The B. Ed. (Hons.) program is first of its kind in this region where education has been treated as a discipline replacing its narrow connotation as teacher training. Since the introduction of B. Ed. (Hons.) program the Dip-in-Ed. program has been kept in abeyance for practical purposes. At present the programs offered by the Institute are as follows:

a. Four years Bachelor of Education (Hons.) Program b. One-year Master of Education program (day) c. Two year part time (evening) Master of Education program d. M. Phil Program in Education e Thesis-based Ph. D. Program in Education

A. Integrated Bachelor of Education (Hons.) Program There are four specialized areas in the Integrated B.ED (Hons.) program. These are: (a) Arts and Language (b) Science (c) Social Science (d) Special Education.

B. One Year Master of Education Program (Day) Keeping pace with the newly introduced Bachelor of Education (Hons.) program, Master of Education Program has been reoriented and modernized under the following ten departments of IER: a. Department of Pre-primary and Primary Education b. Department of Language Education c. Department of Social Science Education d. Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education e. Department of Educational Planning and Management f. Department of Curriculum and Educational Technology g. Department of Educational Evaluation and Research h. Department of Non-formal and Continuing Education i. Department of Educational Psychology and Guidance j. Department of Special Education

Students are to select any one of the above mentioned departments which offer specialized courses in their respective areas.

C. Two Years Master of Education Program (Night) This program is meant for one year traditional B. Ed. / Dip-in-Ed. graduates who enroll at IER as par-time students. They are given instruction under the Departments that existed before introduction of B. Ed. (Hons.) Program.

D. Two years M. Phil Program in Education 2 years Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) is a higher research degree in any branch of Education. Students can seek admission in any disciplines, i. e. Primary education, Secondary education, Science & Mathematics education, Educational administration, Non-formal and Continuing education, Language Education, Educational research, Special education.

E. Thesis Based Ph. D Program in Education

This is a fully research based advanced education program aimed at producing highly qualified and specialized professionals. Students must have a Masters degree in education and have to pass an admission test specially constructed for enlisting names as doctoral students. The duration of the program is four years and the research is conducted under the guidance of a supervisor

Library of IER

The IER library provides a collection of materials to facilitate general reference and research activities in the field of education. Reference books, periodicals, newspapers and other instructional materials are available in the library. A limited number of textbooks are also available which are issued to students for overnight or week-end home use. Because of scarce availability or textbooks in the local market and of limited fund it is not possible to procure and issued to each student a copy of any particular textbook. There are over 38000 books, including curriculum materials in the library.

The curriculum library is an extension of the main library. Copies of syllabuses prescribed for the primary, secondary and higher secondary levels as well as other curriculum materials are available here. Textbooks of different school levels and areas from home and abroad are also available for study and research.

The library is operated under a set of rules. Students are expected to abide by the rules. Fines at approved rates are imposed for delay in returning books and for damage or loss of books.

University Laboratory School and College of IER

The University Laboratory School and college housed in a separate building adjacent to the IER. It offers schooling facilities from Kindergarten up to Higher Secondary School Certificate Level. The School serves as a laboratory for educational experimentation under the administrative control of the Institute.

Departments of IER
  • Department of Pre-Primary and Primary Education: This Department is as old as the Institute of Education and Research itself. Since inception it has been working as the degree offering department and produced a good number of M. Ed. degree holders with specialization in Primary Education. These graduates have been serving in the different sectors of Education in the country. The Department of Pre-Primary & Primary Education offers M. Ed. courses for both Day and Night.
  • Department of Special Education: The Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka offers a regular program of studies in Special Education at the graduate and post graduate level for students intending to work as teachers and planners for special children: the deaf, the blind and the mentally retarded. This program enjoys the distinction of being the first course of its kind in Bangladesh. A successful completion of four years and one year program of studies would entitle the students respectively to Bachelor of Education (Hons.) and M. Ed. in Special Education.
  • Department of Nonformal and Continuing Education: The Department of Non-formal and Continuing Education started functioning from 1999-2000 academic session. The NFE department is established to cater to the needs of ever-increasing demand of academically sound and professionally qualified personnel for the fast expanding non-formal education sub-sector of Bangladesh. The M. Ed. program of NFE department offers specialised courses in non-formal and continuing education areas and provides practical experiences through internship in collaboration with organizations/institutions involved in non-formal and continuing education programs at grassroot level.
  • Department of Educational Psychology and Guidance: Educational Psychology and Guidance is one of the oldest department in the Institute. Educational Psychology, which is carefully designed for the general students of all other departments of the Institute is taught by this departmental staff. It also offers various other courses for the departmental students from the field of Educational Psychology, such as Child and Adolescent Psychology, Psychological Test, Application of Psychology in the Classroom, Mental Hygiene etc. Students from other departments may also choose a few courses from this list for their optional requirement.
  • Department of Language Education: The department of Language Education offers a wide selection of courses in English and Bangla languages, language structures and communication. Its purpose is to prepare skilled manpower in language teaching, writing and experts in the field of Education requiring a strong background in language. The minimum requirement for getting the Master of Education degree is to complete 50 credit hours. A student has the option of writing a thesis in lieu of 10 credit hours.
  • Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education: In the initial years of IER, Department of Secondary Education offered science courses for the secondary science teachers. The Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education was established as a separate department in the year 1973. In 1999 Department of Science & Mathematics Education has been renamed as Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. The main focus of the department is to carry out teaching and researches in science, Mathematics and Technology Education. The department offers courses in Development of Curriculum and Instructional Materials, Innovations & Quality Improvement in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Evaluation and Research in Science and Educational Technology. The department also offers advanced academic courses in science and technology education.
  • Department of Educational Planning and Management: The Department of Educational Planning and Management offers a variety of courses in administration, management, supervision, finance, planning and law. The department administers M. Ed. programs for B. Ed. (Hons.) students during the day and M. Ed. for practicing school teachers and administrators during the night. The courses are designed for students in order to promote understanding among them about efficient school administration system. Its overall purpose is to prepare students for challenging positions in teaching, administration, management, planning and leadership in the school system. In all the courses, dynamic role of the administrators are high-lighted.
  • Department of Educational Evaluation and Research: Department of Educational Evaluation and Research provides a wider opportunity to contribute to the education field of Bangladesh by enrolling students at post graduate level from 1999-2000 academic year. The department believes that, research lies at the heart of educational innovation and improvement. Thus, it fosters a research milieu to develop expertise in the field of educational research and evaluation through offering taught courses and thesis ( mandatory) for its students as part of its current activities. Along with various ‘school of thought’, courses have been designed, especially, on "Classroom Action Research" aiming at developing expertise to make contributions to the quality improvement of classroom activities.
  • Department of Social Science Education: Department of Social Science Education at the Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka is the only department of its kind in Bangladesh. This department conducts teaching and research works in various aspects of the development of social science education in the academic world of Bangladesh social science curriculum and instructional materials and promotes students’ assessment.
  • Department of Curriculum and Instructional Technology: Curriculum, planning and development is a highly professional and technical task. Curriculum is considered as the core of all educational activities. In other words, the education system of a country rotates centering the curriculum. Considering the significance of this area in education department of curriculum and Instructional Technology has been introduced at IER. This is the only specialized department in the country which aims at preparing specialized manpower for the national curriculum system.

Institute of Modern Languages

Institute of Modern Languages (hereinafter ‘the Institute’) was established on 1 July 1974. According to the 6th Statutes of the Dhaka University Order 1973, the Institute functions under the executive and academic authorities of the Syndicate and the Academic Council of the University.

The main aims and objects of the Institute are (i) to promote and to provide facilities for the study of Modern Languages; (ii) to provide teaching, training and guidance in order to prepare candidates for the Certificate of Proficiency, Diploma of Arts in Modern Languages, and for such other Diplomas and Degrees that may be decided upon by the University; (iii) to provide such other services and facilities for training as may meet the needs of linguistic scholars, foreign services personnel and others. At present the Institute offers 1-year non-degree courses (120 hours each course) on Bangla (only of the foreigners), Arabic, Chinese, Korean, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish language courses. In addition to the above courses, M.Phil., Ph.D. programs and 18-months MA in ELT is available at the Institute. Besides, short courses on various languages are also offered. A library and 5 language labs are available at the Institute.

