Khulna Agricultural University

খুলনা কৃষি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়

Message From VC

It is my immense pleasure to welcome you all at Khulna Agricultural University (KAU), Khulna. Agriculture is a leading sector contributing for the rapid development of socio-economic status of Bangladesh in recent decades. The father of our nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had a life-long dream to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh by improving the livelihood of farmers and agriculture sector throughout the country.

The southern region of Bangladesh is highly prone for natural disaster and possesses much dissimilarities compared to other areas in terms of agriculture, geography, salinity, biodiversity, climate change and economic status. Sheikh Hasina, honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, has realized the above challenges and thought to establish an agricultural university in this region. Because of her strong wishes, Khulna Agricultural University act was implemented at National Parliament on 14th July 2015. As a founding Vice-Chancellor, I took office on 11th September 2018 and started working immediately thereafter to build KAU as one of the leading Agricultural Universities in Asia.

Despite limitations, the southern part of Bangladesh has huge opportunities for all the aspects of agricultural development. The area possesses vast ocean boundary, many waterbodies and natural resources in addition to the largest mangrove forest of the world, Sundarbans. Crop, livestock and fisheries are the main driven force of agriculture industry. The primary objective of establishing KAU was to produce world class graduates, whose research and skill will contribute in innovating sustainable technologies and high yielding varieties and breeds that would fit well with the climatic and geographical condition of the region. By disseminating these to farmers, a revolution in agricultural production is achievable. Apart from contribution to boost up country’s food production, KAU will focus on ensuring safety food.

We are moving forward to make KAU as the center of excellence for higher-agricultural education and research. Presently our academic programs (undergraduate) are running under 5 faculties comprising 43 departments. The faculties are: 1) Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences; 2) Agriculture; 3) Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; 4) Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Studies; and 5) Agricultural Engineering and Technology. Another two faculties (Faculty of Food Sciences and Safety, and Faculty of Environment, Disaster Risk and Agroclimatic Studies) are in the process to be included. At KAU, first batch undergraduate students took admission in 2018-2019 session. The university is going to offer Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in near future.

We are committed to provide needs-based quality education and cutting-edge research in addition to co-curricular facilities for our students so that they become highly competent to face the challenges of 21st century. I believe our graduates will be a valuable partner for the local community, industry and government as well as for the entire world.

Prof. Dr. Md. Shahidur Rahman Khan, PhD
Khulna Agricultural University, Khulna