Noakhali Science and Technology University

Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU)
নোয়াখালী বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Type Public
Established 2005 (2005)
Chancellor President Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor M Wahiduzzaman
Students 5,437
Undergraduates 4,327
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Sonapur, Noakhali, 3814, Bangladesh
22°47′31″N 91°06′07″E / 22.79194°N 91.10194°E / 22.79194; 91.10194Coordinates: 22°47′31″N 91°06′07″E / 22.79194°N 91.10194°E / 22.79194; 91.10194
Language English
Colours Blue and White
Website nstu.edu.bd

Noakhali Science and Technology University (Bengali: নোয়াখালী বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) (popularly known as NSTU) is a newly established public university in the coastal terrain Noakhali of Bangladesh. It is the 27th public university (out of 32) and fifth science and technology university in Bangladesh when it established, while in 2013, it places as 10th public university (out of 38) and 2nd science and technology university in national ranking. Its foundation stone was laid on 11 October 2003 and academic activities started on 22 June 2006.

Founding a science and technology university in a coastal terrain like Noakhali is significant. A newly accrued coastal system may render this university a versatile field station to study the pattern of changes in the seashore and to harness its opportunities.

History

Former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia laid the foundation stone of Noakhali Science and Technology University on 11 October 2003.

Earlier the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes necessary steps to established this university. At 15 July 2001 her government passed a law in the parliament.

Its construction work was formally inaugurated on 24 March 2005. Finally, it started its academic activities on 22 June 2006. It is the fifth of 12 such universities the government decided in 1997 to establish in the 12 erstwhile greater districts where there was no university.

The aim of founding a science and technology university as defined in the project pro-forma is to mold merit into skilled work force and to develop centers of excellence to create and disseminate knowledge. Innovating new technologies and developing the old ones is one of the research and development (R&D) objectives of these universities.

Campus

Noakhali University of Science and Technology (22'47'31"N,91'06'07"E) is being built at Sonapur, 8 kilometers southwest of Maijdee. It has a land area of 101 acres (0.41 km2) covering 93 Salla and 95 Noakhali Mouza.

The construction of the university is not yet completed. Presently the campus consists of one 5 storied administrative building, two academic buildings (academic 1 is 5 storied and academic 2 is 10 storied), three male student halls, two female student halls, a 5 storied auditorium and TSC building, one 4 storied library building.The well furnished central library equipped with online library facilities has 10,000 printed books and 1500 printed journals apart from numerous e-books and e-journals. It has also two teacher's and officer's dormitories, one staff dormitories, vice chancellor's building and a mosque. The campus has wide roads and beautiful calm and quite nature. There are two sport field and two big ponds in the campus area.It has a canteen for students called NSTU cafeteria. It has also a martyr monument like a fountain pen and a sculpture of liberation war. It has also a portraiture of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. A beautiful park called Varsity park is also decorated for students leisure time with different kind of trees, benches and an octagonal cafeteria.

Features

  • Friendly environment and local people
  • Free from noise and full with fresh air
  • Session jam free
  • Eve teasing free campus
  • Semester system education
  • Well-furnished English language lab
  • Rich computer lab
  • Whole campus under broadband and wi-fi connection
  • Every class room of each department is designed with multimedia projector
  • Well-established laboratory in every relevant department

Landscape

The landscape is amazing particularly because of thin population and thin plantation. The area is saline and not fertile. Trees are recent and not as robust as they should be. Tall trees do not mark the horizon. Ponds appear in large numbers, but most of them dry up during summer. Poor harvest and low vegetation is related to non-availability of nutrients in the sandy soil. Low- or high-tech methods, including indigenous measures, may turn these arid fields to rich farmlands. It may be appropriate for this university to watch these on academic foundations.

The site of the university is part of a vast Char that stretches on the south to Char Jabbar, Char Bata, Char Wapda and Char Clark before it reaches the feebly flowing Bhulua River. Like the district itself, Sonapur has a long history of erosion and accretion caused by the mighty Meghna on the west and the Bay of Bengal on the south.

Residence halls

  1. Vasha Sahid Abdus Salam Hall (ASH)
  2. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall (BSMRH)
  3. Abdul Malek Ukil Hall (MUH)
  4. Bibi Khadija Hall (BKH)
  5. Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunesa Mujib Hall (BSFMH)

Academic facilities

The university has 25 departments under Five faculties and two institutes. The faculties are:

  • Faculty of Engineering & Technology
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Education Sciences

All above courses are undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The institutes are:

  • Institute of Information Technology (IIT)
  • Institute of Information Sciences (IIS)

The institutes offer undergraduate and diploma level degrees.

