Monday, August 6, 2012

Beautiful and Historic Chittagong, Bangladesh; Image Gallery

Agrabad is the main commercial area of the city of Chittagong in South-eastern Bangladesh. Most of the business institutions of the city have offices located in Agrabad. Originally, the area was a village, which was incorporated into the city in 1947.

Asian SR Hotel, Chittagong
Asian SR Hotel is a 10 storied new Luxury Hotel in Chittagong city of Bangladesh with 65 exclusive, affordable and prestigious rooms. The Hotel is conveniently located on the heart of Chittagong City center – only 100 meters from Chittagong Main railway station and main Bus Station and within easy reach of top shopping centers, entertainment and the attractive places of Chittagong city. Asian SR Hotel offers services and facilities to ensure that your stay is pleasant and that you experience the utmost in comforts at all times. This hotel provides many first class services and facilities that are in conformance with international standards.

The seven-storied 250-bed Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital has all the facilities which are essential for a modern general hospital. After being satisfied Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) recognized the Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital to offer Post Graduate training in Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Pathology and Obstetrics Gynaecology. Again Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council after their inspection has given the permission for opening the MD (Paediatrics) Course under USTC in Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital. Within a short period Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital proved its acceptability to the community and day by day the number of admitted patients as well as out-patients are increasing. USTC authority realized the situation and decided to set up a 500-bed Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital Unit-II. Very soon its construction works will finish.

Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) is a research institute based in chittagong, Bangladesh. 

Being mandated as the only public research organization to conduct forest management and forest utilization research, BFRI is rich enough to cater to the current information needs of the nation with the database it has created and the technologies generated. Although administered by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF), Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, BFRI is a component of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and has been maintaining strong collaboration with national and international forestry research organizations and networks. 

BFRI maintains the richest forestry library and documentation facilities in the country. Thirty-one volumes of an internationally abstracted forestry research journal (Bangladesh Journal of Forest Science) have so far been published from BFRI till 2008. The institute has published over 1100 research papers, 170 bulletins and 50 popular folders and leaflets. It has so far imparted training to over 50,000 individuals (foresters/extension workers, NGOs, researchers, farmers/end-users, etc.) on the developed technologies and the generated information.
The Bangladesh Naval Academy is situated at the mouth of the Karnaphuli River at Patenga, Chittagong, Bangladesh. It was established in 1976 at the premises of the Marine Academy at Juludia, Chittagong, later shifted to BNS ISSA KHAN in Chittagong to train the cadets of the Bangladesh Navy. The Academy shifted to its present location in 1988. 

All Cadets of the Bangladesh Navy undergo 10 weeks Joint Services training in Bangladesh Military Academy with the Army and Air force Cadets. In the Bangladesh Naval Academy they continue for another 15 months training till they become Midshipman. The Midshipmen are sent to ships for 6 months Sea Training. After sea training i.e. after 2 years of training they are commissioned in the Bangladesh Navy in the rank of Acting Sub Lieutenant. Officers are also awarded with the Bachelor of Science degree as they graduate from the Academy with the affiliation of Bangladesh University of Professionals (Bangladesh). 

Many foreign cadets like Palestinians, Sri Lankan, Qatari, Bahrain, etc. are trained in BNA There are four wings in the Academy namely; Professional wing, academic wing, training and administrative wing. Junior Staff Course (JSC) is also conducted at BNA under JSC Wing. There are 3 Divisions in Academy, namely, Foc's'l, Main Top and Quarter Deck. Presently, Captain Aslam Parvez, (TAS), afwc, psc, BN is the Commandent of BNA.
Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA) Chittagong

The Chandanpura Masjid is a mosque situated in the old part (north) of Chittagong on the road to Kaptai. It is famous landmark in Chittagong and a popular tourist attraction for its impressive architecture consisting of multiple domes and minarets painted in bright colors. Although it was renovated in 1952, the mosque has deteriorated over the years due to environmental factors, such as air pollution.

Chittagong College (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম কলেজ ) is a well-respected college in Bangladesh. It is also the second college established in Bangladesh after Dhaka College. Having started out as Chittagong District school in 1836, it was upgraded to an Intermediate college in 1869. It started providing science education in intermediate section from the year 1909 and became a graduation college in 1910. Now this college is giving honors and masters degree in 16 is also continuing its intermediate course as well. 

The college has five academic buildings, library with approximately 60,000 books, mosque, auditorium and other facilities. The sports ground of the college is known to all with its famous name Parade Ground. 

Students of the college have made significant contribution in the history of Bangladesh. Also many distinguished scholars have taught here over the years. Among them were Surendranath Dasgupta, Beni Madhab Das, Janardan Chakravarti, Bhabatosh Dutta, Subodh Sengupta, Jogeshchandra Singha, Mansur Uddin, Motahar Hossain Chowdhury, Momotazuddin Ahmed and Dr. Muhammad Yunus. 

Chittagong College is officially known also as Chittagong Government College. 

Chittagong college was first established as Chittagong Zila School in 1836. It was upgraded as a college in 1869 by offering F.A. (First Arts) course and took its present name Chittagong College. Its academic activity a college began in a Portuguese-merchant built building beside Parade Ground, College Road, Chawkbazar. 

Besides F.A. course it also provided education in Law for students to enable them to qualify for leadership examinations. Law education in the college, however, was suspended in 1909. 

From 1909 science courses were offered for Higher Secondary Level, then F.A. 

In 1912, University of Calcutta registered it as a first grade degree college and allowed it to offer both honours and pass level courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. In 1919, honours course in English was introduced. Besides Economics and Philosophy was added as supplementary course from this year. 

In 1926, the first student dormitory was established by the eminent politician, then Education minister of Bengal province Sher-E-Bangla A.K.Fazlul Huq. From this year co-education was introduced. 

In 1942, honors course in Economics was introduced. 

The college suspended its honours programm in 1955 but reintroduced honours courses on English, Bengali, Economics, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 1960. B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) courses on Zoology and Botany and B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) /B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) course on Statistics were introduced in 1962. 

From 1955 to 1965 the college experienced enormous infrastructural developments. 

When University of Dhaka was established in 1921, this college became registered as Degree college under this university. At present, this college offers Honours and Masters course under National University, Gazipur on 16 different subjects viz, Bengali, English, Economics, Political Science, History, Islamic History and Culture, Philosophy, Sociology, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics, Statistics, Geography and Psychology. 

Presently, the college has 16,500 students and 162 teachers. 

Chittagong College has one of the oldest libraries in Bangladesh. There are more than 60,000 books on different subjects. 

Besides each department has their own seminar library for Honours and Masters students. 

There is a medium sized Botanical Garden inside college campus. This garden is maintained by Department of Botany. This is a rich botanical garden in the sense that it has some rare species of Angiosperm plants notably Cycas.The Zoological Museum is maintained by Department of Zoology. 

There are three male and one female student dormitories. 
  • Saheed Sohrawordy Dormitory: "A" block is for Muslim students and "B" block is for non-Muslim students. 
  • Sher-E-Bangla Dormitory 
  • Dr. Abdus Sabur Dormitory: For Honours and Masters students. 
  • Hazrat Khadizatul Kobra (R) Dormitory: For female students. 
The college has a large ground known as Parade Ground. This name bears its historical importance.

The Chittagong Collegiate School is a secondary school in Chittagong, the southern port city in Bangladesh. Established in 1836, it is one of the oldest schools in the country. 

Chittagong Collegiate School was established as Chittagong Government School in 1836. The school was the first English medium high school in Chittagong. Its classes were held in a brick building constructed during the early years of British rule . The school was then shifted to a new location at the southern section of the Markot Sahib Hills. In 1886, the school was relocated to its present location at Ice Factory Road, North Nalapara, near the Chittagong Railway Station, and was named as Chittagong Collegiate School. Until the first decade of the twentieth century, the school was popularly known as the Entrance School. 

