jahangirnagar university

Jahangirnagar University (Bengali: জাহাঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jahangirnôgôr Bishwôbidyalôy, University Acronym: জাবি or JU ) is a public university in Bangladesh, based in Savar Upazila, Dhaka.[2] It is the only fully residential[3] university in Bangladesh.[2]

The university was established in 1970 by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance of the government of Pakistan. Its first vice-chancellor, Mafiz Uddin Ahmad (PhD in chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago) took up office on 24 September 1970. The first group of students, a total of 150, were enrolled in four departments: Economics, Geography, Mathematics, and Statistics. Its formal inauguration was delayed until 12 January 1971, when the university was launched by Rear Admiral S. M. Ahsan, the chancellor.

It operated as a project until 1973, when the ‘Jahangirnagar Muslim University Act’ was amended as the ‘Jahangirnagar University Act’.

In 2014, the university had 16,781 students, 755 teachers, and 1,430 other employees. On 2 March 2014, Farzana Islam, a professor of the Anthropology department, was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of JU, marking the country’s first woman to hold the position.

Address: Savar – Manikganj Highway, Dhaka 1342, Bangladesh
Campus size: 1.089 mi²
Doctoral students: 2,274 (2014)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Md. Abul Hossain
Founded: 1970
Vice-chancellor: Farzana Islam