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Chittagong University

University of Chittagong
চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Seal of the University of Chittagong
Established 1966
Type Public, Coeducational
Chancellor President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Anwarul Azim Arif
Academic staff 726
Admin. staff 1900
Students 22000

Chittagong, Bangladesh
22°16′48″N 91°28′25″E / 22.28°N 91.4735°E / 22.28; 91.4735Coordinates: 22°16′48″N 91°28′25″E / 22.28°N 91.4735°E / 22.28; 91.4735

Campus Rural, 1,754 acres (7.10 km2)
Nickname CU

University Grants Commission, Bangladesh

Association of Commonwealth Universities

The University of Chittagong (Chittagong University, CU, Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public university situated at the suburban area of Hathazari, Chittagong district, Bangladesh. The university was established in 1966. The campus is 22 km north of Chittagong city. The University of Chittagong is surrounded by hills, and bisected by a small stream which made this university a famous tourist spot across the country.It is a multidisciplinary research university. The university ranks among the top public and private universities of Bangladesh. Currently, it is the third largest University in Bangladesh with more than 20,000 students and about 800 faculty members.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus,[1] who used to be a faculty member of this university, the founder of Grameen Bank, the pioneering figure in Microcredit theory of Economics, and the 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace, started his first microcredit experiments from this very campus at the neighbouring village of Zobra. Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam, a notable mathematician and physicist.

University of Chittagong at a glance
Inauguration 18 November 1966
Location Zobra village, Hathajari upajila, Chittgong
22 kilometer from Chittagong city
Area 1,754-acre (7.10 km2)
Academic Faculties 7
Academic Departments 38
Research Centers 5
Affiliated Institutes 6
Affiliated Colleges 8
Degrees Awarded
Undergrad BA, MA, BSc, MSc, MS, BBA, MBA, LLB, LLM, BSS, MSS, M.B.B.S.
Postgrad M.Phil., Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H
Hall 10
Types Male:6, Female:3, Coed:1
Teaching Staff 726
Other Staff Officer:296, 3rd Class Staff:478, 4th Class Staff:1180

Early days

On 3 December 1965, Professor A R Mallick (1918–97),[2] as project Director, inaugurated the work of founding the Chittagong University with only three employees, one typewriter, and a photocopier in a house on Road 3 of Chittagong City's Nasirabad Housing Society. The Chittagong University Ordinance was promulgated on 25 September 1966 and Professor Mallick was given the charge of Vice Chancellor on that very day. He assumed charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the university on 9 October 1966.

The university started its academic programme on 28 November with classes of MA (Preliminary) programme with only 200 students in the departments of Bengali, English, History and Economics under the faculty of Arts. After a short while Medical, Engineering, Law, and Education Colleges situated outside the university campus were incorporated as separate faculties, and thus the university's educational activities kept expanding.


ACT NO. XXXIII OF 1973, an act to repeal the Chittagong University Ordinance, 1966, and provide for reconstitution and reorganisation of the University of Chittagong.

Degrees offered

It offers 4 Year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and 1 Year Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees under the faculty of Business Administration, 4 Year Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) and 1 Year Masters of Social Science (MSS) degrees under the Faculty of Social Science, 4 Year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and 1 Year Masters of Arts (MA) degrees under the faculty of Arts, 4 Year LLB and 1 Year LLM degree under the Faculty of Law. The university also offers 2 Year MS, 2 Year MPhil and 3 Year PhD degree by research.The engineering faculty has been active this year(2013).Consisting of two departments.It is offering Bsc(Eng)in Applied physics Electronics&Communication Engineering & Computer science&engineering.

Chittagong University is the pioneer to offer 4 year BBA, BSc(Hons) in Forestry, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Science in Bangladesh. CU is the first university in the Indian Sub-Continent to have started a BBA Program. The university is also reputed for its Law Faculty. The law graduates from Chittagong University have already proved themselves in various competitive exams like Judiciary Service Commission's (JSC) exam, Bar Council's exam, BCS exam, and many other corporate recruitment tests. CU Law Faculty is considered as the best law Institution among the students of Bangladesh.

Due to growing demand of its MBA, in February 2012, the university authority started to offer another MBA program under a newly established business wing namely Center for Business Studies (CBS). Faculty of Business Administration of CU launched the Center for Business Studies (CBS) at its Chittagong City campus as an affiliated center for Professionals. CBS offers the two year Evening MBA Program for Graduates from different disciplines. University Grant Commission (UGC), Academic Council and Syndicate team have already approved the CBS; it started its journey in February 2012 towards being a Center of Excellence. In 2011-12 session, CU opened three new departments namely Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Pharmacy and Persian Language.

Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction English, except for departments such as Bengali, Arabic etc. Some faculties approve both English and Bengali as medium of instruction. In this respect it is up to the students to choose any of the languages they feel comfortable with in their studies.


Chancellor:Abdul Hamid (politician) Honorable President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Vice-Chancellor:Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif



  • Chairman:Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif, Vice Chancellor
  • Members:-
  • Elected teachers:
    • Professor Dr. Imran Hossen, Dean, Arts & Humanities Faculty.
    • Professor Dr. Sultan Ahmed,Provost, Shahajalal Hall.
  • Nominated by the Senate:
    • Mr. S. M. Fazlul Haque
  • Nominated by the Chancellor
    • Professor Abdul Mannan,School of Business,ULAB.
    • Professor Dr. Sourendra Nath Biswas,Department of Bangla Language & Literature, University of Chittagong.
    • Professor Dr. Abul Khair,Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka
  • Selected by the Academic Council:
    • Professor Dr. Md. Nural Anwar, Department of Microbiology
  • Senate selected Distinguished Citizen:
    • Mr. L. K. Siddiquee.
  • Nominated Government officer:
    • Secretary:Ministry of Planning
    • Secretary:Ministry of Education
  • Registrar :University of Chittagong
  • Deans of Faculties:
    • Arts:Professor Dr. Imran Hossain, Department of History
    • Science:Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Karim, Department of Statistics
    • Social Science :Professor Hossain Kabir,Department of Public Administration
    • Business Studies:Professor Dr. Muhammad Abu Taher, Department of Management Studies
    • Biological Science:Professor Dr. Khan Touhid Osman, Department of Soil Science
    • Engineering:Professor Dr. Shankar Lal Saha, Department of APECE.
    • Law:Professor Dr. Abdullah al Farooq, Department of Law
    • Medicine:Professor Dr. Muhammed Gofranul Haque
    • Registrar :Professor Dr. Mohammed Shafiul Alam
    • Librarian :Mr. Md. Abu Taher

Academic Faculties and Departments

With a modest beginning of 4 departments in 1966, the University of Chittagong has grown to 8 individual faculties, 38 departments, 6 institutes and 5 research centers. It has 4 affiliated Govt. Medical colleges under the Faculty of Medicine and 1 Veterinary Medical College under the faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The veterinary medical college has recently been upgraded into a separate University. As such the number of faculties at present is 7. Current student enrollment is more than 19,050. Following is a list of faculties and the related departments:

  • Faculty of Science
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Statistics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering[3]
    • Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering (APECE)
  • Faculty of Biological Sciences
    • Department of Botany
    • Department of Zoology
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology[4]
    • Department of Geography and Environmental Science
    • Department of Soil Science
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Arts
    • Department of Sanskrit
    • Department of Pali
    • Department of Bengali
    • Department of English
    • Department of History
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Fine Arts
    • Department of Islamic History & Culture
    • Department of Arabic & Persian
    • Department of Linguistic
    • Department of Islamic Studies
  • Faculty of Social Science
    • Department of Anthropology
    • Department of Communication & Journalism
    • Department of Public Administration
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Sociology
    • Department of Urban & Rural Development
    • Department of Information Science & Library Management
    • Department of International Relations (IR)
    • Department of Home Economics
  • Faculty of Business Administration
    • Department of Accounting and Information System
    • Department of Management Studies
    • Department of Marketing studies and International Marketing(MSIM),
    • Department of Finance and Banking
    • Center for Business Studies (City Campus) for MBA (Evening) program
  • Faculty of Law
    • Department of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
    • Chittagong Medical College
    • Comilla Medical College
    • Noakhali Medical College
    • Cox's Bazar Medical College
    • Maa o Shishu Medical College
    • Southern Medical College
    • BGC Trust Medical College
    • Chittagong International Dental College
    • Institute of Applied Health Sciences
    • Institute of Community Ophthalmology
    • Central Medical College, Comilla
    • Eastern Medical College, Comilla
    • Moinamoti Medical College, Comilla

Research works & Research Centers

Most of the faculty members take keen interest in research work to build their professional career. To facilitate the research activities, Research Cell at Science, Nazrul Research Centre and Bureau of Business Research have been operating. Funds are also procured from outside research organizations by the faculty members to continue research in their own fields of study. Some faculty members have earned reputations for their outstanding research works resulting in the development of new technologies. The number of higher-degree research students is on the increase day by day. The University of Chittagong is dedicated to the advancement of learning and is committed to promote research in all fields of knowledge. New research projects are undertaken every year. Research journals are also published by individual departments. Most importantly, the University’s research enterprise is devoted to the search for knowledge and truth that upholds the University’s commitment to education. This combination of activities strengthens the University’s mission of service resulting in the continued improvement of quality of life for the citizens of Bangladesh and the rest of the world.