A research Journal entitled “Journal of the Institute of Modern Languages” is published once a year by the Institute. This Journal contains research papers on linguistics and language education contributed by teachers and scholars of the relevant fields.

At present total number of the teachers is 49 (full time: 25, part-time: 18, visiting foreign teachers: 6) and the number of the students is 1,581 (session: 2005-2006).

In 1947 48 a new department was opened at Dhaka University, the Department of International Relations. It was the first of its kind in any university of this entire region, particularly so because foreign languages had been included within its curriculum. The next year, Pakistan Government sanctioned two 'special' posts of lecturer to this department: one for teaching French, the other for Chinese.

During the academic year 1949 50 the academic reports tell us that Mrs. Hicks “is continuing to work on a part time basis”, so she had possibly been teaching French during 1949 49 or even earlier. In August, Lieu Yih Ling joined as a lecturer of Chinese, while Mrs. Mayne came as a temporary part time teacher of French in 1950 51. At the end of this year when she went home Mrs. Madeleine took her place. They continued to work as lecturers of French and Chinese for the next two years.

Soon after the language movement in East Pakistan in 1952, the Central Government refused to continue to pay the salaries of language teachers from 1953 54. As the university was not able to pay them from its own budget, the two teachers along with Mr. Dahm, the teacher for German courses that had been introduced. in the meantime, had to return home. The annual report this year mentions that `they will be badly missed by their students, revealing how very popular they had been.

During 1954 55 Mrs. Waseem was teaching German, while Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah taught French. He probably taught for this year only, as we find that next year, during 1955 56, Miss Alsop, the Head of Department of International Relations was teaching French, Mrs. Gardiner joined this year as a teacher of German. During 1956 57 Mrs. Carvel Painter taught both French and German, while in 1957 58 French was taught by Mrs. Munimunnisa Khatun, and German by Mrs. G. Mahmud.

The Senior course in German was introduced during 1961 62 through the courtesy of the German Consulate in East Pakistan: Karl Peter Grune Joined as a full time lecturer in July 1963. That year an unprecedented rush for admission into French and German languages compelled the authorities to turn away a large number of applicants.

Perhaps this rising eagerness among students to learn foreign languages made the authorities decide to open the Department of Foreign Languages in 1964 where French and German syllabuses were given new shape and form. Examination results were in terms of first, second and third class, with certificates and diplomas being awarded at the end of courses. Students were now allowed to take these languages as subsidiary subjects for Bachelor of Arts courses. Although at this stage the foreign languages was limited to French and German only, expectation was that if teachers became available, languages like Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Indonesian and Spanish could be introduced too.

Significantly, even after it became a department, Foreign Languages remained a part of International Relations, since Dr. M. A. Aziz, the head of International Relations was simultaneously the head of Foreign languages, and continued in such capacity till 1973. In fact, the annual reports of 1968 69 for these two departments came out together in the combined name, Departments of International Relations and Foreign Languages.

M. Rouche, the Director of Alliance Francaise was teaching French in the Department during 1964 65 and is mentioned as a part time lecturer while his wife Mme Danielle Rouche is shown as a 'part time teacher' of French, showing specific differences between the two posts. This year many students took admission in foreign languages, and 67 students appeared for the final examination, of which 25 got first class.

Posts were created in the department for teachers of Russian and Turkish during 1965 66. This year 65 students appeared for the final examination, of which 24 got first class. Mrs. Widdowson came to teach French during 1966 67, while in 1967 68 Mrs. G. Pibrovec joined as teacher of French and Walter Schweppe as a senior lecturer of German.

During the same year Ali Gencelli joined in the newly created post of teacher of Turkish, introducing courses in this language. “Scientific German”, another course was started this year too, and 22 students appeared in the final examination. Of these 19 passed, 11 with first class. In the examination of Junior German and Junior French, 15 and 17 students passed respectively. This year Russian language was introduced as well, where 12 out of 15 students passed. Two students also appeared in Diploma Course in French, one with first class. Two students also appeared in Diploma Course in German of which one passed.

Mr. Abu Syed Shahabuddin taught Russian during 1968 69, while Mr., Le Goff arrived as the visiting teacher of French. This Year Mr. Aziz Mallam from Mauritius joined as a part time teacher of French. His coming was remarkable since he worked here for almost 17 years, teaching French to students of Dhaka University till 1986. Later, he went on to teach at Alliance Francaise of Dhaka, and work at the French Embassy at Dhaka. In 1992 he returned home.

In this academic year 1968 69, fifteen students participated in the German Junior certificate course examination of which 14 passed, nine with first class. In French Junior certificate course, six out of seven passed, five with first class. In French Diploma course two students appeared and passed with first class.

The Junior course in Chinese was opened in 1970 71 under A. H. M. Abdul Haye. About 36 students joined the course, 15 as regular students. At this time Dr. Shafiq Hyder was teaching Russian. The turbulence of our struggle for liberation made it impossible to hold final examinations on schedule this year, and these were held after the liberation of Bangladesh

In the year 1972 73, Mrs. Panomareva came as an honorary professor of Russian. Mr. I. A. Chowdhury, a full time teacher of Japanese introduced the Junior Course in Japanese this year, where 68 students took admission. Mr. Moazzem Hossain joined after Mr. I. A. Chowdhury left. Dr. W. Smith, the Director of Alliance Francaise joined as a part time teacher of French this year. 95 students took admission into the Junior Course in French, while 15 Joined the Senior Course. 75 students joined the Junior Course in German. five entered the Senior Course, and seven enrolled in Scientific German Junior Course. 35 students entered the Junior Course in Russian while Chinese Junior Course had seven students, with one student in the Senior course.

It is significant that at this till le the Department of Foreign Languages had only one full time lecturer, Mr. A. H. M. Abdul Haye, teaching Chinese. He was appointed the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages during 1973 74. French had three part-time teachers at this point Mr. Aziz Mallam (French), Dr. Muniruzzaman Miah (ex VC of Dhaka University), and Nora Sharif. Towards the beginning of this academic year Mrs. Briggitte Leonburger was teaching German, after which Walter Sweppe took over from December. Miss Mitsui Osada was the part time teacher of Japanese. Mrs. Panomareva was still continuing to work on an honorary basis, while courses in Spanish were offered for the first time, this year under Dr. Sajjadur Rashid.

At this time French, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese and Spanish were the six languages being taught in the department, with French being the most popular with the highest intake. German and Russian were the next most popular. Both Junior and Senior Courses were being given in all the languages except Spanish where only Junior Course was offered. French was also offering Diploma Course. This year the political disturbances on campus led to the halls of residence being closed down and the University declared closed during term time. The final examinations which were scheduled to take place in May 1974 were finally held in July. 102 examinees appeared of whom 50 passed in the first class, 24 in the second and 18 in the third class.

On the first of July 1974 the Institute of Modem Languages was established as an integral part of Dhaka University, incorporating the Department of Foreign Languages of 1964 into its constitution.

Institute of Statistical Research and Training

Academic Programs:

ISRT [3] offers 4-year Bachelors degree in Applied Statistics and 1-year Masters in Applied Statistics. Students who are interested can seek admission in Bachelors program after being selected in the admission test under the faculty of science and conducted by the University of Dhaka.

B.Sc. Honors in Applied Statistics:

The B.Sc. Honors course in Applied Statistics is a four years program. It is an integrated program. The examination consists of four parts, one at the end of each academic year. Each student has to take a total of 32 units of the courses (carrying a total marks of 3200) extending over the four academic years. The program includes courses of both theoretical and applied natures, but more emphasize is given on the application of the statistical techniques to real life situations. The course is so designed that, after successful completion of the course, the graduates are equipped to work efficiently and competently in government and non-government organizations, institutions, service departments and other related fields. A student with high academic attainment in SSC and HSC or equivalent levels with Mathematics as a subject of study is eligible for admission. The Regulations for admission of the students and the examinations will be the same as those of the B.Sc. Honors Course in the Faculty of Science.

