About Institute

Swedish Pakistani Institute of Technology (1963)

Sweden Bangladesh Institute of Technology (1973)

Bangladesh Sweden Polytechnic Institute (1979)


          The Present “Bangladesh Sweden Polytechnic Institute” as before “Sweden Bangladesh Institute of Technology” was established at Kaptai in 1963 in the name of the “Swedish Pakistani Institute of Technology”consequent upon a bilateral agreement between the Government of then Pakistan and the Royal Swedish Government.

A Swedish construction company named “SENTAB” was build the whole project on behalf of Royal Swedish Government .Two more institute of same type have been established under the same programme ; One in Landi near Karachi (In 1957) and one in Gujrat (in 1965)  of  West Pakistan.

The present institute at Kaptai was the result of the movement of  “Bangali” students (aprox 30 ) who were studying at Karachi Institute in 1958.  In that time it was very expensive to go Karachi  by aero-plane for study .So they claim their demand to Mr.A.K.Khan the former minister of Industry of central government of Pakistan to establish an Institute in East Pakistan . After many meeting the minister agreed with them and pursued with the government to establish such type of institute at Kaptai.

The objective of its establishment is to train up Co-Engineers who work with professional engineers and scientists and in most of the cases; take up in-dependent responsibilities in production, installation, operation and maintenance of complex equipments. The Institute has actually planned its courses in the line of Polytechnic Institutes with additional facilities for practical training of greater magnitude so that the products of this institute can come out with a skill in certain specialized industrial process along with an understanding of the principles under-lying the processes.

          The ultimate aim of this institute is to fill up the gap of specialized supervisors in mass production systems and to establish new specialized production units independently if they have sufficient financial back ground.

          As per condition in the bilateral agreement, the Royal Swedish Government had provided part of the development and running costs are borne by the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Swedish Technical Specialists had been withdrawn by 1970 when the date of bilateral agreement expired.

          From the very inception of its establishment both administrative and academic activities of “Swedish Pakistani Institute of Technology” and than “Sweden Bangladesh Institute of Technology” were controlled by the Industries Division, Ministry of Industries, Labor and Social Welfare, Government of the then Pakistan and after Government of Bangladesh,. From 1969, this Institute has been placed under the academic control of Bangladesh Technical Education Board (former “East Pakistan Technical Education Board”). The Board conducts Examinations and awards Diploma-in Engineering to the successful candidates who already had their three years training program in this Institute.

          The course and curriculum of this institute have been designed in the beginning in such a way that four departmental batches of students may come out successful in each year as specialized  in Machine shop Technology, Electrical (Installation and Maintenance) Technology, Automobile Technology, and Industrial Wood Technology respectively.

Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Industrial Economics, Shop Management, Industrial Psychology, Human Relation, Technical English are also taught with the subjects of specialized technologies.

The Institute also render advisory services and technical know how to the growing industries and entrepreneurs by providing plans and designs and offering short term and evening courses.

After became “Bangladesh Sweden Polytechnic Institute” (1979) the other remaining department has been added as per following respective year :

In 1980-  Department of Civil Technology.

In 2001- “Department of Civil Technology” and “Department of Wood

                Technology” merge together and form “Department of Civil –Wood


In 2002- Department of Computer Technology

In 2006- Department of Construction Technology

 Now the total picture of the Departments and its respective seat capacities with 4 years cours are  :

(as on 2011)

Sl          Name of the DepartmentSeat capacityYear of Establish
Morning ShiftDay ShiftTotal
1Electrical Technology2424481964
2Mechanical Technology         (Machine Shop)2424481964
3Automobile Technology2424481965
4Civil-Wood Technology2424482001
5Computer Technology4848962002
6Construction Technology4848962006

      Total : Department : 6,          Seat capacity :384 in each batch .

                                                    Total students :   1536  


          “Bangladesh Sweden Polytechnic Institute”- a unique technological institute of its style, started functioning in 1963 with and intake of 50 students in the first year classes. At present(2011) it admits 384 students in the first year classes including 10% more for dropouts.


          The Institute is located at Kaptai in a serene and calm valley near the dam on the KarnafullyRiver. The eye caching view of the kaptaiLake, and small industrial sheds on the valleys, having greeneries all around, provide a natural fascination for all the beauty loving people along with a congenial academic atmosphere.

