|Dhaka Residential Model College|
ঢাকা রেসিডেনসিয়াল মডেল কলেজ ঢাকা
|Motto||Strive for Excellence|
|Established||May 5, 1960|
|Founder||Field Marshal Ayub Khan|
|School district||Dhaka Education Board|
|Principal||Brigadier General Kazi Shameem Farhad|
|Faculty||Full time-150, part time-37|
|Age range||8–18 (approximately)|
|Campus size||52 acres (21 ha)|
|Sports||Football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, hockey, badminton|
|Team name||DRMC Team|
Dhaka Residential Model College (also referred to as DRMC) (Bengali: ঢাকা রেসিডেনসিয়াল মডেল কলেজ) is a prestigious and historic public residential school, located at Mirpur Road of Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The college offers education for students ranging from third grade to twelfth grade (approximately ages 8 to 18). DRMC is the largest Residential Public School & College in the country.
In 1962, the administration of DRMC was assumed by the provincial government of then East Pakistan.
In 1965, The Government converted the institution into an autonomous body, and its administration was relegated to a board of governors with the Chief Secretary as its chairman. In 1967, The Government again took control of the school. At that time, a new board of governors was constituted with the Education Secretary as its chairman.
The initial purpose of establishing DRMC was to provide education for the sons of elite military officers and high-ranking government officials in East Pakistan. The school, and later the college, were modeled after public schools in the United Kingdom (according to the British Public Schools Act 1868), particularly Eton College.
The house system was designed to resemble Eton's. After the independence of Bangladesh, a board of governors was appointed with the Education Secretary as its chairman. Since its inception, the school has been funded through government grants and minimal student fees. The Board of Governors has been empowered to “frame rules as it deems necessary for the proper functioning of the school”.
The school began with only one study session, known as the Morning shift which operates from 07:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. In March 1993, another session known as the Day shift was added, according to the education expansion policy of the government, to cope with the growing number of students.
The day shift session operates from 12:30 p.m. to 05:10 p.m. Measures were taken to build park, swimming pool, auditorium, mosque, administrative building,hospital and residences for the principal, vice-principal, teachers and school staff.
The school opened in eleventh and twelfth grades in 1967. In 1978, another dormitory named Lalon Shah House was built for students in grades 11–12. In 2008, a four-storied dormitory named Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah House was built for students of the Day shift. Later it was turned into a house for Morning shift. Day shift currently does not have any physical dormitory although it has a dormitory-like entity named Jasim Uddin House.
There are 7 houses in this school. But, one of them is not a real house (Jashimuddin House), rather it is a team for junior day shift students. List of the houses is given below. Hence, Only morning shift student stay in house.
- Dr. Qudrat-E-Khuda House:- This house was first created in April 1960. Its first name was Jinnah House. After Bangladesh got independence, this house got named as 1 Number House. After some time, it got renamed as Dr. Qudrat-E-Khuda House. This house gets lots of prizes in many competitions as well as in studies. Current House Master: Fatima Nur; Current House Tutor: Ayesha Khatun; Current House Elder: Minhajul Islam Mahin & Current Prefect: Tanvir Ahmed.
- Zainul Abedin House:- This house was first created in May 1961. Its first name was Ayub House. After Bangladesh got independence, this house got named as Zainul Abedin House. This house has full of talents in studies and sports. Current House Master: MD. Khairul Alam; Current House Tutor: Syed Mahbub Hasan Amiri; Current House Elder: Ruhanul Haque Talukder Araf & Current House Prefect: Snehashish Bhowmik Ratul.
- Jasimuddin House:- There is no particular residence for this house and was for day shift students. In 2008, this house was founded. Current House Master: MD. Shahriar Kabir; Current House Tutor: MD. Rafsanur Rahman; Current House Elder: Marzuq Hasan Mahdi & Current House Prefect: Yasir Rahman
- Fazlul Huq House
- Nazrul Islam House
- Lalon Shah House:- From 1960 to 1976, this house was used as the medical centre. In 1977, it got started as a house named as 3 Number House. On 10 September 1978, late principal Colonel Jiauddin Ahmed named this house as Lalon Shah House.
- Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah House:- On 20 March 2008, this house was founded.
Due to the size of the college, extracurricular activities offered at Dhaka Residential Model College are many and varied, and are a major feature of DRMC. In addition to established sports, the college also has total 23 Clubs including Boy Scout troop & BNCC Platoon.
Students participate in different programs and contests like debating contests, art competitions, music, sports and athletics, essay writing, performing arts, quizzes, science fairs; math, chemistry, physics, and astronomy Olympiads; and other extracurricular activities at both national and international levels.
The college has total 23 active extracurricular clubs. They are:
- DRMC Science Club
- DRMC Math Club
- DRMC IT Club
- Remians Art Club
- Remians Music & Cultural Club
- Remians Youth Red Crescent
- Remians Debating Society
- Remians Language Club
- DRMC Adventure & Tour Club
- DRMC MUN Association
- DRMC Islamic Cultural Club
- DRMC Film and Photography Club
- DRMC Business & Career Club
- DRMC Social Service Club
- DRMC BNCC Platoon
- DRMC Scouts
- DRMC Youth Club
- DRMC Games & Sports Club
- Remians Nature & Earth Club
Among the outdoor games, football and cricket are the most popular. Cricket is played in winter while football in summer. DRMC has teams for football, cricket, volleyball, hockey and basketball that participate in national and regional games. The DRMC football team reached the finals and became runner-up in the first-ever Inter-School Football Tournament 2003; one of its players won the Man of the Match trophy.
The team won the championship in the Inter-School Football Competition for the first time in 2006. DRMC also hosts many tournaments on its grounds. Within the college, teams from the houses take part in annual football, cricket, basketball and volleyball tournaments. It also holds indoor game tournaments such as table tennis and chess. Currently, they are the champions of Dhaka zone football in 2022.
DRMC students actively take part in various quiz bowls. The DRMC quiz team became champions in a competition organized by Bangladesh Television in 2001. Among 50 competing schools, the DRMC team won first place by defeating Viqarunnisa Noon School. DRMC students, who have done well in many quiz bowls since 2001, won championships in the quiz contest at Notre Dame College Science Festival 2002, Standard Chartered-Prothom Alo 14th Inter College Quiz Contest hosted by the National Defence College, India, 28th National Science & IT Week 2005, Inter-School Quiz Contest 2006 hosted by Shishu Academy and BCSIR Science Fair, the national level science fair hosted annually by the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
DRMC quiz team 'Platinum' became champion in The HSBC Prothom Alo Language Competition in 2005 both at the regional and national level. DRMC quiz team 'BOMARU' secured the championship in the National Inter-School quiz competition organized by Bangladesh Shishu Academy in 2009. DRMC quiz team became champion in 2017 'Quiz Quiz', an interschool quiz competition organized by Bangladesh Television.
DRMC publishes a magazine annually, Shandipan, containing school-related news, poems, articles, stories, science fiction, jokes, and other items of interest, written by the students, teachers, and staff. The magazine reflects the creativity of the college and provides an opportunity for students to express their thoughts. In addition, the college publishes supplements and souvenirs on the occasion of special functions and events such as the Science Club publishes souvenir named "Aurora" and the Language Club publishes "Dhoni".
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- Kabir Bin Anwar, senior secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, Bangladesh
- AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, deputy minister of Ministry of Water Resources, Bangladesh
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