Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology | Wikipedia audio article

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology | Wikipedia audio article

October 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
(Bengali: বাংলাদেশ প্রকৌশল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়়,
[baŋladeʃ prokowʃɔl biʃʃobiddalɔe̯]), commonly known as BUET (pronounced [bue̯eʈ];
Bengali: বুয়েট), is a public university in Bangladesh, which focuses on
the study of engineering and architecture. Founded in 1912, it is the oldest institution
for the study of engineering, architecture and urban planning in Bangladesh.Every year,
around 1055 students get accepted to their undergraduate programs to study engineering,
architecture, and urban planning. Of the 10,000 candidates selected to write the undergraduate
admission test from an initial application pool of over 10,000 applicants, only about
the top 10% are admitted. Around 1000 graduate students are accepted into their Masters and
PhD programmes on an annual basis. The total number of teachers is around 600. With the
construction of new academic buildings, an auditorium complex, and halls of residence,
the university has continued to expand over the last three decades. BUET has been ranked
135th among the Asian universities in the 2018 edition of QS World University Rankings.==History==
Dacca Survey School was established in 1876 as a survey school at Nalgola, west of the
current Sir Salimullah Medical College campus, in Old Dhaka by the then Government of Bengal
under British Raj. It offered a survey course of two years to train land surveyors, at the
end of which students competed at the Sub-Overseer’s examination. According to a report on public
instruction in Bengal, on 31 March 1903, Dacca Survey School had 117 students of which 103
were Hindus and 14 were Muslims. In 1908, the school started to offer diploma degrees.
Nawab Sir Khwaja Ahsanullah Bahadur, a philanthropist and Nawab of Dhaka, endowed donations for
developing the survey school. After his death in 1901, his son, the then Nawab of Dhaka,
Sir Khwaja Salimullah Bahadur released 112,000 rupees grant in 1902 in accordance. As an
acknowledgement of this contribution, the school was renamed to Ahsanullah School of
Engineering. The school offered three-year long diploma
courses in civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. In 1912, the university
was moved to its present premises. A. K. Fazlul Huq, the then Prime Minister of Bengal, appointed
Hakim Ali as the principal of the school in 1938. After the partition of India in 1947,
Chief Minister of East Bengal Sir Khwaja Nazimuddin approved the school to be upgraded to Ahsanullah
Engineering College, as a Faculty of Engineering under the University of Dhaka, offering four-year
bachelor’s course in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical and Metallurgical engineering. In
1948, the Government of East Bengal granted recognition to the engineering college. Ali
became the first principal of the college. In 1951, TH Mathewman was appointed the next
principal. M. A. Rashid succeeded him in 1954 as the first Bengali principal of the college
and held the post until 1960. In 1956, a new course curriculum and the semester system
were introduced at the college.On 1 June 1962, in order to create facilities for postgraduate
studies and research, the college was upgraded to East Pakistan University of Engineering
and Technology (EPUET), becoming the fourth university of the then East Pakistan. Rashid
was appointed the first vice-chancellor of the university. A partnership with the Agricultural
and Mechanical College of Texas (renamed Texas A&M University) was forged, and professors
from A&M came to teach and formulate the curriculum. During this period, EPUET offered courses
in mechanical, electrical, civil, metallurgical, and chemical engineering, and architecture.
