Mirzapur Cadet College (Bengali: মির্জাপুর ক্যাডেট কলেজ) is a Military high school in Tangail, Bangladesh. Like other cadet colleges, it follows the national curriculum prescribed by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and gives emphasis to extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
Mirzapur Cadet College has situated at 90°9′ east longitude and 24°5.3′ north latitude. The Bangshi River runs through the east side of the college and on the south and south-west side the Barinda River flows. The Footjani River joins with Barinda River on the west side. It is on the edge of Tangail District, and the nearby Kaliakair Upazila in Gazipur District HQ is 3 km from the college. The college is 8 km south of Mirzapur town, 37 km south-east from Tangail city, and 58 km northwest of the capital city, Dhaka.
After the establishment of Faujderhat Cadet College in Chittagong district and Jhenaidah Cadet College in the Khulna division, the foundation of Momenshahi Cadet College (former name of Mirzapur Cadet College) was planned. The objective of the new college was to prepare army officers for the Pakistan Army.
East Pakistan period
The then-president of Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan laid the foundation stone of Momenshahi Cadet College at the Mirzapur Upazila in the then Mymensingh District (now Tangail district) of Bangladesh on 29 November 1963. The foundation stone is still there on the wall of the main academic building of the college.
Major General Fazle Mukim Khan formally opened the college on 9 January 1965. The first principal was Mr. Michael William Pitt.
Academic activities started from that year with intakes in Classes 7, 8, and 9.
Liberation War period
After the 7 March speech a violent procession by an angry mob entered the college campus on the 8th. Principal Wng Comd Sulaiman Haider Kayani closed the college then and sent all the cadets home. During the liberation war, the college was opened in the first week of November 1971 with Mr. Wahab as acting Principal.
Each year at thousands of 7th graders compete to earn the 50 seats available. Other cadet colleges were established after the liberation war. Today there are 12 cadet colleges, including three for girls only.
Cadets are enrolled in the seventh grade and continue their studies for six years. The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) is the final examination to pass.
Each class generally has fifty students. The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations are administered under the direct control of the Board of Education of Dhaka Division. Cadets secure top positions in board examinations each year. In this cadet, college students apply for an application to study .
In accordance with the National Education Policy, Mirzapur offers only the science and humanities educational sections for the cadets from the 9th grade. However, the cadets are encouraged to study science.
The museum is situated just beside the Arts and crafts and Geography department. Some items are:
- Pictures of the historical events regarding MCC and the cadet colleges in Bangladesh.
- A map of the college.
The curator is Naina Akhter, Head of the Department of Arts and Crafts.
All cadets take their meals together in the dining hall. There are separate seating facilities for the prefects and the duty master generally known as the ” High Table”. Five meals are served every day. The dining hall perfect from class 12 nominated by the college authority leads the dining hall.
When the academic activities of the college started on 9 January 1965, there were only two houses – Jinnah (now Fazlul Huq House) and Liaqat (now Suhrawardy House) for students’ accommodation. Later Ayub House (now Nazrul House) was constructed to accommodate more students. Points are awarded to houses on the basis of different house competitions. At the end of the year, the house championship is determined depending on total house points.
- Fazlul Haque House: is the first house and was initially named “Jinnah House”. After the independence of Bangladesh, the current name was chosen. The motto of the house is Search, Struggle, Victory. The house color is blue and the symbol is a tiger. It is also called Tiger’s Den.
- Suhrawardy House: is the middle house, named after the leader of Bangladesh Hussein Shahid Suhrawardy. The house color is red. The motto of this house is “Vini Vidi Vici”. Initially, the house was named “Liaqat House”.
- Nazrul House: is the greenhouse, named after the national poet of Bangladesh, Kazi Nazrul Islam. The house logo is a lion and so the house is also called Lion Castle. The motto of this house is ‘Ever Erect is my Head’, a line of a poem of Kazi Nazrul Islam. Initially, the house was named “Ayub House”.
There is a centrally air-conditioned mosque where all the cadets say their evening prayers. The cadets also say their Jumma prayer there.
