Future will be better than thy past" is inscribed at the entrance of University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS) located at Baridhara in the capital to make students optimistic. Sufi Mohamed Mizanur Rahman, chairman of PHP Group, founded the UITS, the first ever IT-focused private university in the country, in 2003. Over nine thousand students are studying in the university approved by the University Grant Commission. The UITS Vice Chancellor Professor Muhammad Samad said, "Notably, the UITS combines ethics with scientific research. We have a special research centre and publish a research journal regularly." The university's IT and CSE department Head Prof Sudipta Ghose said the name and fame of the university, so far, have attracted not only the attention of the local students but also of the foreign students.
The UITS endeavours to provide a comprehensive education to develop intellectual and personal strengths of its students while allowing knowledge to be more accessible to the larger community. The academicians of the UITS always promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, scholarly endeavours and the enhancement of comprehensive knowledge of the students.
The UITS offers 17 under-graduate programmes under three schools namely School of Science and Engineering, School of Business and School of Liberal Arts and Social Science.
The university has three libraries enriched with thousands of books and local and foreign journals. There is high speed internet with wireless fidelity (wi-fi) facility on the campus.
There are 27 air conditioned labs for engineering faculty's students. All the labs are equipped with inter-lab networking.
The university offers scholarships to insolvent but meritorious students as well as the students under freedom fighter categories.
The UITS auditorium helps the students organise different cultural events and seminars. There are high quality lighting and presentation facilities in the auditorium.
Different food items are available at the spacious cafeteria on the campus. There is a prayer room just beside the cafeteria.
There are three students' clubs namely Computer Club, Club for Social Service and Electronic and Communication Club in the university to explore the inner talent and creativity of the students.
The clubs help the students to represent their campus at national and International levels.
What the students say:
Computer science and engineering (CSE) department student Arifa Jaman Anika said, "I am very happy to be a student of the UITS because we can learn ethics from our teachers."
Jobayer Arman, an IT department student, said, "The university maintains unique quality in its engineering programme. As the academic programmes of the university are IT-focused, we get a different environment here."
Sadiqun Nahar, another student of the CSE department, said there are many opportunities for the IT graduates. The UITS contributes to the development of the country through focusing on computer science and engineering.
Vice chancellor says:
The VC Prof Samad said, "The UITS aims at redefining goals of higher education and sustainable economic growth of the country through a tripartite relationship among itself, industries and reputed universities and institutions at home and abroad".
"The university imparts experiential learning which enables students, teachers and community partners to integrate academic learning with practice while addressing specific community needs," he added. "The learning process empowers students to take initiative and to engage in an integrated and multidimensional ways to address the diverse cultural needs of Bangladesh and the global village," said Prof Samad.