|Jahangirnagar Muslim University|
|Pro-Vice-Chancellor||Md. Amir Hossain|
|Campus||Rural, 697.56 acres (2.8 km²)|
|Website||juniv.edu (General) ju-admission.org (Admission)|
The university was established in 1970 by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance of the government of Pakistan. Its first vice-chancellor, Mafizuddin Ahmed (PhD in chemistry, Penn State) took up office on 24 September 1970. The first group of students, a total of 150, were enrolled in four departments: Economics, Geography, Mathematics, and Statistics. Its formal inauguration was delayed until 12 January 1971, when the university was launched by Rear Admiral S. M. Ahsan, the chancellor.
It operated as a project until 1973, when the 'Jahangirnagar Muslim University Act' was amended as the 'Jahangirnagar University Act'.
In 2014, the university had 16,781 students, 755 teachers, and 1,430 other employees. It has been ranked 3rd several times in national public university rankings.
Jahangirnagar University was formally launched on 12 January 1971 under the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970 and this day is observed as University Day. Initially, it was named Jahangirnagar Muslim University, and the plan was to operate the university like Aligarh Muslim University. But after the independence of Bangladesh, its name changed to Jahangirnagar University under the Jahangirnagar University Act' 1973.
Jahangirnagar University Act of 1973
ACT NO. XXXIV OF 1973, an act to repeal the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970 and to provide for reconstitution and reorganisation of the Jahangirnagar Muslim University.
Location and campus
The university stands on the west side of the Asian Highway, popularly known as the Dhaka-Aricha Road, and is 32 kilometres away from the capital. Spread over an area of 697.56 acres (2.8 km2), the campus surrounded by the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) on the south, and the Savar Cantonment on the northeast, on the north of which is the National Monument (Jatiyo Smriti Soudho) and a large dairy farm on the east. The topography of the land with its gentle rise and plains is pleasing to the eyes. The water features sprawled around the campus make an excellent habitat for the winter birds that flock in every year in the thousands and consequently, it is a site frequented by many bird watchers. On 19 January 2017, the university arranged a bird fair in its Zahir Rayhan auditorium. The Shahid Minar (martyrs' monument) of JU is the tallest in Bangladesh, 71 feet high and made of ceramic bricks on a base 52 feet in circumference. The height signifies the war of independence fought in 1971 and the circumference refers to the language movement of 1952. It is designed by architect Robiul Hossain.
The university is an autonomous body managed by an executive council known as 'the syndicate'. Its statutes need ratification by the Senate of the university, which meets at least once a year to do the same. The Senate passes the annual budget of the university, reviews its academic matters, and elects a panel of three nominees for the position of its vice-chancellor once every four years. the selection and appointment are made by the president of Bangladesh, who is the chancellor of the university. The chancellor also appoints the pro-vice-chancellor and the treasurer of the university.
List of vice-chancellors
The first vice chancellor, Mafizuddin Ahmed, was appointed in 1970.
|Syed Ali Ahsan||(1972–1975)|
|Muhammad Enamul Haq||(1975–1976)|
|Zillur Rahman Siddiqui||(1976–1984)|
|Kazi Saleh Ahmed||(1988–1993)|
|Amirul Islam Chowdhury||(1993–1994)|
|Abdul Bayes ||(1999–2001)|
|Khondokar Mustahidur Rahman ||(2004–2007)|
|Muhammad Muniruzzaman ||(2009)|
|Shariff Enamul Kabir||(2010–2012)|
|M. Anwar Hossain||(2012–2014)|
There are 34 departments under six faculties:
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Science
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
- Department of Environmental sciences
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Statistics
- Department of Geological Science
Faculty of Biological Science
- Department of Botany
- Department of Zoology
- Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Pharmacy
- Department of Public Health & Informatics
- Department of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (www.bgeju.edu.bd)
Faculty of Social Science
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Economics
- Department of Government and Politics
- Department of Geography & Environment
- Department of Public Administration
- Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Department of Archaeology
- Department of Bangla 
- Department of Drama and Dramatics
- Department of English
- Department of Fine Arts
- Department of History
- Department of International Relations
- Department of Journalism & Media Studies
- Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Business Studies
- Department of Accounting and Information Systems
- Department of Finance & Banking
- Department of Marketing
- Department of Management Studies
Faculty of Law
There are four institutes for specialised research and training:
- Institute of Business Administration Jahangirnagar University (IBA-JU) started as the university's Department of Business Administration (DBA) in 1991. This institute is the first in Bangladesh to offer an undergraduate degree in business. It offers a four-year course of study leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, and an eighteen-month post-graduate Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Since May 2012, there is a Weekend MBA programme for working professionals. As of October 2015, the institute admits 50 students every year to its undergraduate programme. IBA-JU offers finance, marketing, and human resource management as majors. IBA-JU has seven student organisations such as Infusion-The Cultural Club of IBA-JU, Communic, IBA-JU Business Club, IBA-JU Social Welfare Club, Envision:IBA-JU Photography Club, IBA-JU Sports Club and IBA-JU Debating Club.
- Institute of Information Technology was established in 2009.
- Bangabandhu Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture
- Institute of Remote Sensing 
With sixteen residential halls (and more under construction), Jahangirnagar University is mandated to provide residential accommodation to every student with separate halls for the female students. Each hall has its own administration system headed by a provost and is equipped with facilities such as playgrounds, rooms for indoor games, dining halls etc.
