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Top 10 Most Popular Universities in Bangladesh for Higher Study

1. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, also known as BUET, is one of the most prestigious institutions for higher studies in engineering in the country. About 9234 students are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in engineering, architecture, planning, and science in this institution.

At present, BUET has eighteen teaching departments under five faculties and it has six institutes. The number of student intake of undergraduate students is around 1060 each year, while the intake of graduate students in Masters and Ph.D. programs is around 1000.

2. University of Dhaka

The University of Dhaka opened its doors to students with Sir P.J. Hartog as the first Vice-Chancellor of the University. The University was set up in a picturesque part of the city known as Ramna on 600 acres of land. The university was established on the first day of July 1921.
The University started with 3 Faculties, 12 Departments, 60 teachers, 877 students, and 3 dormitories for the students. At present, the University consists of 13 Faculties, 83 Departments, 12 Institutes, 20 residential halls, 3 hostels, and more than 56 Research Centers. The number of students and teachers is now about 37018 and 1992 respectively at present.

The main purpose of the University was to create new areas of knowledge and distribute this knowledge to society through its students. Since its inception, the University has a distinct character of having distinguished scholars as faculties who have enriched the global pool of knowledge by making notable contributions in the fields of teaching and research.

3. University of Rajshahi

The University of Rajshahi is one of the largest Universities in the country bearing an area of 753 acres, it also is the largest with the highest seat of learning in the northern region of Bangladesh. It was found on July 6, 1953. The university has passed 62 years providing higher education and research. The university is located very close to the mighty river the Padma and seven km. east from the Rajshahi City Center.

Dr. Itrat Hossain Zeberi was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University. Rajshahi university started its academic activities in 1954. During the early days of inception, classes were held at Rajshahi Government College. In 1961 the University moved to its present campus.

There are 1778 academic staff and 2258 administrative staff at present. The total number of students including undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral students are 38495. Among them 15258 are undergraduate students, 9125 are postgraduate students and 2112 are doctoral students. The university has 58 departments which are organized into 10 faculties.

4. Sahajalal University of Science and Technology

The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) was established on 25th August 1986. The only university of its kind at that time, it started with only three departments: Physics, Chemistry and Economics, 13 teachers and 205 students. It has now expanded to 7 schools, 27 departments, and two institutes. The number of teachers and students is 552 and 10922 respectively. Besides, the University has 13 affiliated medical colleges under the School of Medical Sciences with 4000 students.

It introduced the semester system from the 1996-97 session and there was a remarkable improvement in the quality of education after the introduction of this system, which was visible even in the national arena. The computer center of SUST offers courses to every employee and one can say, without any hesitation that SUST is the most IT-enabled university in Bangladesh.

5.BRAC University

Brac University (BracU) established in 2001 is located in Dhaka Bangladesh. BRAC University is a Private University. It ensures a high quality of education. The medium of instruction and examination at Brac University is English. BracU is accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh.

At present, there are 9839 students in total o which 8764 are undergraduate students and 1075 are postgraduate students. the university runs it’s a program under 7 departments which include architecture, social sciences, English and humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, pharmacy, electrical and electronic engineering and computer science, and engineering. It is located in Mohakhali, Dhaka.

6. Jahangirnagar University

Jahangirnagar University is a public university in Bangladesh, located in Savar Upazila, Dhaka. It is one of the tops and only fully residential universities in Bangladesh.

The university was established in 1970 by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance of the government of Pakistan. Its first vice-chancellor, Mafizuddin Ahmed. The first group of students, a total of 150, were enrolled in four departments: Economics, Geography, Mathematics, and Statistics.

There are almost 17000 students in a total of which about 14500 are undergraduate students, about 3500 are postgraduate students and about 2300 are doctoral students. The university performs its academic programs by 34 departments under 6 faculties.

7. North South University

North-South University (NSU), the first private university in Bangladesh, was established in 1992 by the then Foundation for Promotion of Education and Research (FPER), a charitable, non-profit, non-commercial and non-political organization.

There are a total of 20025 students in a total of which 17517 are undergraduate students and 2508 are postgraduate students. the university has 10 departments which are organized into 4 schools, school of business and economics, school of engineering and physical sciences, school of humanities and social sciences, and school of health and life sciences.

