In accordance with Dhaka University Ordinances and Regulations 1973 and recommendations of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology meeting on 25-07-2010 & 19-08-2010, the Dean’s Committee meeting on 24-08-2010 and recommendations of the Academic Council meeting on 25-08-2010, the Syndicate of Dhaka University has established the Department of Nuclear Engineering in its meeting on 29-08-2010. Department of Nuclear Engineering is one of the newest Departments of the University of Dhaka which began its journey in January 2012. This Department is the first of its kind and is the pioneer in nuclear engineering education in Bangladesh.
The vision of the Nuclear Engineering Department of the University of Dhaka is to be recognized as an excellent higher-education nuclear engineering institution in the global arena for effective and peaceful applications of nuclear energy.
The missions of the Nuclear Engineering Department are:
B.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering
M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering
PhD in Nuclear Engineering
About the Department
The Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Dhaka has begun its academic activity in December 2012 under the leadership of Professor Dr. Khorshed Ahmad Kabir. At present, Engr. Mohammad Monzur Hossain Khan is serving as the chairman of the Department. At the commencement, the Department admitted 25 students in the M.Sc. program in a competitive admission test. Currently there are 122 B.Sc. students in five batches and 25 M.Sc. students in two batches. Presently there are twelve faculty members in the department. Of them, two faculty members are pursuing higher studies in abroad. In addition, there are fourteen part-time faculty members mostly from other departments of the University of Dhaka and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).
The Government of Bangladesh has decided to build some nuclear power plants within the shortest possible time to ensure energy security and sustainable economic growth in the country. Many fresh and highly trained nuclear engineers will be needed for planning, design, construction, installation, maintenance, and operation of these power plants. Considering the expansion of nuclear-related activities for power generation and the increased demand for skilled engineers, scientists, and researchers, the department has been established. The Department of Nuclear Engineering will contribute in transforming the Bangladeshi youths into skilled nuclear engineers and scientists. The vision of the department is to be recognized as an excellent higher-education nuclear engineering institution in the global arena for effective and peaceful applications of nuclear energy in the fields of power generation, nuclear medicine, agriculture, and industry.
Department is enriched with well equipped laboratories which cover practical aspects of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, heat transfer & fluid mechanics, thermal-hydraulics and reactor safety, radiation science & health physics, nuclear instrumentation & measurements and computer programming & simulation. Nuclear Radiation Research laboratory has also been established in 2020.
Various research activities in nuclear engineering fields are conducted by the faculties and students in the undergraduate and graduate studies. Major research area covers reactor statics, kinetics & dynamics, thermal hydraulics, computational fluid mechanics, nuclear safety and security, radiation protection and shielding, radioactive waste management, nuclear analytical techniques, nuclear medicine etc. The Department is linked with the largest research facilities of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE), Savar, Dhaka which is run by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).
Graduated students will get chance to work at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), Nuclear Power Company of Bangladesh Ltd. (NPCBL), Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA). In addition, prospective students have opportunities to work at departments of nuclear engineering, physics departments, and related R&D organizations in home and abroad.
The university is interested to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to advance knowledge through our teaching and research. There are already some collaborative activities ongoing. Department of Nuclear Engineering of the University of Dhaka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ROSATOM of the Russian Federation for mutual benefits. Scope of works under the MOU includes:
Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Dhaka has already joined International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The role of the INSEN includes nuclear security curriculum development as well as promotion of nuclear security education activities, faculty development and cooperation among universities.