Dacca Survey School was established in 1876 as a survey school at Nalgola, west of the current Sir Salimullah Medical College campus, in Old Dhaka by the then Government of Bengal under British Raj. It offered a survey course of two years to train land surveyors, at the end of which students competed at the Sub-Overseer's examination. According to a report on public instruction in Bengal, on 31 March 1903, Dacca Survey School had 117 students of which 103 were Hindus and 14 were Muslims. In 1908, the school started to offer diploma degrees. Khwaja Ahsanullah, a philanthropist and member of the Dhaka Nawab Family, endowed donations for developing the survey school. After his death in 1901, his son, the then Nawab of Dhaka, Khwaja Salimullah released 112,000 rupees grant in 1902 in accordance. As an acknowledgement of this contribution, the school was renamed to Ahsanullah School of Engineering.
The school offered three-year long diploma courses in civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. In 1912, the university was moved to its present premises. A. K. Fazlul Huq, the then Prime Minister of Bengal, appointed Hakim Ali as the principal of the school in 1938. After the partition of India 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 course in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical and Metallurgical engineering. In 1948, the Government of East Pakistan granted recognition to the engineering college. Ali became the first principal of the college. In 1951, TH Mathewman was appointed the next principal. M. A. Rashid succeeded him in 1954 as the first Bengali principal of the college and held the post until 1960. In 1956, a new course curriculum and the semester system were introduced at the college.
On 1 June 1962, in order to create facilities for postgraduate studies and research, the college was upgraded to East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology (EPUET), becoming the fourth university of the then East Pakistan. Rashid was appointed the first vice-chancellor of the university. A partnership with the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (renamed Texas A&M University) was forged, and professors from A&M came to teach and formulate the curriculum. During this period, EPUET offered courses in mechanical, electrical, civil, metallurgical, and chemical engineering, and architecture.
After the liberation war of 1971, and Bangladesh's independence, EPUET was renamed to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
Several other departments offer graduate and undergraduate courses in different subjects: Water resources engineering, Urban and regional planning, Naval architecture and marine engineering, Industrial and production engineering, Petroleum and mineral resources engineering, Computer science and engineering, Glass and ceramic engineering, and Biomedical engineering. These courses were all added to the university at different times.
In 2007, BUET celebrated 60 years (1947–2007) of engineering education in Bangladesh by arranging a 6 month long series of programs and events.
Academic activities are undertaken by eighteen departments under five faculties. Twelve departments offer undergraduate courses. All of the departments aside from the department of Humanities offer postgraduate courses.Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Department of Architecture (Arch)
Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP)
Department of Humanities (Hum)
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering (CE)
Department of Water Resources Engineering (WRE)
Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Department of Industrial and Production Engineering (IPE)
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME)
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE)
Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME)
Department of Chemistry (Chem)
Department of Mathematics (Math)
Department of Physics (Phys)
Department of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineering (PMRE)
Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering (GCE)
At present there are six institutes in BUET. These institutes offer postgraduate diplomas, master's and doctoral degrees.Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT)
Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT)
Accident Research Institute (ARI)
BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS)
Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (INPE)
Centre for Energy Studies (CES)
Centre for Environmental and Resource Management (CERM)
Biomedical Engineering Centre (BEC)
Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC)
International Training Network Centre (ITN)
Bangladesh Network Office for Urban Safety (BNUS)
Directorate of Advisory, Extension and Research Services (DAERS)
Directorate of Students’ Welfare (DSW)
Directorate of Planning and Development (P&D)
Directorate of Continuing Education (DCE)
Journal of Mechanical Engineering Research and Developments
Chemical Engineering Research Bulletin
Bangladesh Journal of Water Resources Research
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Bulletin
Protibesh (Research Journal on Architecture)
BUET central library has an extensive compilation of books, journals, periodicals and monographs of relevant engineering fields. The library has a collection of 1,42,913 items of information materials. Among the materials, 1,25,066 and 17,847 are books and bound periodicals respectively. Besides, 141 titles are in the current subscription list of journals. Every year, 1500 volumes are added to this library. The main reading room of the central library can accommodate 200 students at a time to provide reading facilities of rare and out-of-print books, and also ready reference and prescribed textbooks. The library offers free internet and a rental library program. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to use the internet on production of their valid ID cards along with the user name and password obtainable from IICT. There are also departmental libraries in each of the departments and institutes and hall libraries in each of the residence halls.