Mirzapur Cadet College has a hospital for cadets and for employees. A full-time doctor from the Army Medical Corps is appointed along with assistants. All the medicines are free of cost. The hospital is open 24 hours to accommodate any special needs.
Critical cases are directly referred to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Saver Cantonment.
The MCC Campus was designed by the architect Mr. Thariani.
The college library is named Shahid Khurshid Smriti Granthagar, after the martyr of the Liberation War of Bangladesh who was a cadet of the college. There is a portrait of Khurshid Ali on the wall of the library.
The library has 18000 books, and daily newspapers and weekly magazines are available.
Clubs and societies
- Quranic Society: Members practice recitation of the Quran and are taught the principles and significance of the verses revealed to Muhammad. They also study the lifestyle of Muhammad.
- Bangla Literary and Cultural Society: Members explore Bengali literature. They practice acting by playing characters portrayed by Bengali dramatists. Also, poetry recitation, debate, and extempore speeches are practiced.
- English Society: The society generates enthusiasm for the English language and literature and further the cadet’s ability to use English. Members practice recitation, elocution, public speaking, and debate.
- Geography Society
- Hiking Club
- Photography Club
- Biology Club
- Natural Study Club
- Physics Club
- Chemistry Club
- Computer Club
- First Aid Club
- Wood Work Club
- Music Club: The members of this club practice and play instruments under the guidance of a music teacher. It includes practice on Tagore song, Nazrul song, Rural (Bangla-পল্লী) song, modern song, classical song, and band song as well.
- General Knowledge and Current Affairs Club
- Arts and Crafts Club
- Robotics and Programming Club
- ROAR- Enlighten, Entertain, Encourage: ROAR is an independent public speaking platform organized on a monthly basis, by cadets
- Principal: Mr. Michael William Pitt
- Adjutant: Captain Sayed Ali Ansar
- Doctor: Dr. Hafizul Hasan
- Vice Principal: Professor A Wahab
- House Masters:
- Jinnah (now Fazlul Huq) House: Mr. Abdul Gafur
- Liaquat (now Suhrawardy) House: Mr. Saifuddin Ahmed
- Ayub (now Nazrul) House: Mr. Masud Hasan
- OIC, Dining Hall: Mr. R M M Yakub
- Senior Cadet: Jahangir Haque (also called College Captain, now entitled as College Prefect)
- College Cultural Prefect: Ziaur Rahman
- College Dining Hall Prefect: M M Matin
- House Leaders:
- Fazlul Huq House: Zia Uddin Ahmed
- Suhrawardy House: Zia Uddin Ahmed
- Nazrul House: Yousuf Habibur Rahman
- Official activities began from: 7 January 1965
- Principal: Group Captain Md. Noor-e-Alam,afwc, psc, ATC
- Vice Principal: Mr. Md. Saiful Islam
- Adjutant: Major Abu Saleh Md. Yahya, BIR
- Medical Officer: Capt. Md Alauddin Saddam, AMC
- OIC, Dining Hall: Md Samsuzzaman
- College Perfect: Cadet Tuhin
Government and military
- Lieutenant General Sina Ibn Jamali,(retd), last served as Commandant of the National Defense College,
- Atiur Rahman, economist, governor of Bangladesh Bank, 2009-…,
- General Md Abdul Mubeen, Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army.
Arts and literature
- Alamgir, pop singer
- Shahaduz Zaman (Notable writer of Bangladesh and a medical anthropologist working at the University of Glasgow)
- G H Habib (Famous Translator and also a teacher of the University of Chittagong)
- Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Syed (Ex-Head, Department of CSE, BUET)
- Omar Hadi (Accounting Expert, teacher at Sunbeams School)
|Mirzapur Cadet College |
মির্জাপুর ক্যাডেট কলেজ
On the Dhaka-Tangail Trank Road
PO: Mirzapur Cadet College
|Motto||Knowledge is Power|
|Established||29 November 1963|
|First Principal||Michael William Pitt|
|Area||95 acres (380,000 m2)|
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