In 2008 the Government renamed the school "Chittagong Collegiate School & College" 

The school has a dormitory for the residential students and has a residential area for the teachers. The school campus is considered to be one of the largest campuses in Bangladesh. It has a playground which is one of the largest among Bangladeshi schools. It also has a Mosque. 

The school offers its students vocational education as well as academic qualifications. It has one of the largest vocational education workshop in the country. 

The school is also undertaking the development of its sports facilities which includes a swimming pool within the school campus. The school field which was filled with sand has been made a grassy playground. 

The school had the highest number students who achieved GPA 5 in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008,2009 and in 2010. 

The school offers teaching in two shifts over six days a week to its over 2000 students in its 21 classrooms. The school also has a library, a computer lab, two science labs, three halls and one auditorium. 

The School achieved country's Best School Award in 1992. 

Notable Alumni of the school includes: 
  • Dr.Muhammad Yunus: Nobel peace prize winner in 2006 for his contribution on poverty alleviation of the ultra poor, Nobel laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank and the Microcredit theory of Economics 
  • Dr.Abdullah Al Moti Sarfuddin: scientist 
  • Dr.Humayun Ahmed: novelist, film director, teacher 
  • Dr.Muhammed Zafar Iqbal: science-fiction novelist, columnist, computer scientist, educator 
  • Dr.Jamal Nazrul Islam: scientist and professor of physics and mathematics in Chittagong University. 
  • Abul Hayat: actor with appearances on television 
  • Engr. Mosharraf Hossain: politician and businessman 
  • Nabinchandra Sen: poet 
  • Minhajul Abedin Nannu:former cricketer, Bangladesh Cricket Team

The Chittagong Ethnological Museum located in the bustling commercial street of Agrabad, country’s lone ethnological museum, offers the visitors the chance to acquaint with the lifestyles and heritage of various ethnic groups of the country. It was established in 1965. The museum authorities had collected rare elements used in everyday lives of different ethnic groups, of which some had already become extinct while some were on the verge of extinction. The museum contains four galleries and a small hall. Three galleries of the museum feature diverse elements of 25 ethnic groups, including Chakma, Marma, Tongsinga, Khumi, Murang, Sautal, Garo, Chak, Monipuri, Palia, Tipra, Hajang, Lusai, Shimuji, and Bom while the rest gallery displays the lifestyles of some racial groups of India, Pakistan, and Australia. The sculptures of the people of different ethnic communities and a piece of broken Berlin Wall draw the visitors especially the children who can get impression of different festivals, livelihoods, and cultures of the communities from the murals set up at the hall room. These are reminiscent of the museum in the film 'Planet of the Apes'. People between 200 and 300 visits the museum every day in addition to a number of researchers from home and abroad.

Chittagong High Court Building

Chittagong High Court Building

Chittagong High Court Building

Chittagong High Court Building

Chittagong High Court Building

Chittagong High Court Building

Chittagong High Court Building

Chittagong Medical College is a government medical college in Bangladesh, established in 1957. It is located in the south-eastern port city of Chittagong, and associated with Chittagong University. 

Currently, it admits 180 students every year in 5 year M.B.B.S courses and 50 students in 4 year B.D.S. courses. It has MD courses in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Neuromedicine, Nephrology and Dermatology. It also runs MS courses in General Surgery, Urology, Paediatric Surgery, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, ENT, Ophthalmology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. There are some diploma courses are also running in various disciplines. There is a large hospital adjacent to the College named Chittagong Medical College Hospital.The college is situated in between Chawkbazar and Probortok circle. 

So, its one of the best centers in Bangladesh to develop clinical knowledge and surgical skills. It has also got research projects in various specialities, like 'Malaria Research Project' which runs in cooperation with University of Oxford.

Chittagong Model School & College (also referred to as CMSC) Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম মডেল স্কুল এন্ড কলেজ is a co-educational public school & college in Chittagong which is one of the 11 Model school & college established by the ministry of education, People's Republic of Bangladesh. This institution offers education for the students ranging from sixth grade to twelfth grade. The teachers of this institution are appointed directly by the ministry of education, through a competitive recruitment examination. They are well qualified & able to provide the students with practical knowledge of Science, Literature, Philosophy & Business studies. Many students passed from this college are studying in notable institutions such as BUET, CUET, CMC, DU, CU, Marine academy, Military Academy and other institutions. 

To meet the dire need of educational institution in Bangladesh, mostly of schools & colleges, The Ministry of Education established 11 model Schools & colleges in different districts of Bangladesh. 

Chittagong Model School & College is one of them.It Started her first H.S.C batch in 2007 & S.S.C in 2008. This institution is well known for its natural & architectural beauty. The campus is surrounded by green hills, small trees & gardens. The main academic building has five floors. It is box shaped building. It has well equipped individual laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer science etc. 

There is a library, a seminar hall for teachers, a gymnasium for male & another for female students, a teacher’s common-room, and a common-room for guardians, an accounts room, principal’s room, computer operator’s room and enough classrooms for students. The quarter of the principal is inside the campus just besides the academic building. 

The Technical Training Center (TTC), Chittagong is situated beside the institution. Admissions in grade VI-IX are based on an entrance examination, which is highly competitive. Admission in grade XI is based on the result of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination. 

It takes about 150 Students in Science,100 in Commerce & 30 in Humanities group in HSC level. 

In class VI-IX there are almost 75 seats in every classes.The students who pass SSC from this institution get opportunity to get themselves admitted into HSC level directly.

Chittagong Stock Exchange is a stock exchange located in the port city of Chittagong in southeastern Bangladesh. It was established in 1995 as the second stock exchange of the country. The exchange is located in the Agrabad commercial area of the city. It's a very small exchange which trade volume is less than many brokerage houses in Bangladesh. 

The bullish market turned bearish during 2010, with the exchange losing 1,800 points between December 2010 and January 2011. Millions of investors have been rendered bankrupt as a result of the market crash. The crash is believed to be caused artificially to benefit a handful of players at the expense of the big players.

Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম প্রকৌশল ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Chottogram Prokoushol O Projukti Bishshobiddalôe) is an autonomous self-degree-awarding university in engineering education in Bangladesh. The medium of instruction is English. 

It is a sub-urban university with about 1900 students and eleven academic departments teaching theoretical, applied, and interdisciplinary science and technology. The university undertakes research works sponsored by local industries and national/international organizations, such as United Nations organizations, Commonwealth Foundation, University Grants Commission, Bangladesh Power Development Board, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, Chittagong Development Authority etc. 

CUET is situated in the district of Chittagong, the major seaport and second largest city of the country. It is in the Pahartali union under Raozan upazilla, by the north side of the Chittagong-Kaptai road some 25 kilometers from the center of Chittagong City. The 210 Megawatt Raozan Thermal Power Plant is just beside the campus. Karnaphuli Hydroelectric Power Station, the largest source of hydroelectricity of the country, is situated in Kaptai, about 20 kilometers from CUET. 

The university campus covers an area of 169 acres. The campus of CUET is remarkable for its natural beauty1; it is landscaped around a valley with plants and precious varieties making the campus a natural arboretum. 

Facilities include academic buildings, administration building, auditorium, library, computer center, workshop, research laboratories, halls of residence, teachers' quarter, canteens and central mosque. The University Medical Center is equipped for primary care but serious cases are referred to a local hospital 10 kilometers away or to the city hospital. 

The university has inside its boundaries a bank, a post office, a DRMASS telephone exchange, two card-phone booths, a PABX, a phone and fax caterer, a large auditorium, a central mosque having a floor area of 560 square meters, and a mini-mart for general needs. 

