Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (Bengali: জাতীয় কবি কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a government financed public university of Bangladesh. It is also known as JKKNIU. It is located at Nama para Battala, 1.5 kilometers from Trishal Upazila, some 22 kilometers from Mymensingh district and 100 kilometers from Dhaka.
It is in a place popularly known as Battala (shade of banyan tree) at Trishal Upazila headquarters in the district of Mymensingh.
The name of the place 'Battala' derives from the legendary banyan tree standing for years here at Namapara .
The university was established by the government of Bangladesh on 1 March 2005, though the initiative was taken some years before firstly by a non-official group of socio-cultural local elites: Greater Mymensingh Cultural Forum. The university was originally conceived to be the first culture-based university in Bangladesh, but the University Act of 2006 made it a general university with a special focus on liberal arts education and activities.
The academic programme of the university started effective from 3 June 2007 with four departments under two faculties: the three departments of Bengali Language & Literature, English Language & Literature, and Music under the Faculty of Arts and the single Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Two more departments were established the next year under two new faculties: the Department of Accounting and Information Systems under the Faculty of Business Administration and the Department of Economics under the Faculty of Social Science.
Two other departments were opened in the academic year 2009-2010 under two faculties: the Department of Finance and Banking under the Faculty of Business Administration and the Department of Fine Arts under the Faculty of Arts.
Four additional departments were established in the academic year 2010-11 under four existing faculties, i.e., the Department of Dramatics under the Faculty of Arts, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering under the Faculty of Science & Engineering, Department of Public Administration under the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Department of Human Resource Management under the Faculty of Business Administration.
There were in all nineteen departments under the four faculties of JKKNIU.
A project to establish the university was taken at a meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Commission (ECNEC) in February 2004. Former prime minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, laid the foundation stone of the university on 1 March 2005. At a function organised for the birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia inaugurated the functions of the two faculties On 25 May 2007. Its first batch class was started on 3 June 2007. On 23 June 2009, a bill was placed in the parliament to assign the president as chancellor replacing the prime minister. Professor Dr. Mohammad Shamsur Rahman was the first vice-Chancellor of JKKNIU. The first batch consisted of 185 students in Bangla language and Literature department and English language and Literature department under arts faculty and Computer Science and Engineering department under science faculty.
On 23 June 2009, a bill was placed in the parliament to assign the president as chancellor replacing the prime minister.Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Science and Engineering
- Bangla Language and Literature
- English language and Literature
- Fine Arts
- Theatre and Performance Studies
- Film & Media Studies
Faculty of Business Administration
- Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
- Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE)
- Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE)
Faculty of Social Science
- Accounting and Information Systems
- Finance and Banking
- Human Resource Management
- Public Administration & Governance Studies
- Law & Justice
- Population Science
- Local Government and Urban development
There are two students hall in Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University- Agnibeena & Dolonchapa
The Medical Center of JKKNIU, located near the teachers dormitory, offers free medical service and free pathological examinations to students, teachers and staffs of the University and also family members of the teachers and staff.
There is a Cafeteria named 'Cafe Chokrobak'
As it is known as a Cultural University, various types of cultural events held in campus. The birthday of Nazrul is the biggest cultural program of JKKNIU.