University of Rajshahi
Glorious 52 years
Rajshahi University is the second largest university in the country and the highest seat of learning in the northern region. The University has crossed 52 years of its foundation opening its door for the students with a solemn promise to spread quality higher education an research on July 6,1953. Situated at the green square of Motihar, the main campus of the varsity is very close to the river Padma and three miles east from the Rajshahi city. The Foundation of the varsity was an outcome of the demand and series of movements of the people of all strata of the city. Madar Bux, a reputed lawyer and member of then East Pakistan legislative Assembly, Abdul Hamid, a prominent educationist and sheikh Ansar Ali, a retired judge led the movements at that time. In the wake of consecutive movements the Rajshahi University Act 1953 (East Bengal Act XV of 1953) was passed by the East Pakistan provincial Assembly on March 31,1953. On July 6, Prof. Itrat Hossain Juberi, a noted educationist and the Principal of the then Rajshahi College was appointed the founder Vice Chancellor of RU and it started functioning in 1954. Since its inception six disciplines- Bengali, English, History, Law, Philosophy and Economics were introduced while the number of students was 161 including 5 female students and that of teachers was 20.
that time academic and administrative activities were held at different building
including Fullar Hostel of Rajshahi, College, historical Bara kuthi, B.B. Hindu
academy, house of Mitra Mahashoy, and 18th centuries Dutch Trading
house. The varsity moved to its own campus during 1961 to 1964 after
construction of academic, administrative and residential Bhabans. According to
Colombo plan, Australian architect G. Swani Thomas in association-With John A.
Ziamanek designed the infrastructure of the university comprising about 303.80
hectres of land including Narikelbaria Agriculture unit.
In the glorious 52 years of RU a large number of
students as well as scholars have obtained graduate, and postgraduate degrees
from varsity. Simultaneously, with the contributions of noted educationists and personalities like literateurs
Dr Mohammad Shahidullah, Enamul Haque, Prof. Hasan Azizul Haque, Prof. Abdul Bari, Historian David cough,
chief adviser of care Government
Justice M. Habibur Rahman and English writer Alex roger, Anthropologist peter
Bouchy, Zohana Cork pattrick and Tapon Roy chowdhury the University has been
proud. In its long history convocation was held seven times while RUCSU election
was held 15 times and remained suspended for fifteen years. The University
Played pioneering role in the mass upsurge of 1969, in the liberation war of
1971 and in the anti-autocratic movement of 1990. In the arena of art and
culture as well as in games and sports in the country and abroad the
contribution of the varsity cannot be ignored. Dr Shamsuzzoha, then Proctor and
assistant professor of chemistry department embraced martyrdom on February 18,
1969 when Pakistani military opened fire of him on the main gate premises
following an 11 points movement. He is the first martyred intellectual in the
country. During the liberation war over 50 teachers students
and staffs sacrificed their lives to occupational forces. Due to campus
violence after independence over 100 bloody clashes among the student bodies
took place on the campus leaving 28 students including 4 outsiders dead over
Now accommodation crisis is the main problem in the campus as only about 8000 seats are available in 16 halls (one under construction) against 25000 students. Apart from acute accommodation crisis, session jam, lack of modern facilities in the transport, medicare, and computer as well as Science laboratory and books in the central library are the major obstacles for students and teachers due to budget deficit and financial crisis. The university celebrated its foundation anniversary formally in 1987 and 1990 golden jubilee through a three-day ceremony from December 21 to 23, 2003 in its long history of 52 years. Marking of completion of 50 years a golden jubilee tower was erected in the middle of RU main. gate and administration Bhaban. Amid few problems the university considered as the most beautiful university in the country centring its natural beauty and planned decoration is now running smoothly with a mission to produce efficient manpower to face the challenge of the new era.
Words of Vice Chancellor
Prof. M. Altaf Hossain
While talking with The Bangladesh Today Professor Altaf Hossain, the Vice-Chancellor of Rajshahi University said that he will take all necessary initiatives to enhance the standard of education and eliminate session jam restoring congenial atmosphere in the campus. He also sought al out cooperation from the government, mass-media representatives, teachers, officials and students to run the varsity peacefully. Prof. In reply to a question regarding holding of long awaited RUCSU election Prof. Altaf said, it would depends on the demand of the general students and student's organizations. If there is a consensus of opinions among the students’ bodies relating to holding of election and if the atmosphere remains peaceful there will be RUCSU election soon. Replying to another question he assured that he would try his level best to maintain peaceful co-existence among the students bodies at the residential halls despite differences of their political ideology and affiliation. He also vowed to free the campus from terrorism and stressed the need for mutual understanding and fellowship development among the students, teachers as well as leaders and activists of different political bodies to avoid chaos and conflict. He also assured of restoring ecological balance and Bio-diversity of the campus through digging a big water reserver inside the campus and to make the Bio-logical Science Faculty as the centre of excellence.
Prof. Mamnunul Keramat
Congenial atmosphere of study and research is very supportive, to eliminate session jam and improve the standard of education and research of a varsity. As a result, a number of departments including Law and Justice, History, Physics, Islamic History and Culture, Public Administration, Anthropology, Political Science, Library and Information Science, Computer Science and Information and Communication Technology, have been got rid of the curse of session jam. Moreover, I have already taken some steps to improve the standard of administration and academic manpower through various training programmes including computer course, office management. The AC and Automation plan of the central library will materialized soon to provide better facilities for study and research.
