Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University

Coordinates: 24°14′07″N 89°53′30″E / 24.2352°N 89.8918°E / 24.2352; 89.8918
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Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University
মাওলানা ভাসানী বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Logo of MBSTU
Logo of MBSTU
Other name
MBSTU
TypePublic
Established1999; 25 years ago (1999)
FounderSheikh Hasina
Accreditation
AffiliationUniversity Grants Commission (UGC)
ChancellorPresident Mohammed Shahabuddin
Vice-ChancellorForhad Hossain
Academic staff
243
Administrative staff
190
Students5671
Undergraduates4000
Postgraduates1671
Address
Santosh
,
Tangail
,
1902
,
Bangladesh

24°14′07″N 89°53′30″E / 24.2352°N 89.8918°E / 24.2352; 89.8918
CampusMain Campus 70.69 acres (28.61 ha). Sirajganj Campus 10 acres (4.0 ha).
LanguageEnglish
Websitembstu.ac.bd

Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University (MBSTU) (Bengali: মাওলানা ভাসানী বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is the 12th oldest public university and second science and technology specialized PhD granting public university in Bangladesh focusing in science, technology and business. It is named after the charismatic political leader Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani. The medium of instruction is English. Every year, in total 925 students are enrolled in undergraduate programs to study in this institution. The number of teachers is about 243. In 2021, MBSTU ranked as the top research university in Bangladesh (610th in the world) by Scopus-SCImago institution ranking.[1] In 2020, MBSTU was ranked first among all the universities of Bangladesh based on Scimago Institutions Rankings.[2]

History[edit]

Maulana Bhasani played a leading role in establishing the university. It was he who officially announced the establishment of the university on 8 February 1957, at the Kagmari conference. But due to various reasons, he could not start the organizational activities of the university, finally he started the organizational activities in 1970. On 8 September 1970, Maulana Bhasani made his final proposal for his proposed Islamic University through an article titled "My Plan for an Islamic University". He could not implement the Islamic University during his lifetime, but he was the one who started the work of the university. In 1982, the then head of state initiated the establishment of a government university in Bhasani's plan to expand education. On 15 December 1982, a 12-member committee was formed. The committee submitted a far-reaching recommendation to the President on 22 May 1983. On 26 July 1984, he formed a 9-member Santosh Islami University (SEB) Board of Trustees with educationist Mir Fakruzzaman as chairman and Syed Irfanul Bari as member secretary. But various complications including the country's political instability did not move the program forward. In 1996, the government took a plan to spread science and technology education in the remote areas of the country. As part of this, there is a possibility of setting up a science and technology university in Tangail. In 1997, with the financial support of ADB, the then government decided to set up one science and technology center in old districts (which do not have universities). In view of this, the Board of Trustees of Santosh Islami University (SEB) submitted a proposal to the government to establish a science and technology university in Santosh.The then Chairman of the Trustees Mr. Aziz-ul-Haq, Vice Chairman SHK Yousafzai, Member Secretary Syed Irfanul Bari, the then Chairman of Tangail Municipality Md. Samsul Haque and the dignitaries of the area faced many hurdles under the leadership of former Home and Health and Family Planning Minister Abdul Mannan.

Prime Minister of The People's Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation-stone of MBSTU at Santosh, Tangail in 1999. During the Awami League period, Aminul Hoque was appointed as its founder project director cum vice-chancellor on 7 January 2001. Yousuf Sharif Ahmed Khan was appointed as its next vice-chancellor by the BNP lead government on 21 November 2002. Classes began on 25 October 2003 with 5 teachers and 83 students.[3] Initially the university had two departments, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The following year two more departments were added, Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM).[4]

In the 2003–2004 academic session, three more departments were opened: Textile Engineering (TE), Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (BGE), and Food Technology & Nutritional Science (FTNS).[5][6][7] In the 2010–2011 academic session, four more departments were added: Business Administration,[citation needed] Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics. In 2012, Mathematics and Statistics split into two departments.[8][9][10] The Department of Economics has started its journey under the Faculty of Social Science from the 2012–2013 academic session. In the 2013–2014 academic session, two more departments were added named Pharmacy and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, founded by VC.

