Academic Program

Building Engineering and Construction Management (BECM) is a new Department at Khulna University of Engineering & Technology under the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC) gave the permission on September 02, 2013 to open this new department. Later on 12 September 2013, the Academic Council of KUET decided to enroll 60 students in this new department at undergraduate level from the academic session 2013-2014. As a developing and emerging country, Bangladesh needs Building Engineers coupled with construction management specialty for the development of physical infrastructures ensuring technical soundness, cost effectiveness and environment-friendly criterion.

The BECM graduates will play an important role in the social and economic development of the country. There was no scope to study this discipline in Bangladesh since no university has offered such department so far. In Bangladesh, for the first time, this department starts its journey only in KUET from the academic year 2013-2014. BECM coordinates the activities to facilitate the realization of a coherent integrated building solution with the planning, design, construction, operation, renovation, maintenance of buildings as well as with their impacts on the surrounding environment and thus appropriate approach to conduct all relevant activities properly. The practice of Building Engineering and Construction Management (BECM) includes the ability to define, implement and control the design process in order to provide managerial oversight for the efficient and cost effective design of a building project for on-site production. Key competencies for a BECM Engineer include building design philosophies and management.

The importance of Building Engineering and Construction Management (BECM) for a development country like Bangladesh can hardly be over emphasized. Urbanization has been rapid and largely imbalanced, presently around 30%, which will reach as much as 40% by 2025. A quarter of the population now lives in urban areas, while in 1960 the number was just 5%. Population has been increasing without any potential declination which demanding for housing development has got more importance in recent past. People constantly have been fighting against nature and social ordeals for survival. A well built house protects a family from the onslaughts of nature as well as anti-social elements. It thus increases the productive capacity of the inhabitants of it. On the other hand, due to the geographical locations, the country have to face various environmental effects on structures, such as salinity, corrosion of reinforcement, inadequate soil stability etc. Moreover, due to industrialization, industrial and commercial buildings are increasing rapidly. Hence the sound knowledge regarding building systems have crucial significance.