KU | Khulna University

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Published on October 27, 2023
Updated on October 29, 2023

Khulna University is one of the best public educational institutions in Khulna. It is the 9th public university in Bangladesh. It is situated near the river 'moyur' beside Dhaka Shatkhira highway. The astonishing feature of this university is that it is the only university in Bangladesh, which is free from student politics and session jam.

With 80 students and 4 disciplines, this renowned university started its academic curriculum in 1991. The university has a long way with a great reputation since its beginning by spreading the light of wisdom.

The aims and objectives of Khulna University are to provide contemporary and technology-based education. This institution also aims to ensure proper extraction, utilization, and conservation of natural resources for the sustainable development of the country, to maintain the highest standard of education in line with international standards, to conduct fundamental and practical research, and to meet global needs and to develop qualified and efficient human resources.

Many of us have a great desire to know about the only student politics-free public university that is Khulna University. It qualified with different qualities and there is no session jam that's why most of the students want to get admitted to get a secure campus life.

The overall improvement of the students is satisfactory. To know more about Khulna University keep reading this article.

KU | Khulna University


History of establishment:

The Kudrat-E-Khuda Commission stated the importance of establishing a public university in Khulna Division in 1974. On 4 January 1987, the then government finalized the program of establishing a university in Khulna. Then in July 1990, the Khulna University Act was passed in the Bangladesh National Parliament. This distinctive law named, "The Khulna University Act, 1990" (খুলনা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় আইন) empowers the university and on 25 November 1991, the university started its formal academic inauguration activities.

Let's have a short look at the significant historic events of Khulna University from the beginning.

•    1974: The Kudrat-e-Khuda Commission mentioned the importance of establishing a public university in the Khulna division in their report.

•    1979: In November, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to establish a technical university but the local people demanded a general university.

•    1985: The Zillur Rahman Siddiqui Committee (for preparing academic and administrative programs) and Mahbubuzzaman Committee (for the selection of site) was formed by the government.

•    1987: Based on the above committee's report the government finalized the proposal of establishing a public university at Khulna on 4 January.

•    1988: On 25 February, the then Divisional Commissioner, Nurul Islam was appointed the project director for establishing the university. On 2nd August, Abdur Rahim, the then Divisional Commissioner and after him, Abdul Bari served as project director.

•    1989: The then President Hussain Muhammad Ershad laid the foundation stone on 9th March. 1st August in the same year Golam Rahman of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) was appointed the project director.

•    1990: In June, The Khulna University Act 1990 was passed in Jatiyo Sangshad. Later on 31st July the act was published in gazette form.

•    1991: In August, Project director Golam Rahman was appointed the first vice-chancellor. The first Orientation was held on 3rd August and on 31st August the academic programme of the university started. On 25th November, the academic program was formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.

The academic program of the university commenced in August 1991 with four disciplines: Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Architecture, Business Administration (BA), and Urban and Rural Planning (URP).

In the following year, Forestry and Wood Technology (FWT) and Fisheries and Marine Resources Technology (FMRT) disciplines started up. Now there are 29 disciplines under eight schools and one institute. The medium of instruction is English.

Institute at a glance

Motto: Learn, Lead and Live

Type: Public University, Co-educational

Established: 31 August 1991

Location: Khulna, Bangladesh

Campus: Urban, 106 acres

Accreditation: Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Affiliation: University Grants Commission (UGC)

Chancellor: President Mohammed Shahabuddin

Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Dr. Mahmood Hossain

Pro Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Dr. Mosummath Hosna Ara

Treasurer: Amit Roy Chowdhury

Registrar: Prof. Khan Golam Quddus (In-charge)

Academic Staff: 443+

Administrative Staff: 601+

Students: 9265+ (Undergrad, postgrad, doctoral)


M.Phil Students 1200

Doctoral students 120

Other students 445

Language: English and Bengali

Academic Departments: 29

Halls: 5 (2 more are under construction)

Nickname: খুবি; KU

Colors: Brown and Sky Blue

Institutes: Institute of Islamic Education and Research (IIER)

Website: www.ku.ac.bd

Campus location:

The main campus of Khulna University is situated on Sher- E Bangla-Road, Gallamari, Khulna 9208. (22.802°N 89.533°E) It is situated beside Dhaka Satkhira highway.


List of VCs:

The list of the vice-chancellors of Khulna University is given below:

1. Prof. Dr.  Golam Rahman (1 August 1991 – 22 August 1993)
2. Dr. Golam Ali Fakir (23 August 1993 – 22 August 1997)
3. Prof. Dr. S M Nazrul Islam (23 August 1997 – 22 August 2001)
4. Jafor Reza Khan (29 August 2001 – 18 November 2001)
5. Dr. M Abdul Kadir Bhuiyan (19 November 2001 – 20 March 2005)
6. Prof. Dr. Mahbubur Rahman (20 March 2005 – 14 February 2008)
7. Prof. Dr. Md Saifuddin Shah (15 October 2008 – 16 November 2012)
8. Prof. Dr.  Mohammad Fayek Uz Zaman (17 November 2012 – 9 January 2013)
9. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Fayek Uz Zaman (10 January 2013 – 29 January 2021)
12. Prof. Dr. Mahmood Hossain (25 May 2021—Present)

Academic Faculty /Institute/ Department :

Khulna University has one of the largest academic bodies in Bangladesh. There are twenty-nine disciplines under eight schools and one institute at Khulna University.

Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) School:


There are 8 disciplines under the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) School. They are

· Architecture (ARCH) Discipline
· Chemistry (CHEM) Discipline
· Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Discipline
· Electronic and Communication Engineering (ECE) Discipline
· Mathematics (MATH) Discipline
· Physics (PHY) Discipline
· Statistics (STAT) Discipline
· Urban and Rural Planning (URP) Discipline

•    Life Science (LS) School

Life Science School of Khulna University manages 7 disciplines. The disciplines are

· Agro technology (AT) Discipline
· Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BGE) Discipline
· Environmental Science (ES) Discipline
· Fisheries and Marine Resources Technology (FMRT) Discipline
· Forestry and Wood Technology (FWT) Discipline
· Pharmacy (PHARM) Discipline
· Soil, Water, and Environment (SWE) Discipline

•    School of Management & Business Administration (MBA)

School of Management & Business Administration (MBA) has 2 disciplines under its supervision. They are
· Business Administration (BA) Discipline
· Human Resource Management (HRM) Discipline

•    Social Science School

Social Science School supervises 4 disciplines.

· Economics (ECON) Discipline
· Development Studies (DS) Discipline
· Sociology (SOC) Discipline
· Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Discipline

•    Arts and Humanities School

There are 3 disciplines under the Arts and Humanities School.
· Bangla Language and Literature (BNL) Discipline
· English (ENG) Discipline
· History and Civilization Discipline

•    School of Law

Only one school is being supervised by the School of Law.
· Law Discipline

•    Fine Arts School

Institute of Fine Arts offers a four-year undergraduate course leading to the bachelor's degree of Fine Arts (BFA). At present, there are three disciplines:

· Drawing and Painting (DP) Discipline
· Print-Making Discipline
· Sculpture Discipline

•    Education School

The School of Education has begun the academic year 2017–2018, by offering postgraduate degrees in teachers' training. There is one discipline:
· Institute of Education and Research

They are offering the following degrees:
· Bachelor in Education (BEd)
· Masters in Education (MEd)
· Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDEd.)

Modern Language Centre

•    English Language Certificate Course
•    Japanese language certificate course
•    French language certificate course
•    Persian Language Certificate Course
•    Spanish language certificate course
•    Korean language certificate course
•    German language certificate course

Degrees offered by Khulna University

•    School of Life Science

· Agrotechnology: BSc. (Hons.), MSc., PhD
· Biotechnology: BSc., MSc., PhD
· Environment Science: BSc., MSc., PhD
· Fisheries and Marine Resource Technology Discipline: BSc., MSc., PhD
· Forestry and Wood Technology: BSc. (Hons.), MSc, PhD
· Pharmacy Discipline: B.Pharm., M.Pharm.
· Soil, Water, and Environment Discipline: BSc.(Hons.), MSc., PhD

•    School of Science, Engineering and Technology

· Architecture: BArch, MScHS
· Computer Science and Engineering: BSc. Engg. (accredited by the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh, the second discipline in Bangladesh offering an engineering degree in CSE), MSc. Engg., MCA, PhD, PGDIT
· Chemistry: BSc (Hons.), MSc., PhD
· Electronics and Communication Engineering: BSc. Engg. (accredited by the IEB), MSc. Engg., PhD
· Mathematics: BSc. (Hons.), MSc., PhD
· Physics: BSc. (Hons.), MSc., PhD
· Statistics: BSc. (Hons.), MSc., PhD
· Urban and Rural Planning: BURP, MURP, PhD

•    School of Management and Business Administration

· Business Administration: BBA, MBA, MBA (Evening), Defense MBA
· Human Resource Management: BBA, MBA

•    School of Social Science

•    Economics: BSS (Hons.), MSS, MDPS, PhD
· Sociology: BSS (Hons.), MSS, MPGS, PhD
· Development Studies: BSS (Hons.), MDS, PhD
· Mass Communication and Journalism: BSS (Hons.)

•    School of Arts and Humanities

· Bangla: BA, MA

· English: BA, MA

•    School of Law

· Law: LLB, LLM

•    Fine Arts School

· Fine Arts School offers BFA and MFA degrees.

•    Education School

· Bachelor in Education (BEd)
· Masters in Education (MEd)
· Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDEd.)

Residential Hall:

As students from different cities of the country and in some cases from outside the country come to study here, so for solving their accommodation problem the university has five complete residential halls and two more are in construction. Three halls are for male students and the rest of the two is for female students.

· Khan Jahan Ali Hall (Male)
· Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah Hall (Male)
· Jatir Janak Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall (Male)
· Aparajita Hall (Female)
· Bangamata Sheikh Fojilatunnesa Mujib Hall (Female)

Monuments and Sculptures of Khulna University

Odommo Bangla

Odammo Bangla Liberation War sculpture is located at Khulna University. Its architect is artist Gopal Chandra Pal. Its construction started in 2011 and was completed in January 2012.

