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Begum Rokeya University – বেগম রোকেয়া বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, Rangpur is the only university in Rangpur divisional town. This university is the result of long days’ movement and demand of mass people in this area. This university was started in 2001 during the period of then Awamileague Government in the name of ‘Rangpur Science and Technology University’ .The then government laid the foundation stone of this university.
But the next BNP- Jamat alliance Government stopped the activities of Rangpur Science and Technology University. As a result, this perspective university has not got its practical form. Later a university in the name of ‘Rangpur University’ was established on 12th October in 2008 by the then Care- Taker Government on demand of all walks of people of Rangpur. Here, it needs to mention that Rangpur University was established on the land acquired by Awamileague Government in 2001. Rangpur University was renamed as ‘Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur’ by the grand alliance government in 2009.
At present Dr. Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, BTFO, Grade-1 Professor of public administration department of Dhaka University is rendering service as the fourth Vice-Chancellor of this university. Now there are twenty-one departments under six faculties. Bangla, English, History & Archaeology departments under the Faculty of Arts. Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Mass Communication & Journalism and Public Administration departments under the Faculty of Social Science. Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Chemistry departments under the Faculty of Science. Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication departments under the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. Geography & Environmental Science and Disaster Management departments under the Faculty of Life & Earth Science. Management Studies, Marketing, Accounting & Information Systems, and Finance & Banking departments under the Faculty of Business Studies.
Apart from these departments, an Institute in the name of “Doctor Wazed International Research and Training Institute” has been established as per the name of internationally renowned atomic scientist Dr. M A Wazed Miah. This institute will provide higher degrees, that is, M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees parallel to research work.
Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur is situated near Modern More called gateway of Rangpur town on seventy-five acres of land. Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates the permanent campus on 8th January 2011. Now 9574 students are reading at this university. There are 145 Teachers, 112 Officers and 406 Employees in this university.
Four academic buildings, a library building, an administrative building, Residence of Honorable Vice-Chancellor, Four dormitories (for teachers & officers), three residential halls (one for female students and two for male students), a central mosque, a central pump, Cafeteria building, eternal road and security boundary have been constructed with a view to conducting academic and administrative activity and ensuring residential facilities. Moreover, Ten storied Dr. Wazed International Research & Training Institute building, Ten storied Sheikh Hasina hall (for female students) and a monument of Independence are being constructed at the expense of about 100 crore taka.
The transport facilities of this university have been ensured. Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been given two buses for the students. University Authority has purchased four buses. Teachers, Officers, and Employees use separate buses. There is an ambulance under the medical center for carrying emergency patients. Various Co-curricular activities parallel to providing education in the classroom are being conducted. Discussion meetings, seminars, workshops are arranged on different days and subjects. Debating competition, sports, and cultural competition are also arranged. Different social and cultural organizations are working on campus. These Organizations bring out magazines with their own initiative. Activities of all Religions are observed with festival gravity.