BUET: The Creator of Country's Best Engineers
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology commonly known as BUET is a Public Engineering University in Bangladesh.
It is the oldest institution for the study of engineering and architecture in Bangladesh. In this institution, every year around 1000 students get enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs to study engineering, architecture, and planning.
In undergraduate admission test, only about top 17% students can get admitted among 8,000 selected candidates. 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.
"Dhaka Survey School" was established in 1876 as a survey school at Nalgola, in Old Dhaka to train surveyors for the then Government of Bengal of Hindustan. 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. In recognition of this contribution, the school was renamed to "Ahsanullah School of Engineering". It offered three-year diploma courses in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. 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 course 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, Metallurgical, 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- Water Resources Engineering, Naval architecture & Marine engineering, Industrial & Production Engineering, Petroleum & Mineral Resources Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Glass and Ceramic Engineering- were included in 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.
Faculties and Departments:
Academic activities are undertaken by seventeen departments under five faculties. Eleven departments offer undergraduate courses. All of the departments except the department of Humanities offer postgraduate courses.
At present there are four institutes in BUET. These institutes offer postgraduate diplomas and master's degree. Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM), Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT), Institute of Information and Communication Technology, and Accident Research Institute (ARI).
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), and Accident Research Institute (ARI).
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BUET central library has an extensive compilation of books, journals, periodicals and monographs of the relevant engineering fields. The Central library has a collection of over 132,000 volumes and 218 current periodical subscriptions. Per year 1500 volume are added to this library. It also has a free internet browsing facility and a rental library program. There are also departmental libraries in each department and a hall library in each of the residence halls.
The Undergraduate admission test of BUET is one of the most intensive written examinations in Bangladesh. After completion of higher secondary level (HSC) education, a student can submit her or his application for undergraduate admission if he/she fulfills the minimum requirements. Students with the best grades in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English of their higher secondary examination are allowed to take the admission test. The screening process allows 8000 students to sit for the admission test, based on the cumulative sum of GPAs in these four subjects. After the admission test, only about 1000 students get admitted.
There are 26 seats for foreign students in undergraduate level. The pre-requisite qualification for admission is HSC 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.
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 SSC and HSC 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 BSc Engg./MA or MSc or MSS/B.Arch/BURP in the relevant branch. For admission to the courses leading to an M.Phil degree an applicant similar criterion fulfilling relevant courses. For admission to the programs leading to PhD degree, all the above criteria must be mate along with minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent in MSc Engg./M.Engg./M.Phil/MURP/M.Arch/MSc (WRD) degree in the relevant branch.
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 graduate students. The Chatri 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 periods of time. Designs of these halls bear the history and architecture of different time. 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- Ahsanullah Hall, Titumir Hall, Chatri Hall, Dr. M.A. Rashid Hall, Nazrul Islam Hall, Sher-e-Bangla Hall, Suhrawardy Hall, and Shahid Smriti Hall.
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