The university runs its own regular bus service to and from the city for benefit of the students residing there, every alternate day. Friday and Saturday are weekly holidays. All kinds of mechanized transport ply between Kaptai and the city.The university provides facilities for football, hockey, cricket, volley ball, basket ball, table tennis etc. The students play tennis, badminton and other games as well. Sports meets and games competitions are features of campus life. The students arrange debate, cultural show, indoor games competition etc.The university was created out of Engineering College, Chittagong, which was established in 1968. The Engineering College, Chittagong, functioned as the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Chittagong. Through a Government Ordinance in 1986 the college was converted into an institution (BIT, Chittagong). The President of Bangladesh is the visitor of the institute. A Board of Governors headed by a Chairman appointed by the President is the policy-making and administrative authority. There were three other similar institutes of technology in the country: BIT Khulna, BIT Rajshahi and BIT Dhaka which have been converted to Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), and Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) respectively.The library stands in the center of CUET campus. The ground and 1st floor of the library is individual study and group discussion. Multiple copies of text books are available at the counter. The students can issue books on production of ID card and library card from the counter and use these within the library and are not eligible for check out. Approximately 200 students can use these facilities at a time. There are 60 study positions for researchers, faculty members and post-graduate students on the first floor.The academic year and session is divided into two semesters. One semester is composed of 18.4 weeks and each week consists of five working days. The session usually starts after completion of the second semester. A full-time undergraduate course consists of four sessions or eight semesters. An examination is held at the end of each semester besides class tests for continuous assessment of progress. The medium of instruction is English, which is the official language for examinations. 

B.Sc Engineering admission in CUET is highly competitive, determined in part through a competitive admission test. After completion of higher secondary level (HSC) education, a student can submit an application for undergraduate admission if he or she fulfills the minimum requirement. Students with a minimum grade in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English of their higher secondary examination are allowed to appear in the admission test. 

For admission to M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs candidates are required to appear in interviews. 

Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) is a public university in Bangladesh. It is located at Khulshi, Chittagong. The chancellor of the university is President Zillur Rahman. 

The fifth Annual Scientific Conference of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University was held in 2007. 

Chittagong Government Veterinary College (CGVC) was upgraded to Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University on February 2, 2006; it consists of one faculty with 300 students providing theoretical, off-campus work-based learning and scientific and technological education. 

It was established as Chittagong Government Veterinary College in 1995 under the affiliation of the University of Chittagong. 

The undergraduate study programme, with a compulsory 40-week internship in different placements which was inaugurated by this university, is a major breakthrough in the veterinary education policy in Bangladesh.

Darul Ihsan University (DIU) is the first private university in Bangladesh established in 1989 by Darul Ihsan Trust (DIT). It obtained formal approval from the Government of Bangladesh in 1993 under the Private University Act 1992. The University, a brainchild of Late Professor Syed Ali Ashraf (Who was also its founder Vice-Chancellor), is a Unique Academic establishment, the only one of its kind in the country, modern in outlook but faith-based in philosophy. 

In order to promote mutual understanding among the faculties and students of Darul Ihsan University and foreign universities, a number of collaborative academic programmes have been launched. The University signed and Exchange programme with the Tennessee State University (TSU), USA in March 1999. 

The University of Hartfordshire of UK has also agreed to admit directly the BBA students of IBS to its 3rd year Honours programme on fulfillment of certain conditions. The Syed Ali Ashraf Institute of Higher Islamic Learning works in close cooperation with the Al-Azhar University of Egypt. Similar Exchange Programme between the Darul Ihsan University and the University and the University Kebangsaan Malaysia is in the process.

The Dhaka–Chittagong Highway, officially named the N1, is a main transportation artery in Bangladesh, linking the country's two largest cities, Dhaka and Chittagong. 

The highway is limited to two lanes of traffic for most of its length. Plans to expand the road to four lanes have been proposed, but concerns about procurement and political and bureaucratic obstacles have prevented project implementation. The latter half of 2010 has seen some developments in the implementation of the aforesaid project. Land procurement has partially begun, and some sections of the highway have seen construction work commence on the western side of the existing two lanes. Trees have been cut to make room for the required extra space, and sand is regularly being transported for construction purposes. Reza Construction Ltd. and Sino Hydro have set temporary camps for this purpose respectively near Daudkandi and Chandina.

Dr. Fazlul-Hazera Degree College is situated at the Ward no-11 South Kattali under Chittagong City Corporation. This institution was established to remove the darkness of illiteracy which was the dream of a noble man. A renowned doctor and leading social worker Dr. Fazlul Ameen who was born in this ward cherished that dream. In 1988 Honorable Minister, Primary and Mass Education Ministry of People’s Republic of Bangladesh came forward to fulfill the dream of his late father. Mosammat Hazera Khatun, the respected mother of Honorable Minister extended her helping hands by donating 1.70 acres of land. 

Getting all out co-operation and help from people of all walks of life of the adjacent area, the institution was inaugurated in 1988 as an Intermediate college. In 1996, this institution started BA (Pass), BSS (Pass), BBS (Pass) course under National University. In the last academic year the percentage of passing in degree (Pass) examination came to 100%. Within a decade of its inception, the college has emerged as a leading institution of the city. All these have been possible for the selfless help of the founder family, the co-operation of the well-wishers and the dedicated service of the experienced teaching staff. 

Dr. Fazlul-Hazera Degree College has already earned a good reputation for its professional caring and supportive environment. The management believes that its sole determination is to help the students in blooming their full potentials by facilitating interactive teaching methods. 

This institution maintains politics free campus so that the learners cannot be the puppets in the hands of destructive student politics. With this end in view, we put special stress on curricular and extra-curricular activities. Considering the standard of education, teaching methods, congenial atmosphere and the results of public examination this college was adjudged “The Best College” in Pahartali thana.

The Shrine of Bayazid Bastami is a shrine in Bangladesh. 

Bayazid Bostami was a famous Persian Sufi born in Bostam, Iran. There is a Shrine on his name located in Chittagong, Bangladesh known as Bayazid Bostami Dargah Sharif. It is a complex consists of a tomb surrounded by brick made structure along with an old mosque and a large pond. The whole complex is located on a hillock of Nasirabad, considered to be a holy place and attracted by a large number of visitors and pilgrims daily.The tomb and the sarcophagus it houses were originally discovered in 1831, and at the time were enclosed by a wall with protective pillars, which has since been replaced by a more modern structure. There is an ancient three-domed mosque, which is believed to date from the time of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb (1658–1707), at the foot of the tomb hill. The mosque has four engaged octagonal towers at the four corners, capped with cupolas and decorated with raised bands, while the central dome is more prominent than the flanking domes. The base of the towers is shaped like a vase. The interior of the mosque is sparsely decorated, while the mihrab on the qibla wall (indicating the direction of Mecca) has an identical projection on its opposite side. 

Although the shrine is believed to be Bostami’s tomb according to local tradition, there is no significant historical evidence about Bostami’s visit to this part of Bangladesh. It is thought that this tomb was attributed to him as a jawab or imitation. According to Hamidullah Khan (an historian of nineteenth-century Chittagong), Muslim faqirs and wanderers of the time used to come to Chittagong to take their seats on hill-tops surrounded by jungles, where they would build false tombs and mausoleums in the name of Sultan-ul-Arefin Bayazid Bostami and Abdul Qadir Jilani. 

Some people believe that Bostami in fact visited this part of the world during his lifetime. According to legend, during his return local followers asked him to stay in Chittagong. Overwhelmed by their love and devotion, Bostami pierced his fifth (little) finger, allowed a few drops of blood to fall to the ground, and permitted his followers to build a shrine there on his name. 

