The need for an open university in Bangladesh was felt long ago. The history of distance education in Bangladesh dates back to 1956, when the Education Directorate was assigned with the responsibility for distribution of 200 radio receivers to educational institutions. This led to the creation of an Audio-Visual Cell, which was upgraded to the Audio-Visual Education Centre in 1962. No further progress in distance education was made till 1971.

After Independence, Bangladesh faced the challenge of meeting the educational needs of mass people. To meet this challenge the necessity for a new mode of education was widely felt. As a sequel to that feeling, the School Broadcasting Pilot Project was launched in 1978. The project was transformed into National Institute of Educational Media and Technology (NIEMT) in 1983.

NIEMT was later replaced by the Bangladesh Institute of Distance Education (BIDE) in 1985. Apart from producing audio-visual materials, BIDE offered the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) program in distance mode. The success of BIDE encouraged policymakers to take up a major plan for establishing an open university. The plan became a reality in October 1992 when the Bangladesh Open University Act 1992 was passed in the Parliament.

Bangladesh Open University (BOU) at a Glance :

Established October 21, 1992
Type Public University
Mode of Delivery Open and Distance Learning
Chancellor Md. Abdul Hamid
Honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. M A Mannan
Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Khondaker Mokaddem Hossain
Treasurer Professor Dr. Ashfaque Hossain
Total Students (Formal Programs) 5,40,733 (On 31/12/2017)
Location Board Bazar, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Area 35 Acres
Academic Schools 6
Administrative Divisions 11
Total Academic Programs 62 (Formal Programs: 43; Non-Formal Programs: 19)
Regional Centers/Campuses 12
Sub Regional Centers 80
Study Centers 1502
Total Teachers/Tutors 26625
Examination Centers 1194

Affiliations/Membership:

  • The Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
  • SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL)
  • Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)
  • International Council for Open and Distance Learning (ICODL)
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA)
  • Association of SAARC Universities (ASU)
  • Global Alliance for Transnational Education (GATE)
  • International Research Foundation for Open Learning (IRFOL)
  • Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA)
  • International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
  • South Asia Foundation (SAF)

International Collaboration:

  • Open University of Sri Lanka
  • Open University, UK
  • Open University of Malaysia

On-going Projects

 


 

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