42 lakh taka has been spent on the construction of this sculpture of the modern eye-catching 23 feet high liberation war. In the main part of the sculpture, portraits of four strong and radiant freedom fighters, including a woman, are placed, which are the embodiment of the bravery of the Bengali nation. The sculpture reflects the collective role of active participation of freedom-seeking people and men and women in the great liberation war. In the mural around the altar, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's historic March 7 speech, the portraits of the four national leaders, the brutality of the slaughterhouse, and the surrender of the Pakistani invading forces are depicted in burnt clay.

Khulna University Central Temple

Khulna University Central Temple was established in response to the continuous demand of Hindu students of the university. It is situated in front of Aparajita Hall and Sir Acharya Jagadish Chandra Academic Building. The foundation stone of the temple was laid on 15 February 2013. Construction of the temple was started on 20 August 2015. It took 7 years and 7 months to inaugurate the long-awaited temple from foundation date.

The main temple is about 1100 square feet and the temple compound is about 3,000 square feet. The then Vice Chancellor Md Fayek Uzzaman inaugurated the temple on 24th September 2020. Hindu students of the university observe Saraswati Puja here every year. A magazine "Panchami" is published each year during the Saraswati Puja. Besides, Krishna Janmashtami is observed annually by the Hindu students. They also observe Diwali every year lighting well lamps over the campus including Hadi Chattar, Main Gate.

Facilities of Khulna University

Central Library

The central library of Khulna University has its own building. The library room has a floor space of 5,000 sq. ft. (465 sq meters). The reading room has accommodation for 125 students, 25 teachers, and research scholars working simultaneously. Khulna University library has a collection of 25,000 reading materials, including 23,000 books and 200 bound volumes of journals.


central library of khulna university

The KU Library plays a key role in the whole educational process of Khulna University. About 800 users visit the KU Library every day. Out of them, 200 to 250 users make use of circulation facilities, 50 to 70 utilize the photocopy services, and 400 to 450 avail of the journal and newspaper facilities, while other readers access textbooks, reference books & reference service facilities. The Central Library is a Wi-Fi hotspot. Moreover, a good number of users search online books and journals through in-house workstations. To control and support a large number of users, the KU Library has several sections. All the sections of the library work together as a team to support the whole university community. Different sections of the library have been created to provide fruitful library services to the users' community.

Medical Center

The University Medical Center has 13 full-time doctors, an emergency department, 2 ambulances, x-ray machines, and a dental department. Apart from this, there are arrangements for pathological examination.


The well-organized cafeteria of Khulna University serves fresh and hygienic food.


Khulna University has a well-equipped gymnasium. Students other staff and teachers can take a membership card.

The university has opportunities to play football, cricket, volleyball, badminton, basketball, and tennis. Students participate in national and international debate competitions. Regular cultural programs are held in the university.

Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

At Khulna University, there is a research center named 'The Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning' that works mainly to improve the teaching and learning system of the university.

The motto of CETL is to deliver high-quality professional learning programs, engage in scholarship, and conduct research in support of university-wide teaching and learning development.

Khulna University Research and Institutes

A research cell was established at Khulna University in 2000 to conduct research on teachers. A research journal called Khulna University Studies is published regularly. Moreover, some disciplines publish their own research journals. Quarterly Khulna University News is published about the current activities of Khulna University.

There are 30 modern laboratories, Computer Laboratory, Building Science, Acoustic, and Lighting laboratories for modern architectural design, a Biotechnology laboratories, a Tissue Culture Laboratory, a Centre for Geographical Information Systems (CGIS), a Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Laboratory for using Landsat imageries and inventory purpose.

Student organizations for extracurricular activities

•    Bangladesh National Cadet Core (BNCC)
•    Khulna University Journalist Association
•    Chetona'71
•    Nri-natto(drama)
•    Theater Nipun (drama)
•    Baw-path (reader)
•    Chhayabritto Pathok Forum (Voluntary Organisation)
•    35 mm. (Movie Club)
•    Khulna University Photographic Society (Photography Club)
•    Kristi (Music)
•    Onkar (Music)
•    Bhairavi (Music)
•    Rotaract Club (Volunteers)
•    Bandhan (Blood Donation Program and Volunteering)
•    Spark (dance club)
•    Noise Factory (band music)
•    Research - Science and Technology Organization of Khulna University
•    Noiyaek- (Debate Club)
•    KUES - Khulna University Economics Society
•    Bioscope (drama)
•    Khulna University Career Club (Career Club)


•    1997: (10 April) The first convocation was held.
•    2001: (14 February) The second convocation was held.
•    2003: (9 March) The first senate meeting was held.
•    2010:(28 December) The fourth convocation was held.
•    2015:(25 November) The fifth convocation was held.
•    2019:(22 December) The sixth convocation was held.


Notable Alamnai:

Animesh Kumar Gain, Environmental scientist
Abid Hasan, writer
Anwarul Haque Khan, a famous science fiction writer
Reazul Alam Shawon, dramatist
Nizu, writer, and artist
Ashraful Islam, filmmaker