Although there is no authentic historical record about Bostami’s visit to Chittagong, some 18th-century Bengali poets remembered a Shah Sultan of Nasirabad in their poems. Because Bayazid Bostami was also known as Sultan-ul-Arefin, some scholars believe that the 'Shah Sultan' of the poems was an abbreviation of 'Sultan-ul-Arefin' and hence Shah Sultan and Bayazid Bostami were the same man. 

In front of the tomb, there is a large pond that houses a large number of black soft-shelled turtles known as Bostami Turtle or Bostami Kachim (locally called Mazari) which are a very rare and critically endangered species. Legends claim that these turtles are the descendents of evil spirits that incurred the wrath of the renowned saint, Bayazid Bostami, while he was visiting the area. It is believed that the evil spirits were then transformed into turtles as a punishment and are doomed to spend eternity in this pool. At present, the shrine's caretakers – the Mazar Committee – protect the turtle population but will not allow specimens to be taken anymore, regardless of whether they would be killed or reintroduced into the wild. 

Scientifically, the black soft-shelled turtle or Bostami Turtle (Aspideretes Nigricans, sometimes placed in genus Nilssonia) is a species of freshwater turtle found in India (Assam) and Bangladesh (Chittagong). They have been long-believed to be inbred variants of the Ganges soft-shelled turtle (A. gangeticus or N. gangeticus) or the Peacock Soft-shelled Turtle (A. hurum or N. hurum). While it is a close relative of the latter, it is a distinct species. As of 2002, the IUCN classified the species as Extinct in the Wild.

Faujdarhat Cadet College, Chittagong
Faujdarhat Cadet College, is a selective high school (grade 7 to grade 12), modeled after public schools in the UK (according to the Public Schools Act 1868), financed partially by the Bangladesh Army, located at Faujdarhat, near Chittagong, in Bangladesh. 

Faujdarhat Cadet College boards approximately 300 boys between the ages of 12 and 18 (roughly 50 in each year for grade-7 ) through a nationwide admission test composed of written, oral and medical examinations. 

The school is headed by a Principal, appointed by the Adjutant General's Branch of Bangladesh Army. It contains four houses, each headed by a housemaster, selected from among the senior members of the teaching staff. 

All students wear a uniform similar to cadet officers in military academy in academic hours, shorts sleeves in afteernoon games and sports, and long sleeves with tie, that is effectively a strip of the college colors, during their evening activities. There are some variations in the school dress worn by boys in authority. 

Members of the teaching staff are also required to wear a form of school dress when teaching. 

Faujdarhat Cadet College was the first Cadet College to be established in erstwhile East Pakistan. It was established on April 28, 1958 by New Zealander William Maurice Brown. Until 1965, it was known as the East Pakistan Cadet College. Its colorful history recorded in the form of personal reflections appeared in the following publications. 
  • Shakoor Majid, Class Seven 1978, Onnyaprakash, Dhaka, February 2008. ISBN 984-8684-72-7. 
  • M. Anwarul Haq, A Legacy of Learning, The Daily Star, April 27, 2008. 
  • Fakhruddin Ahmed, Half a Century of Excellence, The Daily Star, November 21, 2008. 
  • Mohammad Ataul Karim, A Steeplechase Story, Katskill, December 2008. ISBN 9843000029319. 
Faujdarhat Cadet College is situated on the Dhaka - Chittagong grand trunk road. Chittagong city center is half an hour away. Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) is also 2 km away. Straight ahead of Faujdarhat Cadet College, the Bay of Bengal is about 1 km away. Exact Location: Latitude 22°24'1.68"N; Longitude 91°45'43.70"EThere is a museum in the college, situated just beside the auditorium. Some of the items in the museum are pictures of ex-cadets and a list of cadets from 1958 to the present. 

The dining hall is named after the first principal of FCC as 'Colonel Brown Hall'. 

Five meals are served every day at the dining hall. Cadets follow stringent dining etiquette while taking meals. 

The library is one of the nations richest collections of references and archives containing more than ten thousand books known as 'Rab Pathagar'.

Foy's Lake is a man-made lake in Chittagong, Bangladesh. It was created in 1924 by constructing a dam across the stream that came down from the hills in the northern part of Chittagong. The purpose of creating an artificial lake was to provide water to the residence of railway colony. It was named after Mr Foy who was a Railway engineer and believed to materialized the project. Pahartali was basically a railway town with workshop yard and shed. A good number of railway employees lives there. Presently, a carriage workshop, diesel workshop, loco shed, laboratory, stores, electric workshop, school (established in 1924) are located. The area belongs to Railway. However, an amusement park, managed by the Concord group, is located here.

There is a heritage park called Shaheed Zia Memorial Complex and Mini Bangladesh at Chandgaon which reflects the most notable structures and instances of Bangladesh. This 71-metre tower in Mini Bangladesh in Chittagong has a restaurant on the top that rotates once every 90 minutes. The museum includes a revolving restaurant. One can perceive of the country's architectural beauty, ethnic traditions and archaeological inheritance through having a glimpse of the heritage park. Replica of major structures of the country, includes Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (parliament building), National Memorial of Savar, Ahsan Manzil, Curzon Hall of Dhaka University, Paharpur Monastery, Kantajew Temple of Dinajpur, Lalbagh Fort and Sona Masjid. The park also has different rides for children.

The International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) (Bengali: আন্তর্জাতিক ইসলামী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় চট্টগ্রাম) is a private university located in the second-largest city of Bangladesh, Chittagong. It was founded in 1995 under the Private Universities Act of 1992 (Act no. 34 of 1992). Islamic University Chittagong Trust (IUCT) is the founder organization of this university. IIUC is still governed by IUCT. It got government approval on February 11, 1995. 

Private university culture in Bangladesh started in the early 1990s. During that period, the government and the intellectual and civil society in Bangladesh started to feel that the existing public universities were not sufficient to meet the increasing demand for tertiary education in the country. To maintain their quality of education, most of the reputed public universities in Bangladesh kept themselves selective and, as a result, a large number of students failed to get admitted into higher education institutions. 

These issues led the government to permit the establishment of private universities. On 9 August 1992, the Private University Act (Act 34) 1992 was passed. Within the next five years, a number of private universities were established. The International Islamic University Chittagong has been one of them. The students get here moral education with the courses they demand. 

The university has four campuses: 
  • Main campus is located in Chawkbazar, Chittagong 
  • Campus for female students located in Chandgaon, Chittagong 
  • The permanent campus located in Kumira(facing to Dhaka Chittagong Highway) 
  • Dhaka Campus located in Road-3, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205. 
The university offers several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as stated below: 

Faculty of Science & Engineering
  • Department of Computer and Communication Engineering (CCE): Bachelor of Science in Computer and Communication Engineering (B.Sc. in CCE) 
  • Department of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering (ETE): Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering (B.Sc. in ETE) 
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE): Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (B.Sc. in CSE), Professional Diploma in Computer Science (DCS) 
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE): Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (B.Sc. in EEE) 
  • Department of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.) 
Faculty of Arts & Humanities:
  • English Language and Literature (ELL): Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, Masters of Arts in English Language Teaching (ELT), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English Language and Literature 
  • Arabic Language and Literature (ALL), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Arabic Language and Literature 
Faculty of Business Studies:
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) [Regular] 
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) [Executive] 
  • Master of Bank Management (MBM) 
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) 
  • Bachelor of Economics & Banking (BSS) 
Faculty of Law:
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB Hons.) 
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB Pass) 
Faculty of Shari'ah & Islamic Studies

Qur'anic Sciences and Islamic Studies (QSIS): Master of Arts in Qur'nic Sciences and Islamic Studies (MQSIS), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Qur'anic Sciences and Islamic Studies, Da'wah and Islamic Studies (DIS), Master of Arts in Da'wah and Islamic Studies (MDIS), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Da'wah and Islamic Studies.

