University of Barisal

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University of Barisal (Bengali: বরিশাল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Boriśāl Biśbôbidyālôẏ also known as Barisal University or simply BU), is a public university located in Barisal, a city in southern Bangladesh.[1] It is the only general public university in Barisal division and the country's 33rd public university. It was established in 2011 and started educational activities on 24 January 2012. The university offers degrees at undergraduate levels. There are twenty-four academic departments under six faculties.

University of Barishal
বরিশাল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
University of Barisal logo.jpg
জ্ঞানই শক্তি
Motto in English
Knowledge is power
Established2011 (2011)
Academic affiliation
Budget 99.997m
ChancellorPresident Abdul Hamid
Vice-ChancellorMD Sadequl Arefin Matin
Academic staff
183 (April 2019)
Administrative staff
158 (2014)
Students7786(January 2018)
Undergraduates3637 (2014)
Kornokathi ,(Dhaka-Patuakhali Hwy), Barisal
22°39′36″N 90°21′43″E / 22.6599°N 90.3620°E / 22.6599; 90.3620
CampusSuburban (50 acres)
LanguageEnglish, Bengali
University of Barisal Academic Building.jpg
Academic Building of BU


BU is situated in the district of Barisal under Barisal Division. It is located at Karnakathi on the eastern bank of the Kirtonkhola river beside the Barishal-Patuakhali highway about 2 kilometers from the center of Barisal City.


Barisal University Lake view

Demand for a university was first made in 1960 before the independence of Bangladesh. In 1973, then-Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared he wished to establish a university in Barisal during a rally held in the city. President Ziaur Rahman made a similar statement concerning establishing a university in Barisal on 23 November 1978, at a rally in Barisal Circuit House. In 1990s, former president Abdur Rahman Biswas also made a statement for the establishment of the university.

After three decades, following strong demand from the people of Barisal, the proposal was passed in ECNEC on 20 November 2008, by then Caretaker Government. On 22 November 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction of a building of the university. The educational activities were inaugurated by Minister for Education Nurul Islam on 24 January 2012, in a temporary campus beside Barisal Zilla School.

The construction of the main campus started in 2012 which is located at Karnakathi on the eastern bank of the Kirtankhola river in Barisal Sadar Upazila. Tk. 900  million was estimated to construct the university on 50 acres of land, including 12 acres of private and 38 acres public land.

In academic year 2011–2012 around 400 students are enrolled in six majors under four disciplines.[2][3]


BU Campus
Barishal University entrance
View from the academic building
Barishal University academic building
View from the highway
Barishal University Campus at night
Barishal University Students and faculty buses
Double-decker students' bus
Bangobondhu Hall
Sheikh Hasina Hall
Play ground View

The university campus covers an area of 50 acres, and is landscaped around the Kirtankhola river with field areas and plants making the campus a natural arboretum.[citation needed] Facilities include academic buildings, administration building, auditorium, library, computer centre, workshop, research laboratories, halls of residence, teachers' quarter, mosque etc. The university has inside its boundaries a bank, a canteen and a large auditorium.[citation needed]


The university runs its own regular bus service to and from the city for benefit of the students residing there, every alternate day. Friday and Saturday are weekly holidays. Five double-decker BRTC bus of Barisal University also ply to and from the city.[citation needed]

Medical CenterEdit

The University Medical Center is equipped for primary care but serious cases are referred to a Medical college hospital (Sher -E -Bangla Medical College Hospital) which is about 4 kilometres away.

Sports and entertainmentEdit

The university provides facilities for football, cricket, volleyball, table tennis etc. The students play tennis, badminton and other games as well. The students arrange debate, cultural show etc. The annual sports events are arranged at Barisal Divisional Stadium.


The library has more than 20,000 books and hundreds of journals and periodicals in its collection. Approximately 100 students can use these facilities at a time.[citation needed]



List of vice-chancellorsEdit

  1. Harun-or-Rashid (2011–2015)
  2. S. M. Imamul Huq (2015–2018)
  3. A. K. M. Mahbub Hasan {Vice-Chancellor (Acting)}
  4. Sadequl Arefin Matin (2019–present)


  1. A.K.M Mahbub Hasan


Classes for the 2011–12 academic year started on 24 January 2012. Admission is offered in six subjects: Mathematics, Management Studies, Marketing, Economics, Sociology, and English. Currently it offers admission in 6 faculties and 24 departments.[5]

Faculty of Science and EngineeringEdit

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Geology and Mining
  • Department of Statistics

Faculty of Bio-Sciences and AgricultureEdit

  • Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Coastal Studies and Disaster Management
  • Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesEdit

  • Department of Bengali
  • Department of English
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Mass Communication & Journalism
  • Department of History and Civilization

Faculty of Social ScienceEdit

  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Sociology

Faculty of Business StudiesEdit

  • Department of Accounting and Information System (AIS)
  • Department of Finance and Banking
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Management Studies

Faculty of LawEdit

  • Department of Law

Medium of instructionEdit

The medium of instruction is English, which is the official language for examinations. Bengali is also followed while teaching.

Halls of residenceEdit

There are four dormitories.

Men's dormitories
  • Bangabandhu hall
  • Sher-E-Bangla hall
Women's dormitory
  • Sheikh Hasina hall
  • Sheikh Fajilatunnesa Mujib hall


  1. ^ বরিশাল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
  2. ^ বরিশাল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় [Barisal University]. Ittefaq (in Bengali). 15 June 2011. Archived from the original on 18 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Barisal University started". Prothom Alo. 25 January 2012. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012.
  4. ^ বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় তথ্য বাতায়ন – গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার (in Bengali). Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ "University of Barisal". Retrieved 14 August 2017.

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Coordinates: 22°39′35″N 90°21′45″E / 22.659691°N 90.362371°E / 22.659691; 90.362371