Rajshahi College: The Department of Management

-Professor Md. Abu Taleb Sarker


Modern management concept in contemporary world refers not only to arrange management processes, but also to deal with the people, the diverse workplace, changing economic and social environment, increasing application of technology in business, sustaining and remaining competitive in the global marketplace. Management started with the concept of “to manage resources”, that can be traced back to the Babylonian king Hammurabi. Ancient management included a code of 282 laws related to business dealings, personal behavior, interpersonal relations, wages, punishments and other social matters.

Later on the evolution of management concept progressed by solving the challenges of converting resources into result. The modern business world is still facing the challenges to ensure efficient and effective use of the all resources (from financial to the most important one, human resource). The old paradigm of management regarding profit maximization and command and control hierarchy have failed to keep companies remain competitive and meet the emerging contemporary social   and economic needs.

Therefore, the new paradigm of management emerged based on ethics, values, corporate responsibility, sustainability and employee empowerment. According to new paradigm, management has to serve a noble purpose, create value for society, fulfill the higher needs of people and at the same time make money.

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Companies now need an integrated management tool to work in diverse workplace, collaborative organizational structure and also in the dominant work of technology. Companies are looking for a winning combination of people, technology and profit along with keeping social responsibility.

In addition, the growing pressure in business environment has also increased the importance of reforming management education and forcing the educational institutions to develop their curriculum focusing on action learning and practical problem in order to make it more effective and motivating to students. At the same time it gives emphasis to undertake more research work to find out the best way in dealing with the turmoil environment of business.

In Bangladesh business education started at the University of Dhaka in 1921. During that time commerce education meant two years Bachelor of Commerce degree. Later on the two years degree failed to enhance business know-how and skills. As a result three years honours programme was launched in mid-fifties. Management as a subject was introduced in 1957. At present, the expanding horizon of business world particularly increasing business activities in Bangladesh in the global market is forcing the higher education to move from three years to four years honours program. Furthermore, course contents have been modernized and teachers are being trained to enhance quality of management education. Along with the major universities, government colleges under National University of Bangladesh have also been providing quality management education in Bangladesh. Rajshahi College is one of the effective government colleges which has been imparting management education successfully for a long time. In 1952 Rajshahi College launched commerce as a subject with a view to spreading business knowledge and developing a skilled community. Professor Ajmot Ullah and Professor Azgor Ali, joined as teachers of commerce. Later on in 1954 Rajshahi College offered Bachelor Degree in Commerce to enhance the importance of business education in the community.

Many renowned teachers had contributed to developing the Commerce Department by their merit, skill and efficient leadership. Professor Satyaban Das, Professor Nazir Uddin Ahmed, Professor Shafayat Ahmed, Professor Abdur Rahman, Professor Gazi Abdus Salam, Professor Golam Mortuza, Professor Shofiqul Islam, Professor Abdul Mannan, Professor Mohammad Shamsuddin Khan were among them. Particularly, Professor Satyaban Das was the major contributor in developing Commerce Department. He first took an initiative to inaugurate a library and a museum to support and modernize the business education. Professor Abdur Rahman needs to be mentioned here for keeping the continuation of the improvement of Commerce Department. He headed the department for a long time and was the first Chairman of Management Department. After Professor Abdur Rahman, Professor Shamsuddin Khan was one of the most prominent chairmen of Management Department.

In 1973 Rajshahi University launched two business departments-Accounting and Management. During that period Rajshahi Government College was affiliated with Rajshahi University and it also launched two subjects-Accounting and Management. The Management Department of Rajshahi College has significant contribution in enhancing business education and developing skilled community in the Northern part of Bangladesh. Around two thousand students have now been studying in four-year integrated honours courses. One year Masters Program is also going on in Management. At present, the Chairman of the Department is Professor Mohammad Abu Taleb Sarker who works hard to make the department effective by his efficient leadership. The academic results of the department are satisfactory and students are achieving remarkable success in the job market. Students are not only doing their best in academic results but also performing well in extra curricular activities of the college as well. The department has been moving towards excellence with the help of twelve teachers who have commitment, experiences and skills. List of faculty members are given below along with their designation.