The General Education (GED) was established in 2005 and has begun offering general education courses since its inception in line with the University’s General Education Regulation and Policy as guaranteed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. In its realm of study, GED has assembled some of lettered faculties who are very much special and shining in their own areas of study. Their academic quality and achievement talk about their potentials to be exploited for the development of students. These educationists at GED teach principally five courses — Islam: The Way of Life; Introduction to Ibadah, Akhlaq and Manners; The Biography of Prophet Muhammad (sm.) and the Eternal Messages; Political System and Social Justice in Islam; and Bangladesh Studies. Study of these courses may fulfill the timely needs of the students as they confront with dilemma in the unstable global phenomena.
General Education is prolifically an endeavor of multidisciplinary courses’ insertion according to international higher education standard. It mainly encompasses the breadth of knowledge involving the major philosophical knowledge, intellectual and aesthetic prominence, and achievements of humanity as per the spiritual and revealed guidance prioritizing the thrust of time as practiced in modernity. This must include appreciation of the pluralistic nature of knowledge epitomized by the social sciences and humanities, history in integrated and comparative approaches. To achieve and share such an understanding on religious and modern mode of study, learning of GED is imperative. GED aids students in developing intellectual inquisitiveness, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation on religious interpretation of modern terminologies, thoughts and historical outcomes etc. GED, in essence, aims to cultivate a knowledgeable, informed, and literate human being to know his Lord, Prophetic virtuous messages and Islam as a whole in ensuring comprehensive solution for humanity, and the rights and responsibilities of human being as a representative of Allah. The historical development of Indian Sub-continent and Bangladesh and policies adopted by the government in pursuit of a prosperous Bangladesh are also the areas of GED. Upon studying the courses of GED, the learners will be kept in touch with the following innovations:
Integrative Thinking– the ability to synchronize knowledge across the domain, modes of inquiry, historical periods, and perspectives, as well as the ability to identify linkages between existing knowledge of value-based ideology and new information. Individuals who engage in integrative thinking are able to transfer knowledge within and beyond their current contexts.
Creative Thinking– the capacity to fuse existing ideas, or expertise in original ways and the experience of performing, making, thinking, or acting in rational way that may be characterized by innovation, diverse thinking, and intellectual risk taking in the field of knowledge.
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning– the ability to assess one’s own values within the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, describe how different perspectives might be applied to moral and ethical propositions, and consider the ramifications of alternative actions. Individual should acquire the self-knowledge and leadership skills needed to play a role in creating and maintaining healthy, civil, safe, and thriving Muslim Ummah across the globe.
Global Learning– the intellectually disciplined abilities to analyze similarities and differences among cultures; evaluate social, cultural, historical legacies and hierarchies; and engage as community members and leaders who will continue to deal with the intricacies of an ever-changing world. Individuals should acquire the ability to analyze power; identify and critique interdependent global, regional, and local cultures and systems; and evaluate the implications for people’s lives.