Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (Bengali: রাজশাহী প্রকৌশল ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় (Rajshahi Prokoushol o Projukti Bishshobiddalôe)) or RUET (Bengali : রুয়েট) formerly known as BIT, Rajshahi, is the second oldest Engineering University in Bangladesh. Widely reputed as one of the best engineering universities in Bangladesh. About 1750  students are enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and science in this institution. The total number of teachers is over 100.This University has a reputation for having a very good relationship between students and teachers. The University has continued to expand with the construction of new academic buildings, auditorium complex, halls of residence etc.
RUET is located on the North side of Rajshahi-Natore-Dhaka road at Kazla, 5 kilometers east of Rajshahi city, on 150 acres (0.61 km2) of land. Known as green campus with so many varieties of trees, the campus is laid out with a picturesque landscape by the side of famous Padma River and Rajshahi University.
The Campus presents a spectacular harmony of architecture and natural beauty. The campus area has been divided into different functional zones: (i) Residence for students, (ii) Residential zones of faculty and other supporting staff, (iii) Academic zone for academic buildings and laboratories/workshops, and (iv) Cultural cum social and recreational zones for students. A branch of Bank, a post office,a modern cafeteria, an auditorium and a medical center are located on the campus.In RUET there is also a very big play ground, a central common room (CCR) consisting gymnasium for the students.A secondary school and a college are located in RUET to facilitate the education of the children of the University employees.
Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology is one of the prestigious Universities in Bangladesh offering Engineering and Technological education effectively. It was founded in 1964 as a faculty of Engineering under the University of Rajshahi providing four years Bachelor degree in Civil, Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. However, the institution could not achieve its goal because of the complicated management system: The administration was controlled by the Ministry of Education; academic curriculum by the University of Rajshahi and the infrastructural development and maintenance by the Public Works Department. To circumvent the aforesaid problems several committees and commissions were formed since 1973. On the recommendation of these committees/commissions and having considered the practical aspects, it had been taken a historical step to give autonomy to the four Engineering Colleges to make them centers of excellence of technology and formed a 15 member high-powered committee headed by Professor Dr. Wahid Uddin Ahmed, the then Vice Chancellor of BUET. The consistent effort of this committee ultimately led to the establishment of 4 Engineering colleges to Bangladesh Institute of Technology (BIT) in July 1986. But due to limited autonomy and some constitutional inadequacies of the BIT ordinance, the expected progress of the Institutions could not be achieved. This ultimately necessitates re-framing the Institutes as full-fledged universities. Due to the development of Engineering Education it was the appropriate steps to convert the 4 BITs to Engineering and Technological Universities. The parliament passed the university bill and that ultimately paved the way to commence the activities of university from September 1, 2002. The name of the BIT became Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET).
Faculties and departments
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
- Dept. of Civil Engineering (CE)
- Dept. of Chemistry (Chem)
- Dept. of Mathematics (Math)
- Dept. of Physics (Phy)
- Dept. of Humanities (Hum)
- Faculty of Computer & Electrical Engineering
- Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
- Dept. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)
- Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (ETE)
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
- Dept. of Industrial & Production Engineering (IPE)
This is a three-storied building. It accommodates the offices of Vice-Chancellor, registrar and different departmental Heads. Rupali Bank and Post office are situated in this building. The laboratories of Physics and Chemistry departments are also situated in this building.
The Civil Engineering department has 4 laboratories.
- Soil Mechanics Lab
- Strength of Materials Lab
- Fluid Mechanics Lab
- Environment Lab
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering department has 6 laboratories.
- Electronics Lab
- Electrical machines Lab
- Electrical Measurement Lab
- Telecommunication and Microwave Lab
- Computer Lab
- High Voltage Lab
The Mechanical Engineering department has 7 laboratories and work shops.
- Fluid Mechanics Lab
- Heat Engine Lab
- Machine Shop
- Wood Shop
- Boiler Shop
- Sheet Metal & Welding Shop
- Foundry Shop
Computer Science & Engineering Department has 3 laboratories
- Digital and hardware Lab
- Software and Network Lab
- Software Lab#2
Apart from the educational purposes lab facilities are used for professional testing of engineering materials and equipments to enhance R&D and internal income.
The University provides various educational and related facilities to build students with the ability to plan, administer and manage the latest technologies to decrease the gap between developed and developing countries. A brief description of them is given below.
The central library building is within the walking distance from the academic buildings and students residences. It is a compact building with limited built-in facilities to provide teaching aides such as reading facility, borrowing of books, journals etc. to the students and teachers of RUET. In consistent with the academic curricula, the contents of the central library are being updated consistently to keep up with modern technological trends.
Apart from the central library facility, each degree-awarding department has its own rental library that provides books on rent to the students.
Student Health Service
An on campus medical center provides primary and basic health care facilities to the students (residential and non-residential) free of charges. Two full-time MBBS doctors and other staffs provide these facilities to the students. For specialized consultation on complicated cases, the center refers the patients to specialist consultants.
The university has a central computer center providing computing and Internet facilities to the students and faculty members. The center often offers short training courses and presently with the department of CSE the central computer center is arranging CISCO local academy program.
Directorate of Student Welfare
The Directorate of Student Welfare is responsible for the various activities related to the physical, social and other aspects of welfare of the students. These include arrangement of supervision of halls of residence, programs for physical education, games and sports, supervision of the programs of co-curricular activities of students through the Central Student Union and through the students union of the various halls of residence. It is also responsible for providing health services through the student’s health center.
The Central Students Union, most of its members are elected by the students, maintains and aids the new students in their introduction to the RUET as well as in looking after the problems of the students.
The student unions of the various residential halls also arrange their individual co-curricular activities, literary competitions etc and help the hall administration for its proper management.
Games and Sports Facilities
The sports center of the RUET provides excellent facilities to students for acquiring physical fitness that is indispensable for a healthy mind and body. The University maintains a beautiful playground, tennis lawn and basketball court. The sports center arranges a colorful athletic competition every year in the form of annual sports meet.
For improvement of the standard of games and sports, regular coaching by experts is arranged. The University arranges inter-year, inter-departmental football, cricket and basketball and volleyball competition. Teacher student friendly games are also arranged at times.
Halls of Residence
Student dormitories (called halls in RUET) are important features in campus life. There are six residential halls to provide housing for RUET students. Among them the Ladies D MST Hall is for women, and the remaining five halls are for men studying in the undergraduate level.
Administrative head of a hall is its provost, usually chosen from the more senior teachers of different faculties. The halls are mostly named after national heroes and leaders. These are listed below with their capacities:
|Name of the Halls||Capacity|
|Shahid Lt. Selim Hall||350|
|Shahid Shahidul Islam Hall||225|
|Shahid Abdul Hamid Hall||225|
|Tin Shed Hall (Extension)||100|
|Shahid President Ziaur Rahman Hall||480|
Auditorium Complex and Seminar Hall
The University has an Auditorium Complex with modern facilities having a seat capacity of about 700, which is capable of holding conferences, seminars and other cultural programs. Besides this there are seminar and conference rooms with limited capacity in engineering degree awarding departments