Dhaka Residential Model College (DRMC) is one of the most prestigious and historic public residential schools in Bangladesh. Established in 1960 by Pakistani President Field Marshal Ayub Khan, the college has a rich legacy of producing some of the finest scholars, leaders and professionals in the country. In this blog post, we will explore the history, achievements and facilities of this remarkable institution.
DRMC was founded on May 5, 1960 on an area of about 52 acres beside Mirpur Road near Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka. The initial purpose of establishing DRMC was to provide education for the sons of elite military officers and high-ranking government officials in East Pakistan. The school, and later the college, were modeled after public schools in the United Kingdom (according to the British Public Schools Act 1868), particularly Eton College. The house system was designed to resemble Eton’s.
In 1962, the administration of DRMC was assumed by the provincial government of then East Pakistan. In 1965, the government converted the institution into an autonomous body, and its administration was relegated to a board of governors with the Chief Secretary as its chairman. In 1967, the government again took control of the school. At that time, a new board of governors was constituted with the Education Secretary as its chairman.
After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, a board of governors was appointed with the Education Secretary as its chairman. Since its inception, the school has been funded through government grants and minimal student fees. The Board of Governors has been empowered to “frame rules as it deems necessary for the proper functioning of the school”.
The school began with only one study session, known as the Morning shift which operates from 07:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. In March 1993, another session known as the Day shift was added, according to the education expansion policy of the government, to cope with the growing number of students. The day shift session operates from 12:30 p.m. to 05:10 p.m.
DRMC has a reputation for academic excellence and co-curricular activities. The college follows the national curriculum prescribed by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and prepares students for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations under Dhaka Education Board.
The college has consistently achieved outstanding results in both SSC and HSC examinations over the years. In 2019, DRMC secured 100% pass rate in both SSC and HSC examinations with 95% and 93% students obtaining GPA-5 (the highest grade point average) respectively.
The college also participates in various national and international competitions and events such as Olympiads, Model United Nations (MUN), debates, quizzes, sports, cultural programs and social service projects. The college has won numerous awards and accolades for its performance in these fields.
Some notable achievements of DRMC students are:
- Winning gold medals in International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) and International Biology Olympiad (IBO).
- Winning championships in National Science Olympiad (NSO), National Math Olympiad (NMO), National Physics Olympiad (NPhO), National Chemistry Olympiad (NChO) and National Biology Olympiad (NBO).
- Winning best delegation awards in Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN), Asian International Model United Nations (AIMUN), Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) and Bangladesh Model United Nations (BANMUN).
- Winning national championships in Bangladesh Debating Council (BDC) tournaments, National Television Debate Competition (NTVDC) and Inter School Debate Competition (ISDC).
- Winning national championships in football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, hockey, badminton and chess.
- Winning first prizes in National Poetry Competition, National Essay Competition, National Art Competition and National Music Competition.
- Organizing social service projects such as blood donation camps, free medical camps, tree plantation campaigns, relief distribution programs and awareness campaigns.
DRMC provides a range of facilities for its students to ensure a conducive learning environment and a comfortable living experience. The college has:
A well-stocked library with over 50,000 books, journals and magazines.
A modern auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,200 people.
A spacious playground with facilities for football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, hockey and badminton.
A sports complex with a swimming pool, a gymnasium and a martial arts center.
A central mosque with a capacity of 1,000 people.
A medical center with a doctor, a nurse and an ambulance service.
A cafeteria with a variety of food options.
A batamul (a common room) with a television, a music system and a chess board.
A computer lab with internet access and multimedia facilities.
A science lab with equipment for physics, chemistry and biology experiments.
A geography lab with maps, models and globes.
A language lab with audio-visual aids for learning English, Arabic and French.
A hostel with accommodation for 1,200 students in eight houses named after eminent personalities of Bangladesh. The houses are:
- Dr. Muhammad Qudrat-E-Khuda House
- Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin House
- Kabi Jasimuddin House
- Lalon Shah House
- Sher-E-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq House
- Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam House
- Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah House
- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman House
Each house has a house master, a house tutor, a house captain and a house prefect to look after the welfare of the students. The hostel also has a dining hall, a laundry service, a barber shop and a tailor shop.
- Phone : +88 02 58153774
- Fax : +88 02 58153682
- Email : [email protected]
- Street: Mohammeadpur
- City: Dhaka-1207
Dhaka Residential Model College is more than just a school. It is a home away from home for its students. It is a place where they learn not only academic subjects but also life skills, values and ethics. It is a place where they make lifelong friends and memories. It is a place where they grow as individuals and as citizens.
DRMC is not only an institution of learning but also an institution of legacy. It has produced some of the most illustrious alumni in various fields such as politics, administration, education, science, technology, arts, culture, sports and social service. Some of the notable alumni of DRMC are:
- Dr. Muhammad Yunus , Nobel laureate and founder of Grameen Bank
- Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed , former governor of Bangladesh Bank and former chief adviser of the caretaker government
- Dr. Atiur Rahman , former governor of Bangladesh Bank and professor of economics
- Dr. Gowher Rizvi , international affairs adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and former director of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University
- Dr. Kamal Hossain , eminent lawyer and politician
- Dr. Akbar Ali Khan , former cabinet secretary and former adviser of the caretaker government
- Dr. Mashiur Rahman , economic affairs adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and former finance secretary
- Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman , former adviser of the caretaker government and executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC)
- Dr. Rehman Sobhan , renowned economist and chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
- Dr. Anisuzzaman , eminent scholar and professor emeritus of Dhaka University
- Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam , distinguished writer and professor emeritus of Dhaka University
- Dr. Anwar Hossain , former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University and National Professor
- Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique , former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University and chairman of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)
- Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury , former vice-chancellor of BRAC University and renowned engineer
- Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal , celebrated writer and professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST)
- Major General (retd.) Tarique Ahmed Siddique , defence adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
- Major General (retd.) Abdur Rashid , former director general of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)
- Major General (retd.) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim , former director general of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)
- Major General (retd.) Md Shafiqur Rahman , former director general of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS)
- Major General (retd.) Md Rafiqul Islam , former chief coordinator of National Implementation Committee for Celebration of Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
- Lieutenant General (retd.) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy , former commandant of National Defence College (NDC)
- Lieutenant General (retd.) Masud Uddin Chowdhury , former commandant of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC)
- Lieutenant General (retd.) Sabbir Ahmed , former chief of general staff (CGS) of Bangladesh Army
- Lieutenant General (retd.) Mahbubur Rahman , former quarter master general (QMG) of Bangladesh Army