Class Size: 50 Faculty Student Ratio: 1:14

M.Sc. in Applied Statistics:

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) course in Applied Statistics is a one academic year program The M.Sc. examination in Applied Statistics is taken in two groups, namely, General group (Group A) and the Thesis Group (Group B). The total credit unit of the course is eight. A one unit course carries 100 marks while a half unit course carries 50 marks.

A selected number of students will be considered for Thesis Group on the recommendation of the Academic Committee. A thesis student shall be required to submit a thesis carrying 150 marks (120 marks for the thesis and 30 marks for the viva on the thesis). The other students belonging to Group A have to take a project work and shall be required to submit a project report carrying 50 marks and advanced statistical computing carrying 100 marks.

In addition, each M.Sc. student (Group A and Group B) will be required to give at least one seminar during the academic year. It is a non credit course but compulsory. the qualifying performance in the seminar should be equivalent to minimum 40% marks. The grade to be assigned will be satisfactory or not satisfactory. The examination committee and the available other members of the academic committee will evaluate the performance in the seminars.

The regulations for admission of the students and the examinations will be same as of the M.Sc. course in the Faulty of Science.

Admission in B.Sc. Honors in Applied Statistics:

A general admission test is taken by the Dhaka University authority and any student pursuing to study B.Sc. honors in Applied Statistics has to appear in it.

Admission in M. Sc. in Applied Statistics:

Generally the successful students of the B.Sc. (honors) course in Applied Statistics are allowed to get admitted in the one-year Masters program.

Library Facility:

The Institute has a rich library with the latest books of statistics in Bangladesh. It preserves about 15000 copies of books written by world class statisticians, periodicals, journals etc. It is open for all ISRT students and other scholars and researchers who seek information within the scope of our collections. Library hours are 10:00 am to 4:30 pm for Saturday to Wednesday and 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for Thursday. Students can borrow two books at a time for seven days.

Co Curricular Activities:

Students of ISRT participate in various co-curricular activities including Inter-department Cricket and Football tournament, Cultural activities, Debate competition etc. Inter-Department Cricket Tournament is usually held in September-January and Football tournament is held in March-April. ISRT has a student advisor who arranges and manages all these activities with the help of the students.

Training Programs:

ISRT offers short training modules for the researchers, practitioners, students and professionals who need a statistical background as well as computing knowledge with the computer using statistical packages like SPSS, SAS, S PLUS. The institute offers various training programs routinely with the availability of the faculty members.

Financial Aid/ ISRT Scholarship:

ISRT provides scholarships to one third of the students in each class according to their results of First, Second and Third years.

Student counseling:

Student can consult their hassles facing in academic and nonacademic areas with the student advisor Mr. Mohmmad Lutfor Rahman.

IT Facilities:

It has two well equipped Computer Laboratories with 55 computers, one for general students and another for research students. Research students enjoys the internet facility regarding their researches. Very few faculties do exit in the entire university providing such latest information technology.


Journal of Statistical Research (JSR) in an official publication of the Institute of Statistical Research and Training since 1970. Since its inception it has been an excellent means of transfer and communication of statistical knowledge for the developing nations across the globe. It publishes original research articles both in theoretical and applied statistics areas. Paper published in the JSR are accepted only through appropriate referring. Neither the editorial board nor the publisher is any way responsible for the opinion expressed in the papers published in the JSR.

The Journal is published twice a year, one in June and the other in December. The areas of interest of this journal covers Mathematical Statistics, Quality control in Industries ,Bio-statistics, Sampling Techniques and Computer intensive statistics with graphics. Currently the Editor in Chief is A K MD E SALEH, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University of Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada, Email: esaleh@math.carleton.ca and the Editor of the journal is M SEKANDER HAYAT KHAN, Institute of Statistical Research and Training, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh Email: mshkhan@udhaka.net

Institute of Statistical Research & Training popularly known as ISRT is a trustworthy name in the field of statistics in Bangladesh since its inception in 1st July 1964. Day by day it is going to be a model in statistical reference in national and international arena. It has a glorious past and still it is one of the shining faculties in the University of Dhaka. It has added up a golden feather in 1994 introducing the era demanding subject Applied Statistics. It has highly educated faculties who are invited to the all national activities regarding statistics.

Late Professor Dr. Quazi Motahar Husain was the founder Director of ISRT.

Institute of Business Administration

Institute of Business Administration (IBA) carries the distinction of being the pioneer of all the business schools of Bangladesh. It is absolutely free from any kind of session jam.

With a tradition of reflective thinking buoyed by a no-compromise quality orientation, IBA has taken many strides towards excellence. A strong combination of rich inputs and active processes in a supportive environment has made IBA the most prestigious professional training institute in the country.

Key strengths of IBA are: • A unique curriculum designed in line with North American Business Schools with the functional areas being aptly supplemented by various support areas. • An active learning approach where student participation is practiced and encouraged. • An effective teaching method with an optimum blend of experimental and experiential learning. • A highly trained and experienced faculty who bring into the classroom a multitude of experience and viewpoints. • Dynamic and motivated students. • A support culture for learning and research fostered within the same building with various essential facilities such as a computer center, library, canteen and rooms for group discussions. The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka was established in 1966 in collaboration with the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA under a Ford Foundation Financial Assistance Program.

The objective of the institute is to provide professional training in business administration. IBA started with the MBA Program in 1966. MPhil and PhD programs were later introduced in the 1970s, while the BBA Program was launched in 1993.

Institute of Nutrition and Food Sciences

The INFS offers academic courses in Nutrition and Food Science. At present the Institute runs the following courses:

(i) Four years B.Sc. (Hons.), (ii) One year M.S., (iii) M. Phil and (iv) Ph.D.

Apart from the academic programs the activities of INFS include basic and applied research in different aspects and fields of nutrition and food science including nutrition survey and surveillance, laboratory experiments, research in nutrition, food sciences, microbiology, health sciences, food and nutrition policy, evaluation of interventions, technical advisory services, and training. Since its establishment the INFS has conducted most of the nutrition research and training in Bangladesh. It also played an important role in nutrition advocacy drawing attention to the urgency of the nutritional problems and recommending means to address it. The INFS will continue its academic and training programs in various fields of nutrition and food science for development of trained manpower, field level activities in the assessment, experiments in the laboratory, monitoring and analysis of nutritional problems, and in the evaluation of the intervention programs.

The INFS has a group of highly qualified and experienced faculty members. They are from diverse disciplines, such as Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Science, Microbiology, Clinical Nutrition, Applied Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Social Nutrition, Nutrition Education, Nutrition Planning, Biostatistics, Bioengineering, and Instrumentation.

The Institute has its own library, having 10000 books, journals and periodicals, in the second floor of its building. Most of the books are on Nutrition, Biochemistry, Medical science, Food science, Microbiology, Economics, Home economics, Biostatistics, Sociology, Computer, Instrumentation and others. The teachers, the researchers and the students of the Institute can borrow books from the library; besides, books can be studied in the library.

The Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), University of Dhaka is a pioneering organization of research and teaching in the field of nutrition in Bangladesh. It was established in 1969 as a follow up of the 1962-64 National Nutrition Survey. Professor Kamaluddin Ahmad, an internationally reputed scientist and scholar, was the founder director of the Institute. Initially it was located in the first floor of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Dhaka. Later on, by the year 1982, the Institute moved to its new building.