After the liberation war of 1971, and Bangladesh’s independence, EPUET was renamed to Bangladesh
University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).Several other departments offer graduate and undergraduate
courses in different subjects: Water resources engineering, Urban and regional planning,
Naval architecture and marine engineering, Industrial and production engineering, Petroleum
and mineral resources engineering, Computer science and engineering, Glass and ceramic
engineering, and Biomedical engineering. These courses were all added to the university at
different times. In 2007, BUET celebrated 60 years (1947–2007)
of engineering education in Bangladesh by arranging a 6 month long series of programs
and events.==Academics=====
Faculties and departments===Academic activities are undertaken by eighteen
departments under five faculties. Twelve departments offer undergraduate courses. All of the departments
aside from the department of Humanities offer postgraduate courses. Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Department of Architecture (Arch) Department of Urban and Regional Planning
(URP) Department of Humanities (Hum)
Faculty of Civil Engineering Department of Civil Engineering (CE)
Department of Water Resources Engineering (WRE)
Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
(EEE) Department of Computer Science and Engineering
(CSE) Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Department of Industrial and Production Engineering (IPE)
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME)
Faculty of Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE)
Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME)
Department of Chemistry (Chem) Department of Mathematics (Math)
Department of Physics (Phys) Department of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
Engineering (PMRE) Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering
(GCE)===Institutes===
At present there are six institutes in BUET. These institutes offer postgraduate diplomas,
master’s and doctoral degrees. Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT) Institute of Information and Communication
Technology (IICT) Accident Research Institute (ARI)
BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS)
Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (INPE)===Research Centers===
Centre for Energy Studies (CES) Centre for Environmental and Resource Management
(CERM) Biomedical Engineering Centre (BEC)
Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC)
International Training Network Centre (ITN) Bangladesh Network Office for Urban Safety
(BNUS)===Directorates===
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)===Journals and Research Bulletins===
Journal of Mechanical Engineering Research and Developments
Chemical Engineering Research Bulletin Bangladesh Journal of Water Resources Research
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Bulletin
Protibesh (Research Journal on Architecture)===Library===
BUET central library has an extensive compilation of books, journals, periodicals and monographs
of relevant engineering fields. The library has a collection of 1,42,913 items of information
materials. Among the materials, 1,25,066 and 17,847 are books and bound periodicals respectively.
Besides, 141 titles are in the current subscription list of journals. Every year, 1500 volumes
are added to this library. The main reading room of the central library can accommodate
200 students at a time to provide reading facilities of rare and out-of-print books,
and also ready reference and prescribed textbooks. The library offers free internet and a rental
library program. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to use the internet
on production of their valid ID cards along with the user name and password obtainable
from IICT. There are also departmental libraries in each of the departments and institutes
and hall libraries in each of the residence halls.===Convocations===
After the independence of Bangladesh and the subsequent name change, the first convocation
of the university was held in 1973. Since then, convocations have been held in 1976,
1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011.==Administration==The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university
who appoints the Vice-chancellor. The position is held by the incumbent President of Bangladesh.
The Vice-chancellor is the executive head of the university. The position is always
held by a senior Professor of the university. The university is administered by the University
Syndicate which is chaired by the Vice-chancellor. Members of the Syndicate include Deans of
several faculties, Director General of Secondary and Higher Education in Bangladesh, Director
General of Technical Education in Bangladesh, eminent academics from this university as
well as from other famous public universities. Each of the faculties is headed by a Dean
and each of the departments is chaired by a Head of the department. They are generally
full professors from their respective faculties and departments. Institutes, Research Centers
and Directorates are headed by the Directors who are full professors from relevant fields
of research. Other major administrative posts include the Registrar, the Comptroller and
the Controller of Exams. The university has also the following Statutory
Authorities. Academic Council
Finance Committee Faculties
Selection Boards Committee for Advanced Studies and Research
(CASR) Planning and Development Committee
Boards of Postgraduate Studies (BPGS) Boards of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS)The
University Syndicate is the supreme authority in major policy-making matters and in approving
recommendations. The Finance Committee, the Planning and Development Committee and other
committees assist the Syndicate in matters important for proper functioning of the University.
