Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur named after a legendary woman scholar Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain who pioneered and promoted female education in Indo-Pak-Bangla subcontinent, is located in the town of Rangpur, in the north-east zone of Bangladesh. With its so-called connotations of impoverishment, deprivation and poverty, Rangpur is a culturally vibrant place – an excellent center of arts, culture and education. It prides itself on its rich heritage of numerous contributions and achievements of many scholars, poets, novelists, social and political thinkers and philanthropists. Here are a good number of age-old educational institutions and cultural organizations.
Since 1947, a University in this region has been a long cherished dream. A popular demand for a kind of university which can reach out to a large number of students desiring higher education in this vast region has always been intensely felt but has never been fulfilled. Fortunately, on October 8, 2008, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (initially named as Rangpur University) was founded and started its academic activities from the session 2008 – 2009 following the semester system. Each academic year consists of 2 semesters where one semester lasts for 6 months including holidays and vacations.
At the first admission test of the University, about 18,000 (eighteen thousand) students from different parts of the country contested for only 300 seats. These three hundred students were enrolled into 6 departments under 2 faculties – Bangla, English, Economics and Business Administration under the Faculty of Arts and Social Science; and Mathematics and Computer Science & Engineering under the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The University has a good faculty of Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate professors and Professors who were educated and earned their degrees at home and abroad. In the process of its expansion, the University is still recruiting more teachers and officials. With the patronage of the local philanthropists, Begum Rokeya Scholarlship Foundation has been formed for the talented students. Within a very short time, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur has successfully organized many different events and programs – Bangla New Year, Rabindra-Nazrul Birth Anniversary, Inter-Department Debate and Football Competitions, National Mourning Day and so on.
Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur is committed to play a vital role in poverty alleviation and job creation, thereby raising the standard of living for the people of this northern zone of the country. The University hopes to go a long way to meet the needs for quality education, and to be an excellent center for research and other social activities.
For details about admission into session: 2012-13 , visit www.admission.brur.ac.bd.
For the up-coming session 2012-2013, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur is going to enroll students into 20 departments under 6 faculties as follows:
Departments: Bangla (60), English (60), History & Archeology (60)
Departments: Mathematics (60), Statistics (60), Physics (60), Chemistry (60)
Departments: Management Studies (60), Marketing (60), Accounting & Information Systems (60), Finance & Banking (60)
Departments: Economics (60), Political Science (60), Social Science (60), Women and Gender Studies (60), Mass Communication and Journalism (60), Public Administration (60)
Departments: Computer Science & Engineering (60), Electronics & Telecommunications (60)
Departments: Geography and Environmental Science (60), Disaster Management (60)