Background of USTC

Located at the picturesque site near Foy's Lake, USTC has opened up a mew horizon for the quality , pharmaceutical, business modern technology education the country. The primary -es 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 Beginning
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.

MO 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.

IMBBS 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 Science. They have been functioning with encouraging response from the student.

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.

Janasheba Foundation
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 :

Additional Secretary
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 Universities.
S /d

Jamiruddin Sircar
Minister of Education, Govt. of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh'


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