M. Abdus Salam
Now-a-days the horizon of knowledge and education is lot more extended. The students of these days know many things beyond their syllabus with the blessings of electronic print media. In this respect the students of Rajshahi University are not lagging behind using their enthusiasm and patience in higher study. Besides, the co-operative attitudes of students and teachers have been leading the varsity towards improvement of the standard of education, research and development.
Prof. Abdul Jabbar Khan
In response to the demand budget of 102 crore for the
fiscal 2005-06 UGC has approved
only 72 crore in which the UGC itself will provide about 59 crore and RU will
realize 3 crore from its internal resources. Sensing the existing budget deficit
of TK around 13 crore the RU authority
has formed a five-member committee with treasure Prof. Abdul Jabbar Khan as its
convener to negotiate with UGC for more budgetary allocation for academic and
The law and order situation of the Varsity is
comparatively better than couple of years before except few untoward incidents.
Prevalence of congenial atmosphere at RU helps the academic
and administrative bodies to overcome the barriers of the varsity
including session jam.
The interpersonal relation of students and teachers
has now improved a lot. Now the students get easy access to any teacher in order
to solve the problems relating to academic education and extracurricular
activities. In a word, it can be
said that the teachers and students are more free and frank as will as friendly
than before without few exceptions.
Prof. Abu Bakar Sddique Bhuya
The public Relation office ( PRO) of Rajshahi
University is one of the most important organs of the varsity to have updated
information regarding higher education in the country and abroad. Headed by a
teacher administrator the office functions under the direct control and
supervision of Vice Chancellor. The office will be more effective to uphold the
image of the varsity to the nation and outside world if we can solve the
Prof. Abdur Rahman Siddiqi
Recreation helps to remove the burden of fatigue and
pressure giving mention refreshment to every people. Many social cultural
organizations have grown up in and around the campus where the students and
teachers get the easy access to enjoy the leisure and also can flourish their
latent potentialities. TSCC helps the promising artists to
use and develop their merit in proper way and the help can be extended
with completion of construction of TSCC building.
Prof. M. Nazrul Islam
In the evening most of the teachers of the varsity
gather at the ‘Teachers Club’ well known as ‘Jubery club’ to enjoy the
leisure. Alongside enjoyment the teachers share respective political thinking
and ideology of parties for long. Despite difference of norms and values of
party politics the teachers maintain a good relation with each. Rajshahi
University Teachers Club is representative body of teachers to realize their
demands and rights.
Information about RU: Established:1953 Area:303.80 Hectres Location: Motihar, Rajshahi City, Bangladesh. Faculties:
Arts, Law, Science, Medicine, Business Studies, Social Science, Life
& Earth Science and Agriculture. Departments (47): Arts (11); Law (1); Science
Business Studies (4); Social
Science (8), Life & Earth Science (5),
Institute of Bangladesh studies. Institute of Biological Sciences.
Institute of Business Administration, Institute of Environmental Science and
Institute of Education Research. Course Duration: Honors 4 years; Master 1 Year. Course System: Semester and
Annual. Entry Requirement: HSC
(Bangladesh) or approved equivalent. Degrees Awarded: Honors BA, BSc, BSS,BBA,
BFA, Bpharm, LL.B. BSc Ag., BSc Fisheries.
Masters: MA, MSc, MSS,
MBA, MFA Mpharm, LLM, Professional: MBBS, MDS.
President of Bangladesh Chhattra League
There is no peaceful co-existence among the student organizations in the
residential halls as the university administration has failed to ensure the
situation due to pressure of a ruling student body.
The student politics in the campus has lost its
grandeur and glorious past due to absence of RUCSU election for 15 year.
Jatiyatabadi Chhattra Dal
education and culture student politics based on merit with the capability of
leadership and dedicated attitudes is very important to materialise the legal
rights of the students. In the absence of RUCSU
election for 15 years the student leaders have lost their popularity to
the general students in comparison to the past.
of Islami Chhattra Shibir
politics should be guided to enhance and ensure the environment of education,
research and other extra-curricular activities. RUCSU is a vital political hub
of providing qualified leaders next DUCSU. After the with held of RUCSU election
since 1990 the student politics has came to a halt in the perspective of
Student politics should be guided to enhance and ensure the environment of education, research and other extra-curricular activities. RUCSU is a vital political hub of providing qualified leaders next DUCSU. After the with held of RUCSU election since 1990 the student politics has came to a halt in the perspective of university.
Secretary Socialistic Chhattra Front
is the highest seat of learning and student politics is a democratic right of a
every student. But due to absence of RUCSU election for 15 years the student
politics on the campus has become less effective to the general students who are
the future of the nation.
Hossain, 4th year
of Law and Justice
am lucky to get admitted in the department of law and justice, as there is no
session jam. But we should have modem facilities including accommodation for
all, furnished library, technological facility here.
is a city of educational
and the expenditure of a student is consistent here to a middle class and
lower middle class family. The atmosphere of the
university is of proud worthy except few odds and ends.
Rajshahi is a city of educational and the expenditure of a student is consistent here to a middle class and lower middle class family. The atmosphere of the university is of proud worthy except few odds and ends.
Published by: The Bangladesh Today
Monday, August 8,2005
University Of Rajshahi
Motihar, Rajshahi city Post code:Rajshahi6205 Telephone:(+88 0721)750041(AutoPABX) Fax:(880721)750064 Address: Register, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205,Bangladesh
Md. Zubair Husain