After the independence of Bangladesh and the subsequent name change, the first convocation of the university was held in 1973. Since then, convocations have been held in 1976, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011.
The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university who appoints the Vice-chancellor. The position is held by the incumbent President of Bangladesh. The Vice-chancellor is the executive head of the university. The position is always held by a senior Professor of the university. The university is administered by the University Syndicate which is chaired by the Vice-chancellor. Members of the Syndicate include Deans of several faculties, Director General of Secondary and Higher Education in Bangladesh, Director General of Technical Education in Bangladesh, eminent academics from this university as well as from other famous public universities. Each of the faculties is headed by a Dean and each of the departments is chaired by a Head of the department. They are generally full professors from their respective faculties and departments. Institutes, Research Centers and Directorates are headed by the Directors who are full professors from relevant fields of research. Other major administrative posts include the Registrar, the Comptroller and the Controller of Exams.
The university has also the following Statutory Authorities.Academic Council
Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR)
Planning and Development Committee
Boards of Postgraduate Studies (BPGS)
Boards of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS)
The University Syndicate is the supreme authority in major policy-making matters and in approving recommendations. The Finance Committee, the Planning and Development Committee and other committees assist the Syndicate in matters important for proper functioning of the University. The Academic Council is the supreme body for formulating academic rules and regulations to which the CASR, Boards of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies and the Faculties recommend.
Following is the complete list of the Vice-chancellors.
- M. A. Rashid (1962–1970)
- M. A. Naser (1970–1975)
- Wahiduddin Ahmed (1975-1983)
- Abdul Matin Patwari (1983-1987)
- Musharrof Husain Khan (1987-1991)
- Muhammad Shahjahan (1991-1996)
- Iqbal Mahmud (1996–1998)
- Nooruddin Ahmed (1998-2002)
- Md. Alee Murtuza (2002-2006)
- A. M. M. Safiullah (2006–2010)
- S M Nazrul Islam (2010-2014)
- Khaleda Ekram (2014–2016)
- Saiful Islam (2016-present)
The Undergraduate admission test is one of the most intensive written examinations in Bangladesh. After completion of Higher Secondary level (H.S.C.) education, a student can submit her or his application for undergraduate admission if he/she fulfills the minimum requirements. The students with the best grades in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English and Bengali on their higher secondary examination are allowed to take the admission test. The screening process allows 9000 students to sit for the admission test, based on the cumulative sum of their GPAs in these five subjects . After the admission test, only about 1030 students get admitted. However, for admission to the M.S. and Ph. D. programs, candidates are required to appear in interviews and/or written tests.
There are 26 seats for foreign students at the undergraduate level. The pre-requisite qualification for admission is H.S.C. or GCE A-level or its equivalent with high grades in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The admission fee is $200; the course registration fee is US$50 per credit hour and the approximate cost of food, lodging etc. is US$100 per month. A maximum of 10 students from a single country are allowed for admission.
For admission to the courses leading to a master's degree an applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 out of 5.00 or a first division or equivalent in any one of S.S.C. and H.S.C. or in equivalent examinations and must not have a GPA less than 2.00 out of 5.00 or a third division or equivalent in any of the aforementioned examinations and must have at least 50% marks or a minimum GPA of 2.50 out of 4.00 or its equivalent in B.Sc. Engg./ M.A or M.Sc. or MSS/ B. Arch./ BURP in the relevant branch. For admission to the courses leading to an M.Phil. degree an applicant similar criteria fulfilling relevant courses. For admission to the programs leading to Ph.D. degree,all the above criteria must be mate along with minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent in M.Sc. Engg. / M.Engg. / M.Phil / MURP / M.Arch. / M.Sc. (WRD) degree in the relevant branch.
Post-graduate degrees offered by departments and institutes are M.Sc (Master of Science), M.Sc Engg. (Master of Science in Engineering), M. Engg (Master of Engineering), MURP (Master of Urban and Regional Planning), M.Arch (Master of Architecture), M.Phil (Master of Philosophy) and Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy). Postgraduate diplomas (PG. Dip.) are also offered in IT and Water resources development.
