Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya

University Of Dhaka


The Britsh lady Mrs. Merryel Hatch Barnwell

বিদ্যালয়ের সম্পূর্ন ইতিহাস সম্পর্কে বাংলায় জানতে এখানে ক্লিক করুন Download it. A Brief History of Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya In the fifties, the Dhaka University campus was abuzz with the Language Movement. Exactly at that time, W.A. Jenkins, Professor ofPhysics was appointed the 7th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka. He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University from November 9, 1953 to November 8, 1956. Despite being a foreign national, Dr.Jenkins was sincere in improving the quality of education of the people of East Bengal. In 1955,during the tenure of Dr. W.A. Jenkins as Vice-Chancellor, an English medium kindergarten called ‘Dhaka English Preparatory School’ was established along the back wall of the residence of the Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University.From 1955 until 1992, it was located on the land next to the Vice-Chancellor's House of the University of Dhaka. The ‘Dhaka English Preparatory School’ began functioning when menial quarters attached to the residence of the vice-chancellor were renovated. Its founder was Mrs. Merryel Hatch Barnwell, a British citizen. In the aftermath of the language movement, the establishment of an English medium school inside Dhaka University Campus with the active participation of a British citizen was a historic event. However, the educational activities of ‘Dhaka English Preparatory School’ started in June 1955. This part of the university with some land and two semi-finished houses was leased to the school on the condition of paying only TK. 10/- per month. The school campus was located here from 1955 to 1992. The number of students in the English medium school called 'Dhaka English Preparatory School' was very small. In a very short time, the number of students continues to increase. Within a few years, it was considered one of the best schools in Dhaka. After the independence of the country in 1971, radical changes took place in the field of education. In the course of this drastic change, in 1972, with the approval of Dhaka University, the ‘Dhaka English Preparatory School’ was transformed into a Bangla Medium School and was renamed as ‘Udayan Bidyalaya’. It was upgraded to a secondary school in 1975. ‘Udayan Bidyalaya’ was approved as a secondary school by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka. In 1999,education activities were extended up to class XI, including science and business education and class XII in 2000. Then the institution was renamed ‘Udayan Uchcaha Madhyamik Bidyalaya’. It is to be noted that ‘Udayan’is the name of a house of the great poet and Novel Laureate of Bangla literature,Rabindranath Tagore. This house is situated in Santiniketan, India. Inspired by this name of the house of our great poet, the school was named ‘Udayan’.‘Udayan’refers to sunrise i.e., rising sun that never goes down. In the eighties, Dhaka University authority relocated ‘Udayan Bidyalaya’ and planned to build a new student hall on that site. In this context, resolution No. 8 (3) of the meeting of Dhaka University Syndicate dated 11-11-1985 states that “the recommendation of the committee formed by the Vice-Chancellor regarding the construction of Udayan Bidyalaya Bhaban (the present building of the school) was agreed upon by the committee in principle. While designing the building, it must be kept in mind that the building should be constructed by keeping it adjacent to the east side wall.” Given the above situation, the Udayan Bidyalaya Authorityat a meeting of the Management Committee on 25-06-1986approved the building plan of the school premises designed by Professor Shamsul Waresh, an architectural designer of BUET. Professor Waresh being benevolent did the school design work without pay. Professor AFM Abdur Rauf, a Civil Engineerof BUET was given the responsibility to supervise the entire project. In the next phase, the construction work was awarded to Messrs. Habib Construction Company through tender and Messrs. Shahidullah Associates was assigned for the overall supervision. The construction work of the building started with the hand of the respected headmistress,Selima Khan, and the construction of the school building was completed during the tenure of the respected headmistress, Shyamoli Nasreen Chowdhury. At that time,the construction of the school building, relocation of the school, and purchase of furniture and equipment cost about TK. 10 crore,and this amount was disbursed from the school’s funds. Many charitable guardiansalso financed the construction of the building. OnMarch 14, 1986, Honourable Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University, Prof. Abdul Mannan inaugurated the construction work of the building. The first classroom activities started in the new building on 13 November 1991. Overall, the school was officially relocated to the new building in 1992. The teachers working in the school donated their one-day salary as a grant for the construction of the present building. The students deposit TK. 10/- per month along with their tuition fees for the construction of the school building. Thus,‘Udayan Bidyalaya Bhaban (the school building)’ was constructed with its own funds. Therefore, today’s ‘Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya’ is a joint effort of Dhaka University authority, its teachers, students, officials, staff, and respected parents and other stakeholders. With the legal complexities with Messrs. Shahidullah Associates, some of the interior cladding work remains incomplete, and the building also needs renovation after its long 21 years of use. In this situation, in 2013, the necessary renovation work was completed by the decision of the Governing Body of this institution. The school needs extra rooms to launch the English version. Then, the then Principaltook the initiative to build the sixth floor of the building. This time the renovation and expansion of the building were designed by Rabiul Islam, architect of Shahidullah Associates, and it was supervised by Shahidullah Associates. Messrs. Hira Enterprise works as a contractor company through an e-tender. A new gate for the school was constructed. The gate was designed by renowned sculptor Hamiduzzaman, a Professor of Fine Arts at Dhaka University, and his wife, Akhtar Jahan (Ivy Zaman), a teacher of Fine Arts at the school. BUET engineer, Professor Dr. Md. Habibur Rahman and the Department of Engineering of DhakaUniversity have always given advice and guidance in all matters regarding the renovation of the building. When the school was established on the land of 3/3 Fuller Road, Dhaka University, the university authority had entered into an agreement with the school for a monthly rent of Tk. 120/- for the land. However, the school has always operated as an independent institution. On 10-08-2003,as per the decision of the Dhaka University Syndicate meeting, the monthly rent was increased to TK. 50,000/-. That decision took effect on July 1, 2003, and the rent was asked to be submitted to STD Account No. 38000293 of TSC Branch of Janata Bank (Letter No. 61115, Date: 13-09-2003, Acting Estate Manager, Dhaka University). The school authority has always requested to maintainsymbolic rent. Since the children of the teachers of Dhaka University