IIUC is graded by a team constituted by the prime minister in 2004 headed by the chairman of UGC for evaluating the standard and quality of existing 57 private universities. IIUC is the first private university which has been accredited by the Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education (BAETE) for fulfilling all requirements in its CSE and CCE programs; it is the first private university in Bangladesh accredited by BAETE. 

IIUC offers scholarships in each semester. 

Full-time teachers are studying abroad for higher degrees with an IIUC scholarship. Current faculty or students are provided with a scholarship for higher study in home or abroad. 

More about its financial assistance for the students can be found in IIUC Financial Assistance. 

IIUC has signed for formal academic collaboration agreement called Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under these agreements, students of IIUC are able to transfer their credits to the following universities and institutions: 
  • Acadia University, Canada 
  • Al Azhar Al Sharif University, Egypt 
  • Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, KSA 
  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand 
  • Cape Breton University, Canada 
  • European Institute for Human Sciences, France 
  • International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia 
  • Islamic Foundation Leicester, UK 
  • King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
  • Multimedia University, Malaysia 
  • National University Malaysia, Malaysia 
  • Portland State University, USA 
  • Saint Mary's University, Canada 
  • The Business School of London, UK 
  • Universitas Trisakti, Indonesia 
  • University of Central Queensland, Australia 
  • University of Windsor, Canada 
  • Victoria University, Australia 
  • Tribhuvan University, Nepal 
IIUC has organized events such as National Computer Programming Contest (NCPC), Inter-university Programming Contest, IIUC Intra-university Programming Contest (IIUPC), IT Festival, Job Fair, Dynamic Leadership Training Camp (DLTC), Poem Recitation Workshop,Annual Cultural festival, Programming Workshop, Open Source Workshop, and Hardware and Software Fairs. 
In August, 2007 it organized Open Source Campaign-5 which was a step towards open source awareness in Chittagong and in Bangladesh. It ran from August 31 to September 1, 2007. It mainly focused on open source and its features, flexibilities and its opportunities in Bangladesh as well as in the whole world.

Ispahani Public School is a well known public school on Zakir Hossain Road in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The institution offers primary, secondary and higher secondary education facilities under the Chittagong Education Board. Founded by Mirza Ahmad Ispahani in 1979 the institution is widely known for its excellent results in S.S.C. and H.S.C. exams and its discipline.

Karnaphuli (Bengali: কর্ণফুলি Kôrnophuli; also spelt Karnafuli), the largest and most important river in Chittagong and the Chittagong Hill Tracts, is a 667 metres (2,188 ft)-wide river in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh. Originating from the Lushai hills in Mizoram, India, it flows 270 km (170 mi) southwest through Chittagong Hill Tracts and Chittagong into the Bay of Bengal. A large hydroelectric power plant using Karnaphuli river was built in the Kaptai region during the 1960s. The mouth of the river hosts Chittagong's sea port, the main port of Bangladesh. 

The Kaptai Dam is the location of the Kaptai Hydro-power station, the only hydro-electric power plant in Bangladesh, was constructed in Kaptai in 1962. An earth-filled dam on the Karnaphuli River, the Kaptai Dam created the Kaptai Lake, which acts as the water reservoir for the hydropower station. The power plant produces a total of 230 megawatts of electricity.

Pahartali (Bengali: পাহাড়তলী) is a Thana of Chittagong District in the Division of Chittagong, Bangladesh. 

Pahartali is located at 22.3667°N 91.7750°E . It has 37192 units of house hold and total area 46.62 km². "Foy's lake" a very beautiful place is situated in this Thana. it is famous for tourisam. 

As of 1991 Bangladesh census, Pahartali has a population of 198894. Males constitute are 57.45% of the population, and females 42.55%. This Upazila's eighteen up population is 109571. 

Pahartali has an average literacy rate of 54% (7+ years), and the national average of 32.4% literate.

Patenga (Bengali: পতেঙ্গা) is a sea beach located 14 kilometres south of the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is near the mouth of the Karnaphuli River. 

Patenga is a popular tourist spot. The beach is very close to Bangladesh Naval Academy of Bangladesh Navy, and Shah Amanat International Airport. The beach width is narrow and swimming in the seas is not recommended. Part of the seashore is built-up with concrete walls. Also large blocks of stones have been laid out to prevent erosion. During 1990s a host of restaurants and kiosks have sprouted out around the beach area. Lighting of the beach area has enhanced the security aspect of visiting in the night. People rise up early in the morning to witness the beautiful sunrise. 

During 1990s, a host of restaurants and kiosks have sprouted out around the beach area. Nowadays, Alcohol peddling is very common at the beach. Vendors from the city flock to Patenga Beach to sell their selection of ice creams, cold drinks and food to the hundreds of tourists who come to Patenga Beach. According to the local people, Patenga is the best place for delicious, mouth-watering street food at very low costs. One of the popular dishes of the food stands is the fried, spicy mud crab served with a small plate full of falafel, a deep fried ball made of soybean and chickpeas, garnished with cucumber and onion. The beach has a wonderful cool atmosphere even at the evening,and people come around to enjoy the soothing breeze every now and then. The beach is lined with massive shady palm trees and fishing boats.

It also has an array of speed boats for visitors with a sense of adventure.

The beach, however,is quite sandy, with a few rocky patches here and there. Most visitors come to 'Patenga' Beach as it is known for having some of the most stunning sunsets and sunrises in Bangladesh.

The Port of Chittagong is the largest seaport in Bangladesh, located by the estuary of the Karnaphuli River in Patenga, near the city of Chittagong. It is a deepwater seaport dominated by trade in containerised manufactured products (especially garments, jute and jute goods, leather products, fertilisers and seafood), raw materials and to a lesser extent passengers. It is one of the two main sea port of Bangladesh - most of the export and import of the country are handled via this port. Window berthing system was introduced at the seaport on August 6, 2007, enabling the sea port to provide the arrival and departure times of all ships. Two berths at the port terminal are kept in reserve for emergency. In 2006 the port handled 27 million tonnes of cargo and 0.8 million tonnes of containers. The port handled 1.5 million TEUs (twenty equivalent units) containers in 2010-11, up from 12.12 lakh TEUs in the previous year, according to the CPA Traffic Department. 

The history of Chittagong port dates back to the fourth century B.C. Malayan history chronicles the journey of the sailor Buddha Gupta from Chittagong to Malaya in the 4th century B.C. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea documents the existence of Chittagong port in the ancient times. Chittagong derives its name from the Arabic word Shetgang (Shet means delta and Gang the river). The Arab traders considered Chittagong to be the delta of the Ganges. 

Chittagong port has been mentioned in the works of Ptolemy, Fa-hien, Hieu-en tsng, and Ibn Battuta. This was an important port used by the traders from the Middle East, China, Turkey, Europe to trade with this part of the world. 

During the 9th century the activities of the port increased tremendously as the Arab traders started using the port as their base port. They used to call the port "Samunda". The port was under their control at the time. 

The 16th century saw the arrival of the Portuguese. Joaoda Silveria was the first Portuguese Captain to reach the port. He arrived with his ship “LOPO SOANA” in 1517. The Portuguese named the Port PORTE GRANDE (a great Port ). The records show that the Porte Grande offered easy access and safe anchorage to ships of 20 feet draught. 

It remained a port during Moghul time. Later in early 19th century the British took control of the Chittagong port.The port of Chittagong became a natural outlet for the Northeastern regions of the then British-India that led to the enactment of Port Commissioner’s Act of 1887. At that time the facilities of the port consisted of five wooden and one pontoon jetties. In the year 1889-90 the port handled exports totalling 1.25 lac tons.

Premier University, Chittagong
Premier University (Bengali: প্রিমিয়ার বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) or PUC is a private university in Chittagong, Bangladesh. It was established in 2002 by the local government institution Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), has the advantages of the best of both Private University and Public University Systems. According to an international educational survey conducted by Australian govt. in 2007, it received a position of "A" category university. It attaches the paramount importance to the quality of education it imparts to the students. 