The Academic Council is the supreme body for formulating academic rules and regulations
to which the CASR, Boards of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies and the Faculties
recommend.===List of Vice-chancellors===
Following is the complete list of the Vice-chancellors. M. A. Rashid (1 June 1962 – 16 March 1970)
Mohammed Abu Naser (16 March 1970 – 25 April 1975)
Wahiduddin Ahmed (25 April 1975 – 24 April 1983)
Abdul Matin Patwari (24 April 1983 – 25 April 1987)
Musharrof Husain Khan (25 April 1987 – 24 April 1991)
Muhammad Shahjahan (24 April 1991 – 27 November 1996)
Iqbal Mahmud (27 November 1996 – 14 October 1998)
Nooruddin Ahmed (14 October 1998 – 30 August 2002)
Md. Alee Murtuza (30 August 2002 – 29 August 2006)
A. M. M. Safiullah (30 August 2006 – 29 August 2010)
S M Nazrul Islam (30 August 2010 – 13 September 2014)
Khaleda Ekram (14 September 2014 – 24 May 2016)
Saiful Islam (22 June 2016 – present)==Enrollment=====
Undergraduate===The Undergraduate admission test is one of
the most intensive written examinations in Bangladesh. After completion of Higher Secondary
level (H.S.C.) education, a student can submit her or his application for undergraduate admission
if he/she fulfills the minimum requirements. The students with the best grades in Mathematics,
Physics, Chemistry, English and Bengali on their higher secondary examination are allowed
to take the admission test. The screening process allows 12000 students to sit for the
admission test, based on the cumulative sum of their GPAs in these five subjects. After
the admission test, only about 1055 students get admitted. However, for admission to the
M.S. and Ph. D. programs, candidates are required to appear in interviews and/or written tests.
There are 26 seats for foreign students at the undergraduate level. The pre-requisite
qualification for admission is H.S.C. or GCE A-level or its equivalent with high grades
in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The admission fee is $200; the course registration
fee is US$50 per credit hour and the approximate cost of food, lodging etc. is US$100 per month.
A maximum of 10 students from a single country are allowed for admission.===Postgraduate===
For admission to the courses leading to a master’s degree an applicant must have a minimum
GPA of 3.50 out of 5.00 or a first division or equivalent in any one of S.S.C. and H.S.C.
or in equivalent examinations and must not have a GPA less than 2.00 out of 5.00 or a
third division or equivalent in any of the aforementioned examinations and must have
at least 50% marks or a minimum GPA of 2.50 out of 4.00 or its equivalent in B.Sc. Engg./
M.A or M.Sc. or MSS/ B. Arch./ BURP in the relevant branch. For admission to the courses
leading to an M.Phil. degree an applicant similar criteria fulfilling relevant courses.
For admission to the programs leading to Ph.D. degree, all the above criteria must be mate
along with minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent in M.Sc. Engg. / M.Engg. / M.Phil.
/ MURP / M.Arch. / M.Sc. (WRD) degree in the relevant branch.Postgraduate degrees offered
by departments and institutes are M.Sc. (Master of Science), M.Sc Engg. (Master of Science
in Engineering), M. Engg (Master of Engineering), MURP (Master of Urban and Regional Planning),
M.Arch. (Master of Architecture), M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy) and Ph.D. (Doctor of
Philosophy). Postgraduate diplomas (PG. Dip.) are also offered in IT and Water resources
development. A foreign student has to pay US$50 per credit
hour as tuition fees. The students of SAARC countries will fall under the category of
local students’ tuition fees. A Ph.D student will have to complete 54 credit hours, 48
credit hours for M. Phil students and 36 credit hours for M.Sc./M.Engineering students. No
Scholarship is available for the foreign students. Hall of Residence facilities are to stay in
single position for the foreign students. The admission procedures of postgraduate programs
commence two times in a year (April and October).==Research programs==
For consultation and research the expertise at the university, its teachers and the laboratory
facilities are available to other organizations of the country. A separate institution – Bureau
of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC) has been formed to oversee these activities.Postgraduate
research works are now among the primary functions of the university. All the departments carry
out their own research programs. The faculties undertake pioneering works in various fields
– from renewable energy to GIS. In addition to these, the university undertakes research
programs sponsored by outside organizations like United Nations Organizations, Commonwealth
Foundation, European Union, University Grants Commission (Bangladesh), World Bank, Asian
Development Bank, DfID, JICA etc.===Conferences and Workshops===
BUET regularly organizes national and international conferences and workshops in its campus to
enhance the research capabilities of its students and faculties. Among the conferences organized
