Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) is located in the heart of the capital city, Dhaka with excellent public transportation facilities to reach the university. The SAU campus stands on 86.92 acres (35.19 ha) of picturesque land covered by green plantations.
The “Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Act 2001” was passed in the national Parliament on 09 July 2001. The foundation stone of the University was laid by the then Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Shiekh Hasina on 15 July 2001 and inaugurated the university activities through the appointment of the first Vice-Chancellor Professor Md. Shadat Ulla. The Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University had started its formal functions on 11 September 2001 following the issuance of a notification by the Government as per requirement of the “Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Act 2001”.
The Bengal Agricultural Institute (BAI) was established on December 11, 1938 by Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq, the then Chief Minister of undivided Bengal. At that time the name of this institution was “The Bengal Agricultural Institute” was renamed “East Pakistan Agricultural Institute” in 1947. After the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country in 1971, the name of the institute was spontaneously changed to Bangladesh Agricultural Institute (BAI). Since its inception in 1938, the BAI had been functioning as a “Faculty of Agriculture” under Dhaka University. Meanwhile with the establishment of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) at Mymensingh in 1961 its academic function was transferred to BAU in 1964 till it’s up gradation to Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in 2001.
Nearly 5700 graduates plus 600 postgraduates have so far been produced by the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. Graduates of this University have been playing pioneer role in the development of agricultural system and agro-based economy of the country. They are involved in various national and international services ranging from civil service to UN assignments including UN peace keeping forces. Presently about 2500 undergraduate and postgraduate students are enrolled in this University and are taught by learned well qualified and experienced faculties.
The Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University was established for the expansion of higher agricultural education and committed to promote research in various fields of agricultural sciences and to offer extension services. A number of research projects have been undertaken by the different departments of the University.
SAU has started functioning as a University from the year 2001 with a single faculty, namely Faculty of Agriculture. Agribusiness Management, the second faculty has been started functioning from the year 2007. Two more faculties namely ‘Animal Science & Veterinary Medicine” and ‘Fisheries & Aquaculture’ has planned to start functioning with the enrollment of new student from the academic year 2012.
The mission of the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University is based on the firm belief that Agricultural education, specially higher education provides a critical pathway to leadership development in the field of academic and research as well as more broadly in achieving sustainable agricultural development, economic progress and social development of the country. SAU at present is playing and committed to play a very vital role in agricultural research and development (R & D) of Bangladesh through creation of knowledge, agricultural technology generation and transfer, crop diversification and intensification for the benefit of farming communities.
Presently, SAU is offering undergraduate and post graduate degrees through course credit system to produce researchers, academicians and field level extension officers in the field of Agriculture to handle the issues like food production, poverty and hunger alleviation, food security, Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM), Micro-Nutrient Deficiency (MND) and other related issues. Over 150 highly qualified brilliant faculty members are shouldering the academic responsibilities as well as other research activities of the students. About 35-40 more faculty members are going to be recruited very soon for smooth and effective academic progress of the University. New technologies are being developed by potential researchers through Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Research System (SAURES). Outreach programme is set to disseminate the developed technologies in the farmer’s field for the improvement of production.
Source: SAU BD. For further details please visit the web portal.
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