The ex-mayor of Chittagong City Corporation, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, conceived the idea of establishing a center of excellence for higher education and learning in Chittagong and initiated a needs assessment in 1998. A project proposal for Premier University was submitted to the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh in May 2001. The proposal was approved by the Government of Bangladesh under the Private University Act, and the Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC) approved the curricula of Premier University. 

The university came into being on December 5, 2001 and launched its academic programs in January 2002. 

The university joins the advantages of both private and public university systems. The university do not pursuit any commercial goals, making the tuition fees considerably lower compared to other private universities in Bangladesh. Special focus is set on creating an awareness of the socio-economic realities of developing societies in general and of Bangladesh in particular. 

During the first years, the university offered a four-year Bachelor's and two-year Master's degrees in only a few subjects. 

Premier University IT Institute, a centre of research and development, was established jointly by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The project was initiated with the support of Chittagong City Corporation. The objective of this institute is to provide practical experience to the students of the departments. The institute also intends to contribute extensively to the digitization of Chittagong City as announced by the Honorable Mayor Alhaj ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury. As part of the scheme, the institute will design, develop and set up the ‘e-governance’ for the Chittagong City Corporation. Setting up ‘E-governance’ will augment the ability of Chittagong City Corporation to extend support and help to general people of Chittagong city. 

The IT institute will contribute positively in several ways. It will allow Premier University students to gain hands-on experience as they will work there as interns. The institute will provide the world class training of CISCO (CCNA, CCNP, CCSP), Oracle, Nortel, Microsoft, Linux and Sun Solaris. This will help to overcome the shortage of IT-skilled people in Bangladesh. 

It will create jobs in IT and electronics in Chittagong. 

The institute will contribute to the economy by developing, designing and manufacturing products and services which are now imported from abroad. This will help to improve the balance of payment position of the country. 

Chittagong is a picturesque city adjacent to the Bay of Bengal. Premier University is in the city centre near Chittagong Medical College and close to Chittagong Railway Station and the central bus depot. 

Premier University consists of four buildings: two of them form the main campus, with the other ones (Business department building and Press Club) set off. The acquisition of further premises near Foy's Lake is planned. 

Premier University has a credit transfer agreement with the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, NB, Canada. Further academic cooperation and collaboration is being negotiated with a number of well-known universities in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. 

Premier University co-operates with an International Academic Advisory Council, which consists of the following eight members: 
  • Muhammed Kabir, Professor of Economics, director of graduate programs and current Associate Vice President at University of New Brunswick (chairman) 
  • Bambang Tri Cahyono, Jakarta Institute of Management Studies 
  • David Gibson, Research Professor of Technology at Norwich University 
  • Jan Nowak, Professor of International Marketing and director of graduate programs at University of New Brunswick 
  • Thomas O'Toole, Professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University 
  • Dennis McConnell, Professor of Finance at University of Maine 
  • Benjamin Kissle, Associate Professor of Statistics at University of the Virgin Islands 
  • Felina Young, Professor of Business Management and Entrepreneurship at San Beda College 
Premier University includes faculties for engineering, business administration and arts. The teaching staff consists of Bangladeshi as well as foreigners. Some lectures are held by outside experts in to order to provide insights into "the real life environment" and by visiting scholars.

Govt. Haji Muhammad Mohsin College, Chittagong is a renowned educational institution in Bangladesh. It was established in 1913 as a Maddrasa (Chittagong Maddrasa) which was gradually developed into a college (Islamic Intermediate College) in 1967 and subsequently into a Degree College (Haji Mohd. Mohsin College) in 1979. Now it is a Pioneer College of Bangladesh. 

  1. To turn out quality students for the nation. 
  2. To ensure quality education. 
  3. To materialize Govt. Policy to keep the educational institutions free from unfair means in the examination. 
  4. To make the students fit for extra-curricular activities, 
  5. To equip the students to open up brighter future. 
  6. To maintain a congenial atmosphere in the college premises. 
  7. Above all to disseminate the light of education among knowledge thirsty pupils.
  1. Admission of quality students . 
  2. Orientation program . 
  3. Counseling system with the help of the teachers. 
  4. Regular theoretical, practical and tutorial class. 
  5. Ensuring regular class attendance. 
  6. Terminal Examinations. 
  7. Parents day. 
  8. Modern audio system in the class-room

Saint Placid's High School (SPS) was founded by the Anglo Belgian Benedictines (Congregation of Holy Cross) in Chittagong, Bangladesh, in 1853 when the country was under British occupation. The school was named after Saint Placid, a Benedictine Saint of the 6th century. It was the first school to be taken over by Religious Order of Holy Cross in 1853. St. Placid's features a high standard of education in English that is consistent with international educational standards for High School. It has been regarded as one of the top schools in the country.It's scout troop was founded in 1923 and was three times national champion. It is still regarded as one of the best troops in Bangladesh. St.placid's basketball team is currently national champion. 

Saint Placid's is one of many English medium schools that were started by Christian missionaries during the time of the British rule. The schools were used to educate the Christian community of the regions they served to give them the advantages of education in the British ruled Indian subcontinent. They were also used to promote the conversion of people to Christianity especially from the poor who saw the schools as an added benefit for their children. Throughout their history though, these schools also took in students who were the children of the wealthy who could afford the fees that were charged to non-Christians. These students may have formed the majority and also provided income to the schools. After independence, the schools remained and adapted to the new countries they served (India, Pakistan and later Bangladesh as it became independent of Pakistan). They catered more and more to the children of the emerging middle class and also had a secular public front that was aligned with the religious sensitivities of the local people. At St. Placid's in the 1960s for example, the day started with the national anthem at assembly and when the students reached their "home room" they recited the Lord's Prayer, which was deemed consistent with both Muslim and Christian beliefs. The school provided an excellent curriculum for education in English that allowed its alumni to go on to college and take their places in the upper eschelons of educated and affluent society. Throughout recent history, the success of such schools was due in part to what the educated classes saw as the failure of the public education system. St.Placid's as well as similar schools filled the gap between what was seen by the educated and affluent members of society as the best education for obtaining the most desirable jobs in the government and business, and what the public education offered.In recent years it's result is really encouraging.

Shah Amanat International Airport (IATA: CGP, ICAO: VGEG), (Bengali:শাহ আমানত আন্তর্জাতিক বিমানবন্দর, Śhā Amānat Antarjātik Bimānbandar) named after a Muslim saint, is an international airport serving Bangladesh's south-eastern port city of Chittagong and the Bangladesh Air Force. It is Bangladesh's second largest airport. It was formerly known as MA Hannan International Airport but was renamed on 2 April 2005 by the government of Bangladesh. The move was controversial since the previous name honored a member of the Awami League who were the opposition party at the time. The airport handles about 21% of Bangladesh's air traffic, almost 66% of it is handled by Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, nearly 4% by Osmani International Airport and the remaining 9% by Bangladesh's 5 domestic airports. 

Thai Airways, Phuket Airways and Kuwait Airways terminated flights to the airport. 

Shah Amanat International Airport is known by several other names. They include; Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport, Patenga Airport, SAIA. 

The airport is located in the Patenga area of the city, 20 kilometers (13 mi; 11 NM) west from the city's main commercial hub, GEC Circle and 18.5 km south of the city's railway station on the North bank of the Karnaphuli River. There are no hotels or restaurants near the airport. Numerous hotels and restaurants are available in the city center.The airport was built in the early 1940s under the British rule, it officially became a Bangladeshi airport in 1972 after Bangladesh's liberation war. At first, it was mainly used for connecting Dhaka and Chittagong, but in the mid 1990s Bangladesh Airlines started international flights to Dubai and a few Saudi Arabian cities and the airport officially became an international airport. 

