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.
Institute 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.
University 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
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 Fund
Over 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.
In 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 & Charter
When 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 :
The 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
Muhammad Jamiruddin Sarkar.
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:
|Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Ministry of Education
|No SHA 15/10-M/8/92/630- Education
|Sub: Regarding approval and charter for USTC (Private)
|On the basis of
the application submitted on 01-11-1992 in the prescribed form the
Government hereby grants approval and charter under Private
Universities Act-1992 clauses no. 6(1) for establishment and running of
University of Science & Technology Chittagong. The condition of
this approval is that the University authorities must be under
obligation to conform strictly to the provisious of Private
Universities Act 1992.
National Professor Dr Nurul Islam
Foy’s Lake, Chittagong
|Sd/-(Mirza Fazlul Karim)
Senior Assistant Secretary
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:
|Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Chancellor’s Secretariat, Ministry of Education
|No. Sha : 15(1) 10M-8/92/04 Education
of National Professor Dr Nurul Islam as President of the University
of Science and Technology Chittagong (Private)
President/Chancellor is pleased to hereby appoint under the provisions
of section 13 of the Private University Act 1992 National Professor
Dr Nurul Islam, Chairman of Janasheba Foundation, as President of the
University of Science and Technology Chittagong Private). He as
President shall enjoy such financial benefits and other privileges as
may be determined by the Board of Governors.
This order shall be effective from the date of his joining.
By order of the Hon’ble President/Chancellor
|National Professor (Dr) Nurul Islam
Founder Chairman, Board of Trustees
63 Central Road, Dhaka –1205.
Golam Faruk Khan
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
- To improve the quality and standard of education in
Science and Technology with special emphasis on Medical,
Pharmaceutical and Social Sciences
- Help development of manpower resources at home and in
the developing countries with special emphasis on the South and
South-East Asia region and the Middle East
- Implementation of CBME for the development of social
responsibility of the trainees through the understanding of the local
problems, needs, requirements thus reducing the existing gap between
theory and practice. Besides, this will improve primary health care
through participation of teachers and students.
- To counter the acute shortage of teachers in Basic
Medical Sciences by introducing Non-Medical BSc (Hons) and MSc Courses
in these subjects.
- To broaden facilities for the study of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a speciality with a gap between the need and the resources
- To upgrade the quality of teaching Social Sciences, Business Management and Agriculture with improved curriculum.
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.