study here, the Governing Body of the school requested the Ministry of Education, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to take necessary steps to transfer the management of Udayan Uchcha MadhyamikBidyalaya to Dhaka University, and the decision was taken in a syndicate meeting held on 12-02-2008. However, the decision was not implemented then. Later, in the meeting of the Executive Council of Dhaka University Teachers' Association dated 27-01-2009, it was decided to take Udayan High School under the direct supervision of Dhaka University and to introduce a quota system for admission of children of teachers of this school in Dhaka University. In the context of decision No. 10 (88) of the meeting of the Executive Council of Dhaka University Teachers' Association dated 07-04-2009, it was decided in the last Syndicate meeting of 01-03-2014 to hand over the responsibility of overall supervision of Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya to the authorities of Dhaka University. According to the decision of the syndicate meeting dated 22-11-2015 (decision-31/481) the MPO (Monthly Pay Order) of Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya was canceled and this institution was included in Dhaka University (Memorandum No.-Reg:/Admin-5/3432-34, Date: 30-11-2015). To this end, the Ministry of Education of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh sent a 7-member inspection team to inspect this institution. The inspection team wants to know the written opinion of 12 teachers and 2 employees about whether the teachers and employees want to leave their MPO voluntarily or not. Mr. Khandaker Golam Mustafa and Mrs. Mehejabin Alam Chowdhury disagreed with the withdrawal of MPO. Later, the Ministry of Education upheld the MPO of 12 teachers and sent a letter to include this institution in Dhaka University (Source: 4/G/2007-Ma/2013/3968, dated 21-05-2014). In the meantime, Mr. Khandaker Golam Mustafa died and Mrs. Mehjabin Alam Chowdhury retired. Due to the small number of teachers (10) and 2 staff of the school being enrolled in the MPO, it became complicated to be fully included in Dhaka University. In this context, it was decided to take necessary steps to cancel the MPO of the teachers in the meeting of the Governing Body of this institution. Honourable Principal, Dr. UmmeSalema Begum sent a letter to the Ministry of Education to cancel the MPO (Memorandum No. UB-86 (Ka)/2007-7579). The Ministry of Education again sends a one-member Visiting Inspector again (Memorandum No. 37.00.0000. The mentioned committee conducted the inspection activities and reportedthe cancellation of MPO (MOE Memorandum No. 4G/2017-Ma/2013/7531/7, date: 4/10/2016). In the light of the inspection report, the Department of Secondary and Higher Education of the Ministry of Education of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh withdrew the MPO of the teachers and staff of Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya (Source:4/G/2007-Ma/2013/6344, No. 37.00.0000., Date: 12-07-2017) and placed Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya under Dhaka University. At present Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik is an institution affiliated with Dhaka University. This institution is currently being run by the governing body (Dhaka University) under Regulation No. 49 of the Dhaka Education Board. The number of members of this committee is 07 and the committee is currently presided by the honorable Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, Prof. Dr. Md.Akhtaruzzaman. From 08-03-2004 to 08-03-2007 the school was run without a board of directors. At that time, the school was run by the honorable Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka district as the executive power. The school was founded by Mrs. Merryel HatchBarnwell, a British citizen. Another British citizen, SRL Maria (from 14-07-1955 to 14-07-1959) was the headmaster of the school. Since the school was established under the direct supervision of a British citizen and another British headteacher, the quality of English education in the school was very high from the very beginning. Although the medium of instruction changed later,the standard of English education remains high. In 2013, the English version was introduced in schools along with the Bangla medium. In addition to regular educational activities, the school has Science Club, Debate Club, Cultural Club, Quiz Club, Language Club, Photography Club, Environment and Earth Club, Adolescent Nutrition and Health Education Club, and Satata Sangha (Honesty Association). The school has a Book Reading Program underthe British Council. The students of the school are rewarded in the competition of this Book Reading Program. In 1991, Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya was selected as the best educational institution at the national level. The Dhaka EducationBoard awarded this institution a Crest as the ‘Best Educational Institution’ in 2008since 100 percent of the students successfully passed the SSC examinations from 1975 to 2008. The school ranks 2nd in preparing“Solidarity Massage by Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO” in 2012. In the same year, Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya was awarded the “International School Award” by the British Council. Udayan was honoured as the best educational institution by the Ministry of Education of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in the “Digital Innovation Fair”in 2018. The school was recognized as the Best Stall in 2020 by participating in the historic March 7 speech broadcasting program. History of Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya is a reputed educational institution in Bangladesh. This institution,one of the oldest schools in the country,was established in 1955 on the campus of Dhaka University known as the Oxford of the East. The journey of the school named ‘Dhaka English Preparatory School’ started with the absolute affection of a British citizen. In the course of time, that small educational institution has now grown as ‘Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya’ and continues to advance in its glory as one of the leading educational institutions in the country today. This institution shows its students dreams and helps in realizing them as the school is surrounded by the country’s most important educational institutions i.e., it is bounded on the south by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), on the east by Dhaka Medical College (DMC), and on the north by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University (BSMMU). Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya is still standing with its head held high after witnessing the great Language Movement of 1952, the Education Movement of 1962, the Six-point Movement of 1966, the Mass Movement of 1969, the historic speech of Bangabandhu on March 7, 1971. At present, the school is a member of the Dhaka University family. Today’s Udayan is built on the love of promising teachers, students, staff, and respected parents. The history of Udayan is profound and successful in terms of reality. I hope that the overall progress of Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya will continue in the future as well. Present chairman of this institution is Professor Dr. A. S. M. Maksud Kamal ,Vice-Chancellor ,University of Dhaka .