In 2005, a major renovation and expansion began at the airport, which ended in 2006. The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh received financial assistance from the Japanese government for the upgrade. 

The upgrade modernized the terminal building with new and better seats, more counters, better security equipment and many other facilities. The Air Traffic Control tower also received new hi-tech equipment such as 3-D radars. The runway, taxiway and the tarmac were expanded and improved. 

The improvements turned the airport into a modern international airport. After the upgrade, any large aircraft such as the Boeing 777 or the Airbus A330 or Airbus A340 could land easily. 

In late 2011, it was announced that the airport would undergo second renovations to upgrade it to a category 2 airport. The renovating would; add 2 more boarding bridges, extend the runway to a length of 3200 meters (3.2 km, 10,500 ft) and the taxiways would be extended to full length. The tarmac will also be expanded if the taxiway extension leaves empty space. The renovation began towards the end of December and as of 6 January 2012, only the runway job is making progress. The airport has one Terminal building divided into two parts; International and Domestic with a boarding bridge in each of them. The International part of the Terminal is larger in size compared to the Domestic one due to higher number of people flying to foreign destinations. The building is also divided into two floors; The lower floor is used for checking in, boarding or getting off small planes and receiving luggage while the upper floor is used for boarding or getting off large planes only.The airport's air traffic control tower is located just 50 meters left of the airport terminal. It has a clear view of the tarmac and taxiways but is far away from the runway. Heavy rain or fog can make it difficult for controllers to see planes taking off or landing. 

The tarmac, or aircraft parking zone of the airport is located directly behind the terminal and left of the runway. Up to 6 jumbo jets, such as Boeing 747-8s, can be parked at once there. The parking points are usually empty as most of the planes that arrive there takeoff soon after and the planes of local airlines are generally parked at Shahjalal International Airport overnight. A small civil plane hangar, belonging to Biman is available but is rarely used. 

The Bangladesh military have a parking zone and two plane hangars right of the runway at the airport. The Bangladesh Air Force keep a few planes here which have direct access to runway. 

Shah Amanat airport has three parking zones, one civil and two VIP. The civil one is located just in front of the terminal, it has a capacity of 360 cars. This zone is usually loaded with public transport, mostly auto-rickshaws and micro-buses. The zone is made of concrete and asphalt, surrounded by a grass patch. 

Both VIP parking zones are located beside the terminal, one left and one right. The one on the left is for people who work at the airport or one of the airlines that use the airport, such as pilots or air traffic controllers. The other is used by the VVIPs and the Media. 

The airport can be easily accessed by car or taxi thorough the city's Agrabad area. 

Southern Medical College & Hospital (SMCH) was established 2006 aiming to give nation a group of luminous medical graduates who can help the have-nots by providing highest possible quality of compassionate and cost-effective care and treatment, to each and every patient, producing high levels of patient satisfaction. The main object of the institute is to demonstrate high-standard of medical education, training of personnel and to conduct experiments and research in various disciplines of medical sciences.

Southern University Bangladesh (Bengali: সার্দান বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) or (SUB) is a private university in Chittagong, Bangladesh. SUB was established in 1998 under the Private University Act 1992. The university founded by Sarwar Jahan and Ishrat Jahan. It began its life as the Institute of Management & Information Technology (IMIT). SUB is affiliated by the University Grants Commission Bangladesh. 

1998: The Institute of Management & Information Technology (IMIT) was established with joint enrolment program with American universities to offer Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs. 

2000: IMIT became an affiliated institute of UK, USA. 

2001: The institute sponsors (Sarwar Jahan and Ishrat Jahan) formed a non-profit organization called AJ Foundation under which Southern University was established. AJ Foundation has been registered under the Societies Regulation Act XXI of 1860, Issue 574, CHC 151, 2001 

2002: Southern University Bangladesh absorbed IMIT under the guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGC) Bangladesh (the highest accredited body for Bangladeshi universities). UGC and the Ministry of Education of the Government of Bangladesh approved Southern University as a legal private university in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Southern University Bangladesh originated from the establishment of an institute in 1998 as an affiliated higher educational center of USA and UK universities. After successful operation for a number of years, the promoters of the institute Sarwar and Ishrat Jahan conceived the idea of establishing a private University at Chittagong to cater to the increasing higher education needs of the port city. On the recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Ministry of Education the Government of Bangladesh accorded approval to this private University on January 14, 

2003. The university is administered by Southern University Trust.

The University of Chittagong (Chittagong University, CU, Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public university situated at the suburban area of Hathazari, Chittagong district, Bangladesh. The university was established in 1966. The campus is 22 km north of Chittagong city. The University of Chittagong is surrounded by hills, and bisected by a small stream which made this university a famous tourist spot across the country.It is a multidisciplinary research university. The university ranks among the top public and private universities of Bangladesh. Currently, it is the third largest University in Bangladesh with more than 20,000 students and about 800 faculty members. 

Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who used to be a faculty member of this university, the founder of Grameen Bank, the pioneering figure in Microcredit theory of Economics, and the 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace, started his first microcredit experiments from this very campus at the neighbouring village of Zobra. Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam, a notable mathematician and physicist.

On 3rd December 1965, Professor A R Mallick (1918–97), as project Director, inaugurated the work of founding the Chittagong University with only three employees, one typewriter, and a photocopier in a house on Road 3 of Chittagong City's Nasirabad Housing Society. The Chittagong University Ordinance was promulgated on 25 September 1966 and Professor Mallick was given the charge of Vice Chancellor on that very day. He assumed charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the university on 9th October 1966. 

The university started its academic programme on 28 November with classes of MA (Preliminary) programme with only 200 students in the departments of Bengali, English, History and Economics under the faculty of Arts. After a short while Medical, Engineering, Law, and Education Colleges situated outside the university campus were incorporated as separate faculties, and thus the university's educational activities kept expanding. 

The university offers 4 Year Bachelor of Science (Honors) (B.Sc.), 1 Year Master of Science (M.Sc.), both thesis and course work based, under the faculty of Science. Also, Post Graduate Degrees (PGD) in Computer Science and Information Technology are offered. 

It offers 4 Year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and 1 Year Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees under the faculty of Business Administration, 4 Year Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) and 1 Year Masters of Social Science (MSS) degrees under the Faculty of Social Science, 4 Year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and 1 Year Masters of Arts (MA) degrees under the faculty of Arts, 4 Year LLB and 1 Year LLM degree under the Faculty of Law. The university also offers 2 Year MS, 2 Year MPhil and 3 Year PhD degree by research. 

Chittagong University is the pioneer to offer 4 year BBA, BSc(Hons) in Forestry, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Science in Bangladesh. CU is the first university in the Indian Sub-Continent to have started a BBA Program. The university is also reputed for its Law Faculty. The law graduates from Chittagong University have already proved themselves in various competitive exams like Judiciary Service Commission's (JSC) exam, Bar Council's exam, BCS exam, and many other corporate recruitment tests. CU Law Faculty is considered as the best law Institution among the universities of Bangladesh. 

Due to growing demand of its MBA, in February 2012, the university authority started to offer another MBA program under a newly established business wing namely Center for Business Studies (CBS). Faculty of Business Administration of CU launched the Center for Business Studies (CBS) at its Chittagong City campus as an affiliated center for Professionals. CBS offers the two year Evening MBA Program for Graduates from different disciplines. University Grant Commission (UGC), Academic Council and Syndicate team have already approved the CBS; it started its journey in February 2012 towards being a Center of Excellence. In 2011-12 session, CU opened three new departments namely Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Pharmacy and Persian Language. 

