Rabindra University, Bangladesh began its academic activities on a temporary campus in Sirajganj's Shahzadpur, immersed in memories of Kobiguru, on Tuesday (Apr 17). Classes have began at Shahzadpur Degree College in the noon, local media reports said.
Some 105 students enrolled in three departments -- Rabindra Studies, Cultural Heritage and Bangladesh Studies and Economics -- under two faculties for the 2017-18 academic year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a function in May, 2010, announced to construct Rabindra University, an institution named after Nobel Laureate Biswakobi Rabindranath Tagore. Later, on May 8, 2015, she laid the foundation stone of the university, marking the 154th birth anniversary of the great poet.
An act titled 'Rabindra University Bangladesh' was enacted at the Jatiya Sangsad on Jul 26, 2016. After passing the law, the process of setting up of the university got a faster pace.
Ministry of Education on Jun 11, 2017, appointed Professor Dr. Bishwajit Ghosh of Bangla Department at Dhaka University as the first Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra University, Bangladesh.
As the varsity has no own structure, classes have started on temporary basis in the newly-built academic buildings of Shahzadpur Degree College, Bangabandhu Women's Degree College and Mawlana Saifuddin Ehiya Degree College.
Shahzadpur UNO Sheheli Laila said a total of 300 acres of land have been sanctioned for Rabindra University. Of the total land, boundary of 100 acres has already been demarcated.