Institute of Social Welfare and Research

Social Welfare: Recent Look/Understanding The social welfare concept took a new direction in the nineteenth century, through certain processes and not by an accident. This was an era of social and technological change with intellectual adventure. The traditional concept of social work, charity with immediate assistance did not stand in the test of the changing time. It melted away before the challenge of emerging psycho-social and economic problems hatched by speedy growth of population, rapid industrialization and urbanization gave way to the modern concept, where belief in the dignity and potentiality of human, respect for his/her personality came in the fore. And ultimately the "Lady Bountiful" was replaced by the professional social worker to give solace and relief to the suffering humanity. With the ever-increasing socio-economic problems, coupled with the wide acceptance of the concept of welfare state, the scope of social welfare as a profession has widened and got a momentum. Moreover as the history attests, substantial progress made by this profession in the shortest possible time, in the developed as well as the developing countries, has given it a firm footing and an assurance of smooth go-ahead.

Social work education is comparatively a new phenomenon in Bangladesh among other social science disciplines. The first social welfare study was started with an introductory course in social work of three months duration in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1953. The College of Social Welfare and Research Centre at Dhaka the first of its kind in East Pakistan was founded in 1958 as a constituent college under the University of Dhaka. On February 9, 1973 the College was merged with the mainstream of academic programs of University of Dhaka and holds the name Institute of Social Welfare and Research (ISWR). Administratively the Institute is governed by a Board of Governors (BG) chaired by the Vice-Chancellor under the 8th statute of the Dhaka University Order 1973. The Director of the Institute is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Institute. Academically and Administratively the Institute follows rules as envisaged in the statute of the University of Dhaka.

Aims of the Institute: i. Providing teaching, field training and guidance to prepare candidates for the degree of Honours, Masters, M. Phil, and Ph D in Social Welfare. ii. Developing indigenous reading or teaching materials in social welfare at all levels of social work education in Bangladesh particularly field practices research or through organizing seminar, workshops etc. iii. Undertaking self-sponsored academic research projects, accepting research projects sponsored by public or private organizations. iv. Facilitating professional social work through seminar, symposia, conferences and publications. v. Establishing contact with national and international organizations in social work education, research and practice for furthering social welfare interests.

Institute of Health Economics


Since the early 1990s, the Health Sector of Bangladesh has been undertaking huge interventions so as to rapidly improve the health status of the population. Accordingly, in the fourth and fifth health sector programmes, the targeted coverage of the sector has been substantially expanded. The magnitude of health services to be devoted per person has been increased, and the measures have been proposed to drastically enhance the quality of services. Implementation of the plan requires huge amount of resources, but relative availability of resources has been declining. Given the growing scarcity of resources for the Sector, the only way to increase the coverage and improve the quality of services is to intensively utilize the existing facilities and allocate resources to the sectoral activities more efficiently. Increased allocative efficiency of resources requires, on the other hand, imparting regular training in health economics to the managers and professionals of the sector and others carrying out research on health economic issues.

The Government has increasingly felt the need for training of the personnel of the sector and conducting research in health economics, and started sending officials abroad to study health economics. It later became evident that the cost of overseas training of each person is so high that the government will not be able to train the required number of personnel using the small amount of fund received from the donors. In such a situation, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) approached the University of Dhaka to establish an Institute to offer post-graduate degrees and conduct training programmes in Health Economics and carry out research on health economic issues. As a result, the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) was established in the University of Dhaka in July 1998 with the financial support of the Department for International Development (DFID) and the University of Dhaka.


2.1. Running postgraduate degree programmes: The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) offers a number of post-graduate degree programmes:

i) Post-graduate Diploma in Health Economics

This is a one-year programme for which there is a provision for enrolment of 50 students. The subjects offered in this programme include: Principles of Economics, Introduction to Macroeconomics and Public Finance, Basic Mathematics, Introduction to Bio-Statistics, Introduction to Health Economics and Health Services Management, Microeconomic Theory, International Economics and Development Economics, Statistical Methods for Health Economics, Introduction to Financing and Economic Evaluation of Health Care.

ii) Masters in Health Economics

The Institute offers a one-year Masters degree in Health Economics. For each semester, there is a provision for enrolment of 46 students. The subjects offered in this programme include: Economic Theory (related to Health Sector), Public Health and Epidemiology, Health Policy and Planning, Applied Econometrics, Economics of Health Care, Economic Evaluation of Health Care, Health Services Management, Management Decision analysis, Hospital Management and Research Methodology.

iii) M. Phil. in Health Economics

This is a two-year research degree, of which first year is for course work and second year for dissertation.

iv) Ph. D. in Health Economics

This is a research degree by thesis on a topic relevant to health economics field.

2.2. Conducting short training courses for the heath professionals: Every year, IHE offers two short courses (8 -10 week) on issues of Health Economics, Health Care Financing, Economic Evaluation of Health Care, Health Care Management, and Methodology of Health Economic Research are offered for the managers and officials of the Health and Population Sector. Each training course comprises 30 participants. The sessions of the short training courses normally take place in the evening hours.

Title of the training courses - Sponsored by Training Course on Health Economics - DFID Training Course on Health Economics - DFID Training Course on Health Economics - HEU, MOHFW Training Course on Costing and Economic Evaluation - DFID Operations Research on Reproductive Health - Population Council, USA Training Course on Health Economics - DFID Training Course on Health Economics - DFID

2.3. Conducting research: In addition to teaching and training, research is an important activity of the Institute. It conducts research on issues related to Health Economics, Hospital Management, Health Care Management and Policy, Health Care Evaluation, Health Care Financing, and Public Health and Epidemiology which are in the priority areas of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh. In addition to the externally funded studies, IHE also conducts studies on its own.

2.4. Publications from IHE: Institute of Health Economics publishes research report, working paper, and monograph. The Institute has taken initiatives to publish a journal titled ‘Bangladesh Health Economics Journal’, which is under the process.

2.5. Organizing Seminar/Workshop: IHE organizes seminars and workshops on the issues of health economics, public health and epidemiology, and health services management, and the faculty members regularly participate in the seminars/workshops outside the Institute (within the country and abroad).

2.6. Organizing Conference: IHE organizes conference of the researchers and managers of the Health sector of Bangladesh on carefully chosen themes of Health Economics.

2.7. Providing advisory services to the health sector: IHE is provides advisory services to the Health Sector, as and when requested.

2.8. Faculty development and curriculum improvement exercises

The Institute of Health Economics conducts multidisciplinary programmes/research and the faculty members are from various disciplines. For the mutual improvement of the faculty members through enhancing their knowledge base on multidisciplinary issues, IHE carries out in-house seminars on economics, health economics, health services management, public health, and epidemiology issues. Each year IHE reviews the curriculum, and modifies and updates the curriculum, if necessary. IHE faculty members intensively devote approximately 60 hours over a period of two months to conduct these exercises. The main objective of these exercises is to develop Health economics as an integrated discipline, such that it emerges as a unified field combining several relevant fields, and enables the teachers and students to capture the entire discipline in the becoming comprehensively.

2.9. Evaluation of courses by students

The students formally evaluate the courses, course teachers, curricula, teaching methods, office etc in every semester of the programmes, and the faculty members get the feedback and measures are adopted based on the outcomes of evaluation for improvement of teaching and programmes.


3.1. Admission requirements

The applicant (national and international) to the Post- Graduate Diploma programme must be graduated from any reputed national or international university with medical or social science background. The successful PG Diploma holders and a few Honours/ Masters degree holders in Economics or the Business School having substantial courses in Economics are eligible to apply for the Masters programme. As both the Diploma and Masters programmes are full time and classes are carried out during daytime, service holders are required to take leave or at least take permission from the authority to enroll in these programmes. There is a provision for enrollment of five international students in each programme, if they fulfill the requirements for enrollment to the respective programme.

Enrolment to M. Phil. or Ph. D. programme is guided by the central regulations of the University of Dhaka.

3.2. Process of admission

The seats are distributed among medical and non-medical students by 50%, and 30% seats are reserved for the female students. To enroll in the PostGraduate Diploma programme, students need to appear for both written examination (90 marks) and viva-voce (10 marks) examination. The written examination includes general knowledge, mathematics, and English.