The medium of instruction English, except for departments such as Bengali, Arabic etc. Some faculties approve both English and Bengali as medium of instruction. In this respect it is up to the students to choose any of the languages they feel comfortable with in their studies.With a modest beginning of 4 departments in 1966, the University of Chittagong has grown to 8 individual faculties, 38 departments, 6 institutes and 5 research centers. It has 4 affiliated Govt. Medical colleges under the Faculty of Medicine and 1 Veterinary Medical College under the faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The veterinary medical college has recently been upgraded into a separate University. As such the number of faculties at present is 7. Current student enrollment is more than 19,050. Following is a list of faculties and the related departments:

Faculty of Engineering:
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
  • Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering 
Faculty of Science
  • Department of Chemistry 
  • Department of Mathematics 
  • Department of Statistics 
  • Department of Physics 
  • Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry 
Faculty of Biological Sciences:
  • Department of Botany 
  • Department of Zoology 
  • Department of Microbiology 
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Science 
  • Department of Soil Science 
  • Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 
  • Department of Psychology 
  • Department of Pharmacy 
Faculty of Arts
  • Department of Bengali 
  • Department of English 
  • Department of History 
  • Department of Philosophy 
  • Department of Fine Arts 
  • Department of Islamic History & Culture 
  • Department of Arabic & Farsi 
  • Department of Pracchovasha  
  • Department of Islamic Studies 
Faculty of Social Science
  • Department of Communication & Journalism 
  • Department of Public Administration 
  • Department of Economics 
  • Department of Political Science 
  • Department of Sociology 
  • Department of Anthropology 
  • Department of International Relations (IR) 
  • Department of Home Economics 
Faculty of Business Administration
  • Department of Accounting and Information System 
  • Department of Management Studies 
  • Department of Marketing studies and International Marketing(MSIM)
  • Department of Finance and Banking
  • Center for Business Studies (City Campus) for MBA (Evening) program 
Faculty of Law
  • Department of Law 
Faculty of Medicine
  • Chittagong Medical College 
  • Comilla Medical College 
  • Noakhli Medical College 
  • Cox's Bazar Medical College 
  • Maa o Shishu Medical College 
  • Southern Medical College 
  • BGC Trust Medical College 
  • Chittagong International Dental College 
  • Institute of Applied Health Sciences 
  • Institute of Community Ophthalmology 
  • Southern Medical College 
  • Central Medical College, Comilla 
  • Eastern Medical College, Comilla 
  • Moinamoti Medical College, Comilla 
Other affiliated colleges
  • Begumgonj Textile Engineering College, Noakhali 
  • Textile Engineering College, Chittagong 
  • Chittagong Home Economics College 
  • Chittagong University Laboratory School and College 
Research Centre for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (RCMPS) in 1989 opened by the Nobel Prize winner scientist Professor Abdus Salam. University has Bangladesh National Cadet corps and Rover Scout for students to develop students' leading and social service capability. Recently, a group of students of Journalism Department of Chittagong University developed country's first campus based online news paper. 

University of Science & Technology Chittagong (USTC) (Bengali: বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, চট্টগ্রাম) is one of the premier private universities in Bangladesh. The university was established with the sponsorship of a private charity on May 13, 1989. Previously it was started as Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS), later it was upgraded to USTC as a full phased university after the promulgation of the Private University Act,1992. It offers 12 subjects in five faculties. The faculties are:
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology 
  • Faculty of Medicine 
  • Faculty of Basic Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Faculty of Business Administration 
  • Faculty of Social Science and Humanities 
USTC owns seven-storied library building and considered to be one of the largest library in Bangladesh. The library has three sections comprised by modern technology and has accommodation for 150 readers at a time. USTC provides well-stocked resources for its students in the library. They are as follows:
  • Books 6791 + 
  • Journals 5021 + 
  • Books supplied by the British council Library on long-term loan, Chittagong 50 copies (renewable). 
  • Audio and Video Cassettes 100 + 
  • Reference resources 190 + 
The university has Gulmeher Hall for female students. It can accommodate both foreign and non-local female students. There is one hall available for male students - Syedur Rahman International Hall for foreign students. There is a separate hostel for internees.

When USTC began its journey in 1989, it had only two professors and nine lecturers. But now the total number of full time teachers are 148. USTC has 5000 students and among the students, over 85 percents of foreign students, including India , (mainly from Kashmir and Assam ), Nepal, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Jordan,USA ( non resident bangladeshis), Maldives ( only a few who got admitted in 2011 session), and Palestine. The average ratio of teacher-student is 1:20.

One of the unique feature of USTC is about its auditorium. It is fully air conditioned and accommodating 1000 audiences. There is also a gallery available for 100 audiences. The auditorium is ideally suited for conference and seminar.

The university has an arrangement of extra curricular activities for its students. Such as sports and games, debates, seminars and cultural activities. All extra curricular activities are held by Student Welfare Council of USTC.

The university has an awesome systematic situation in Student-Student or Teacher-Student communication. Recently (26th November 2011) some students of CSE Autumn 2011-12 batch created a social communication blog ( for all the students & teachers. This make the sharing & communicating with each other more flexible.

Bangladesh has two Cemetery for World War II. One is at Chittagong, and another is at Comilla. It is a bit hard to find the place. Cause you have to take an Auto Rikshaw to reach there. And most of the driver doesn't know this place as Cemetery. You have to tell them you wanna go to the graveyard of Christian People. The exact location of the Cemetery is at 19 Badsha Mia Chowdhury Road. It will take 30-40 taka Auto rikshaw fair. If you are outside from Chittagong, then you can reach Chittagong by Bus, Train or Air. 

This Cemetery has 755 graves of soldiers of the Allied Forces who laid down their lives on the Indo-Burmese front during World War II. Few of them are unidentified. Below is the list of soldiers from different country. Most of the soldiers buried there were from Australia, Britain, Canada, East and West Africa, British India and New Zealand. The total area of the cemetery is eight acres and it is protected and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

Cemetery of World War II (WWII) in Chittagong

The Zia Memorial Museum is housed in an interesting mock-Tudor mansion. Among its much-revered collection is the microphone and transmitter with which President Zia proclaimed the country’s independence in 1971, and you can see the blood-stained and bullet-damaged wall at the foot of the stairs where Zia was shot. 

The Zia Memorial Museumin represents beautiful architectural features of South East Asia. Previously, the building was used as circuit house but when President Zia-ur Rahman was killed by a group of disgruntled army personnel, the Circuit house was declared as Zia Memorial museum. We can see late president Zia-ur Rahman’s daily usage materials in this museum.

Chittagong Divisional Stadium (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম বিভাগীয় স্টেডিয়াম), currently known as Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (Bengali: জোহুর আহমেদ চৌধুরী স্টেডিয়াম); (after the former Labour Minister) and previously known as Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, is a sports venue located in the port city of Chittagong in south-eastern Bangladesh. It became a Test cricket venue on February 27, 2006 when it hosted a Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It hosted two group matches during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. It has seating capacity of over 20,000. It is one of the major venue of 2014 ICC World Twenty20. It is also the home to the Chittagong Kings and franchise from BPL. 

Situated about half-an-hour outside the city centre, the Chittagong Divisional Stadium was one of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. It was finally granted full international status in January 2006, ahead of Sri Lanka's visit to the country. The stadium itself is an unremarkable concrete bowl set in acres of prime agricultural land, with a three-tier pavilion providing the focal point. The stadium provides the view of the beauty of lush trees, the port, and ships in the coast. It is was installed with floodlights prior to the World Cup; it is the second cricket ground in Bangladesh to be equipped with floodlights and have the ability to host Day/night cricket matches. The stadium has a very poor drainage facility. 

It was the second venue in Bangladesh for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the other being Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. It hosted two matches, Bangladesh against Netherlands, and the historic match between Bangladesh and England, where the home team nail-bitingly beat England.

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