A foreign student has to pay US$50 (fifty US dollar) per credit hour as tuition fees. The students of SAARC countries will fall under the category of local students’ tuition fees. A Ph.D student will have to complete 54 credit hours, 48 credit hours for M. Phil students and 36 credit hours for M.Sc./M.Engineering students. No Scholarship is available for the foreign students. Hall of Residence facilities are to stay in single position for the foreign students. The admission procedures of postgraduate programs commence two times in a year (April and October).
For consultation and research the expertise at the university, its teachers and the laboratory facilities are available to other organizations of the country. A separate institution – Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC) has been formed to oversee these activities.
Postgraduate research works are now among the primary functions of the university. All the departments carry out their own research programs. The faculties undertake pioneering works in various fields – from renewable energy to GIS. In addition to these, the university undertakes research programs sponsored by outside organizations like United Nations Organizations, Commonwealth Foundation, European Union, University Grants Commission (Bangladesh), World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DfID, JICA etc.
BUET regularly organizes national and international conferences and workshops in its campus to enhance the research capabilities of its students and faculties. Among the conferences organized by BUET, following are notable.International Conference on Information and Communication Technology
International Conference on Mechanical Engineering (ICME)
International Conference on Water and Flood Management (ICWFM)
Bangladesh Civil Engineering Summit
International Earthquake Symposium, Bangladesh
International Conference on Chemical Engineering (ICChE)
International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies
Bangladesh Geotechnical Conference
International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (ICECE)
International Symposium and Workshop on Sustainable Transport for Developing Countries (STDC)
International Conference on Marine Technology (MARTEC)
International Workshop on Algorithms and Computation (WALCOM)
International Conference on Networking Systems and Security (NSysS)
There are eight residence halls to provide housing for BUET students. The Shahid Smriti Hall is reserved for young teachers who do not have an official quarter in the campus and for the male graduate students. The Chatri Hall is for female students, and the remaining six halls are for male students studying at the undergraduate level. These halls were built in different periods of time, and their designs bear the history and architecture of different times.. The administrative head of a residence hall is its provost, usually chosen from the senior teachers of different faculties. 3 Assistant Provosts are also appointed in the hall administration. Most of the halls are named after several eminent figures in the history of Bangladesh. These are listed below:Ahsanullah Hall (named after Nawab of Dhaka Khwaja Ahsanullah)
Titumir Hall (named after Bengali Muslim revolutionary Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir)
Dr. M. A. Rashid Hall (named after M. A. Rashid, the first vice-chancellor of the university)
Nazrul Islam Hall (named after the National Poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam)
Sher-e-Bangla Hall (named after the 1st Prime Minister of Bengal- Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Huq)
Suhrawardy Hall (named after the Bengali-nationalist leader and 5th Prime-minister of Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy)
Shahid Smriti Hall (named in memory of martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War)
Students who do not stay at halls of residence are facilitated by university's own commuter buses which cover major routes of Dhaka city.
BUET has a large playground at the eastern periphery of main academic campus. It is used as venue of annual athletics competition of the university as well as cricket, football, hockey competitions. Students can access the facility all year round. Besides, visiting foreign national football teams as well as few top football clubs of Bangladesh sometimes use this ground for practice sessions. BUET has tennis court in the main academic area. It also has a gymnasium near halls of residence where students can do gymnastics and play basketball during leisure.Murchhona : BUET (Cultural Organization)
Kantho:BUET (Recitation Club)
BUET Nuclear Engineering Club (BNEC) https://bnec.club
Badhan (Blood donation), BUET Zone
BUET Energy Club (BEC)
BUET Career Club (BCC)
BUET Debating Club (BUETDC)
BUET Drama Society
BUET Film Society
BUET Photographic Society (BUETPS)
House of Volunteers : BUET
Satyen Bose Club (a Science organization named after Satyendra Nath Bose)
BUET Rover Group
BUET Literary Society
Civil Engineering Students' Association (CESA)
Water Resources Engineering Students' Association (WRESA)
Students Association of Material and Metallurgical Engineering (SAMME)
Association of Computer and Electrical Students (ACES)
Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Students' Association of BUET (USAB)
Association of Industrial and Production Engineers, Bangladesh (AIPEBD)
Safety Movement BUET
Environment Watch : BUET
BUET Journalist Society
BUET Chess Club
IEEE BUET Student Branch
Chemical Engineering Students Association
BUET System Analysis Design and Development Group (BSADD)
BUET Meditation Club
BUET Brainiac (Quiz club)
BUET Brainteaser Club
BUET Entrepreneurship Development Club
BUET Origami Club
Charcoal BUET (Artista Society)
Teams from BUET became 1st and 3rd around the globe in the inaugural International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in the 2014 IEEE Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup) at the ICASSP in 2014, and 2nd and 5th place in IEEE SP Cup 2015 and again followed by the Grand Prize (1st place) in IEEE SP Cup 2016.