To enroll in the Masters programme, students need to appear for written examination (95 marks) and viva-voce (5 marks) examination. The written examination includes general economics, mathematics, statistics, general knowledge/English language.


IHE is currently operating under a few severe constraints. First, it does not have any premise of its own, which is needed for its proper functioning. The University authority has been taking the measures for allotment of land and other necessary support for establishing a separate IHE premise. Second, since IHE is still in its growing stage it requires substantial support from the government and external donors, specially for providing grant for higher education and training of teachers and researchers. Unfortunately, donor support is not currently available. Continued efforts are on for involving the interested donors to support IHE activities.

The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) started its functioning from 16th June 1998 with the appointment of a Director. Its founder Director was Professor Dr. Sushil Ranjan Howlader who continued as the Director till 23rd May 2005. The present Director of IHE is Professor Dr. Azizur Rahman, who assumed this responsibility from 23rd May 2005.

Institute of Information Technology

In the annual session of June 2001, The Dhaka University Senate established Institute of Information Technology (IIT)[4]. by converting the erstwhile Computer Center (Estd. in 1985). The aim was to produce skilled manpower in the field of Information Technology (IT) and to establish a computer network in the University. The three-storey red ceramic IIT building has a quiet ambience and is adjacent to Dhaka University Centre of Excellence in Science and the Institute of Statistical Training and Research (ISRT).

Bureaus and Research Centers

  • Bureau of Economic Research
  • Bureau of Business Research
  • Bose Centre for Advanced Study and Research in
  • Natural Sciences
  • Centre for Advanced Studies and Research in
  • Biological Sciences
  • Dev Centre for Philosophical Studies
  • Renewable Energy Research Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Humanities
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Social Sciences
  • Semiconductor Technology Research Centre
  • Biotechnology Research Centre
  • DU Cyber Centre
  • Nazrul Research Centre
  • Nazmul Karim Study Centre
  • Disaster Research Training and Management Centre
  • Dr. Sirajul Haque Islamic Research Centre
  • Centre for Biomedical Research
  • Bangladesh-Australia Centre for Environmental Research
  • Delta Research Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Physical, Chemical,
  • Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences - The Centre of Excellence
  • Centre for Advanced Research in Arts and Social
  • Sciences - The Centre of Excellence
  • Centre for Corporate Governance and Finance Studies
  • Center for Microfinance and Development
  • Japan Study Centre
  • History Research Centre
  • Centre for Development and Policy Research
  • University and Industry Alliance
  • Professor Dilip Kumar Bhattacharya Research Centre
  • Organic Pollutants Research Centre
  • Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit
  • Center for Administrative Research and Innovation-CARI
  • Dhaka University Earthquake Observatory
  • Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Dhaka University Arboriculture Section

Dev Centre for Philosophical Studies

Dev Center for Philosophical Studies was founded in 1980 in the name of Professor Dr. Govinda Chandra Dev, in brief, Dr. G. C. Dev [5].

At present, the Director of the Center is Dr. Galib Ahsan Khan. He was appointed as the Director on 20th February 2008, for a term of two years.

Two journals are published from the center, every year; one is in English with the title, Philosophy and Progress and the other is in Bengali language. Programs of the Center also include arrangements for monthly seminers. The topics for the papers to be submitted for publication in the journals or for seminers, should be philosophy related. A good remuneration is given for the paper, whether it is for the journals or for the monthly seminer.

Centre for Renewable Energy Research

In 1981, the University of Dhaka set up the Renewable Energy Research Centre (RERC) with following aims and objects [6]:

  • to organize research activities in the field of Solar, Wind and other alternative sources of energy;
  • to encourage research projects for utilization of solar energy in Bangladesh;
  • to help multidisciplinary research activities in this field;
  • to look for international assistance and collaborations in this field;
  • to co-ordinate and establish liaison with scientists and engineers working in other institutions inside and outside the country.
  • to collect information and literature on researches in the fields of solar and other alternative energy sources and to disseminate them among the research workers.

Delta Study Centre

There have been no systematic scientific studies on the Bengal delta, one of the largest deltas in the world and current studies on the delta by various organizations are highly dispersed and ill-co-ordinates [7]. The member of the teaching staff of Department of Geology of the University of Dhaka strongly feel that our economic prosperity is dependent largely on the skill and training of the new generation of students and scientists, whose skills need to be properly channelled into more inter-disciplinary lines when dealing with major national issues like, natural resources (including hydrocarbon prospecting), irrigation, flood control and river management, etc. We realize that life of common man in rural Bangladesh is significantly influenced by the activity of the there mighty rivers- the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna - which together have built the Bengal delta. Therefore, the economic future of Bangladesh and her people lie in the proper understanding and management of the Geological behaviour of these large rivers in shaping the landform of the entire country.

In order to conduct a systematic and coordinated Geological and related studies of the Bengal Delta, we, as members of the geological community of the country, purpose to establish a centre for study, research and economic development of the deltaic region. The centre will be an independent, non-profit research and training organisation devoted mainly to the geological and related problems of the region. The centre will be run at the Department of Geology, University of Dhaka. Membership to the centre will be drawn from university departments and institutions, research and professional organizations and other allied institutions within Bangladesh and abroad. The centre will enjoy blessings of the University of Dhaka, in the form of a financial grant and space from the Department of Geology.

Centre for Advanced Research in Physical, Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences


The construction work of the building was started in July 2003 and completed in October 2004. The order for the purchase of equipments for 6 different labs were made by November 2004. The First full time Director Dr. Amir Hossain Khan was appointed in November, 2004 [8].


The council of the Center, headed by the honorable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. S.M.A. Faiz is the governing body of the Center.

The Expert Committee (EC) chaired by the honorable Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. A.F.M. Yusuf Haider provides guidelines for all scientific and technical developments and operational aspects of the Centre.

The Director heads the scientific administration of the Center. For developing scientific research programs, Research Coordination Committees (RCCs) have been established.

The Scientific Philosophy of the Centre for Advanced Research in Science is to demonstrate the usefulness of science in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh through organized research at the postgraduate level, so that young & bright graduates are attracted to develop career in Science.


The Scientific Mission of the Center is as follows:

  • Creating advanced research facilities and to provide the faculty members access to these facilities.
  • Strengthening the existing scientific knowledge by introducing new ideas, and initiatives in modern scientific research.
  • Assimilating international knowledge in science and technology for socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
  • Contributing to the global pool of knowledge in frontier science.
  • And to foster international cooperation in science for national development.

To attain the aforesaid objectives of the Centre, 5 research coordination groups are formed to organize thematic research programs of multidisciplinary character around the existing laboratory facilities in the Centre.

Scientific Management of the Centre

The Governance of the Centre constitutes the following:

  • Council, headed by the Vice-Chancellor, for developing policy guidelines.
  • Expert Committee, headed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, for development of facilities and planning of research programs.
  • A Group Leader or Principal Investigator would head each Thematic Research Program coordinated between the Centre and the Research Coordination Committees consisting of Faculty Members and the Scientists of the Centre.
  • Director of the Centre is responsible for the overall scientific administration and execution of the R&D programs.

Scientific and Operational Manpower of the Centre

The current manpower of the Centre (12) except the Director and a Senior Scientist, is mostly administrative and Laboratory supporting staff. The following is the present manpower status of the Centre:

Director --1 Senior Scientist and Fellow --2 Engineer (Electrical) --1 Accounts Executive --1 Administrative/Technical staff --4 Other Supporting staff --3

Total number of approved posts in the Centre for the year 2005-2006 is 25.

Current Research Facilities and Research Programs in the Centre of Excellence (COE)

Laboratory No-1

Name of the Laboratory: Non-Linear Optics and Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory (NOLSL)

Instrumental Facilities: (1) Q-switched Nd-YAG Laser with harmonic generation up to 4th order from Spectra Physics, USA. (2) Spectrograph with Scanning Monochromator and CCD from Princeton Instrument, USA.