The 24 departments under their faculties:

Faculty of Engineering & Technology

  • Department of Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering (CSTE)
  • Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (ACCE)
  • Department of Information and Communication Engineering (ICE)
  • Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE)

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Fisheries and Marine Science (FIMS)
  • Department of Phamarcy
  • Department of Microbiology (MBG)
  • Department of Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management (ESDM)
  • Department of Food Technology and Nutrition Science (FTNS)
  • Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BGE)
  • Department of Agriculture (AG)
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Oceanography
  • Department of Biochemistry

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Department of English
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Bangladesh and Liberation War Studies (BLWS)
  • Department of Bangla
  • Department of Sociology

Faculty of Business Administration

  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Department of Management Information Systems

Faculty of Education Sciences

  • Department of Education

Institute of Information Technology (IIT)

  • Software Engineering

Institute of Information Sciences (IIS)

  • Information Sciences and Library Management

Ranking

Bangladesh ranking

In the best local universities ranking, Noakhali Science and Technology University was placed as 14th overall and multi-disciplinary category out of 136 ranked universities (public and private) and also placed as 2nd science and technology university out of 09 in 2016 while in 2006.

Web ranking

In 2016, the NSTU was placed as 10270 into the top list of "World Universities" and placed as 621 into the top list of "South Asian Universities" in the ranking carried out by the web ranking.

International ranking

In 2011-2012, the Noakhali Science and Technology University made it into the list of "Top World Universities" in the ranking carried out by the ranking agency Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds (THE–QS), UK . Out of over 30,000 universities around the world, NSTU was placed as 11203.

Open source network activities

Open Source Network started their journey in Noakhali Science and Technology University from 26 April 2008. Several workshops were arranged by nstu_osn.

  • Ubuntu installation and administrative uses
  • Open Source philosophy and introducing with Joomla
  • Workshop on mid-level Joomla
  • Workshop on fedora core
  • Workshop on Red Hat Linux Administration

This local OSN does some jobs related to IT application such as software, website development and so on. Some of the boys of nstu_osn develop a website for the department of CSTE; they are also working to develop the official site of NSTU.

Cultural activities

NSTU is very conscious to preserve Bangladesh's culture. It celebrates International Mother Language Day, Pohela Baishakh, Basanta Baran, Independence Day, Victory Day, International Anti Drug Day, Friendship Day and other national and international days with actual manner.

Co-curricular activities

Co-curricular activities are extensively patronized. There are students' organizations like:

  • NSTUMUNA
  • NSTU Debating Society
  • NSTU English Club
  • NSTU Business Club
  • Microbeat Science Club etc. which work to develop leadership capacity by promoting the art of public speaking, reasoning and logical thinking
  • NSTU Blood Donors Society
  • Protiddhoni
  • DreamBazz Filmz
  • Rong-Berong
  • Moshal
  • Coastal Environment Network (CoEN)

Coastal Environment Network, also known as ("কোয়েন" in Bengali), is a departmental club from the department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management of the Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU) that is concerned with various environmental issues.[1]

It was established in 2014, with the mission of maintaining a peaceful, pollution free environment and to develop mechanisms to protect the sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.[2] Shahriar Md Arifur Rahman is the moderator of the club and the president is Shihab Shahrian.

After one year of establishment, it was officially inaugurated by Professor Dr. M Wahiduzzaman, Vice Chancellor of the Noakhali Science and Technology University.[3]

The club has celebrated many environmentally significant days with the coordination of the Department of Environment including World Environment Day. It also organizes various environmental workshops, Olympiads, and programs concerning the recent environmental issues.[4][5]

The Coastal Environment Network (CoEN) facilitates networking among environmental organizations and others who share its mandate to protect the Earth and promote ecologically sound ways of life.The CoEN works directly with concerned citizens and organizations striving to protect, preserve, and restore the environment.[6] Its motto is "Move Towards Sustainable Development".

  • Prothom-alo Bondhusava
  • NSTU Photographic Society etc. are there whose activities aim at the formation of a non-communal and progressive cultural mind.

NSTU is proud of its Prothom-alo Bondhusava and Debating Society. NSTU Prothom-alo Bandhusava is the first cultural organization in this campus. Every year the Debating Society arrange intra- and inter-college and university debates. A recitation organization named Jatiyo Kobita Porishod (local name: Pata Neer) is running successfully.

Sports

The university has strong cricket, football, volleyball and badminton teams. Intradepartment and interdepartment sport competition is held regularly indoors and outdoors. The university takes parts in inter-university competitions.

Scholarships

NSTU offers scholarships to its meritorious students. Poor and meritorious students receive awards. In every term, five students in each batch of each department are offered scholarships. Organizations provide scholarships regularly.

Religious activities

Religious activities are celebrated by the students in NSTU's friendly atmosphere regularly and respectively.

Vice Chancellors

  • Abul Khair (2005-03-242008-05-20)
  • Sanjoy Kumar Adhikary (2008-05-222010-09-30)
  • A. K. M. Sayedul Haque Chowdhury (2010-09-302014-09-26)
  • M Wahiduzzaman (present)

References

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