Jahangirnagar University

Type: School / College / University
Contributed By: ,Nayeem ,Mir Abul Kashem


Jahangirnagar University is a renowned public university in Bangladesh, located in Savar Upazila, Dhaka. It is the only fully residential university in Bangladesh.

The university stands on the west side of the Asian Highway, popularly known as the Dhaka-Aricha Road, and is 32 kilometers away from the capital. Spread over a land area of 697.56 acres (2.8 km²), the campus surrounded by the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) on the south, and the Savar Cantonment on the northeast, on the north of which is the National Monument (Jatiyo Smriti Soudho) & a large dairy farm on the east. The topography of the land with its gentle rise & plains is shooting to the eye. The water features sprawled around the campus make an excellent habitat for the winter birds that flock in every year in thousands and bird watching here is a favorite pastime for many explorers.

The university was established in 1970 by the government of Pakistan by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance, 1970. During the first two years, it operated as a project. Its first Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mafiz Uddin Ahmad (Ph.D in Chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago) took up office on September 24, 1970. The first group of students, a total of 150, was enrolled in four departments: Economics, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics. Its formal inauguration was delayed until January 12, 1971, when the university was launched by Rear Admiral S. M. Ahsan, the Chancellor. From then to still now 12th January is observed as University day. At the time of starting, its name was Jahangirnagar Muslim University, and the initial plan was to operate this university as like as Aligarh Muslim University. But after the independence of Bangladesh, its name changed as Jahangirnagar University under the act of Jahangirnagar University Act’ 1973.

Jahangirnagar University with a dozen residential halls a few more under construction is mandated to provide residential accommodation to each and every students with separate halls for the female students. Each hall has its own administration system headed by a provost and is equipped with facilities like playground, rooms for indoor games, the dining hall etc.

In 2014 the university had a total of 14,500 students, 672 teachers, 206 staffs and 1,200 other employees. There are 35 departments under six faculties.

Jahangirnagar University is culturally vibrant university with number of cultural organizations run by the students and teachers. Some of the well known organizations are-
Jahangirnagr Photographic Society (JPS), Archaeology Debating Club (ADC),Jahangirnagar Theater (TSC),Jahangirnagar Theater (Auditorium), Dhoni, Tori, Jahangirnagar University Debate Organization (JUDO), Jalshiri, Jahangirnagar Cycling Club (JCC), Gitnat, Kal Boishakhi, Jahir Rayhan Chalachitra Sangshad

The university boasts to have the first ever female Vice-Chancellor of any public university in Bangladesh.Dr Farzana Islam, a professor of Anthropology department, was appointed the country’s first-ever female Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University on Sunday, March 2, 2014 for four years.

How to go

Jahangirnagar University stands on the west side of the Asian Highway, popularly known as the Dhaka-Aricha Road, and is 32 kilometers away from the capital. There a significant number of buses moving towards JU from different location of Dhaka city. From Gulistan, Farmgate and Gabtoli Bus stop local and direct Buses available all the day. You ride of those moving there at the Varsity via Dhaka-Aricha Highway. After crossing Savar Bus Stop it is Just 10 minutes away by Bus.

How To Reach: Savar Upazila

There are two prime ways to get into the Savar Upazila, One is via Bypass-Nabinagar from Uttara zone (Northern side of Dhaka). Another one is Via Gabtoli-Aminbazar, which is commonly known as Dhaka-Aricha highway. A significant number of Buses moving toward Savar from various bus-stop in Dhaka. Just catch one to be there.

The Bus services moving toward Savar from Dhaka are-

1. Titas Bus (Mirpur-12 to Chondra via Savar)
2. D-link, Gulistan- Dhamrai ( Via Savar)
3. Grameen Sheba ( Gulistan-Dhamrai)
4. Boishakhi Paribahan (Gulshan,Badda- Savar)
5. BRTC Bus (Farmgate to Savar)
6. Super Bus
7. Hanif Paribahan (Farmgate to Savar)
8. Ananda Super ( Abdullah pur Switch Gate to Savar)

Where to Stay

1. United Residential Hotel
Dhaka – Aricha Highway, Savar 1340

2. Ananda Hotel
Savar Thana Road, Savar

3. Hotel New Savar
Jaleshwar, Dhaka – Aricha Highway,
Savar 1340

Things to do

You may enjoy the sight seeing and natural beauty of varsity campus. If you have sufficient time you may explore the botanical garden area of JU campus.
If it is winter then there is a plenty of chances for watching migratory birds. All around the year there are different types of Cultural activity takes places in Selim Al Din Mukto Muncho. If luckily you see something like that you may stop by and enjoy the program.

Eating Facilities

There are a significant number of local restaurant and hotels available in JU Campus. Here is the places given below-
1. Dairy Gate (Main Gate area of JU)
2. Prantik Gate area
3. Tarzan Point
4. Bot Tola
5. Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall area
6. AFM Kamaluddin Hall area
7. Al-Beruni Hall Canteen


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