Research Group Members: Prof. A.F.M. Yusuf Haider, Professor KM Abedin, Dr. Md. Aminul Islam Talukder, Rafiqul Islam (Research fellow of the Center)

Research Programs: Laser - induced Breakdown Spectroscopy of Air, Glass, Rocks, Soils, Metals and Alloys and their qualitative analysis for elemental composition is in progress.

Construction and Testing of a Laser Raman Spectrometric System has been completed. Based on this system Raman spectroscopic studies of organic molecules such as Petroleum products, edible oils, sugars, etc have been done.

Laboratory No-2

Name of the Laboratory: Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometric Laboratory (AASL)

Instrumental Facilities: Automated Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Perkin Elmer Model 800 series with Zeeman Background corrector, Auto sampler, GF-HG Analytical system.

Research Group Members : Professor A. M. Shafiqul Alam, Professor A. H. Khan, Professor M. Anwarul Islam, Dr. Gazi Nurun Nahar Sultana, Dr. Ehsan Habib and One Research Fellow (to be recruited)

Research Programs : Ultratrace elemental analysis in different sample matrices for research and analytical services. Elemental range: Boron to Uranium, Concentration: Down to 1ppb. Sample matrices: Soil, Water, Filtered air, Biological tissues and Fluids, Food, Rocks and minerals, etc.

Laboratory No-3

Name of the Laboratory: DNA Sequencing and Genetic Research Laboratory (DNAL)

Instrumental Facilities: Automated ABI DNA Sequencer, with 4 capillary electrophoresis, Argon Laser Excitation and CCD fluorescence detector, automatic sample filling, 96- well sample base.

Research Group Members : Professor Haseena Khan, Professor Zeba Islam Seraj, Dr. R. H. Sarker and Dr. Gazi Nurun Nahar Sultana, the senior scientist of the Center.

Research Programs: Research on identification of molecular markers co-segregating with salt tolerance traits, Research on Genetic improvement of Jute by Marker-Aided Selection and Transformation, Research on Agro bacterium-mediated transformation of lentil for the development of fungal disease resistance lines, and Creation of DNA data banking system (DNA Fingerprint) for forensic identification.

Laboratory No-4

Name of the Laboratory: Psychological Assessment and Management Laboratory (PAML)

Instrumental Facilities: All Testing Manuals and Protocols from UK are available in this Laboratory for counseling on child and adult psychology.

Research Group Members: Faculties and Research Fellows from the Department of Clinical Psychology, with Prof. Mahmudur Rahman and Prof. SH Mahmud in the lead position.

Research Programs: Adaptation of these testing manuals & protocols are in progress. Counseling, Group meetings, Practical sessions have been initiated.

Laboratory No-5

Name of the Laboratory: Software Development and Research Laboratory (SRDL)

Instrumental Facilities: Being equipped with modern Servers, Sun/Sun Fire Model, USA and Workstations and other Supporting facilities

Research Group Members: Prof. M. Lutfur Rahman (Convener), CSE Chairman, Dept of CSE, Director, IIT, Mr.Zulfiqur Hafiz, IIT, Mr. SM Tareeq, Dept of CSE (Members).

Research Programs: Three Workstations are being set up in the Centre to initiate application software development programs and to support scientific activities with internet and computer services.

Laboratory No-6

Name of the Laboratory: Basic Facilities Equipment Laboratory (BAFL)

Instrumental Facilities: Research Support Facilities: UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Nanopure Water Distillation Plant, Laminar Flow Bench, Ultrasonic cleaner, pH meter Glasswares, Micropipettes, etc.

Research Group Members: Basic Equipment Laboratory is accessible to all research groups for sample preparation as required.

Research Programs: This laboratory along with the Preparation laboratory is equipped with one computerized UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, Nano-pure water Distillation Plant, Laminar Flow Bench and other supporting facilities for research is fully in operation.

Academic Fellowship Program

Academic Research and Postdoctoral Programs in COE


Research Fellow: Graduate Research Fellowship Number of fellowships: Six Duration of Fellowships: 3-4 years, each to complete a PhD program Fellowship (Consolidated): Equivalent to Lecturer


Research Fellow: Post-Doctorate Fellow Number of fellowships: 3 (in 2 selected frontier areas) Duration of Fellowships: 2 years each Fellowship (Consolidated): Equivalent to Assistant Professor.


Current Research Fellow : 1 in Laser Spectroscopy Duration of Fellowships: Initially for 3 years

Library Materials

Subscription of Electronic Journals & Library Materials for Research in the Centre has been initiated. Institutional membership of the Optical Society of America has been obtained and it is now effective with access & downloading facility of all its journals, initially for one year. In the coming years, this facility will be extended to have access to all relevant Journals.

Other Facilities

Centre has its other operational facilities as noted below.

(a) Internet Facility: Every room of the Center is connected to Dhaka University Broadband Network. (b) Power Plant: Most Importantly, Centre has its own power Sub-station of 1.25 MW and a Diesel operated emergency power generator of 0.5 MW. (c) Guest Rooms and Cafeteria Services are operational from May 2006.

Research Publications

Laboratory Research settings in the Centre of Excellence (COE) are in the very early stage to expect publishable research outputs directly from the work being conducted in the COE. However, the related activities where the Center’s facilities have been used are documented below.

  • Construction of a Laser Raman Spectrograph and its Use in Molecular Identification, MS Thesis, Department of Physics, University of Dhaka, 2005
  • Determination of Selenium in Biological and Environmental Materials by Cathodic Squarewave Voltammetry with TMFGC Sensors, MS Thesis, Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, 2005.

Conference / Seminar / Workshop held in the Centre

Centre has its own Conference Hall with the sitting arrangement of 100 persons.

Director, COE, visited the Forensic Laboratory to see the installation of ABI DNA sequencer procured by the Dhaka Medical College Forensic Department. He attended the Workshops organized by the World Bank on Bangladesh Country Environmental Analysis and Indoor Air Pollution and Chaired the Concluding sessions.

On October 10, 2005 a conference was held in the Centre on “Physical and Mental Health Across Life Span” to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2005. The Department of Clinical Psychology, Dhaka University, organized the conference. The honorable Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University was the chief guest and the Chairman, Clinical Psychology Department, and Dhaka University delivered the keynote. Director and other personnel of the Centre participated in the daylong activity of the conference.


The following Faculties/Scientists visited the Centre during 2004-2005 to see the development aspects and to discuss possible ways of research collaboration with the center.

1. Professor Ataul Karim, Vice-President for Research, Old Dominion University, USA 2. Professor Naseem Rahman, Italy 3. Professor Masaaki Tabata, Saga University, Japan 4. Professor James D. Navratil, Clemson University ,USA 5. Dr. Yoshi Kawamoto, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan 6. Mr. Patrick Soenen, Invest Park, Belgium 7. Mr. Nadim Salim, Invest Park, Pakistan 8. Professor Fumiaki Suzuki, Gifu University Japan

Visit of a delegation of Indian Scientists

The following scientists and an official from Indian Institutes visited the Center of Excellence from 3rd June to 6th June 2006.

1) Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya,Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore. 2) Dr. R.K. Soni, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. 3) Dr. L.S. Shashidhara, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. 4) Mr. G. L. Sagar, Educational Consultants India Ltd, NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh.

There were extensive discussions between the scientists of the center of excellence and the senior faculty members of Science, Biological Science and Pharmacy faculty and the visiting delegation on 4th & 5th June 2006. The visiting scientist also looked into the various research facilities available at the center of excellence. They spontaneously agreed to scientific collaboration with the center of excellence in particular and Dhaka University in general.

MOU with Indian Institute

A memorandum of Understanding, between the center of excellence, Dhaka University and Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore was signed by Dr. Uday Balakrishnan, Registrar, IIS & Prof. Syed Abul Kalam Azad, Treasurer, Dhaka University on 5th June 2006.

