Today is the 20th founding anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. On 11 December 1936, The Bengal Agricultural Institute was established, the oldest school of agricultural education in the country. After that, it was changed under different names, and on 15th July 2001, it was upgraded to a full-fledged university. Despite a 20-year journey as a full-fledged public university, it has a long history of 72 years as the oldest higher education institution in the country.
Since its inception, the institute has been making special contributions in producing skilled agronomists, agronomists with theoretical and practical knowledge capable of carrying the responsibility of agricultural development of the country, and in proper promotion and dissemination of agricultural research. Although University Day has been celebrated in other years through various programs of the university administration and cultural organizations, the founding anniversary of the university is not being celebrated this time due to the crisis of the ongoing coronavirus worldwide.
Surrounded by greenery, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University is like a modern village in the heart of Dhaka. Nature lovers from Dhaka come here in search of fresh air. At present, the university has 4,604 students studying undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. courses under 4 faculties and 1 institute. A total of 322 teachers are engaged in teaching and related research in 35 departments under the faculties. There are a total of 5 residential halls for students.
Among the research works of the institute are anti-cancer vegetables Sau Tomatilo-1 and Sau Tomatilo-2; Mustard improved varieties of mustard-1, mustard-2, and mustard-3; High yielding varieties of maize Sow Hybrid Maize-1 and Sow Hybrid Maize-2; Exotic environment tolerant new varieties of foreign flowers Bangabandhu-1 and Bangabandhu-2; Potato and tomato varieties of the same tree; Foreign vegetable Brussels sprouts, saluk, selection of improved drinking varieties, invention of alternative BD Nira of garlic, successful research on microbial pathogens in animals is one of them.
On University Day, the students expressed their expectations, saying, “Every faculty has more or less session jams.” Then there was the fear of severe session jitters as there were no online classes in the epidemic corona situation. Moreover, there are various problems including classroom crisis, housing problem, lack of veterinary clinic, use of old equipment in research activities. I expect the university administration to take the necessary steps to solve all the problems. ‘
Welcoming the members of the university family on the founding anniversary of the university, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed said, ‘Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University is on its way to a modern university of advanced education, course curriculum and research. The university is currently working on a project worth Tk 392.06 crore. Work is underway to develop