Between 2013 and 2015, MBSTU was the scene of several violent clashes allegedly involving the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). University staff were beaten, payments were extorted, buildings were vandalized, classrooms were set on fire, and in May 2015 a student leader named Abu Sadaat Muhammed Khaled Musharraf was murdered, which caused Vice Chancellor Mohammad Alauddin to temporarily close the university.[11][12][13]

List of vice-chancellors[edit]

Farhad Hossain was appointed vice-chancellor in January 2022.

sequence Vice Chancellor from up to
1 Yusuf Sharif Ahmed Khan 2002-11-21[14] 2004-09-21
2 Md. Khalilur Rahman[citation needed] 2004-09-22 2007-05-06
3 Md. Mominul Haque[citation needed] 2007-05-07 2009-05-03
4 M. Nurul Islam[citation needed] 2009-05-04 2013-05-03
5 Md. Alauddin[citation needed] 2013-05-04 2017-05-05
6 Md. Alauddin[citation needed] 2017-07-29 2021-07-28
7 Farhad Hossain 2022-01-12[15] present

Campus[edit]

The main campus is located at Tangail, a city about 75 kilometres (47 mi) north-west of the capital, Dhaka. MBSTU main campus is situated at Santosh, which is in the southwestern part of Tangail.The main campus occupies about 70.69 acres (0.2861 km2)[citation needed] and a budget of approximately 3.66 billion BDT has been approved by the current government for the enlargement of the university.[citation needed][16] This area accommodates six faculties, the administrative building, the central library, cafeteria, VC house, seven student halls, teachers dorm, medical centre, sports field, monuments etc. The historic Darbar Hall (auditorium), built under the direct supervision of Mawlana Bhashani himself, a dighi (big pond) named after the mystic guru, Pir (saint/wali) Shah Zamaan, the Mazaar (Shrine) of Mawlana Bhashani, a mosque, Mawlana Bhashani museum,Mawlana Bhashani Research Center and several other institutions are also present within the university premises. Bijoy angon and Memorial for the memory of martyr intellectual 1971 is also the favourite place for students.

Besides these, the university also owns some land in Hrathkhola, Santosh, where the residential facility for the teachers' has been proposed to be constructed.[citation needed]

In 2023, with the intervention of Hon'ble Prime Minister, Sirajganj Government Veterinary College - is now an Out Reach Campus(second campus) of MBSTU . The off-campus is the latest faculty of MBSTU, Veterinary Medicine and Animal husbandry.It occupied 10 acres of land, has different infrastructure like academic building, veterinary hospital,animal shed,auditorium, student hall etc.

Academics[edit]

The academic departments of the university offer degree programs in different engineering and science disciplines under five faculties - the faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Life Science, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Social Science. Dept. of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering is historically prominent in the country which has astounding lab facilities in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan. All the departments offer undergraduate degree programs and currently 20 departments offer the graduate program. These are the following all departments.

Statue located in MBSTU Campus depicts the heroes of Bangladesh Liberation War

Ranking and reputation[edit]

SCImago Institutions Rankings (2020)

Overall (World) 495
Overall (Asia) 224
Overall (Bangladesh) 1st

Undergraduate degree programs[edit]

The university has 20 Departments under 7 Faculties.

Faculty Department
Faculty of Engineering Computer Science and Engineering
Information and Communication Technology
Textile Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Life Science Environmental Science and Resource Management
Criminology and Police Science
Food Technology and Nutritional Science
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pharmacy
Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Faculty of Science Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics
Statistics
Faculty of Business Studies Accounting
Management
Faculty of Social Science Economics
Faculty of Arts English
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry

Graduate degree programs[edit]

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  • Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Department of Textile Engineering (TE)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Faculty of Life Science[edit]

  • Department of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM)
  • Department of Criminology and Police Science (CPS)
  • Department of Food Technology and Nutrition Science (FTNS)
  • Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BGE)
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)
  • Department of Pharmacy (PHAR)
  • Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Department of Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Department of Mathematics (MAT)
  • Department of Physics (PHY)
  • Department of Statistics (STAT)

Faculty of Business Studies[edit]

  • Department of Accounting (ACC)
  • Department of Management (MGT)

Faculty of Social Science[edit]

  • Department of Economics (ECON)

Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • Department of English (ENG)

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry

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Academic calendar[edit]

The academic year and session are generally divided into two semesters. One semester is composed of 18.4 weeks. Classes run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm five days a week (Saturday through Wednesday).[18] Thursday and Friday are the weekend. The session usually starts after completion of the second semester. A full-time undergraduate course consists of four sessions or eight semesters. A regular examination is held at the end of each semester as semester final examination besides class tests, assignments, project works for continuous assessment of progress.

Admission[edit]

Martyred Intellectuals Memorial, MBSTU

BSc admission in MBSTU is now very competitive, determined in part through a highly competitive admission test. After completion of the higher secondary level (HSC) education, a student can submit an application for undergraduate admission test if he or she fulfils the minimum requirement. Students with a minimum grade in the subjects related to the respective departments in their higher secondary examination are allowed to appear in the admission test. There are four units in the admission test program - A unit for Engineering faculty, B unit for Life Science faculty, C unit for Science faculty and D unit comprises Business Studies and Social Science faculty. For the admission of the undergraduate programs in session 2016–17 at MBSTU, 66730 candidates competed against 795 seats; approximately 85 students competed for each seat. The most competitive unit is A unit as the most significant number of students opt for the engineering departments. In the 2016-17 session, approximately 23 thousand students competed for 165 seats in A unit making it the most competitive one as almost 140 students competed for each seat.