Memorandum of Understandings between the University of Dhaka and IIT, Delhi & CCMB, Hyderabad to establish a protocol for research collaboration with the Centre of Excellence is in a developing stage. The Draft of the MOU has been agreed upon in the field of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Bioscience and Biotechnology and Information Technology.

Special Allocation

A special allocation of 10.55 crore taka (including CDVAT) has been granted by the present Government under the special development programme, promised by the honorable Prime Minister in December 2003. Under the project, among other things, two more floors of the building will be construed and further instruments will be procured.

Centre for Biotechnology Research

Centre for Advanced Reasearch in Arts and Social Sciences

Established in year 2005, current director: Prof. Dr. A.H. Ahmed Kamal.


Journal of Statistical Research (JSR)

Journal of Statistical Research (JSR) is being published since 1970. The Journal is published twice a year, one in June and the other in December. The areas of interest of this journal covers Mathematical Statistics, Quality control in Industries, Biostatistics, Sampling Techniques and Computer intensive statistics with graphics.

Research Collaboration

The University of Dhaka entered into more than 90 International Collaboration Programmes with renowned University and Institutes of different countries of the world.


Trusts, Foundations and Scholarship Programmes

The University contains about 220 Trusts and Foundations named after distinguished personalities and Organizations, offering scholarships and medals to meritorious students of the University. Besides, a large number of scholarships are also offered by the University, Dhaka University Alumni Association and the Government.

Halls of Residence

A dormitory is called a Hall in the university. Students admitted to the Departments and Institutes of the University have either to reside in or be attached to a hall of residence. The University has thirteen halls of residence and two hostels for male students; and four halls of residence and one hostel for female students. The administration of a hall is headed by a Provost who is assisted by a number of House Tutors and Assistant House Tutors while the administration of a hostel is controlled by a Warden assisted by Assistant Warden(s).

List of Halls/Capacity

Male Students' Halls and Hostels

  • Salimullah Muslim Hall (405)
  • Shaidullah Hall (800)
  • Jagannath Hall (1072)
  • Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall (636)
  • Zahurul Hoque Hall (775)
  • Surja Sen Hall (577)
  • Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall (540)
  • Kabi Jasimuddin Hall (397)
  • A.F. Rahman Hall (490)
  • Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall (486)
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall (445)
  • Sir PJ Hartog International Hall (122)
  • Amar Ekushey Hall (443)
  • IBA Hostel (150)
  • Shah Newaz Hostel (100)

Female Students' Halls and Hostel

  • Ruqayyah Hall (965)
  • Shamsun Nahar Hall (688)
  • Bangladesh-Kuwait Moitri Hall (536)
  • Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib Hall (304)
  • Nawab Faizunnessa Chowdhurani Chhatrinibash (150)

Currently, the construction of a Twin Hall (500+500 capacity) for female students is in progress.


The University Library is the biggest in Bangladesh. It is housed in three separate buildings :

  • the Main Library Building and the newly constructed Extension

Building, close to the Arts Building;

  • Library Administrative Building, adjacent to the Main Library

Building, and

  • the Science Library Building, located in

the Mukarram Hossain Khundker Science Building area.

The Library holds a collection of more than 617,000 volumes, including bound volumes of periodicals. In addition, it has a collection of over 30,000 manuscripts on various languages and a large number of microfilms, microfiche and CDs. It subscribes to over 300 current foreign journals. The main Library Building contains reading materials, including text books, reference materials, journals, etc. in the disciplines of arts, social sciences, business studies, and law. Readers can issue available books from the issue counter. A complete automation of the system is in the process. The Confined Section of the Main Library Building contains numerous rare books. The Computer Section is housed in the extension building of the Library.

The Library Administrative Building accommodates the Administrative, Manuscripts Reprography, Acquisition, Processing, and Binding sections. Important reading materials can be reproduced in the forms of microfilms and photocopies from the Reprographic Section as well as from the Reading Rooms.

The Science Library contains reading materials, including text books, reference materials, journals, etc. Borrowing and photocopying facilities of reading materials for science students and teachers are available in that section of the library.

Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired Students

A Resource Center for the Visually Impaired Students has been established in the Dhaka University Central Library under the joint collaboration of the University of Dhaka and an international organization, called Sight-savers. The Centre contains modern library facilities for the visually impaired students of the University.

Student Counseling and Guidance

The students Counselling and Guidance Service is an integral part of the academic programmes of students of the teaching Departments and Institutes of the University. It aims at helping students to adjust to campus life, effectively pursue curricular as well as co-curricular activities, develop their abilities for making wise choices and plans, and solve individual problems through counselling.

The following are the principal activities of the Counselling and Guidance Service:

  • Pre-admission course guidance and academic

information for students

  • Orientation programme for all new students of

the University followed by formal assemblies of students at appropriate time and place

  • Organization of Departmental Advisory programme

through teacher-advisors of respective Departments and Institutes

  • Group guidance of students, and
  • Individual counselling of students having personal


Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities

The University of Dhaka organizes sports and other extracurricular and recreational activities.

The Office of the Director of Physical Education provides three types of programmes:

  • Compulsory Physical Education,
  • Certificate Course in coaching major games and sports, and
  • Intramural and Extramural programmes.

Compulsory Physical Education

Physical Education is a compulsory subject for first and second year undergraduate students. All undergraduate students are required to undergo a course of physical instruction for the first two years according to their needs and interests.

Intramural and Extramural Programme (Games and Sports)

The Directorate also organizes and conducts interdepartment and inter-hall tournaments, individual hall athletics, Dhaka University athletics, and Inter- University games and sports. University students participate in national championships in different games and sports for which prior training and coaching are offered.

Physical facilities

The University has four standard size playgrounds : three of these are at the halls and one at the Sports Centre. The Centre also has a brick-built covered gallery for spectators, and basketball hard courts.

Health Services: The University of Dhaka Medical Centre

The Medical Centre of the University of Dhaka, located near the Science Annex Building, offers free medical service and free pathological examinations to students, teachers and staffs of the University and also family members of the teachers and staffs. The Centre provides service round the clock, seven days a week, with 30 doctors working in different shifts. The Centre also has dental unit, eye unit, x-ray department and two ambulances. The Centre has in its premises arrangement for 30 bed accommodation so that students suffering from such contagious diseases as chicken pox, mumps, etc. may be taken care of in isolation.

A small Operation Theatre has been established in the Centre to meet minor surgeries. Students get medicine from the Centre free of cost and employees get medicine at cost price. Physiotherapy service is also given to senior members and disable patients of the university family. A Homeo Unit, consisting of 6 Homeo doctors, provides treatment and medicines free of cost to the students, teachers and staffs and their family members.


The Science Cafeteria
The Science Cafeteria

There are some cafeteria in the area of University of Dhaka. Some of them are historically important.The Madhur Canteen is not only a cafeteria, but also a place of historical interest of Bangladesh.

Dhaka University Ground

The Dhaka University Ground is the official stadium of the University of Dhaka. It hosts many inter-collegiate sports tournaments at inter-city, provincial and national levels. It is located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Admission Requirements

Admissionin Degree Honours Courses

Students who have passed the SSC and the HSC Examinations (after 12 years of schooling) or examinations equivalent to HSC of Bangladesh Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education with required GPA are considered eligible for admission to the Degree Honours Courses. Admission is highly competitive and every year the University Admission Committee fixes a standard of academic attainment at the SSC and HSC levels. Selection of students for admission is made through admission tests. All candidates have to take a written test and must score the pass marks to qualify in the admission test. Students who passed at least five subjects in the GCE "0" level and two subjects in the "A" level examinations are also eligible to apply for admission. They are required to obtain at least B Grade in three subjects and C Grade in other four subjects among the seven subjects of "0" Level and "A" Level.

Admission in Masters Courses

Students who pass the Honours Examinations of this University are admitted in the Masters programme. International students are also allowed to get admission in the Master’s degree programmes if their academic records are found acceptable by the equivalence committee of the university.

