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Islamic University (IU)

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Islamic University (IU) is a university located at Santidanga Kushtia. It was established on 22 Nov, 1979. It's Chancellor is Abdul Hamid and Vice Chancellor is Rashid Askari .The university has 5 faculties and 33 departments.The institute code of the university is (EIIN) 136593.

Islamic University, Bangladesh (Bengali: ইসলামী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, বাংলাদেশ), commonly known as Islamic University, Kushtia (Bengali: ইবি), is one of the sixth major public research universities in Bangladesh and largest seat of higher education in the south-west part of the country financially aided by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and financed by the government of Bangladesh through University Grants Commission, Bangladesh. On 22 November 1979, the foundation of the Islamic University was set up in Kushtia and it is operated under the Islamic University Act of 1980. Islamic University began operations on 28 June 1986. It is 7th oldest university in the country and the first university on the land of independent Bangladesh which was established after acquiring independence from then West Pakistan in 1971. The university is recognized as the hub of sports, cultures and academic research activities with a very natural and peaceful environment where teachers, students, and administrative staffs come from all religious communities and ethnic groups without any gender discrimination. It is a major international center for an excellent integration of Islamic studies with general studies and studies of modern science, engineering and technology. The university provides both local and foreign students with the facilities of undergraduate studies, postgraduate research and teaching. The standard of teaching is high and the facilities both for academic and extracurricular activities are of good quality. It is a campus-oriented university, where the academic and administrative buildings, central library, student's residential halls, teacher's dormitories, gymnasium, two big playgrounds, tennis court, central cafeteria, lakes, safe places of birds, many flower gardens, children's park, shahid minar (monument), martyrs’ memorial, Mukto Bangla(sculpture) and one of the largest campus-based auditoriums in Bangladesh are all on one self-contained 175-acre site at Shantidanga-Dulalpur, beside the Kushtia-Khulna highway. It is located about 24 km south and 22 km north of the Kushtia and Jhenidah district-towns, respectively.

On 1 December 1976 then government announced the establishment of the Islamic University to promote Islamic System of education and to coordinate with Islamic Education and other branches of modern education in the country. Islamic University, Kushtia was founded on 22 November 1979 at Shantidanga-Dulalpur (Kushtia-Jhenidah) by the ex-president of Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman, based on the recommendation of ‘Islamic University Planning Committee’ on 7 January 1977 headed by M. A. Bari including other seven members.

Then the Islamic University Act was passed by National Assembly of Bangladesh on 27 December 1980.

The main objective for establishing Islamic University is “to provide for instruction in theology and other fields of Islamic Studies and comparative jurisprudence and such other branches of learning at Graduate and Postgraduate level as the University may think fit and make provision for research including Post-Doctorate research and training for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge”[Clause 5(a), The Islamic University Act 1980(37)].

On 1 January 1981 the government of Bangladesh appointed A. N. M. Mamtajuddin Choudhury as the first vice-chancellor and the university became operational that year.

As construction of several important buildings began, a presidential decree was issued on 15 May 1982 to shift the university from Shantidanga-Dulalpur (Kushtia-Jhenaidah) to Boardbazar, Gazipur on an area of 50 acres. The construction of an academic building, two residential halls and other necessary infrastructures were completed. Initially two faculties (Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) with four departments (Al-Quran, Dawah, Accounting, Management) were established and 300 students were enrolled in the session of 1985-86..

In 1987, two more departments (Sharia and Economics) were established.

On 28 December 1988, while the infrastructure development and academic activities were in full swing, the university was again shifted to Shantidanga-Dulalpur (Kushtia-Jhenidah).

In 1991 five more departments — Bengali, English, Arabic, Islamic History, and Public Administration — were established.

In 1995 three more departments — of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering— were established.

In 1998 three more departments — Information and Communication Engineering, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, and Nutrition and Food Technology — were established.

In 2007 two more departments Mathematics, and Al-Fiqh and Legal Studies— were established.

In 2009 two more departments Finance and Banking, and Statistics— were established.

In 2015 three more departments — Folklore Studies, Political Science, and Marketing— were established.

On 25 September 2017, 8 more departments— Law and Land Management, Development Studies, Social Welfare, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy, Environmental Science & Geography, Human Resources Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management — were established.[8][9]

Now there are 33 departments under five faculties—modern applied sciences, technological, and engineering subjects were included with the ordinary departments.

It is mention-able that the department of Information and Communication Engineering of Islamic University in Kushtia was opened in 1998 as the pioneer department in that name in Bangladesh. In addition, "ICE Innovation Lab", the first ever Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Bangladesh, was inaugurated at the department of Information and Communication Engineering (ICE) of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on 21 September 2016. Three former students of the department contributed to procure all the Internet of Things (IoT) related equipments including with Sensor, Rasperri pi, Arduino, Sheild etc. for the Innovation Lab.[10][11][12]

On 23 June 2009, an Act of Parliament assigned the President as chancellor, replacing the Prime Minister.[

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