|University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) |
Foy's Lake, Chittagong - 4202
Establish Year: 2001
Number of Students
Male Students: 1643
Female Students: 1132
Total Students: 2775
Male Hostel Facility: 255
Female Hostel Facility: 310
Number of Teachers
Full Time Teachers: 216
Part Time Teachers: 98
Total Teachers: 314
* This University has 16 PhD Holder Teachers.
|About USTC : |
Located at the picturesque site near Foy’s Lake, USTC has opened up a new horizon for the quality medical, pharmaceutical, business and modern technology education in the country. The primary objectives of establishing USTC are to improve the quality and standard of education in science and technology with special emphasis on medical, pharmaceutical, engineering and social sciences. It also aims at developing human resources at home and in the developing countries with special emphasis on South Asia.
The BeginningInstitute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) had a modest beginning in 13 May 1989 with 42 students. It continued to function as an Institute under University of Chittagong.
BackgroundUniversity of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) was established as a Private University soon after Private University Act 1992 came into force when IAHS became its constituent body under Faculty of Medicine.
Janasheba Foundation was its sponsoring organization and National Professor Dr Nurul Islam was appointed President of USTC by Hon’ble Chancellor of the Universities and President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Since then USTC started functioning with two Faculties, namely, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Basic Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
MBBS and B Pharm (Hons) Programmes are offered by these two Faculties. These two Faculties have been doing more than expectation and it is a matter of pride that USTC has a large number of foreign students today.
USTC has opened up a new horizon for the business community of the country by launching a new Faculty entitled ‘Faculty of Business Administration’ which is indeed another bold step by USTC in fulfilling its mission of expansion of higher education through private initiative.
After a short period USTC set going two new Departments namely Department of Computer Science & Engineering under newly formed Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology and Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology under Faculty of Basic Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. They have been functioning with encouraging response from the students.
USTC also opened Department of English Language and Literature under Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) was accorded recognition by Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council on 12 July 1990 and Chittagong University allowed the students to be enrolled and appear in the first professional examination in 1991.
Visit by several dignitaries from home and abroad enhanced the reputation of the organization.
Source of FundOver and above the donations received from some philanthropists and Anwara-Nur Welfare Trust, obligatory contributions by the guardians for development activities in addition to admission fee have been the financial resources of the institution so far.
Janasheba FoundationIn order to safeguard the interest and protect the project, the need for establishing a Trust (Foundation) was keenly felt. Janasheba Foundation was thus formed and registered with the Societies Act XXI of 1860 in 1991 with National Professor (Dr) Nurul Islam as its Founder Chairman. Activities of the Foundation include Community Health, Social Welfare and Technical Education. USTC is thus a logical outcome of this programme.
Permission & CharterWhen the Ministry of Education initiated a move for the establishment of Private Universities through legislation, Professor Islam met the Hon’able Minister for Education and submitted a Project Proposal on 18 January 1992 for the establishment of a Technical University. The Minister recorded the following observations in the body of the proposal :
Additional SecretaryThe Project is approved of in principle subject to passing of Ordinance/Act for establishment of Private Universities. Please discuss and process for an Act for the establishment of Private
Minister of Education, Govt. of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh’
The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh took a historic decision to establish Private Universities in the country on 24 March 1992. The Private University Bill was passed by the Parliament on 5 August 1991. It lays down certain criteria for the establishment of such a University. When the Hon’ble President, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, gave his assent to the bill on 9 August 1992, USTC proposal could easily be submitted in proper form as it fulfilled the criteria laid down for establishing a University in the private sector viz i. land, ii. a reserve fund of BDT one crore and iii. a minimum of two Faculties.
The Ministry of Education also instructed Professor Islam to submit a fresh proposal in a letter addressed to him on 27 October 1992 in continuation of his earlier submission referred to above. Having fulfilled the criteria the Government accorded approval for the establishment of USTC by the following notification:
USTC thus became the first Technical University in the private sector and the first to be established outside the capital having its own campus. National Professor (Dr) N Islam was appointed as President, USTC by the following notification:
Subsequently he was appointed as Founder Vice Chancellor of the USTC vide Notification no Sha: 14110M-819215 dated 18.01.2000.
Main Objects of USTC
USTC is open to all students irrespective of nationality, cast, creed and sex. At least five percent
students shall be offered training facilities free of charge. The selection is made purely on the
basis of merit.