Bangladesh Academy For Rural Development (BARD)

Type: শিক্ষাবিষয়ক
Contributed By: Nayeem


The campus covers an area of 156 acres of land including undulating hilly terrain and valleys. A large part of the campus consists of orchards, vegetable farms, nurseries, parks and roads lined with shady tropical trees. The office and the residential buildings have been designed and located in harmony with the topography and surrounding landscape. The well-planned layout of the institution and green landscape give the campus a serene and idyllic beauty.

Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ পল্লী উন্নয়ন একাডেমী (বার্ড)) is an autonomous institution that strives for research and training of local people as well as practitioners on rural development. The Academy is known for implementing Comilla Model in 1960s that has been internationally recognised as a model project for rural development in the developing countries. BARD was established in 1959 in Comilla (as Pakistan Academy of Rural Development), under the initiative of Dr Akhtar Hameed Khan who became the institution’s founder-Director. After the Partition of Pakistan, the institution was renamed to its present form.

One of the main functions of BARD is to provide training for both officials and non-official members of the public and private institutions working on rural development. The training is provided in the form of courses, visit programmes, workshops and seminars. The research is basically aimed at collecting socio-economic data for planning and project preparation. Findings are also used for training and information materials by respective public bodies and planning institutions. Research also relate to the evaluation of national rural development programmes either independently or jointly with government agencies, universities and research organisations.

How to go

The final destination of the bus is Comilla town, but it will be better for you to get down at Comilla Cantonment. Cause it’s nearer from Comilla Cantonment rather than Comilla town. From Cantonment, Take a ‘CNG Auto Rickshaw’ which will cost you 60 to 80 taka though they might ask 120 to 150 taka to reach the BARD. Just tell the driver that you want to go to BARD and the amount you want to pay. Also there is mini bus transport through the cantonment, it will case you 10-15 taka to reach at BARD.
Within 10 to 15 minutes you’ll reach at BARD.

How To Reach: কুমিল্লা জেলা

Comilla has excellent transport and communication system. Comilla and Dhaka are linked by both road and railway. There is also an airport in the district, but it is not currently being used.

The road distance of Comilla from Dhaka is 97 kilometers. You can take a bus from Dhaka to reach Comilla. Some of the bus services are listed below for your assistance:
1. Upakule Royal
Komolapur Bus stand
Contact: 01981-002 932, 01981-002 942
2. Tisha
Contact: 01731-217 322
Komolapur Bus stand
Contact: 01770-493 775
4. Prime Service
Hatchel Road
Contact: 02-9554496
Buses leave from Dhaka every fifteen minutes starting from 6:15am until 8pm.

Where to Stay

Some of the hotels/motels in Comilla are listed below for your assistance.
1. Ashik Residential Resthouse
Address: 186 Nazrul Avenue, Comilla
Contact: 68781

2. Hotel Abedin
Address: Station Road, Comilla
Contact: 76014

3. Hotel Noorjahan
Address: Dhaka-Chittagong Road, Comilla
Contact: 68737

4. Hotel Sonali
Address: Kandirpar Circle, Comilla
Contact: 63188

Things to do

• Inside BARD, you’ll find several places to pass your time. For example at cafeteria, at the tennis ground or other plays grounds. Also there are two places, one is “Nilachal” and another is “Banasree” inside BARD. You can pass the whole day there, and enjoy your time. Both group and single visit provided different type of entertainment.

Eating Facilities

Travel Tips

• It requires special permission to enter the BARD. Previously they used to provide entry for everyone but now they are strict about it. So, at first the security guard won’t allow you to enter the BARD.


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