Department of Political Science at the Rajshahi University has more than fifty years’ glorious and affluent history of teaching and research. With the leadership of renowned Professor Badaruddin Umar, the department began its journey on September 25, in 1963. In 2013, the department celebrated its Golden Jubilee. At different stages of its growth and development, it had homed intellectuals like Professor Talukdar Maniruzzaman, Professor A.N. Shamsul Huq, Professor Golam Morshed, Professor Abul Fazal Huq, Professor Muhammad Ayeshuddin, Professor Shamsur Rahman, Professor Golam Kabir, Professor Sayefullah Bhuyan who had conducted path breaking and influential research on important issues about politics and policy. The present faculty members (14 fulltime members, 2 part-time members) are strongly committed to innovative teaching and research work.
At present the department accommodates about 525 students, among them 405 in under-graduate, 1056 in Masters, 03 in M.Phil. and 11 in Ph.D. programs. Besides, the department offers evening masters courses for professionals who want to acquire knowledge regarding political science coming from different disciplines.
Our courses offer a creditable range of areas in politics. Students here, study how power and authority pervade almost every aspect of our lives – from the state to the courtroom, class room, work place, community and the family. We believe, Politics is not only about power and authority and how these are exercised. To us, Politics is also about holding power accountable, exercising democratic rights and about active citizenship that attempts to change the world for the better life. Our Syllabus is annually reviewed by renowned political scientists from different Universities to maintain the curriculum updated, addressing national and international issues on politics and development.
The department is fully equipped with necessary digital facilities like a computer laboratory, overhead projectors and e-resources for students and the faculties. The seminar library, rich with reference and text books and rare collections, provides an excellent environment for the students to study and research. On a regular basis, the department holds workshops on teaching learning: type and use, innovative syllabus, ICT training and seminars on important and recent national and international issues.
In sports and other extra curriculum activities, the Political Science Department has gained a leading place within the university. The football and cricket players of the department have brought the glory of University Championship to the department several times. Often our students represent the University of Rajshahi in inter-university tournaments and cultural competitions.
Department of Political Science is proud of having its thousands of alumni among which a good number of them are well placed in national and international level as successful bureaucrats and other civil servants, professors, researchers, bankers, entrepreneurs, journalists , civil society leaders and even politicians who have excelled themselves as mayor and state ministers.
The university is located in the educational city of Rajshahi, a small peaceful setting rich with natural beauty. The famous River Padma (part of Ganges) runs by the city. The green beauty of the wide university campus adjacent to the Padma River provides congenial atmosphere of education and research for both students and teachers.