  • Research Centre for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (RCMPS)
  • Nazrul Research Centre
  • Bureau of Business Research
  • Social Science Research Institute


  • Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries
  • Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences[6]
  • Institute of Fine Arts[7]
  • Institute of Modern Language[8]
  • Social Science Research Institute[9]
  • Institute of Modern Languages[10]


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 7 halls for male and 3 for female students. The administration of a hall is headed by a Provost who is assisted by a number of House Tutors.

  1. .Alaol Hall
  2. A. F. Rahman Hall
  3. Shahjalal Hall
  4. Suhrawardy Hall
  5. Shah Amanat Hall
  6. Shamsunnahar Hall
  7. Shaheed Abdur Rab Hall
  8. Masterda Surjasen Hall
  9. Pritilata Hall
  10. Deshnetri Begum Khaleda Zia Hall

The campus also hosts a Buddhist temple named Bishwa Shanti Pagoda, which also serves as a residence hall for the university's Buddhist students. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall for male sudents and Jana Netri Sheikh Hasina Hall for female students are under construction.

Central Library

The Chittagong University Library is situated in the University Campus which was inaugurated in the month of November, 1966 in a temporary building.[11] In 1990, the library was shifted to its own building. At present, the total floor area of the library is 56,700 sq ft. Library is managed by the Library Committee consisting of 14 members including Deans of all faculties headed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor as its Chairman. Librarian is the Member-Secretary of the committee. At present, the library collection consists of about 3.5 lakh volumes of books and over 40,000 bound volumes of journals including references and Rare collections also. A Resource Center for the Visually Impaired Students has been established in the Chittagong University Library which contains modern library facilities for the visually impaired students of the University. There are systems of book loan and inter-library loan. Library provides Current Awareness Service, Photocopy Service, CD-ROM Search Service, Internet Service, Online Journal Search Service etc. At present, the library is the subscriber of a number of reputed Online Journals, allowing searching and downloading at over 12 thousand journals to its users. The Library Reader’s Service Is Open From 9 am to 9 pm Saturday to Thursday. The Library remains closed is Friday. Therefore every Department have their own Seminar Library service affiliated to the central library which is open in Academic days from 9.30 am to 4 pm.

Medical Center

The Medical Center of the University of Chittagong, located near the Law Faculty 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 Center provides service round the clock, seven days a week, with doctors working in different shifts. The Centre also has eleven doctors and four ambulances. The Center has in its premises a temporary arrangement for 6 bed accommodation.


There are faculty wise cafeterias in the campus of University of Chittagong. Chaksu has a Cafeteria for students. Therefore campuses famous Jhupri or stalls are place where students & teachers used to talk & Eat. This place is regarded as the hub of intellectual center of the University & most famous of them is Arts Faculty Jhupri.


University of Chittagong has transport services for students. Students can travel to the University Campus by Shuttle Trains from the City. Besides, bus service is always available even on university holidays, to help those students who come to university for library or teacher's council.Chittagong can be reached from the capital city of Dhaka by air, train and road. The most pleasant time for traveling to Chittagong is between August and early March as it can be very humid and wet from April to July due to torrid summer days and heavy monsoon rains. The city has some good hotels available at modest rates, about US$ 10-70 per day. The University guest house has a limited number of rooms where guests can reside by advance booking. It takes 40–50 minutes to reach the campus from Chittagong city by car or bus. During on-session a 10-compartment university train shuttles between the city and the campus several times every day. Recently, Mini-bus services between the city and campus have been introduced.

University Shuttle Train Schedule

From Battali Rail Station From Chittagong University Rail Station
07:30 AM 08:45 AM
08:00 AM 09:20 AM
09:45 AM (Sholashahar) 01:30 PM
10:30 AM (Sholashahar) 02:30 PM
02:50 PM 04:00 PM
03:50 PM 05:30 PM
08:30 PM 09:30 PM

It requires approximately 01 hour to reach from University to Battali Rail Station and vice-versa


ICT Center of CU has completed setup to increase internet bandwidth (uploading & downloading) from 4Mbit/s/4Mbit/s to 30Mbit/s/30Mbit/s. This service is provided by BTCL through direct optical connectivity. The facilities of this connection are provided in different departments, institutes, research centers and offices through inter-campus optical connectivity.