Why study at Udayan:

As an exemplary educational institution, Udayan puts deep emphasise on the extra-curricular activities that would ensure the betterment of mental as well as physical aptitude of its students. The school publishes an annual magazine comprising English and Bengali articles, poems, fictions etc. written by the students and teachers. There is also a quarterly published by the school called "Udayan Bulletin". There is a debate club which has represented the school in various inter-school debate competitions and brought enormous recognition to the school. The school possesses passionate cricket and football teams which actively participate in the inter-school championships. Students also take part in the physics and math Olympiads and bring rapturous honours to the school. Udayan takes part in scout and girls guide activities and in serving distressed people in situations of flood or other natural calamity. The scout team has participated in many national and international scout jamborees.

Vission and Mission:

Udayan follows the standard curriculum provided by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board. Accordingly, the school provides education for primary, secondary and higher secondary levels. Along with the subjects of national curriculum, the students of KG to 8th grade are required to take part in drawing and physical education classes. There is also a weekly public speaking class for them taken in a multimedia classroom to make them fluent in English speaking and better their speech skills. Students standing for the morning assembly Students of secondary (9th–10th grade) and higher secondary (11th–12th grade) levels are allowed to choose a group between Science and Business studies. Following the curriculum, Udayan prepares its students for PSC (5th grade), JSC (8th grade), SSC (10th grade) and HSC (12th grade) board examinations. Classes are held five days a week having holidays on Friday and Saturday. After the morning assembly for 10 minutes, the classes begin at 8:10 am and end at 2 pm during the summer schedule (8:30 am–2:20 pm during the winter schedule). Students are not allowed to enter the school after 7:50 am. The school hours are split into eight periods consisting 40 minutes each. There is a recess of 30 minutes after the fifth period at 11:30 am.

Profile Of Principal:

Present Principal Jahura Begum.

udayan principal
Fig. Present Principal Jahura Begum

List of previous principal.

Fig. - previous Pricipal list is given below.

Governing Body:

Members of Governing Body

Dr. A. S. M. Maksud Kamal

Chairman, Governing Body
Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka

Dr. S. M. Abdur Rahman

University of Dhaka
Guardian Representative

Dr. Ferdous Zaman
Guardian Representative

Dr. Md. Rezaul Kabir

University of Dhaka
Guardian Representative

Associate Professor
Sohana Mahboob

University of Dhaka
Guardian Representative

Muhammad Abul Monsur
Teachers Representative

Md. Nasir Uddin
Teachers Representative

Principal:Jahura Begum
Secretary Member

List Of Previous Chairman:

Fig. - previous Chairman list is given below.

About Our Campus:

Udayan is located at an alluring site in the Dhaka University Campus. It is situated right at the opposite of Salimullah Muslim Hall and the Dhaka office of British Council. Initially situated on the land next to the Vice-Chancellor's house, the school got its current building completed in 1987. The school has a bit small campus with an area of 30,000 square feet. There is a 6 storied building bearing an aesthetic red brick architecture. The administrative and the principal's offices are situated on the first floor while there are separate rooms for separate subject teachers e.g. all the math teachers share a specific math room which is located in the 6th floor. The labs for physics and biology and chemistry are all situated on the newly made 6th floor and the computer lab is situated on the 4th floor. The library is on the 3rd floor. There is a multimedia lab on the second floor especially to hold the public speaking classes.