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About Dhaka University
Dhaka University is the one of the best University in Bangladesh. It has a long influential history. History of Bangladesh and history of Dhaka University goes alone. It makes history all the time. Once it was called Oxford of South East Asia. It has various faces. It play a big roll in the every aspect of Bangladesh society, culture and politics of the region. It is a political play ground of Bangladesh. Sometime it brings good things for the university or over all country like 1969, our freedom fight 1971, fight for our mother tongue 21 February, and memorable 1991. Sometimes all these political issue makes only "Sassoon Gem". I know most of you are not familiar with this new vocabulary. But I believe this is the only draw back of the educational; system of Bangladesh. Only in Bangladesh all of a sudden educational institute get close month after month based on political reasons with or without an issue. But it is still the best institute there .This University provide it's student various facilities. Before going there let me give you a brief review about this University.
Dhaka University began with 192 students and 3 faculties in July 1st, 1921.The current Emergency Building of Dhaka Medical College was the Main building of the University. P. J. Hartog was the first Vice Chancellor and the first Registrar was Khan Bahadur Nazir Uddin Ahmad. The total area of Dhaka University is 250.50 Acres.
At the beginning there were 60 professors. Out of those 60 professors:
Current Faculties & Departments:
Now it has 7 faculties.
Departments under Faculties:
The institutes are the constituent schools of the university with separate governing bodies. They function under the executive and academic control of the University.
There are eight institutes under Dhaka University:
Ph. D and D. Sc. Theses and Degrees:
The scholar-teachers of the University encouraged research actives among the teacher and students. The University provided all facilities for research work. As a result, many students and teachers enrolled themselves for research degrees in the University.
Study Leave for Higher Education:
With a view to help the teachers to increase their efficiency in teaching and research, the Dhaka University authorities provided them with facilities for higher education in foreign Universities. Every year several teachers were given study leave. This facility enabled many teachers of this University to get higher education and obtained research degrees from the Universities of the United Kingdom and other European countries. And some teachers also go to India, Japan, Australia, Canada and even USA for their higher education.
The total number of students in first and the second year was 877. Total number of Residence hall was 3. Among those 877 students :
Now is has 4 ladies hall and 13 residential hall for male student.
Female student residents are:
And 13 are for the male residents are:
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Dhaka University Library:
Dhaka University Library started as a part of the Dhaka University on the 1st of July, 1921.
Dhaka University Library began with 18,000 books inherited from the libraries of the former Dhaka College and Dhaka Law College. F.C. Turner, the former principal of Dhaka College was the first librarian of the Dhaka University Library and Fakhruddin Ahmed succeeded him in the post in 1922. At present the Dhaka University Library has 5,500,000 books and magazines. Besides that the Library has 30,000 rare manuscript and a large number of Tracts (booklets, leaflets, pamphlets, and puthis) have been procured in microfilmed copies. Some rare books and documents have also been collected in microfilm form. In the same way, rare books and reports, puthis, Bengali Tracts and private collection of Buchanan on Bengal have been acquired from the British museum.
Dhaka University Library Buildings:
Dhaka University Library Services:
The library offers all services, including reading room, photocopy, readers' guidance. General text books can be borrowed for home reading by faculty members for a stipulated period. Students of the faculties and departments located in the main campus (known as the Arts campus) can borrow books for home reading from the Seminar section only. They are offered a full reading room use service for other holdings (books, journals, periodicals etc.). They all have access to photocopy services.
The current catalogue is maintained in card format and can be approached by author, title and subject. There are also an historical 'sheaf catalogue' for older materials.
Internet services to faculty members and research students have already begun in December 1998. This has been specially organized to support the Research and Development activities.
University Treatment Center:
Dhaka University treatment center provides primary and basic health care facilities to the teachers, students, officers and other employees. Besides that they also provides dental and eye care facilities. There are 6 female doctors and 6 part time doctors. In total 23 doctors in one administration.
The centre has an x-ray department where the students can be x-rayed free of cost if and when necessary. The Centre has also a dental and eye unit. It has two ambulance cars which are used by the physicians of the centre for taking medical care of the students. When necessary, these vehicles are also used to move the seriously ailing students to hospitals.
The centre has in its premises arrangement for 30 bed accommodation so that students suffering from such contagious diseases as chicken pox, mumps, etc. may be taken care of in isolation from others.
Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU):
To promote corporate life and common cultural activities within the university and foster spirit of cooperation among the student’s different halls, the University made provision for the formation of the Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU). The Union was started in the session 1922-23. The Union maintains a common room in which a large number of newspapers and periodicals is kept for the use of the members. An arrangement is made for various indoor games. Debates and literary competitions is organized by DUCSU. The Union undertook the publication of a magazine called The University Journal and its first number was published in 1925. DUCSU represents the problem of the students in the University Senate meetings.
DUCSU has a history of rooting out autocratic government. After the Liberation War in 1971 of Bangladesh three big statues were erected by DUCSU in front of the University Arts Building. The Lecturer of the Department of Fine Arts of the Chittagong University, Syed Abdullah Khalid was the sculpture of those statues. The construction started from January 1979. Working 7 to 8 hours a day Mr. Khalid completed the construction in nearly a year time and the sculptures were formally opened On 16 December 1979.
The sculptures have been named 'Aparajeya Bangla', meaning the Invincible Bangla.
Dhaka University Debating Society:
Dhaka University debating society has started 1986 in Bengali and English debating society was build in 1989. Every year they have Inter University and Inter division competition.
Teacher-Student Center (TSC): Student Guidance and Counseling:
With the increase in the number of students and because of inadequate co-curricular pursuits available to them in Halls, the need was felt for an organized program of student guidance counseling. To meet the situation a Division of Students Affairs was formed in 1961 with a Director at its head. This division was later integrated into the Teacher-Student Center. The construction of the building for the Center, which began in 1962, was completed in 1966 and from this time student activity of the Center started.
The Teacher-Student Center is a complex building, providing a wide variety of recreational and cultural facilities. The Center includes among other things a cafeteria, an auditorium, a library, a reading room, art and music rooms and stage. A swimming pool, a provision store, a bookshop and a bank are facilities of the Center. The auditorium, the largest in the city is for academic conferences, both national and international.