Student's finance

Though cost of study for a student at Chittagong University is practically negligible, but lodging in the students dormitories can be expensive. Scholarship scheme and stipends are offered to students of outstanding caliber. Post-graduate research scholarships have also been introduced. Students seeking admission to the university should contact the concerned office as per advertisement published in the national and the local dailies.

Sports and Extracurricular Activities

The Department of Physical Education started its Activities since 1966 form the very begging of Chittagong University.The Directorate also organizes and conducts inter-department and inter-hall tournaments, individual hall athletics, Chittagong 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. The activities of the Department and Annual program are decided in collaboration with adviser committee headed by Pro-Vice Chancellor. Department also issue the certificate to qualified Athlete and players. University Authority provides some Stipend and Free-studentship for selected students.

Department and University Authority and also provide University "Blue" for very good and excellent Athlete and players student. The University Authority provide a facility name "Players Quota" for the 30 talented students with some special quality to admit in different subjects in all faculties. University Authority is going to start construction of modern gymnasium form 2011, adjacent to the central play ground. There are play ground's in the most of the residential Hall and improvised Swimming Pool and other grounds for Respective games.

Students' Organizations

Students' organizations include:

  • Chittagong University Debating Society(CUDS),[12] is the Central Debating Organization of the Varsity,has impressive achievements in National and International debating Competition.
  • Chittagong University Abritty Moncha is an recitation organization,
  • Nikkon is organization of recite, presentation.

These organizations conduct relevant courses.

  • Chittagong University Astronomic Association is an organization of astronomic news, documentaries etc.

There are some other department wise student organizations in the university. Mention may be made of FBDA (Finance & Banking Debating Association) of the Department of Finance & Banking and SLP (Society for Leadership Proliferation) of the Department of Marketing.

Other Activities

University has Bangladesh National Cadet Corps and Rover Scout for students to develop students' leading and social service capability. Recently, a group of students of Journalism Department of Chittagong University developed country's first campus based online news paper.[13]

University Publications

All the faculties publish a research journal of the common title The Chittagong University Studies (now renamed Chittagong University Journal) distinguished by the name of the individual faculty suffixed to it. Chittagong University Journal of Arts, Chittagong University Journal of Social Science, Chittagong University Journal of Business and Chittagong University Journal of Law come out once or twice a year.

Each of the six internal faculties of the university brings out separate research journal annually which publishes standard research or creative articles based on favorable recommendations of at least two experts for each paper nominated by the editorial board of the concerned journal. There is a publication cell consisting of senior faculty members which can recommend the publication of standard textbooks or higher degree research dissertations. The university allocates fund to the Research Centre, Nazrul Research Centre and Bureau of Business Research to initiate small research projects to be done by the teachers. Over the years, the faculty members of this university have earned reputation by publishing a lot of research papers in the national and international journals. Some of them have also completed a large number of research monographs in their respective branches of knowledge and possess, to their credit, invaluable experiences of working as national experts.

Alumni Association

Business Administration Society, University of Chittagong (BASUC) is the Alumni association of the Faculty of Business Administration. The association, since its inception on February 15, 2008 - have been working with the faculty to bridge the Alumni and the current students. BASUC organizes various development programs. This year in 2012, they supported the Faculty and Dean office to hold day-long Job Fair event bringing more than 15 organizations and several C-level executives in the program.

Chittagong University Ex-students Club, Dhaka - a club of ex-students situated in Dhaka. The club organizes reunion and facilitates friendships among the members.

Social service of students

Students join local and international organizations to serve society. Some local organizations are Rotaract club of Chittagong University, Red Crescent, quantum foundation. Some national organizations are Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), United Nations Youth Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB).

