Begum Rokeya University
Begum Rokeya University one of the public universities of the country located in Rangpur to meet up the demand for higher studies to the people of North Bengal. The university was established by the government on 8 October 2008 with the name Rangpur University and its session began on 4 April 2009 with 300 students. The university was later renamed as Begum Rokeya University after the name of Begum Rokeya, the pioneer in promoting female education and emancipation of the women in Bengal.
At present the academic activities of the university is accommodated at the premises of Government Teachers' Training College at Dhap area in Rangpur town. The university will soon be shifted to its permanent campus set on 75 acres of land located near Rangpur Cadet College and Rangpur Carmichael College.
The university has three faculties: Arts and Social Science, Science and Engineering and Business Studies. There are eleven departments under these faculties such as Bengali, English, Economics, History, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Geography, Statistics, Accounting, Management and Marketing. Apart from academic activities, provisions are made for extra curriculum activities such as Debating Society, Rover Scout and other cultural programmes. [Md. Ashik Iqbal]