8. University of Chittagong

The Chittagong University is situated on 1,754 acres of beautiful hilly land in Mauja Fatehpur under Hathazari Upazila, 22 km north of Chittagong city. It was established on 18 November 1966. On 3 December 1965, Professor A R Mallick as project Director inaugurated the work of founding the Chittagong University with only three employees, one typewriter, and a photocopier in a house on Road 3 of Chittagong City’s Nasirabad Housing Society. The Chittagong University Ordinance was promulgated on 25 September 1966 and Professor Mallick was given the charge of Vice-Chancellor.

The university started its academic program with only 200 students in the departments of Bangla, English, History, and Economics under the faculty of Arts. After a short, while Medical, Engineering, Law and Education Colleges situated outside the university campus were incorporated as separate faculties, and thus the university’s educational activities kept expanding.

At present, there are 24283 students in total. The academic program is divided into 54 departments under 10 faculties. There are also 5 research centers, 6 affiliated institutes, and 9 affiliated colleges.

9. Independent University, Bangladesh

Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) is a private university which was established in 1993. It is one of the oldest and largest private university in Bangladesh. The campus is sprawling over 3 acres, has an amphitheater, the state-of-the-art laboratories, well-equipped library with online access to journals and books, above 70 classrooms, lecture galleries, auditorium, gymnasium, food court, playground, medical Center, counseling Center, and an alumni office. IUB also has dormitory facilities for female students from outside Dhaka and foreign students and a guest-house for visiting scholars. There are more than 7500 undergraduate and graduate students.

10. Khulna University of Engineering and Technology

Khulna University of Engineering & Technology has a background of historical significance. Although this institution has completed an era as a university, its laying foundation began 49 years ago. This university was established in 1967 as ‘Khulna Engineering College’ under the University of Rajshahi. But during the period of the liberation war, the development activities of the Erstwhile Engineering College was suspended. After the Independence of Bangladesh in the year of 1971, the development works were started again in swing full.

At present there are 5682 students of which 4635 are undergraduate students and 967 are post graduate students. the academic divisions are organized in 20 departments under three faculties.

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Future of IT in Bangladesh

Information Technology ( IT ) has changed the world in modern days. IT is the special use of computers to store, extract, transmit and manipulate data or information. IT is considered as a subset of Information And Communication Technology. Humans have been storing, extracting, transmitting and manipulating data or information as a written format since Mesopotamia. Modern day technologies have upgraded the system and made unlimited storage. 

Over the last 7 years, the offshore IT market of Bangladesh has grown at a good rate. In fact Bangladesh has already become one of the best places for IT players in recent years. With the ability to operate at least 20-30% lower cost than any other countries of South Asia, Bangladesh gives a large entry-level workforce. 

The IT industry in Bangladesh helps the national economy a lot. This industry not only helps the national economy but also creates a prestigious position in the global market. The domestic market size was US$ 0.9-1.1 billion in 2017. But in 2020 the size is US$ 2.3-2.6 billion and the income is increasing. As a result the government of Bangladesh has given their interest in this sector already. Bangladesh has a large population and they are really interested to work in this sector. On the other hand, the cost of working in Bangladesh is really less than other Asian countries like India, Philippines, Pakistan etc. So the present state of IT industry in Bangladesh is really good. 

An IT based company wants a lot of things and Bangladesh is completing those wants. Supply of electricity is the first basic wants of a company. Bangladesh is producing as much as electricity. So there will be no load shedding in future. Then Bangladesh is connected with SEA-ME-WE 6 fibre cable. So the internet speed is good enough and increasing day by day. An IT company  needs that type of internet speed. 

Bangladesh is a country where anyone can build a business and carry on that. People easily get attached with those products. An IT company produces software, cloud computers, databases etc and people of Bangladesh always accept them properly. So the foreign investors are finding interest in investing in the IT sectors of Bangladesh. As we can see, the future is really bright for the IT sector. 

Moreover the government will make 100% corporate tax exemption till 2024 and 80% VAT exemption on rentals and utilities. The Bangladesh government is setting up 25 high-tech parks and software parks across the country.  The decision ‘50% personal income tax reduction for foreign employees for 3 years’ has given a wide range for the foreigners to work with this country’s people. 

Every year a lot of students are completing their graduation, post-graduation degree and trying their best to get a job. Unfortunately there are not enough job opportunities in Bangladesh. In this case the IT sector  is creating a big space. In an IT company an employer doesn’t need to be physically present. So he/she can work from a long distance. 

Bangladesh is mainly focused in the USA and the UK based IT sectors. Now the situation is changing and other rich European countries are also beneficial for the future of Bangladesh. So Bangladeshi IT companies are searching for the future market for Bangladesh in those countries.  