BUET teams participated in the IEEE Myron Zucker Student Design Contest in 2001, placed first, Chicago, United States.
Graduate alumnus of BUET was recognized by American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the 10 new faces of 2016 in Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) awards 2016.
BUET teams participated in the Asia-Pacific Robot Contest ABU ROBOCON 2005 Beijing and was awarded the Panasonic Award.
BUET student won the 2006 IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest.
BUET won the Student Enterprise Award in 2007 from IEEE.
BUET won the IEEE Vibrant Student Branch Award 2008 in IEEE Region 10 Student Congress in 2007 from IEEE
CSE, BUET students have consistently ranked in the top 35 in the last decade at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.
BUET reached "partial double octo-final" round in open break category (44th among 400 teams) at the 36th World Universities Debating Championship 2016.
A large number of BUET alumni are working in the industry and academia both in Bangladesh and outside Bangladesh.Abul Hayat, National Film Award winning actor from Bangladesh and civil engineer, recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year 2015 which is the second-highest state award given by the Government of Bangladesh
Abul Hossain, an army Major General, currently Director General of BGB, former Engineer-in-Chief of the Bangladesh Army and former commandant of the Military Institute of Science and Technology
Ainun Nishat, academic, hydrology and climate change specialist
Anisul Hoque, writer, novelist, journalist
Aupee Karim, National Film Award winning Bangladeshi actress, model and faculty member at architecture school of American International University-Bangladesh
Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American online activist
A.K.M. Fazle Hussain, academic at the University of Houston, has been awarded the highest awards of the American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Fazlur Rahman Khan, a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect, considered the "father of tubular designs for high-rises", recipient of the Independence Day Award in the year 1999 which is the highest state award given by the Government of Bangladesh
G M Quader, mechanical engineer, politician and former minister of several ministries of Bangladesh
Gazi Rakayet, National Film Award winning Bangladeshi film director, actor and a civil engineer
Iqbal Mahmud, former vice-chancellor of BUET. Recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year 2005
Jamilur Reza Choudhury, academic at several Bangladeshi universities, renowned civil engineer, former Adviser (Minister) to Caretaker government of Bangladesh, former president of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh and current president of the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad. Recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year 2017
Kamrul Ahsan, diplomat and former civil engineer, former Dean of the Asia Pacific Diplomatic Group in Canada
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, architect and current professor at the University of Hawaii
Khaleda Ekram, academic, architect and first female vice-chancellor of this university
Latifur Rahman Khan, tenured full professor and researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas. Graduated from Computer Science and Engineering Department, BUET in 1993 (first CSE BUET batch)
M Rezwan Khan, academic and distinguished lecturer of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for the year 2017-18
M. Feroze Ahmed, renowned professor and civil engineer
M. Sam Mannan, a noted expert in process safety engineering, current professor at Texas A&M University
Mohammad Fazlul Azim, Chairman of Azim Group, a leading garments company in Bangladesh. A prominent industrialist and pioneer of Bangladesh RMG sector. Former Member of Parliament of Noakhali-6 constituency
Mubasshar Hussein, architect and former president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh
Mustapha Khalid Palash, academic and architect
Saleh Uddin, architect and former professor at several American and Bangladeshi universities
Syed Mainul Hossain, architect and the designer of the National Martyrs' Memorial of Bangladesh. Recipient of the Ekushey Padak in the year 1987
Tauquir Ahmed, Bangladeshi architect, National Film Award winning film director, actor
Yafes Osman, architect, politician and current minister of science and technology, Government of Bangladesh
Ziaur Rahman Zia, architect, musician and founder of Bangladeshi music band Shironamhin