Bangladesh Open University or BOU is a public university with its main campus on the Board in the Bazar, Gazipur region, Dhaka Division. The 7th largest university in the world according to enrollment.
The university was founded on October 21, 1992. As the only public university in Bangladesh to use elementary education as a means of delivery, the BOU is mandated to “promote multimedia; teaching of all levels and knowledge – both general and scientific – through any form of communication technology, to enhance education. and to provide people with educational opportunities through democracy in education and to build a class of capable people by raising the standard of public education.
Primary education was introduced for the first time in Bangladesh when the Education Directorate was tasked with distributing 200 radio receivers to educational institutions. This led to the establishment of the Audio-Visual Cell and later the Audio-Visual Education Center (AVEC) in 1962.
With independence in 1971, mass education was considered a priority for the new nation. The School Broadcasting Program (SBP) was established in 1978. The project was further expanded to the National Institute of Educational Media and Technology (NIEMT) in 1983. In 1985, NIEMT renamed the Bangladesh Institute of Distance Education (BIDE) which offered, in addition to visual aids, a Bachelor of Education (BEd) program for distance learning certified by the University of Rajshahi. The success of BIDE has encouraged policymakers to embark on a major program to establish an open university.
In 1992, the system came into force with the introduction and introduction of the BOU Act 1992 and the Prime Minister was the chancellor of the Bangladesh Open University. On 22 June 2009, a bill was introduced in parliament to replace the president with chancellor.
A total of 21 official programs offered by the BOU. Systematic programs are study programs that lead to the awarding of a degree up to a master’s degree upon completion and assessment.
As low levels of literacy continue to be a problem in Bangladesh, illegal programs are being undertaken by the BOU to create awareness and provide information on health, the environment, disaster management, basic science, agriculture, food, nutrition and other human development information sectors. To date, 19 illegal programs have been implemented in the areas of environmental protection, basic science, primary maths, agriculture, banking services, marketing management, health, nutrition, human and gender issues.
About Bangladesh Open University
The need for an open university in Bangladesh was long overdue. The history of distance education in Bangladesh dates back to 1956 when the Education Directorate was assigned the task of distributing 200 radio receivers to educational institutions. This led to the creation of the Audio-Visual Cell, which was renovated into the Audio-Visual Education Center in 1962. No further progress was made in primary education until 1971.
After independence, Bangladesh faced the challenge of meeting the educational needs of many people. Meeting this challenge became more apparent with the need for a new education model. As a result of that feeling, the School Broadcasting Pilot Project was launched in 1978. The project was transformed into the National Institute of Educational Media and Technology (NIEMT) in 1983.
INIEMT was replaced by the Bangladesh Institute of Distance Education (BIDE) in 1985. The success of BIDE has encouraged policymakers to embark on a major program to establish an open university. The program took place in October 1992 when the Bangladesh Open University Act 1992 was passed in Parliament.
Message from Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Open University
Professor Dr. M A Mannan
Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Open University.
It gives me great pleasure to host the website of the Bangladesh Open University (BOU), the only public university for distance learning in the country. The university remains open to every Bangladesh citizen living anywhere in the world. The university offers world-class education at your door at a low cost including tuition fees. The financial structure of this university is probably very low compared to the financial structures of other universities.
BOU is the only university in the country where you can continue your education and career, business and home responsibilities. Homeless people, economically disadvantaged and working people are the university’s most sought after people. Women are particularly encouraged to be enrolled in BOU programs voluntarily. The BOU plans to introduce more education programs to women.
As Chief Executive Officer of the BOU, I will prioritize strengthening primary and tertiary education on the roads and in parts of the country, especially in the disadvantaged rural areas of Bangladesh. We have highly trained and experienced graduates on our large campus and will strengthen our capacity to provide international higher education in rural areas. You can visit the nearest regional campuses (regional centers) / Sub-regional centers for the BOU prospectus and details of the approval of your desired program.
In today’s world, modern Information and Communication Technology plays a major role in providing delivery system services and quality education. The BOU is taking new steps in the use of modern communication technology for effective teaching. The rapid development of ICT has greatly helped to eradicate physical scars. With the recent invention of the computer and communication technology, the world has become a global hub where information is readily available and accessible to all. BOU has made full use of modern ICT to facilitate and support its students across the country, e.g. Provision of student-related information via the web (with final information), Learning Management System (LMS), Interactive Virtual Class Rooms (IVCR), Mobile Technology, Pre-recorded Video Programs and Live Programs (Live Streaming) through the channel. National TV (BTV) and Satellite TV Channel (Sansad TV Channel), Radio programs for both formal and informal courses in partnership with Bangladesh Radio and Video Conferencing for higher education. We also utilize the services of members of the professional faculty and people of outstanding external resources to conduct week-long courses, workshops and the Student and Student Dialogue.
I wish all our readers/readers a bright future. I hope that after receiving an education in the BOU, you will become a national asset and will be able to play a vital role in accelerating the rate of economic and social development in Bangladesh. Let our dreams come true.