Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU) will observe its ‘University Day’ on Sunday.
On July 15, 2001, a government gazette notification was issued for establishing the NSTU.Since then, the day is being observed as ‘University Day.’
Now, the public university located in the coastal belt of Sonapur in Noakhali consists of 250 teachers and 6,000 students.
Prof Dr M Ohiduzzaman joined as the vice chancellor of NSTU on July 2, 2015.
Since his joining, the university attained considerable success in academic and other fields, according to a statement issued by the university.
During last three years, three new faculties, 12 departments and two institutes were set up in the university.
Researchers did 208 basic researches during entire period of the university.Poison-free Okra-1 and Diabetic-free rice are some of the achievements of the researchers.
At present, the university library has 14,000 books, 446 journals, 36,000 electronic books and 4.5 lakh electronic journals.
The prime plan of the university is to acquire 300 acres of additional land in future for building a marine station.
A five-storey green house research centre will also be set up at the university where senior and junior researchers can conduct research activities.
Despite the achievements, the university faces some challenges on its way to advancement.
Most of its students come from Noakhali while students of other regions of the country seldom get admitted to the university due to limited facilities and hazardous communication.
Allocation for education and research is inadequate. Not only that, but the allocation is not distributed in a proper manner.
Students’ study is being hampered greatly due to shortage of scientific equipment.
Local and international standard trainings are inadequate to improve professional skills of faculty and students.
With each passing day, the number of teachers, students and staff are increasing at the university, but they have to face the problem of accommodation thereby hampering its academic and administrative activities.
Of the challenges, acquiring land is a big challenge.
The varsity is also facing regular load-shedding and water crisis as well as shortage of vehicles, university sources said.