Bangladesh has limited liabilities but if the people utilizes these properly, the situation will improve. Bangladesh has the potential to play multiple roles in the service delivery portfolios of global companies. Bangladesh can be called a hub for the regional market. As the domestic market is poised  with remarkable growth, the government as well as private sectors will invest a lot in the IT industry in future. So the future of this industry is really on top of the mark. 

Bangladesh offers a compelling blend of quality talent at a lower cost with a risk profile much lower than commonly perceived. The proposition is further accentuated with sensible government support to boost foreign investments. Bangladesh has positioned herself as a strong contender for companies appraising locations for the next wave of cost arbitrage.  There are certain challenges regarding infrastructure, talent adjustability and data protection. However the government and industry have adopted bold measures to assuage their impact and create a harmonious ecosystem for the growth of the IT sector. It is important for companies to consider  Bangladesh to understand the nature of risks that exist and how they compare with other peer emerging locations in order to make an informed decision based on the ability to manage or mitigate such risks.    

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Md. Istiak Ahmed
Faculty Of Business Studies 10th Batch
Department Of Management
Session: 2019-2020
Mawlana Bhashani Science And Technology University, Santosh, Tangail.

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Career In Defence Sector For BBA Students In Bangladesh

Defence sector is one of the best career paths for anyone. Here one person will get a high salary as well as respect from society. Bachelor of Business Administration or BBA is a special degree in business studies. This degree can be in accounting, management, marketing, finance etc. A student who has completed his/her education and obtained BBA, he/she has a great chance to work in the defence sector. 

Military forces of Bangladesh (Army, Navy and Air Force) recruit warrant officers who have completed minimum graduation. Police also recruit Sub-inspector who has at least graduated. 

Warrant Officers Of Three Military Forces

The Bangladesh Army, the Bangladesh Navy and the Bangladesh Air Force recruit warrant officers. These warrant officers are like the bridge between ranked officers and the normal army. A student who has obtained his/her BBA can join as the warrant officer. He/she needs to get a high CGPA from any good university in BBA then complete all the formalities. After the training of 1 year, he/she can work as a junior warrant officer. The demand for CGPA is more in the Bangladesh Army, then the Bangladesh Navy and then the Bangladesh Air Force. 

A warrant officer gets a good salary with all the advantages given by the Bangladesh Government. 

Army Education Corps

There are many universities in Bangladesh which are controlled by the army. These universities are for the army as well as the civilians to complete higher education. Like Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), Military Institute of Science And Technology (MIST), National Defence College (NDC). Here a lot of BBA students are recruited by the Bangladesh army as a professor. They will get a higher salary than other universities/schools/colleges teachers. This is a great chance for the BBA students. He/she needs to grab a high CGPA and complete all the formalities. Then he/she will become a professor. 


 Bangladesh police’s officer rank starts from SI (sub-inspector). If anyone wants to become an SI, he/she needs to complete graduation. After all the formalities get done, he/she will become an SI. A person who has completed BBA will get a chance here. An SI of police get a good salary with ration. He is respected by all the people of the society. 


 National security intelligence or NSI is the detective agency under the ministry of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The NSI is the leading organized agency of the Government of Bangladesh in the field of internal security, counter-terrorism, counterintelligence and foreign intelligence. NSI is the largest among all the intelligence agencies in Bangladesh, the others being the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), SB, CID, PBI and intelligence directorates of armed and paramilitary forces. In NSI minimum graduation is required. A person who has completed BBA has a high opportunity to work in NSI.    


An SP or Superintendent of Police controls a thana. An OC or Officer In charge also controls a thana. But OC is under SP. Both of them have to complete BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service). After completing BBA one can complete the BCS (Police) and become an OC or ASP and then promoted to SP.       


 Police bureau of investigation or PBI is the security agency of Bangladesh. This agency is for detecting the higher-ranked officials of Bangladesh. At least a person has to complete graduation. If anyone completed BBA then this will be very grateful. 


Criminal investigation department or CID the detective agency in Bangladesh. When police cannot solve any case then CID take over the case and try to solve that. CID recruits minimum graduated people for becoming a CID officer. So a person who has completed BBA has a high chance to work in this reputed defence sector.    

In the defence sector, these are the fields for a BBA student to work. They will get a high salary as well as respect for the people of Bangladesh through working here.

Written By

Md. Istiak Ahmed
Faculty Of Business Studies 10th Batch
Department Of Management
Session: 2019-2020
Mawlana Bhashani Science And Technology University, Santosh, Tangail.

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