Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
: বাংলাদেশ প্রকৌশল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Bangladesh Prokoushol Bishshobiddalôe
) or BUET
is a Government Engineering
University in Bangladesh
. It is the oldest Engineering institution in the region, and is regarded as one of the top universities for technical education. The medium of instructions in this university is English. Many international students prefer this university because, it offers a very high standard of education
Every year, about 885 students get enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate program to study engineering, architecture, planning and science in this institution. The total number of teachers is about 500. The University has continued to expand over the last three decades. This includes the construction of new academic buildings, auditorium complex, halls of residence.
In July 2008, Webometrics ranked this university 1st in Bangladesh and 22th in the Indian subcontinent in their World Universities Ranking based on electronic publication, scientific results and international activities.
In 2008, 4icu.org ranked this university 1st in Bangladesh in their 'Colleges and Universities By 2008 Web Popularity Ranking' list.
was established in the late 19th century as a survey school
for training surveyors
. Dhaka Survey School
was established at Nalgola, in Old Dhaka in 1876 to train surveyors for the then Government
of British India
. Later, generous grants from Nawab Ahsanullah
, a renowned Muslim
patron of Education and member of the Nawab family of Dhaka
enabled it to expand as a full fledged engineering
school. Ahsanullah School of Engineering
offered three-year diploma
courses in Civil Engineering
, Electrical Engineering
and Mechanical Engineering
. In recognition of the generous financial contribution from the then Nawab of Dhaka
, it was named after his father Khwaja Ahsanullah
. It was moved to its present premises in 1912.
After the partition of India in 1947, it was upgraded to Ahsanullah Engineering College, as a Faculty of Engineering under the University of Dhaka, offering four-year bachelor's courses in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.
In 1962, it was renamed as East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology (EPUET). A partnership with the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (renamed Texas A&M University in 1963) was forged, and professors from A&M came to teach and to formulate the curriculum. During this period, EPUET offered courses in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Chemical engineering, and Architecture.
After the liberation war of 1971, Bangladesh became independent, and EPUET was renamed to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
Several more departments to offer graduate and undergraduate courses in different subjects like:Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Industrial & Production Engineering, Petroleum & Mineral Resources Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering were included in the university at different times.
In 2007, BUET celebrated 60 years of engineering education in Bangladesh by arranging a series of programs and events.
The BUET campus is in the heart of the capital city of Dhaka. It has a compact campus with halls of residence within walking distances of the academic buildings. At present the campus occupies 76.85 acres (311,000 m²) of land. The academic area is confined in and around the old campus occupying 30.24 acres (122,000 m²) of land defined by Shahid Sharani, Bakshi Bazar road and the Asian Highway. This area accommodates five faculties, three institutes, the administrative building, the central library, main sports facilities, the auditorium complex, the BUET Club and eighty two units of residential accommodation of teachers, staff and employees and the Vice-Chancellor's bungalow.
Faculties and departments
- Faculty of Architecture & Planning
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
- Dept. of Civil Engineering (CE)
- Dept. of Water Resources Engineering (WRE)
- Faculty of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Faculty of Engineering
- Dept. of Chemical Engineering (ChE)
- Dept. of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering (MME)
- Dept. of Chemistry (Chem)
- Dept. of Mathematics (Math)
- Dept. of Physics (Phys)
- Dept. of Petroleum & Mineral Resources Engineering (PMRE)
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
- Dept. of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NAME)
- Dept. of Industrial & Production Engineering (IPE)
- Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
- Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT)
- Institute of Information & Communication Technology (IICT)
BUET central library has a huge and diverse collection of books, journals, periodicals and monographs. Central library has a collection of over 132,000 volumes and 218 current periodical subscription. Per year 1500 volume is added in this library. It has also a free internet browsing facility and rental library program. There are also departmental library in each department and hall library in each hall.
Undergraduate admission in BUET is very competitive. After completion of higher secondary level (HSC) education, a student can submit his application for undergraduate admission if s/he fulfills the minimum requirements. Students with a minimum percentage in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English of their higher secondary examination are allowed to appear in the admission test. The formidable screening process allows only 4500 - 5000 students to sit for the admission test out of approximately 40,000 applicants. After the intricate admission test, the best 885 students get the opportunity to study in this prestigious institution. However, for admission to M.S. and Ph. D. programs candidates are required to appear in interviews and/or written tests.
There are 26 seats for foreign students in undergraduate level. The pre-requisite qualification for admission is H.S.C. or GCE A level or its equivalent with good grades in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Tuition and other fees per year is US$1000 (one thousand US dollar) and approximate cost for food, lodging etc. is US$100 (one hundred US dollar) per month. Maximum 10 students from a single country are allowed for admission.
Number of seats in different departments (Undergrad)
- Dept. of Architecture 55
- Dept. of Civil Engineering 180
- Dept. of Chemical Engineering 60
- Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering 120
- Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 180
- Dept. of Industrial and Production Engineering 30
- Dept. of Material and Metallurgical Engineering 40
- Dept. of Mechanical Engineering 130
- Dept. of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 30
- Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning 30
- Dept. of Water Resources Engineering 30
Halls of residence
Student dormitories (called halls in BUET) are important features in campus life. There are eight residential halls to provide housing for BUET students. The Shahid Smriti Hall is reserved for young teachers who do not have an official quarter in the campus and for the graduate students. The Ladies Hall is for female students, and the remaining six halls are for male students studying in the undergraduate level.
These halls were built in different times. Different architectural designs of different ages are prominent in the construction of these halls.
Administrative head of a hall is its provost, usually chosen from the senior teachers of different faculties. 3 Assistant Provosts are also in the authority of the Halls.
Most of the halls are named after prominent personalities in the history of Bangladesh. These are listed below:
- Ahsanullah Hall
- Ladies Hall
- Dr. M. A. Rashid Hall
- Nazrul Islam Hall
- Sher-e-Bangla Hall
- Suhrawardy Hall
- Titumir Hall
- Shahid Smriti Hall
- BUET Chess Club
- BUET Debating Club
- BUET Drama Society
- BUET Film Society
- BUET Photographic Society
- Satyen Bose Club (Science Club)
- BUET Literary Society
- Kantha BUET (Recitation Group)
- Badhon BUET Branch
- BUET Environment Watch
- Civil Engineering Students Association (CESA)
- Association of Computer and Electrical Students (ACES)
- Murchona BUET
- Safety Movement BUET
- BUET Environmental Watch
- BUET Journalist Society
- BUET Gamers' Association
- IEEE BUET Student Branch
Directorates, centers and others
- Directorate of Advisory, Extension and Research Services (DAERS)
- Directorate of Students’ Welfare (DSW)
- Directorate of Planning and Development (P&D)
- Directorate of Continuing Education (DCE)
- Centre for Energy Studies (CES)
- Centre for Environmental and Resource Management (CERM)
- Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research (CBER)
- Accident Research Centre (ARC)
- Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC)
- International Training Network Centre (ITN)
- Bangladesh Network Office for Urban Safety (BNUS), BUET
A large number of BUET alumni are working in the industry and academia both in Bangladesh and outside Bangladesh.
Structural Engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan, who designed John Hancock Center (100-story) and Sears Tower (108-story), the tallest building in the United States since its completion in 1974, obtained bachelor's degree in Engineering from Dhaka University Engg Faculty, which later became BUET.
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