Jagannath University

Not to be confused with Jagan Nath University, NCR, a university in India.
Jagannath University
জগন্নাথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Motto শিক্ষা, ঈমান, শৃঙ্খলা
Shikkha, Iman, Shringkhola (Bengali)
Motto in English
Education, Faith, Discipline
Type Public
Established 1858, University: 2005
Chancellor Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Mijanur Rahman[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 20,000
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
23°42′37″N 90°24′40″E / 23.71028°N 90.41111°E / 23.71028; 90.41111Coordinates: 23°42′37″N 90°24′40″E / 23.71028°N 90.41111°E / 23.71028; 90.41111
Campus Urban
Website jnu.ac.bd

Jagannath University (Bengali: জগন্নাথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Jagannath Bishwabiddaloy) is a government financed public university[2] 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.[3]


As an A+ grade ranked university by University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Jagannath University (JnU) has 33 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 33 departments are running at JnU.[4]

Administrative building of Jagannath University.
Muktijoddher Prostuti, a sculpture on the Bangladesh Liberation War, at the heart of Jagannath University campus.
Building of Faculty of Business Studies at Jagannath University.

Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Business Studies

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Social Science

Faculty of Fine Arts

Institution of Education and Research

IER started in 2015-2016 session. This institution is at Pogos Laboratory School and College, Jagannath University.

Institution of Modern Language

IML started at Jagannath University in 2010.

List of vice chancellors

  1. Shirajul Islam Khan 20 October 2005 to 2008
  2. Abu Hossain Siddique 2008 to 2009
  3. Mesbah Uddin Ahmed 2009 to 19 March 2013
  4. Mijanur Rahman 20 March 2013 to present

Notable alumni

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.


International ranking

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.[5]


  1. Vice Chancellor
  2. "University Grants Commission of Bangladesh". List of Public Universities. University Grants Commission. Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
  3. "Handbook Universities of Bangladesh 2009: Public Universities 21-31" (DOC). University Grants Commission. 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. University Grants Commission of Bangladesh
  5. "QS World University Rankings 2011 (501-600) -Top Universities". University-list.net. Retrieved 2013-10-08.

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