Admission of International Students

International Students must apply well in advance through their respective embassy in Bangladesh to the Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh, enclosing evidence of examinations passed and transcripts of academic records.

Culture and Activities

Teacher Student Center

The Teacher-Student center (TSC) of the University came into being in 1961. It is certainly historically important, known to render service to the student and teacher as well as to other communities of the society with its facilities.

Teacher-Student Centre, the only one of its kind in Bangladesh, is an all-campus activity centre designed for relaxation and guidance. It has its value as community centre unifying the life of the university and serves as a sponsor of self-directed activity in which students learn that they are responsible for the welfare of their university and their country. The Centre seeks to foster a type of campus community life which supplements the formal academic programme of the University.

The Centre brings together under one roof dining rooms and meeting rooms, library and reading rooms, art and music rooms, stage and multipurpose hall, games rooms, etc. These form the social and cultural heart of the campus. Students and faculty members mingle in the cafeteria and the bookstore lounges, sports and recreational areas. Recognized campus organizations hold their meetings and functions, lectures, and arts exhibitions here. Discussion sessions are frequently scheduled, journals and bulletins published, and competitions held, giving the university a varied and interesting programme of cultural and social events. TSC, in the meantime, designated and fixed few dates for some events. For example, Basanta Utshab (13-14 Feb), Boishaki Utshab (15-19 April), Fete de la Musique (02 July) and Friendship Day (First Sunday of August). TSC created a working field by the formation of the Dhaka University Cultural Team with a new approach which reflected a great impact amongst the student community. T.S.C. is resounded by the teachers, students of different halls, activists of socio-cultural organizations with various programmes of educational, co-curricular and entertainments; national and international seminars, symposia, fresher's and fare-well receptions and orientation programmes of different Departments and Institutes.

The Centre also houses the office of the Dhaka University Debating Society, Dhaka University Film Society, Dhaka University Tourist Society, Dhaka University Journalists Association, Dhaka University Chess Club, different Socio-Cultural Groups of the students, Rover Scout, Dhaka University Publication Centre, Bank, Utilityshop, Food Corner, and also the facilities of a voluntary blood donation organization, called Badhan, organized by the students of the University.

Badhan: Voluntary Blood Donation as a Social Movement

With an honest and sincere intention of establishing voluntary blood donation as a social movement, the organization named Badhan was established on October 24, 1997 by a group of students of Shahidullah Hall, University of Dhaka. At present, the movement has spread out in 27 institutions of Bangladesh. All the residential Halls of the University have their unit of 'Badhan'. Dhaka University students donated more than nine thousand bags of blood in the year 2007. 'Badhan' also provides vaccines at low cost to the students and works for the afflicted humanity during national calamities.

Dhaka University Journalists Association

Dhaka University Journalists Association (DUJA) is an organization of the students of the University of Dhaka who work as University Correspondents of different newspapers, news agencies and electronic media. Established in 1985, the organization has been contributing to boost the day-to-day activities of the university in the national and international arena.

Dhaka University Tourist Society

Dhaka University Tourist Society (DUTS), established in 1995, is a voluntary students' organization that aims at creating interest in tourism and involving the students of the university in developing the tourism sector of Bangladesh and also creating social awareness for the same. DUTS organizes tours, national rallies to mark World Tourism Day, youth awareness campaigns, documentary film shows, tourism fairs and festivals, cultural programmes, tourism related workshops etc. It also provides all kinds of information about tour and tourism sector.

Dhaka University Photographic Society

Dhaka University Photographic Society (DUPS), a voluntary students' organization of the university, organizes training programmes in photography for the students of the university.The society was born in 1999. DUPS has successfully completed 14 Basic Photography training program in which nearly 800 students get the chance to learn Basic Photography.

Dhaka University Film Society

Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) is one of the pioneers of film society movement in Bangladesh. With great success it still holds the reputation of being one of most active film societies of the country. [9]

DUFS is a student organization of University of Dhaka. With a motto of “Better Film, Better Viewers”, DUFS believes in the strength of Film as a massive art and communication media. It believes that better films can create better people and thus can make the world more serene and creative. Thus this cultural organization is working for a better humanitarian world using Film as a tool to change the society.

Events and Activities

  • Festivals (arranged yearly)
  • Seminars
  • Meetings
  • Short Courses
  • Magazine Flashback publication
  • World Film Manifestation Program (WFMP)
  • Celebration of World Film Screening Day etc.

Bangladesh National Cadet Corps

Raised in 1927 under the Indian Territorial Forces Act 1923, UOTC has imparted military training to university students from its inception. In March 23, 1979, all battalions raised here and in other institutions were merged to form the Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC).

The following are the objectives of the Bangladesh National Cadet Corps:

  • Develop individual character, leadership qualities, and comradeship in young men and women.
  • Provide military training to young men and women so as to stimulate their interest in the defense of the country.
  • Provide disciplined volunteers for nation's development programmes and relief during natural calamities.
  • Provide a second line of defense in the wake of external aggression.
  • Build up a reserve of potential leaders for the nation, including the armed forces.
  • BNCC has incorporated all facilities which students used to get from UOTC.

Dhaka University Rover Scout Group

The Dhaka University Rover Scout Group has been playing an important role in the Bangladesh Scout Movement and in various discipline-related and voluntary activities in the University.

There are five units, including a girl-in-scouting, in Dhaka University Rover Scout Group. At present there are more than three hundred trained Rovers in these five units.

Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers

The Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers (BAYR) is the first national youth research association in Bangladesh established on 3rd October, 2005 with a view to improve the research and development activities in Bangladesh by the young scholars. At mid September four students of the University of Dhaka think about the research organization, totally headed and organized by the young peoples and keeps the interest of young researchers [10]. In this regard they talked with some intellectuals and prominent researchers. And with their suggestion and inspiration they, the four potential scholars, established the association.

Magazine by Students

Monthly Din Badaler Katha

Monthly Din Badaler Katha is the monthly magazine of University of Dhaka, published by the students since 1997 to 2000. Prof. ATM Johurul Hoq, Prof. Mohabbat Ali Khan, Prof. A.M.S. Arefin Siddique and Dr. Mahbubur Rahman was the Advisor of the Magazine, Edited by Abdullah Harun.

Dhaka University Alumni Association

University of Dhaka, the oldest post-graduate institution of the country, has in the meantime, conferred certificates upon more than 1.6 million graduates. However, Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) was established on 24 September 1949 with late Justice M. Ibrahim as its President. One cannot imagine Bangladesh without the Alumni of the University of Dhaka.

Since its establishment DUAA is committed towards development of the University of Dhaka and welfare of its students through providing scholarships, stipends and funding in the academic pursuits of the students. Besides, it undertakes various projects to preserve the traditions of the University, adding to the academic excellence of the University of Dhaka in general in co-operation with the University authorities.

Having financial assistance from Eastern Bank Ltd. DUAA has introduced 224 scholarships along with carrier building counseling to meritorious students of all the 57 departments of Dhaka University. Furthermore, forty four meritorious students of all the 9 institutes under the University of Dhaka are also provided with similar scholarships and job training by Mutual Trust Bank Ltd and DUAA jointly.

About 20,000 SFT space has been allotted by the University to Dhaka University Alumni Association at the ground floor of the newly constructed "Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban" for the construction of its office rooms and other facilities. With the passage of time and in cooperation with University of Dhaka, DUAA is now considered as a vibrant organization having nearly 3500 life members in its roll which are increasing every day. Duly registered by the government, DUAA is run by its own constitution and manned by a 33 member Executive Committee whose every account is properly audited and kept in its website "alumni.univdhaka. edu".

The Nobel Laureate, Dr. Muhammed Yunus, an alumnus of the University, is a member of the Dhaka University Alumni Association.

Notable Alumni and Faculty Members

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Welcome to the Department of Development Studies at the University of Dhaka. Since its start in 2003, the department has been providing challenging and innovative teaching in the field of development studies, a rapidly growing area of study concerned with the people.
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