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Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

 

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Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, abbreviated as BUET, is one of the most prestigious institutions for higher studies in the country. About 5500 students are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in engineering, architecture, planning and science in this institution. At present, BUET has sixteen teaching departments under five faculties and it has three institutes. Every year the intake of undergraduate students is around 900, while the intake of graduate students in Masters and PhD programs is around 1000. A total of about five hundred teachers are teaching in these departments and institutes. There are additional teaching posts like Dr. Rashid Professor, Professor Emeritus and Supernumerary Professors.

The BUET campus is in the heart of Dhaka – the capital city of Bangladesh. It has a compact campus with halls of residence within walking distances of the academic buildings. The physical expansion of the University over the last three decades has been impressive with construction of new academic buildings, auditorium complex, halls of residence, etc.

BUET is the oldest institution for the study of Engineering and Architecture in Bangladesh. The history of this institution dates back to the days of Dhaka Survey School which was established at Nalgola, in Old Dhaka in 1876 to train Surveyors for the then Government of Bengal of British India. As the years passed, the Survey School became the Ahsanullah School of Engineering offering three-year diploma courses in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. In recognition of the generous financial contribution from the then Nawab of Dhaka, it was named after his father Khawja Ahsanullah. It moved to its present premises in 1912. In 1947, the School was upgraded to Ahsanullah Engineering College as a Faculty of Engineering under the University of Dhaka, offering four-year bachelor’s courses in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. In order to create facilities for postgraduate studies and research, Ahsanullah Engineering College was upgraded to the status of a University in 1962 and was named East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology. After the war of Liberation in 1971, Bangladesh became an independent state and the university was renamed as the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Till today, it has produced around 25,000 graduates in different branches of engineering and architecture, and has established a good reputation all over the world for the quality of its graduates, many of whom have excelled in their profession in different parts of the globe. It was able to attract students from countries like India, Nepal, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Palestine.

Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies and research are now among the primary functions of the University. Eleven departments under five faculties offer Bachelor Degrees, while most of the departments and institutes offer Masters Degrees and some of the departments have Ph.D. programs. In addition to its own research programs, the university undertakes research programs sponsored by outside organizations like European Union, UNO, Commonwealth, UGC, etc. The expertise of the University teachers and the laboratory facilities of the University are also utilized to solve problems and to provide up-to-date engineering and technological knowledge to the various organizations of the country.

Academic Information
Academic Programs

Program Name Program Requirement Offering Departments/ Institutes
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.Sc. Engg.) At least 157 Credit courses (GPA >= 2.20) All Engineering Departments
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP) At least 157 Credit courses (GPA >= 2.20) Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning
Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) At least 190 Credit courses (GPA >= 2.20) Dept. of Architecture
Postgraduate Diploma (PG. Dip.) 18 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 6 Cr project Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
Postgraduate Diploma (PG. Dip.) 36 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT)
Master of Science in Engineering (M.Sc. Engg.) 18 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 18 Cr thesis All Engineering Departments + IICT
Master of Engineering (M. Engg.) 30 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 6 Cr project All Engineering Departments + IICT
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)by Courses and Thesis 30 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 18 Cr thesis Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) by Courses and Project 40 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 8 Cr thesis Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) 18 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 18 Cr thesis Dept. of Architecture
Master of Science (M.Sc.) 18 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 18 Cr thesis Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) 18 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 30 Cr thesis Dept. of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering + Physics + Chemistry
Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) 24 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.65) + 24 Cr thesis Mathematics
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 9 Cr courses (GPA >= 2.75) + 45 Cr thesis All Departments (except Humanities) + IWFM

The departments and institutes of the University are responsible for the academic activities which include teaching, research and industrial consultancy.

The University has introduced the course system for undergraduate studies from the academic session 1990-1991, commencing from October, 1992. Under this system there are two terms in an academic year. Each term provides for a minimum of fourteen instructional weeks. The medium of instruction is English. Students are evaluated on a continuous basis throughout the term.

Postgraduate studies and research are now among the primary functions of the University. Most of the departments and institutes have Masters and PhD programs. Currently, each academic year is divided into two semesters: April Semester and October Semester. For theory courses the number of class-weeks in a semester is fourteen. Research work is evaluated on the basis of the review of thesis/project by peer examiners both from within the University and outside the University.

The teachers of the departments and institutes meet periodically to review the courses and their contents; necessary changes are made to meet the needs and trends from time to time. Course syllabi and ordinances in respect of the academic program of study are prepared by the Academic Council, the highest academic body within the University.

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