Jagannath University (Bengali: জগন্নাথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jagannath Bishwabiddaloy) is a government financed public university in Sadarghat, Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh. Jagannath University is in the southern part of Dhaka city near the river Buriganga and very closer to Bahadur Shah Park, Islampur and Laxmibazar.
The university has a history that started in 1858 when Dhaka Brahma School was founded by Dinanath Sen, Prabhaticharan Roy, Anathbandhu Mallik and Brajasundar Kaitra. The name Jagannath School was given by Kishorilal Chowdhury, the Zamindar of Baliati in Manikganj, who took over the school in 1872 and renamed it after his father.
In 1884, it was raised to a second grade college. Law was one of the first courses introduced. A common management committee administered the school and college until 1887, when the school section was separated to form the independent Kishore Jubilee School. It is now known as K L Jubilee School. The administration of the college was transferred to a board of trustees in 1907. In the following year, it became a first grade college.
The college started with 48 students. In five years, the roll raised to 396. In 1910, Raja Manmath Roy Chowdhury, the zamindar of Santosh, Tangail, affiliated the Pramath-Manmath College of Tangail with Jagannath College. With the establishment of University of Dhaka in 1921, it stopped admission to degree courses and was renamed Jagannath Intermediate College. This status was changed after 28 years in 1949, when it reopened degree classes. The college was taken over by the government in 1968.
Jagannath College opened honours and masters programmes in 1975. That year the government once again took over and upgraded it into a postgraduate college. In 1982, the college closed its programmes at the intermediate level. It introduced evening shifts in 1992.
It was transformed into Jagannath University in 2005 by passing a bill named Jagannath University Act-2005 in the national parliament.
As an A+ grade ranked university by University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Jagannath University (JnU) has 36 departments under seven faculties. Every department follows the semester system. At present 507 teachers are engaged in providing quality education to around 20,000 students in Honors, Masters, M.Phil and Ph.D programs.
There are seven faculties and two institutions in Jagannath University. Today 36 departments are running at JnU.Department of Microbiology
Department of Pharmacy
Department of Zoology
Department of Botany
Department of Psychology
Department of Geography and Environmental science
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biology
Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Department of Chemistry
Department of Physics
Department of Mathematics
Department of Statistics
Department of Finance
Department of Management studies
Department of Marketing
Department of Accounting & Information Systems
Department of Bengali
Department of English
Department of History
Department of Philosophy
Department of Islamic History and Culture
Department of Islamic Studies
Department of Law
Department of Land Law And Management
Department of Film and Television
Department of Sociology
Department of Anthropology
Department of Economics
Department of Political Science
Department of Public Administration
Department of Social Work
Department of Mass Communication and Journalism
Department of Fine Arts and Graphics
Department of Drama
Department of Music
IER started in 2015-2016 session. This institution is at Pogos Laboratory School and College, Jagannath University.
IML started at Jagannath University in 2010.
- Shirajul Islam Khan 20 October 2005 to 2008
- Abu Hossain Siddique 2008 to 2009
- Mesbah Uddin Ahmed 2009 to 19 March 2013
- Mijanur Rahman 20 March 2013 to present
The teachers and students of the then college took active part in the Language Movement of the early 1950s, the mass movements of the 1960s and the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971.Commander BDF Sector 11 - M. Hamidullah Khan - Bangladesh War of Independence 1971
Abdul Hamid - sports organizer and sports journalist,
Bhabatosh Dutta - economist,
Premendra Mitra - writer and poet,
Anisuzzaman - educationist, researcher,
Haider Hussain - singer,
ATM Shamsuzzaman- actor
Brojen Das - swimmer, the first Indian to swim the English channel.
Imdadul Haq Milon - novelist and editor.
Nurul Momen - economist
Mohammed Nasim - Bangladeshi minister
Zahir Raihan - filmmaker, novelist, writer
In 2011-2012, the Jagannath University made it into the list of "Top World Universities" by the ranking agency Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds (THE–QS), UK. Out of over 30,000 universities around the world, JnU was placed as 2204.