Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) is the first and only public university established in Bangladesh in memory of this countrys national poet - Kazi Nazrul Islam. It is located right beside a place popularly known as Battala (shade of banyan tree) at Namapara in Trishal upazilla in the district of Mymensingh.
The name of the place 'Battala' derives from the legendary banyan tree standing for years here at Namapara with its majestic look. Reports have it that poet Kazi Nazrul Islam frequently passed his childhood times playing flute, thereby developing a poetic mind amidst the benign nature surrounding the place during his one-year stay in Trishal in or about 1913-14. The JKKNIU campus still holds on to that beauty of nature having an effect of inculcating its faculty members, students and others with imaginative-innovative mindsets.
JKKNIU was established by the Government of Bangladesh on 01 March 2005, though the initiative for its establishment was taken some years before, firstly by a non-official group of socio-cultural local elites, namely Greater Mymensingh Cultural Forum. The university was originally conceived to be built as the first cultural university in Bangladesh, but the JKKNIU Act enacted in 2006 made it a general university with a special focus on liberal-cum-performing arts education and research.
The academic programs of the university started effective from 03 June 2007 with four departments under two faculties, i.e., the three Departments of Bengali Language & Literature, English Language & Literature, and Music under the Faculty of Arts and the single Department of Computer Science and Engineering under the Faculty of Science & Engineering. Two more departments were established next year under two new faculties, i.e., the Department of Accounting and Information Systems under the Faculty of Business Administration and the Department of Economics under the Faculty of Social Sciences. Two other departments were established beginning in the academic year 2009-2010 under two existing faculties, i.e., the Department of Finance and Banking under the Faculty of Business Administration and the Department of Fine Arts under the Faculty of Arts. Four additional departments were established in the academic year 2010-11 under four existing faculties, i.e., the Department of Dramatics under the Faculty of Arts, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering under the Faculty of Science & Engineering, Department of Public Administration under the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Department of Human Resource Management under the Faculty of Business Administration. As of May 2011, there were in all twelve departments under the four faculties of JKKNIU.
The university has a duly qualified and productive band of youthful faculty members and officers/staffs who are deeply committed to the university's mission to produce world class graduates in academic disciplines of arts, social sciences, science & engineering, and business administration - whose services and dedications are urgently needed for the reconstruction of this country.
Established in 2005, JKKNIU still has miles to go to attain its vision and mission. It is, therefore, absolutely imperative that everyone associated with the university must work together to transform this university into a 'Centre of Academic Excellence' for promotion of human, economical and technological development in Bangladesh. Moreover, this university is also duty-bound to offer duly designed academic programs towards the enrichment of this country's cultural heritage and human values for which our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam relentlessly fought through his writings and songs.