by BUET, following are notable. International Conference on Information and
Communication Technology International Conference on Mechanical Engineering
(ICME) International Conference on Water and Flood
Management (ICWFM) Bangladesh Civil Engineering Summit
International Earthquake Symposium, Bangladesh International Conference on Chemical Engineering
(ICChE) International Conference on Climate Change
Impacts and Adaption Strategies Bangladesh Geotechnical Conference
International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (ICECE)
International Symposium and Workshop on Sustainable Transport for Developing Countries (STDC)
International Conference on Marine Technology (MARTEC)
International Workshop on Algorithms and Computation (WALCOM)
International Conference on Networking Systems and Security (NSysS)==Student life=====
Halls of residence===There are eight residence 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 male graduate students. The Chatri
Hall is for female students, and the remaining six halls are for male students studying at
the undergraduate level. These halls were built in different periods of time, and their
designs bear the history and architecture of different times.. The administrative head
of a residence hall is its provost, usually chosen from the senior teachers of different
faculties. 3 Assistant Provosts are also appointed in the hall administration. Most of the halls
are named after several eminent figures in the history of Bangladesh. These are listed
below: Ahsanullah Hall (named after Nawab of Dhaka,
Nawab Bahadur Sir Khwaja Ahsanullah) Titumir Hall (named after Bengali Muslim revolutionary
Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir) Chatri Hall
Dr. M. A. Rashid Hall (named after M. A. Rashid, the first vice-chancellor of the university)
Kazi Nazrul Islam Hall (named after the National Poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam)
Sher-e-Bangla Hall (named after the 1st Prime Minister of Bengal- Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul
Huq) Suhrawardy Hall (named after the Bengali-nationalist
leader and 5th Prime-minister of Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy)
Shahid Smriti Hall (named in memory of martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War)Students
who do not stay at halls of residence are facilitated by university’s own commuter buses
which cover major routes of Dhaka city.===Sports facilities===BUET has a large playground at the eastern
periphery of main academic campus. It is used as venue of annual athletics competition of
the university as well as cricket, football, hockey competitions. Students can access the
facility all year round. Besides, visiting foreign national football teams as well as
few top football clubs of Bangladesh sometimes use this ground for practice sessions. BUET
has tennis court in the main academic area. It also has a gymnasium near halls of residence
where students can do gymnastics and play basketball during leisure===
Student organizations===’বুয়েট সাংবাদিক
সমিতি'(BUET Journalist Society) Murchhona : BUET (Cultural Organization)
BUET Self Defense Club (BSDC) Kantho:BUET (Recitation Club)
BUET Nuclear Engineering Club (BNEC) https://bnec.club Badhan (Blood donation), BUET Zone
BUET Robotics Society (BRS) http://buetroboticssociety.org/ BUET Energy Club (BEC)
BUET Career Club (BCC) BUET Debating Club (BUETDC)
BUET Drama Society BUET Film Society
BUET Photographic Society (BUETPS) House of Volunteers : BUET
Satyen Bose Club (a Science organization named after Satyendra Nath Bose)
BUET Rover Group BUET Literary Society
Civil Engineering Students’ Association (CESA) Water Resources Engineering Students’ Association
(WRESA) Students Association of Material and Metallurgical
Engineering (SAMME) Association of Computer and Electrical Students
(ACES) Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Students’
Association of BUET (USAB) Association of Industrial and Production Engineers,
Bangladesh (AIPEBD) Safety Movement BUET
BUET Chess Club IEEE BUET Student Branch
Chemical Engineering Students Association BUET System Analysis Design and Development
Group (BSADD) BUET Meditation Club
BUET Brainiac (Quiz club) BUET Brainteaser Club
BUET Entrepreneurship Development Club BUET Origami Club
Charcoal BUET (Artista Society) BUET Entrepreneurship Development Club (EDC)==Awards and achievements==
Teams from BUET became 1st and 3rd around the globe in the inaugural International Conference
on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in the 2014 IEEE Signal Processing Cup (SP
Cup) at the ICASSP in 2014, and 2nd and 5th place in IEEE SP Cup 2015 and again followed
by the Grand Prize (1st place) in IEEE SP Cup 2016.
BUET teams participated in the IEEE Myron Zucker Student Design Contest in 2001, placed
first, Chicago, United States. Graduate alumnus of BUET was recognized by
American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the 10 new faces of 2016 in Outstanding
Projects and Leaders (OPAL) awards 2016. BUET teams participated in the Asia-Pacific
Robot Contest ABU ROBOCON 2005 Beijing and was awarded the Panasonic Award.
