History of IUT
Islamic University of Technology at Dhaka, Bangladesh commonly known as IUT is a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), representing fifty seven member countries from Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.
It was initially established as the Islamic Centre for Technical and Vocational Training and Research, ICTVTR in pursuance of the Resolution No. 5/9-E of the Ninth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) held in Dakar, Senegal in 1978. The foundation stone of ICTVTR was laid on 27 March 1981 by His Excellency Late Ziaur Rahman, the President of Bangladesh in the presence of His Excellency Late Yasir Arafat, President of Palestine and Late Dr. Habib Chatty, the then Secretary General of the OIC on the 30-acre land donated by the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the OIC.
ICTVTR was renamed as the Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT), by the Twenty-second ICFM held in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco in 1994. It is mandated to help develop human resources in the Member Countries of the OIC in the fields of engineering and technology as well as technical education.
The process of renaming Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT) as Islamic University of Technology (IUT) began with a discussion in the 25th meeting of the Governing Board of IIT held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 20-23 November 2000. In course of deliberation, the Honourable Members of the Governing Board felt the necessity of renaming the Institute and decided unanimously the following:
“5.9.13 The Governing Board opined that considering the academic programmes being conducted in the fields of engineering, technology and technical education, and the level it has reached, IIT might be considered as a typical educational Institution of a Technological University, and in order to facilitate its interactions with other Universities of renown, to enable its graduates to pursue their higher studies elsewhere and to attract meritorious students from the Member States of OIC, it is proposed and recommended that the Institute may be renamed as “Islamic University of Technology” after fulfilling appropriate procedural requirements.”
The recommendation of the Governing Board set in motion the issue of renaming and necessitated the raising of the matter in different hierarchies of authorities of the Institute. After getting the required clearance from the Governing Board, the above proposal was placed before the 24th Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECSA) held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 10-13 February 2001, which also acted as the General Assembly of the Institute and was approved unanimously vide recommendation No. 48/24-E (Clause - 5) on activities of the Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT), Dhaka which reads as follows:
“5. Approves the proposal to rename the Institute as ‘Islamic University of Technology (IUT)’ as recommended by the Governing Board, without any financial implications”.
The Honourable Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in his report on Science and Technology as a follow-up of above recommendation, reflected in the report of ICECSA, submitted to the 28th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) held in Bamako, Republic of Mali on 25-27 June 2001 highlighted the issue of renaming which reads as follows:
“The Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT), Dhaka, Bangladesh was established by Resolution No. 5/9-E of the 9th ICFM with the name of “Islamic Centre for Technical and Vocational Training and Research (ICTVTR)”. The Institute was renamed by Resolution No. 27/22-E of the 22nd ICFM as Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT). The Institute provides a professional training leading to engineering degrees in various technical sectors. Name of the Institute is proposed to be changed into Islamic University of Technology.
As the institute constitutes a privileged instrument of inter-Islamic
cooperation in the domain of specialized human resources, it should be supported financially and morally, in its strive to attain state of the art academic standards.”
Following the recommendation of the ICECSA and report of the Secretary General and on the recommendation of the Committee for Economic and Social Affairs, the following remarkable decision was adopted on 27 June 2001 in the final Plenary of the 28th Session of ICFM vide Resolution No. 48/28-E on activities of Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT), Dhaka:
“Approves the proposal to rename the Institute as ‘Islamic University of Technology (IUT)’ as recommended by the Governing Board, without any financial implication.”
The decision of the 28th Session of the ICFM was made public through Final Communiqué, relevant extract of which is as follows:
“124. The Conference commended the activities of the Islamic Institute of Technology in Dhaka, decided that the Institute should become a university without financial implications, with the title “The Islamic University of Technology”, and encouraged it to continue its efforts in developing the human resources of Member States in the area of science and technology.”
The renaming of IIT as IUT is an important milestone in the annals of this unique educational institution, only of its kind under the umbrella of the OIC which has been emerging as the most visible demonstration of the Islamic Solidarity and Joint Islamic Action under the Makkah - Al - Mukarramah Declaration.
IUT is basically an educational and research institution offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes conducted in the fields of engineering and vocational education. It also offers knowledge and skill updating and upgrading short and special courses as needed by the Member States. International and regional seminars and workshops are also arranged regularly by IUT to provide forums and to keep abreast of the latest technological developments. It also undertakes technological and industrial research projects, promotes technical cooperation, exchanges technical know-how and disseminates basic information of development of human resources as co-focal point under UN-OIC collaboration among the Member States of the OIC. IUT ensures coordination between its objectives with other national and regional institutions of the Islamic countries as well as with international institutions. It also undertakes advisory and consultancy services for Government, International Bodies, Foundations and allied Organisations.