Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University

Coordinates: 24°34′54″N 90°22′32″E / 24.58167°N 90.37556°E / 24.58167; 90.37556
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Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University
জাতীয় কবি কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, ময়মনসিংহ
Mottoচির উন্নত মম শির
TypePublic university
Established2006; 18 years ago (2006)
ChancellorPresident Mohammed Shahabuddin
Vice-ChancellorSoumitra Sekhar Dey
UndergraduatesLL.B.(Hons), BSc(Eng), BSc, BBA, BSS, BA, BFA
PostgraduatesLL.M.(Regular), LL.M.(Evening), MSc(Eng), MA, MBA (regular), MBA (evening), MFA, MSS, MDS
33 (M.Phil, PhD)
Nama para Battala, Trishal,Mymensingh
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24°34′54″N 90°22′32″E / 24.58167°N 90.37556°E / 24.58167; 90.37556
57 acres (23 ha) [1]

Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (Bengali: জাতীয় কবি কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a government-financed public university of Bangladesh. It is also known as JKKNIU or Nazrul University. It is located at Namapara-Battala, Trishal which is a suburb of Mymensingh, some 22 kilometres from Mymensingh urban center.The university was established in 2006. At present more than eight thousand students are studying in the university.


An initiative to establish the university was undertaken at a meeting of the executive committee of National Economic Commission (ECNEC) in February 2004.[1] Former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia laid the foundation stone of the university on 1 March 2005.[2] At a function on 25 May 2007, organized to celebrate the birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Begum Khaleda Zia inaugurated the university.[1]

The university was originally conceived to be the first culture-based university in Bangladesh, but the University Act of 2006 made it a general university with a special focus on liberal arts education and activities.[3]

Mohammad Shamsur Rahman was the first vice-chancellor of JKKNIU. Its first batch consisted of 185 students.[1] The academic programme of the university started effective from 3 June 2007 with three departments under the Faculty of Arts (Bengali Language & Literature, English Language & Literature, and Music) and the single department Computer Science and Engineering under the Faculty of Science and Engineering.[2]

Two more departments were established the next year under two new faculties: the Department of Accounting and Information Systems under the Faculty of Business Administration and the Department of Economics under the Faculty of Social Science.

Two other departments were opened in the academic year 2009–2010 under two faculties: the Department of Finance and Banking under the Faculty of Business Administration and the Department of Fine Arts under the Faculty of Arts.

Four additional departments were established in the academic year 2010–11 under four existing faculties, i.e., the Department of Dramatics under the Faculty of Arts, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering under the Faculty of Science & Engineering, Department of Public Administration under the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Department of Human Resource Management under the Faculty of Business Administration.



It is located at Namapara Battala,Trishal about 22 km from Mymensingh city center and 3 km from Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway.It is 100 km away from the capital city Dhaka.

The name of the place 'Battala' derives from the legendary banyan tree standing for years here at Namapara.


The university has 24 departments under 6 faculties.

Science Building
Arts Building
Faculty Department
Faculty of Science Engineering Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Environmental Science & Engineering
Faculty of Arts Bangla Language and Literature
English Language and Literature
Theatre and Performance Studies
Film & Media Studies
Faculty of Business Administration Accounting and Information Systems
Finance and Banking
Human Resource Management
Faculty of Social Science Economics
Public Administration & Governance Studies
Local Government and Urban Development
Population Sciences
Faculty of Fine Arts Fine Arts
Faculty of Law Law & Justice


The university has an institute called 'Institute of Nazrul Studies'.

Academic buildings[edit]

The university has four academic buildings for conducting academic activities. The buildings are

  1. Arts Building
  2. Old Science building
  3. Social Science Building
  4. Business Administration Building
  5. New Science Building

Notable research[edit]

Ashraf Ali Seddique, departmental head of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering and his team found high levels of uranium in Cox's Bazar.[4][5]

Agnibeena Hall
Doloncapa Hall

Cultural activities[edit]

Various types of cultural events are held on campus. The birthday of Nazrul is the biggest cultural program of JKKNIU. Every year a two-day long cultural festival is arranged under the name Kuuasha Utshab. There were many segments like photography exhibition, painting exhibition, bookstall, indigenous traditional product stall, film show, recitation, literary debate & musical nights with famous and student band of the university that made a unique impression.[6][7][8][9]

List of vice-chancellors[edit]

Name From To
M. Shamsur Ra hman[1] 7 June 2006 19 April 2009
Syed Gias Uddin 22-April-2009[10] 21-April-2013
Khondakar Ashraf Hossain 22-April-2013 June-2013
Mohit Ul Alam 14 August 2013 13 August 2017
A.H.M Mustafizur Rahman 13 November 2017[11] 13 November 2021
Soumitra Sekhar Dey 15 December 2021[12] present



  1. ^ a b c d e Islam, Aminul (24 May 2009). "Kabi Nazrul University a tribute to the rebel poet". Star Campus. The Daily Star. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Nazrul Univ begins 1st academic session today". New Age. 3 June 2007. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008.
  3. ^ কবি নজরুল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় সৃষ্টির ইতিহাস [Poet Nazrul University: Memoir]. Amar Desh (in Bengali). 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. ^ "High levels of Uranium found in Cox's Bazar". daily-bangladesh. 22 January 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  5. ^ Seddique, Ashraf Ali; Kon, Yoshiaki (20 January 2020). "Sources of U and Th in groundwater of the paleobeach aquifer at Cox's Bazar, Southeast Bangladesh". Groundwater for Sustainable Development. 10 (April 2020, 100332): 100332. doi:10.1016/j.gsd.2020.100332. S2CID 213507465.
  6. ^ Islam, Aminul (11 December 2019). "Fog Festival preparations in full swing at JKKNIU". The Daily Star.
  7. ^ নজরুল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে দুই দিনব্যাপী কুয়াশা উৎসব. Bangla Tribune (in Bengali).
  8. ^ প্রতিবেদক, নিজস্ব. কুয়াশায় ঘেরা সু-আশার উৎসব. Prothom Alo (in Bengali).
  9. ^ কবি নজরুল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে ‘কুয়াশা উৎসব’ অনুষ্ঠিত. Somoy News (in Bengali).
  10. ^ "Prof Mohit new Kabi Nazrul VC". bdnews24.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Prof Mustafizur joins JKKNIU as VC". Daily Sun. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Dr. Soumitra Sekhar Dey appointed Nazrul University VC". The Business Standard. 15 December 2021.

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