University of Barisal or simply BU is a public university located in Barisal, a city in southern Bangladesh. It is the only general public university in Barisal division and the country's 33rd public university. It was established in 2011 and started educational activities on 25 January 2012. The university offers degrees in undergraduate levels. There are eighteen academic departments under six faculties.
BU is situated in the district of Barisal under Barisal Division. It is located at Karnakathi on the eastern bank of the Kirtonkhola river beside Barisal-Patuakhali highway about 2 kilometers from the center of Barisal City. The university has also a city campus located beside Barisal Zilla School.
Demand for a university was first made in 1960 before the independence of Bangladesh. In 1973, then-Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared he wished to establish a university in Barisal during a rally held in the city. President Ziaur Rahman made a similar statement concerning establishing a university in Barisalon November 23, 1978, at a rally in Barisal Circuit House. In 1990s, former president Abdur Rahman Biswas also made a statement for the establishment of the university.
After three decades, following strong demand from the people of Barisal, the proposal was passed in ECNEC on November 29, 2008, by then Caretaker Government. On 22 November 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction of building of the university. The educational activities were inaugurated by Minister for education Nurul Islam on 24 January 2012, in a temporary campus beside Barisal Zilla School.
The construction of the main campus started in 2012 which is located at Karnakathi on the eastern bank of the Kirtonkhola river in Sadar upazila. Tk. 90 crore was estimated to construct the university on 50 acres of land, including 12 acres of private and 38 acres public land.
In academic year 2011-2012 around 400 students are enrolled in six majors under four disciplines.
The university campus covers an area of 50 acres. The campus of BU is remarkable for its beautiful architecture and natural beauty. It is landscaped around the Kirtankhola river with field areas and plants making the campus a natural arboretum. Facilities include academic buildings, administration building, auditorium, library, computer center, workshop, research laboratories, halls of residence, teachers' quarter, mosque etc. The university has inside its boundaries a bank, a canteen and a large auditorium.
The university runs its own regular bus service to and from the city for benefit of the students residing there, every alternate day. Friday and Saturday are weekly holidays. Two double-decker BRTC bus of Barisal University also ply to and from the city. All kinds of mechanized transport ply between Kaptai and the city.
The University Medical Center is equipped for primary care but serious cases are referred to a medical college hospital which is about 4 kilometers away.
Sports and entertainment
The university provides facilities for football, cricket, volleyball, table tennis etc. The students play tennis, badminton and other games as well. Sports meets and games competitions are features of campus life. The students arrange debate, cultural show etc. The annual sports events are arranged at Barisal divisional stadium.
LibraryThe library of BU is dedicated for individual study and group discussion. Multiple copies of text books are available at the counter. The library has more than 20,000 books and hundreds of journals and periodicals in its collection. Approximately 100 students can use these facilities at a time. The daily newspaper and monthly magazines are also available.
« President Abdul Hamid,
« Professor Dr. S M Imamul Huq
Classes for the 2011-12 academic year started on 24 January 2012. Admission is offered in six subjects: Mathematics, Management Studies, Marketing, Economics, Sociology, and English. Currently it offers admission in 6 faculties and 18 departments.
Faculty of Science and Engineering
« Department of Mathematics
« Department of Chemistry
«Department of Physics
« Department of Geology and Mining
Faculty of Bio-Sciences and Agriculture
« Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences
« Department of Botany
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
« Department of Bengali
« Department of English
Faculty of Social Science
« Department of Economics
« Department of Political Science
« Department of Public Administration
« Department of Sociology
Faculty of Business Studies
« Department of Accounting and Information System (AIS)
« Department of Finance and Banking
« Department of Marketing
« Department of Management Studies
Faculty of Law
« Department of Law
The Medium of instruction
The medium of instruction is English, which is the official language for examinations. Bengali is also followed while teaching.
Halls of residence
There are one men's and one women's dormitories under construction.
Men's Hostel :
« Bangabandhu hall
Women's Hostel :
« Sheikh Hasina hall