Novera Ahmed had already created a sensation in the art world from 1956 to 1960 by producing numerous sculptures both outdoors and indoors. She had also had a major exhibition in Dhaka in 1960. Zainul Abedin himself wrote very highly of her. Therefore, it may be presumed that the fear of misunderstanding has perhaps been overstated.
The opportunity to expand the institution and establish new departments was created when the Institute received College status. Abedin seized the opportunity, and the Department of Sculpture was founded in 1963. He chose Abdur Razzaque to head the new department, who was already teaching at the Institute. Abdur Razzaque had completed his MFA from Iowa State University, USA in 1958. The institutional education of sculpture in Bangladesh was pioneered under the guidance of Professor Razzaque. He also focused on the practice of sculpture and laid the foundation of modern sculpture through his early works. He was the first teacher of all major sculptors of Bangladesh. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in recognition of his lifelong contribution to the art.
In 1963 the Department began its journey. The Department is called the Department of Modeling and Sculpture in the prospectus published in 1965. In the early years, the Department gave lessons to the Pre-Degree classes and the BFA students of the different departments who took sculpture as an optional course. The BFA course was introduced in 1971 and MFA was introduced in 1984. In 1992 when the BFA Honours course was introduced, the department would be called the Department of Sculpture henceforth.
The BFA Degree program was introduced to the Department of Sculpture in 1971. The duration of the course was five years with the first two years called the Preliminary Degree of the Bachelor of Fine Art. After the next three years of departmental specialization, the degree awarded was the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA). The two-year MFA program was introduced in 1984. In the 1992-93 session, the BFA Honours program was introduced to the Department of Sculpture. The Honours program was of four-year duration divided into four sessions of one year each. The integrated course system was discontinued, and the grading system was introduced at the BFA Honors program from the 2006-2007 session and at the MFA program in the 2010-2011 session.
The purpose of the Department is to train professional sculptors who can apply their knowledge in building their careers as independent practicing sculptors and also to be able to contribute their skill and knowledge to different applied fields of three dimensional and two-dimensional visual arts.