List of Vice chancellors[14]

Name From To
Professor Dr. Azizur Rahman Mollik Daniel 01-10-1966 31-01-1972
U. N. Seddiqui (in charge) 21-04-1971 30-01-1972
Professor Dr. M Innas Ali 01-02-1972 18-04-1973
Professor Abul Fazal (writer) 19-04-1973 27-111975
Professor Dr. Abdul Karim 28-11-1975 18-04-1981
Professor Dr. M. A. Aziz Khan 19-04-1981 18-04-1985[15]
Professor Mohammad Ali 19-04-1985 22-05-1988
Professor Dr. Alamgir Mohammad Shirajuddin 23-05-1988 29-12-1991
Professor Dr. Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury 30-12-1991 06-11-1996
Professor Abdul Mannan 06-11-1996 13-02-2001
Professor Mohammad Fazlee Hossain 14-02-2001 02-02-2002
Professor A. J. M. Nuruddin Chowdhury 02-02-2002 02-02-2006
Professor Dr. M. Badiul Alam 03-02-2006 24-02-2009
Late Professor Dr. Abu Yousuf Alam 25-02-2009 28-11-2010[16]
Professor Dr.Muhammad Ala-ud-din (Acting) 09-12-2010 14-6.2011[16][17]
Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif 15-06-2011 incumbent[18]

List of Pro Vice chancellors[14]

Name From To
Professor Md. Ali Imdad Khan 01-11-1987 14-11-1989
Professor Dr. M. Badiul Alam 30-12-1991 26-08-1996
Professor Dr. Abu Yousuf Alam 26-08-1996 13-02-2001
Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif 10-07-2001 13-11-2001
Professor Dr. Muhammad Shamsuddin 13-11-2001 13-11-2005
Professor Dr.Muhammad Ala-ud-din 25-02-2009 Incumbent[19]

Famous faculty

  • Jamal Nazrul Islam, Theoretical Physicist and Mathematician. Ex-Professor, Mathematics Department. Ex-Professor Emeritus and founding Director of Research Center for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (RCMPS).
  • Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace. Former professor of Economics Department, initiated his project on micro credit in the adjacent area, Jobra.
  • Dr. M. Abul Mansur Chowdhury, Mathematical Physicist, Director, Research Centre for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (RCMPS).
  • Dr. Mohammad Samsujoha, Professor (supernumerary) of Management Studies, founder of Business Administration Faculty (deceased)
  • Dr. Anupam Sen, well-known Sociologist, writer and philosopher
  • Dr. Salma Khan, former professor, Department of Economics and Chairperson, CEDAW
  • Dr. M. Abu Saleh,Ph. D.(Cambridge), Former Professor, Department of Chemistry (deceased), World famous Chemistry researcher & educator.
  • Dr. Abdul Karim, Famous Historian. ex vc. (deceased)
  • Professor Alamgir Mohammad Serajuddin, eminent historian and researcher on Sharia Law.
  • Professor Rashid Chowdhury, renowned artist (deceased)
  • Professor Murtaza Baseer, Renowned artist
  • Professor Devdas Chakroborty, renowned artist (deceased)
  • Professor Abdullah Khalid, sculptor who created 'Aporjeyo Bangla' in front of Dhaka University
  • Professor Dr. Nural Anwar, renowned microbiologist and founder chairman, Dept. of Microbiology
  • (Dept. of Anthropology)

Honorary Doctorate Holders

Natural Beauty

Tree Plantation

More than 400 acres of land have already been brought under tree plantation programme. These plantations are mainly used for research and to put a vegetation cover on the campus. More than 200 tree species of both indigenous and exotic nature have already been planted in the campus. There is also a plan to conserve the threatened and endangered species in the campus through these plantation programmes. The Institute of Forestry & Environmental Sciences and the Department of Botany are mainly taking care of the plantation programmes on the campus. Various private organizations are often permitted to take part in tree plantation.

Animal Life

The campus is also very rich with diverse species of animals and birds. At least 130 species of birds have been found. A list of wildlife and insects is under preparation. With the afforestation programme, the diversity of animal life has also been increasing gradually. People residing in the campus can enjoy the melodious sounds of different types of birds and animals at different times. The university authority adheres to the policy of preserving as well as extending the facilities for wildlife in the campus

Botanical Garden

An ideal botanical garden has been established on the southern side of the university campus over an area of 60 acres of undulated land for the conservation of both indigenous and exotic plant species of academic and aesthetic interests. More than 10,000 plants of about 400 species comprising over 150 families of both exotic and indigenous species of timber, medicinal, fruits, spices, beverage, latex, orchids, novelty etc. have been preserved or are growing naturally and used as experimental materials. About 72 species of orchids and a good number of rare shade plants have been conserved in the Orchidarium and Conservatory House respectively. At present, new management policy has been formulated to give it a sustainable shape both for academic and aesthetic aspects. The Department of Botany has also been associated with roadside plantation of the university.

See also


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