BUET student won the 2006 IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest.
BUET won the Student Enterprise Award in 2007 from IEEE.
BUET won the IEEE Vibrant Student Branch Award 2008 in IEEE Region 10 Student Congress in
2007 from IEEE CSE, BUET students have consistently ranked
in the top 35 in the last decade at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.
BUET reached “partial double octo-final” round in open break category (44th among 400 teams)
at the 36th World Universities Debating Championship 2016.==Notable alumni==
A large number of BUET alumni are working in the industry and academia both in Bangladesh
and outside Bangladesh. Abul Hayat, National Film Award winning actor
from Bangladesh and civil engineer, recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year 2015 which
is the second-highest state award given by the Government of Bangladesh
Abul Hossain, an army Major General, former Director General of BGB, former Engineer-in-Chief
of the Bangladesh Army and former commandant of the Military Institute of Science and Technology
Ainun Nishat, academic, hydrology and climate change specialist
Alee Murtuza, former vice-chancellor of this university and renowned civil engineer
Anisul Hoque, writer, novelist, journalist Aupee Karim, National Film Award winning Bangladeshi
actress, model and faculty member at architecture school of American International University-Bangladesh
A.K.M. Fazle Hussain, academic at the University of Houston, has been awarded the highest awards
of the American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fazlur Rahman Khan, a Bangladeshi-American
structural engineer and architect, considered the “father of tubular designs for high-rises”,
recipient of the Independence Day Award in the year 1999 which is the highest state award
given by the Government of Bangladesh G M Quader, mechanical engineer, politician
and former minister of several ministries of Bangladesh
Gazi Rakayet, National Film Award winning Bangladeshi film director, actor and a civil
engineer Iqbal Mahmud, former vice-chancellor of this
university. Recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year 2005
Jamilur Reza Choudhury, a National Professor of Bangladesh, academic at several Bangladeshi
universities, renowned civil engineer, former Adviser (Minister) to Caretaker government
of Bangladesh, former president of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh and current president
of the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad. Recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year 2017
Kamrul Ahsan, diplomat and former civil engineer, former Dean of the Asia Pacific Diplomatic
Group in Canada Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, architect and winner
of Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, architect and current
professor at the University of Hawaii Khaleda Ekram, academic, architect and first
female vice-chancellor of this university Latifur Khan, tenured full professor and researcher
at the University of Texas at Dallas. Graduated from Computer Science and Engineering Department,
BUET in 1993 (first CSE BUET batch) M. Feroze Ahmed, renowned professor and civil
engineer M Rezwan Khan, academic and distinguished
lecturer of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for the year 2017-18
M. Sam Mannan, a noted expert in process safety engineering, current professor at Texas A&M
University Marina Tabassum, architect and winner of Aga
Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 Mohammad Ali Choudhury, former Professor,
Scholar and Researcher Mohammad Fazlul Azim, Chairman of Azim Group,
a leading garments company in Bangladesh. A prominent industrialist and pioneer of Bangladesh
RMG sector. Former Member of Parliament of Noakhali-6 constituency
Mubasshar Hussein, architect and former president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh
Muhammad Shahjahan, former vice-chancellor of this university and renowned civil engineer
Mustapha Khalid Palash, academic and architect Naveed Mahbub, renowned Bangladeshi comedian,
columnist, electrical engineer Saleh Uddin, architect and former professor
at several American and Bangladeshi universities Shakoor Majid, architect, writer and photographer
Siraj Sikder, Bangladeshi revolutionary politician Syed Mainul Hossain, architect and the designer
of the National Martyrs’ Memorial of Bangladesh. Recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year
1987 Tanzir Tuhin, architect, musician and former
member of Bangladeshi music band Shironamhin Tauquir Ahmed, Bangladeshi architect, National
Film Award winning film director, actor Yafes Osman, architect, politician and current
minister of science and technology, Government of Bangladesh
Ziaur Rahman Zia, architect, musician and founder of Bangladeshi music band Shironamhin==
See also==List of Universities in Bangladesh