          The place is connected with Chittagong the port city by 35 miles(56KM) long  road and with “Rangamati” by a 20 miles(32KM) long lake journey. At every 15 minutes interval public buses fly from Chittagong to Kaptai daily via Chandraghona.


          The Institute buildings includes-

(a)     One single storey structure for workshop for Civil- Wood Technology.

(b)    One double storey structure being used for science laboratory and class rooms,

(c)     One double storey structure for office accommodation.

(d)    One single storey structure for the workshops of Automobile, Electrical and Mechanical Technologies.

(e)     One single storey structure for canteen.

(f)       One double storey and one 3 storey structure for students Hostel.

(g)     One 4 storey structure (newly build) for Computer and Construction Technology.

(h)     One wood seasoning chambers and impregnation plant.

(i)       2 blocks of garages and Electric Sub-station.

(j)       One covered walkway linking all the buildings.


1)     The one double storey hostel(named “Swedish Hostel”) building is a modern structure with an accommodation for 176 students. It is luxuriously furnished with common rooms, and indoor game facilities. It is also linked with the academic buildings by covered walkway.

2)     The newly build(in 1985) a 3 storey hostel building (named “Jahangir Hostel”) with an accommodation for 88 students .

Staff quarters:-

          At the beginning (in1964); all the staff members had been provided with family accommodation in the acquisitioned houses from Bangladesh Power Development Board, Kaptai; within their surroundings. Now all the staff are reside in the newly build (in 1986) staff quarter inside the campus.

Play ground:-

          There are open play grounds located very close to the hostel for foot ball, hockey, Cricket, volleyball, badminton, tennis and other outdoor games.

Workshop and Laboratories:-

          Counting the needs for excellent training facilities to the students in up to date working methods, sophisticated shops and laboratories fully equipped with modern machines and tools have been erected for each technology separately. A large amount of money is being spent by the Government every year to keep the shops at par with the industrial growth and development.


          There is a medium size library in the institute with well selected and up-to-date volume of Texts and reference books, Journals (trade, Industrial and educational) and study guides. The Library remains open during class hours and also in the evening hours to enable the students to use the library in their off time.

Medical facility:-

          The Institute has its own doctor as part time basis. Students may avail themselves of medical advice from the doctor and essential medicines are supplied to the students free on the recommendation of the medical office. There is a full time compounder(Medical assistant) to render services to the students. Students can have medicine and hospital facilities from WAPDA, Kaptai and MissionHospital, Chandraghona at their own costs.


          A separate building provided with cooking and facilities is located close to  hostel. To take meal in the canteen is compulsory for the students residing in the hostel. The canteen is run by a committee formed by the students. The students bear all the messing charges .The all activity of hostel and canteen has been supervised by the hostel warden.


(A)         Composition and function of different councils and committees(Past),

(i)                Administrative Council:

(From 1963 to 1970)

1)     The administrative council shall consist of the Advisor(From Swedish government),Director, OSD, Departmental Heads, Hostel Worden, Registrar and Office Superintendent (Secretary)

2)     The “OSD”(Officer on Special Duty) is the rank of “Deputy Secretary” of Ministry of Industry of the Government. Who work here under deputation.

3)     The function of the council shall be to initiate and formulate all policies governing the operation of the Institute.

4)     The council may include, if necessary, representative from other areas of activities.

(ii)              Academic Council:-

1)     Academic council shall consist of the Adviser, Director(Chairman),OSD, all Instructors and the Registrar (Member Secretary)

2)     Its function shall be to determine policies concerning,

(a)   Standards, qualifications, and procedure relating to the admission of students,

(b) Students conduct, Discipline,

(c) Students academic standards and requirements,

(d) Institute’s examinations and promotions,

(B)          Composition and function of council and committees(Present)):

(i)    Academic Council:   (From 1979 )

       1.The academic council shall consist of the Principal, Vice-Principal, Departmental Heads, Hostel Super, Registrar and Office Superintendent (Secretary)

       2.The function of the council shall be to initiate and formulate all policies governing the operation of the Institute.

      3. Its function shall also be to determine policies concerning,

a. Standards, qualifications, and procedure relating to the admission of students,

               b. Students conduct, Discipline,

               c. Students academic standards and requirements,

               d. Institute’s examinations and promotions,

A List of  The Director’s, OSD’s and Principal’s from 1963 has provided separately .

Co-ordinated and Edited by :                                                            April, 2011

Kazi Obaidul Hoque (Opu)

Batch :16, Automobile

E-mail : autolandopu@yahoo.com