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|রাজশাহী প্রকৌশল ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় (Rājśāhī Prakauśal ō Prayukti Biśbabidyālay.)|
Logo of the Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology
|1964: Rajshahi Engineering College (REC)
1986: Bangladesh Institute of Technology (BIT), Rajshahi
|Motto||ঐশী জ্যোতিই আমাদের পথ প্রদর্শক (aiśī jyōtii āmādēra patha pradarśaka)|
Motto in English
|Heaven's Light is Our Guide|
|Chancellor||President of Bangladesh|
|Vice-Chancellor||Mohd. Rafiqul Alam Beg|
|Campus||Urban, 152 acres (0.61 km²)|
Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology, commonly known as RUET, is one of the seventeen PhD granting public research universities in Bangladesh. It is one of the five prestigious public universities in the country that specializes in the field of engineering (Other four ones are named as BUET, CUET, DUET and KUET).
RUET was founded in 1964 as Rajshahi Engineering College with a limited number of students. It was then changed to Bangladesh Institute of Technology (BIT) in 1986 and was finally renamed Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET) in 2003.
At present, more than 3000 students are pursuing their higher study in this green campus including under-graduate and post-graduate with over 250 prominent faculty members in diverse field of expertise. The medium of instruction and necessary assessment of this university is English.
Before the independence of Bangladesh, the then Government of Pakistan, to meet the increasing demand of professional engineers for the national development, established Rajshahi Engineering College in 1964 as a faculty of engineering under the University of Rajshahi. It was the second engineering college established in the then East Pakistan (The first one was Ahsanullah Engineering College: now BUET).
Rajshahi Engineering College ( was commonly known as REC) started its journey with only three departments: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Civil Engineering, offering bachelor's degree programs only. It accepted its first class of 120 students in the academic session of 1964/65 and the second class of like number in the academic session of 1965/66. The teaching faculty consisted of 19 faculty members at that time.
After the independence of Bangladesh (1971), the administration of the college was controlled by the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh and academic curriculum was controlled by University of Rajshahi. However, the infrastructural development and maintenance was taken care of by the Public Works Department of Government of Bangladesh. To remove these kinds of aforesaid problems several committees and commissions were formed since 1973. On the recommendation of these committees and commissions, in 1986, Rajshahi Engineering College was converted to an institute and was named Bangladesh Institute of Technology (BIT), Rajshahi to enhance the technical education.
In September, 2003, the institute was upgraded to a university and was named as Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET) to enhance the technical education and research. From that time, the university is financed by the Government through the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh. The university is an autonomous statutory organization of the Government of Bangladesh functioning within the "Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology: Act 2003".
RUET is situated in the northern part of Bangladesh, in the city of Rajshahi— the educational center of North Bengal. The campus of RUET presents a spectacular harmony of architecture and natural beauty.
The distinguishable seasons in Bangladesh are summer and winter. In summer season (May–October) temperature of Rajshahi is hot and typically 25-40 degree Celsius and sometimes humid. In winter season (November–April) temperature is moderate typically 8-20 degree Celsius.
RUET has currently eighteen departments under four faculties. The university has taken to plan open more departments which was under process.
According to ResearchHUB, considering overall score, RUET is ranked 8th among all of the Bangladeshi Universities and 7th among all of the Bangladeshi Public Universities in 2016. ResearchHUB also placed RUET 8th among all of the Bangladeshi Universities based on research performance.
RUET won a total of three projects (excluding BdREN project) for improving postgraduate research facilities and producing quality postgraduates from the "Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP)" funded by the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh during the period of 2014 – 2017. Lists of ongoing research project are as follows:
RUET has currently following research institutes:
RUET has already taken plan to open more research institutes to enhance the technical education and research activities.
The research and outreach program of RUET is conducted by the research and extension unit. The main responsibilities of this unit is management of research, innovation, research publications, research planning, implementation, research related activities and research related communication with public and private sectors in nation and international level.
RUET has collaborative agreements with foreign institute and will extend further to enhance the research work, technical knowledge and skills. The collaborative areas covered are joint research activities, joint hosting of seminars, conferences and symposia, exchange of students (both UG and PG), exchange of faculty members, exchange of academic materials, publications and information etc. At present, the collaboration of RUET exists with the following ones.
For the last few years, RUET has been organizing national and international conferences in its campus to enhance the research capabilities of its students and faculties. Among the conferences organized by RUET, the following ones are notable.
Getting into the major engineering universities (BUET, RUET, KUET, CUET) of the country appears to be the toughest public university admission test battle to the aspiring candidates. Like other public engineering universities, RUET has a very selective approach when it comes to admitting a certain number of students into various disciplines of engineering each year.
The undergraduate admissions process begins after all education boards of the country declare the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations. After initial assortment according to HSC result, a certain number of eligible candidates are shortlisted for an elaborate written test. Usually application for admission start from September of each year, and an admission test is usually held in October or November as per decision of the admission committee. A total of 875 students were admitted in 2016.
Admission notices for the post-graduate program usually circulate twice a year, in April and October. The notice is advertised on the university website. The list of valid candidates is published on the university website upon completion of the preliminary process and call for viva.
Most of the newly established departments of the RUET don't have enough laboratory facilities. But the older ones have enough laboratory facilities not only for academic research but also for consultancy services. RUET is taking steps for establishing laboratory facilities for the newly established departments and for enhancing laboratory facilities for the older ones.
In February, 2017, Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved 3.40 million Taka to implement a mega project for the RUET, aiming to well decorate and development the whole campus and its education and research. The ECNEC approved the project in the name of "Further Development Project of RUET".
Student dormitories (called halls) are important features in campus life. There are seven residential halls. One of them, namely Deshratna Sheikh Hasina Hall, is for female students and the remaining ones are for male students. The administrative head of a hall is its provost, usually chosen from the more senior teachers. The halls are mostly named after national heroes and leaders. These are listed below with their capacities:
|Name of the halls||Capacity|
|Shahid Shahidul Islam Hall||225|
|Shahid Abdul Hamid Hall||225|
|Tin Shed Hall (extension of Shahid Sahidul Islam Hall)||100|
|Deshratna Sheikh Hasina Hall||120|
|Shahid President Ziaur Rahman Hall||480|
|Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall||250|
|Shahid Lieutenant Salim hall||350|
Students of RUET are involved in different organizations and clubs of the university. Members of these organizations and clubs organize different national programs at RUET. They also participate in different national and international competitions and shows indomitable performances. Some of the leading organizations and clubs of RUET are mentioned here.
The athletic club of the university provides multi-purpose sports facilities to the students to acquire physical fitness indispensable for a healthy mind and body. The university maintains a beautiful playground for football, cricket, badminton, volleyball, long tennis, basketball, etc. Indoor facilities are also available in the physical education building close to the playground.
RUET has a library, a central computer center, an auditorium, a canteen, a cafeteria, a medical center, a postal service and a banking service. RUET also has its own regular bus service almost everywhere in the Rajshahi city for the convenience of student transportation. Students these are residing in the city outside the campus can take this transport service to reached the campus due time.
Yearly academic cost is $40 (2800 Taka) (approx) in all departments. Admission cost is $190 (16,000 Taka) (approx) including academic cost (admission, session, registration and student fees), medical costs, library, sports, convocation (2500 Taka) and others expenditure and for one time in four years bachelor's degree.
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