For admission to M.S. and PGD programs, candidates are required to appear in admission tests. Dept. of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering offers PhD program with several grants and projects from government and International funded aid.

Campus life[edit]

Piir Shahjaman Dighi, MBSTU

Various cultural activities such as Ekushey February (International Mother Language Day), Shwadhinota Dibosh (Independence Day), Bijoy Dibosh (Victory Day), Mawlana Bhashani's birth and death anniversaries, Pohela Boishakh (the first day of the Bengali calendar), Boshonto Boron (the first day of spring in the Bengali calendar) etc., are celebrated annually. Apart from these national events many other festivals such as programming contests, seminars, workshops, symposiums, debating competitions, quiz contests, Film Festival, Book Fair, cultural functions, etc. are organized throughout the year.

Library[edit]

MBSTU Library and Cafeteria

The central library is situated in a significant point of the campus with a calm & relaxing environment, essential for the readers to engage themselves in concentrating on their studies. A vast collection of course oriented books along with a variety of reference books as well as books that are beyond the courses offered by the university. The collection of books of the library is sufficient enough for any student of any department to acquire knowledge on his particular subjects. The central library is equipped with several Xerox machines to facilitate the students to photocopy any book or journal that he needs to study at home.

The central library is proposed to emerge into an electronic library soon so that it can run more flexibly & the students can get the chance to take the advantage of the library to the fullest.

The university library has been marching forward keeping pace with the motto "Digital Bangladesh". There is a digital library corner functioning in the library premises. Along with the advancement the university is also committed to enlighten the students with the knowledge of history and culture and so there is a "Liberation War Corner" in the library building enriched with books about the bloody liberation war of 1971 of our beloved. Students can study those scriptures to gain knowledge about our nations heritage, culture and sacrifice.

Besides the Central Library, every department has its own seminar library to fulfil the demands of the students and teachers. Every department's Seminar Library has a vast collection of books on topics within and beyond the academic courses of that department.

Halls of residence[edit]

There are 9 halls (7 halls on the main campus and 2 halls on the Sirajganj campus) to provide residential accommodation and non-residential attachments for MBSTU students. A provost/superintendent and an assistant provost are appointed for every hall administration. The halls are listed below:

Male halls[edit]

  • Jananeta Abdul Mannan Hall (also known as JAMH )
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall (also known as BSMRH )
  • Shahid Ziaur Rahman Hall (also known as SZRH )
  • Sheikh Rasel Hall (also known as SRH)
  • Shaheed M. Monsur Ali Hall (Sirajganj campus)

Female halls[edit]

  • Alema Khatun Bhashani Hall (also known as AKBH )
  • Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam Hall (former residence of the Zamindar of Santosh during the British Raj, now MBSTU property)
  • Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall
  • Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall (Sirajganj campus)

Currently, there are some academic halls that are under construction and soon to be fully functional to meet the demands of the students' residential affairs.

Medical Center, MBSTU

Health services[edit]

The medical centre of MBSTU offers free medical services and medicines to students, teachers and staff of the university, and to the family member of the teachers and staff. It has its own ambulance service ready round the clock for any serious need.

A sculpture commemorating the Liberation War on the premises of Maolana Bhasani Science and Technology University at Santosh in Tangail, Bangladesh

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scimago Institutions Rankings". scimagoir.com. p. SCImago Institutions Rankings.
  2. ^ "University Rankings - Bangladesh 2020".
  3. ^ "MBSTU | History". mbstu.ac.bd. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  4. ^ and Criminology and Police Science (CPS)"History of MBSTU". Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University.
  5. ^ "Department of TE". Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Department of BGE". Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Department of FTNS". Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Department of Chemistry". Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
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  10. ^ "department of Physics". Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
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  12. ^ "BCL men vandalise MBSTU over Facebook status". Dhaka Tribune. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Mawlana Bhashani university closed after a student dies in 'Chhatra League' clash". bdnews24.com. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  14. ^ "MBSTU | History". mbstu.ac.bd. 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  15. ^ "New VC professor of Bhasani University. Farhad Hossain". Kaler Kanth. 13 January 2022.
  16. ^ একনেকে ৯৪৪৩ কোটি ৬৪ লাখ টাকা ব্যয়ে ১০ প্রকল্প অনুমোদন [ECNEC approves 10 projects at a cost of Tk 9443.64 crore]. Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  17. ^ "MBSTU | Education".
  18. ^ "Campus Life". Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University.

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