Halls for male students
- Al Beruni Hall: the oldest dormitory of the campus, named after Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī; it has an extension building.
- Mir Mosharrof Hossain Hall: named after Mir Mosharraf Hossain.
- A. F. M. Kamaluddin Hall: named after one of the ex-vice-chancellors of Jahangirnagar University A.F.M. Kamaluddin, a geographer, who died prematurely.
- Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall: named after two language martyrs of the Bengali Language Movement. Virtual tour inside Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall.
- Mowlana Bhashani Hall: named after Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani.
- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall: named after the 1st President of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
- Shahid Rafiq Jabbar Hall: named after two language martyrs of Bengali Language Movement.
- Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore Hall: named after kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore.
Halls for female students
- Nawab Faizunnesa Hall: named after the educator Nawab Faizunnesa Choudhurani (1834–1903).
- Fajilatunnesa Hall: named after the first Bengali female graduate in mathematics from University of Calcutta.
- Jahanara Imam Hall: named after Jahanara Imam
- Pritilata Hall: named after Pritilata Waddedar
- Begum Khaleda Zia Hall: named after Khaleda Zia, former prime minister of Bangladesh
- Sheikh Hasina Hall: named after Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh
- Sufia Kamal Hall: named after kobi Sufia Kamal, a famous poet and a political activist.
- Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall: named after Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, first lady to the 1st President of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Established in 1985, the JU library is equipped with a huge collection of books. Located behind a monument of "Sangshaptak", the library is conveniently placed between the main academic buildings and the dormitories. The entire area has Wi-Fi coverage. There are more than 110,000 books, 14,000 hardbound journals, and 22,000 online journals in the library. The library can accommodate over 170 students at a time. There is a cyber centre on the premises. Airy with ample glass openings, the library is an elegant piece of architecture.
Obtaining and cancelling a library membership involves a fair number of steps. The library administration plans to extend the library buildings and make the whole system computerised, to make it easier to lend books. The library's design used to be more spacious than it currently is. But the authority did not complete its entire structure. This results in students facing problems when using the library, especially since the university is residential.
Jahangirnagar University has its own medical centre for students, teachers and other staff members. The centre provides 24-hour service and is supervised by the chief medical officers with a staff of qualified doctors. Despite bearing all expenses related to treatment for students, it only provides health-related advice to staff members (including teachers).
Jahangirnagar University maintains the medical centre established in mid-1972. The centre used to be located in Al Beruni. It was moved to its present location (beside the Fazilatunnesa hall and behind the transformation office) later on. Presently, 30 medicine companies supply their products. A new medical centre building is being built following a long student movement.
The teachers-student centre has the prime role in improving the relationship between the teachers and the students of the campus. It is a cultural hub for the university. Cultural groups usually perform drama and cultural programmes at Muktomoncho. Shaptam Chayamancha is a great attraction for students.
Zahir Raihan Auditorium
The "Zahir Raihan Auditorium", located in the TSC complex, is named after Zahir Raihan, a famous Bangladeshi novelist, writer and filmmaker. There is also a seminar hall for seminars, meetings and cultural programmes. The auditorium has 1500 seats, while the seminar hall can accommodate 250 persons. It is an auditorium fully equipped for drama, cultural activities, international conferences, and other similar events.
The university has a gymnasium, a well-equipped swimming pool, an amphitheatre, and a central cafeteria. Adequate bus services between the campus and Dhaka city are provided to the students, teachers, and other employees of the university.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Current ODI captain of Bangladesh National Cricket team
Mushfiqur Rahim, former captain of Bangladesh National Cricket team
Playwright and theatrical artist Selim Al Deen
- Poet Mohammad Rafiq, awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1987 and Ekushey Padak in 2010
- Theatrical performer Humayun Faridi
- Theatre, television and film actor Shahiduzzaman Selim
- Dancer and choreographer Shibli Mohammad
- Poet, singer, and painter of Bangladesh of contemporary age, Kafil Ahmed
- Lux Channel i superstar Zakia Bari Momo
- Television actress Sumaiya Shimu
- Model and actor Shajal Noor
- IMI Kolkata Director Arindam Banik
- Scientist Azam Ali, known for having developed a wound dressing
- Several national team cricketer have studied in this university including current captain Mashrafe Mortaza, former test captain Mushfiqur Rahim, former national team cricketer and national team coach Mohammad Salahuddin
- Mohammad Mahfizur Rahman, competed in the 50 m freestyle event at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics
- Mim Mantasha, the winner of Lux Channel I Superstar beauty pageant television reality show that was held in 2018.
- A A Mamun, physicist
- Shariff Enamul Kabir, chemist
- Fahmida Khatun,economist
- Syed Safiullah former environmental scientist.
- National Professor Syed Ali Ahsan
- Shwadhinota Puroshkar winning Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui
- Shariff Enamul Kabir .Ex Vice Chancellor and P.S.C member.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award-winning physicist Abdullah Al Mamun
- Economist and anthropologist Anu Muhammad
- Poet Mohammad Rafiq, awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1987 and Ekushey Padak in 2010
- National professor and former director general of Bangla Academy, Mustafa Nurul Islam
- Essayist-poet Hayat Mahmud
- Education in Bangladesh
- Jahangirnagar University School & College
- Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
- Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX)
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