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The Open University Bangladesh

The Open University Bangladesh, The Bangladesh Open University (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ উন্মুক্ত বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) or BOU is a public university with its main campus in Board Bazar, Gazipur District, Dhaka Division. It is the 7th largest university in the world according to enrolment.

The university was established on 21 October 1992. As the only public university in Bangladesh to use distance education as a method of delivery, BOU is mandated to “promote through multimedia; instruction of every standard and knowledge – both general and scientific – by means of any form of communications technology, to raise the standard of education and to give the people educational opportunities by democratizing education and creating a class of competent people by raising the standard of education of the people generally.

History

Distance education was first introduced into Bangladesh when the Education Directorate was assigned with the responsibility for distribution of 200 radio receivers to educational institutions. This led to the creation of an Audio-Visual Cell and later the Audio-Visual Education Centre (AVEC) in 1962.

Upon achieving independence in 1971, mass education was viewed as a priority in the new nation. The School Broadcasting Programme (SBP) was launched in 1978. The project was later expanded to become the National Institute of Educational Media and Technology (NIEMT) in 1983. In 1985, the NIEMT was renamed the Bangladesh Institute of Distance Education (BIDE) which offered, apart from audio-visual materials, a Bachelor of Education (BEd) programme via distance learning validated by the University of Rajshahi. The success of BIDE encouraged policymakers to take up a major plan for establishing an open university.

In 1992, the plan came into fruition with the tabling and passing of the BOU Act 1992 and Prime Minister was the chancellor of the Bangladesh Open University. On 22 June 2009, a bill was placed in the parliament to assign the president as chancellor replacing the prime minister.

Academics

 BOU offers two types of programmes, formal and non-formal, in seven schools and a network of 12 regional resource Centres, 80 co-ordinating offices and 1,000 tutorial centres nationwide.

Study programmes

A total of 21 formal academic programmes are offered by BOU. Formal programmes are academic programmes that result in the awarding of an academic qualification up to a Master’s degree upon completion and examination.

As low rate of literacy remains an issue in Bangladesh, non-formal programmes are conducted by the BOU to create awareness and impart knowledge about health, environment, disaster management, basic science, agriculture, food, nutrition and other branches of knowledge for human development. To date, 19 non-formal programmes have been initiated in the areas of environmental protection, basic science, elementary mathematics, agriculture, bank services, marketing management, health, nutrition, population and gender issues.

Faculties

BOU’s 11 divisions are organised into seven schools:

  • School of Education: programmes in education
  • School of Social Science, Humanities and Language: programmes in languages ( English and Arabic) and social science
  • School of Business: programmes of BBA, PGDM, Regular MBA and Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA
  • School of Agriculture and Rural Development: programmes in agriculture and development studies, B.Sc. in Agricultural Education, B.Sc. in Agriculture (upcoming), B.Sc. in Fisheries (upcoming).
  • School of Science and Technology: B.Sc. in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), B.Sc. (Nursing), DCSA. M.Sc. in CSE (upcoming), B.Sc. Engg. in ECE (Electronics and Communication Engineering (upcoming), B. Sc. in Pharmacy (upcoming).
  • School of Law: programmes in law and legal studies
  • Open School: secondary school completion programmes

A full list of the regional resource centres and tutorial centres affiliated with BOU can be found from BOU’s website.

Accreditation

BOU is granted the authority to confer degrees under Clause 6(c) of the BOU Act 1992. BOU is recognised as a national university by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, a statutory body attached to the Ministry of Education.

The BOU is a founding and participating institution of the SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL).

Contact address of the University

Main campus

Prof. Dr. Abul Hossain Ahmed Bhuiyan
Registrar (In Charge)
Bangladesh Open University
Board Bazar, Gazipur-1705, Bangladesh
Phone: 88 02 9291112
PABX 88 02 9291101-4/211
Fax: 88 02 9291130
E-mail: registrar@bou.edu.bd

City Office

Registrar
Dhaka Regional Resource Centre Building
Government Laboratory School Road,
Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh
Phone: 88 02 9673669
Fax: 88 02 9291130
E-mail: registrar@bou.edu.bd

Contact address of the Regional Resource Centre, RRC

Regional Resource Centre, Dhaka

Bangladesh Open University
Govt. Laboratory School Road
Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205
Phone & Fax: 8616065,
Gate: 8619620
Fax:
PABX
E-mail: rrcdhaka@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre,Mymensingh

Bangladesh Open University
Mashkanda Adjacent to Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway
Phone: 091-52408
Fax:
PABX
E-mail: rrcmymensingh@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre, Rangpur

Bangladesh Open University
R.K Road (Adjacent to Central Bus Terminal)
Phone: 0521-63593
Fax: 64806
PABX 88 02 9291101-4/211
E-mail: rrcrangpur@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre, Chittagong

Bangladesh Open University
C R B Road (Adjacent ot Chittagong Stadium)
Cothwali, Chittagong
Phone: 031-619633
Fax:
PABX
E-mail: rrcsylhet@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre, Rajshahi

Bangladesh Open University
Nohata, Paba, Rajshahi
Phone & Fax: 0721-761607
Phone:
PABX
E-mail: rrcrajshahi@bou.edu.bd Bangladesh Open University

Regional Resource Centre, Bogra

Bangladesh Open University
Bishwa Road, Banani (Near BADC Workshop
PABX
Phone: 051-72974
Fax:
E-mail: rrcbogra@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre, Faridpur

Bangladesh Open University
Beside to Nadigabashana Institute
Harokandi (Barishal Road), Faridpur
Phone & Fax: 0631-62081
PABX 88 02 9291101-4/211
E-mail: rrcfaridpur@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre, Khulna

Bangladesh Open University
Road-5, House-51
Sonadanga Residential Area
Khulna-9000
Phone: 041-731795
Fax:
E-mail: rrckhulna@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre, Barisal

Bangladesh Open University
Rupatali Post- Jagua,Barisal
Phone: 0431-71322
PABX
Fax:
E-mail: rrcbaris@bou.edu.bd

Regional Resource Centre, Sylhet

Bangladesh Open University
Pirijpur, South Surma, Sylhet
Phone:0821-719523
Fax: 722758
E-mail:rrcsyl@bou.bangla.net

Regional Resource Centre, Comilla

Bangladesh Open University
Dhaka-Chittagong Trunk Road
Noapara, Durgapur, Comilla
Phone: 081-77557
PABX
Fax:
E-mail:rrccom@bou.bangla.net

Regional Resource Centre, Jessore

Bangladesh Open University
Jessore Upa-Shahar (Adjacent to Dhaka Road)
Post: Upa-Shar, Jessore
Phone: 0421-73250
Fax:
E-mail: rrcjes@bou.bangla.net