Divisions of Bangladesh

Divisions of Bangladesh: Divisions are the entities representing the first administrative tier of the country ‘people’s republic of Bangladesh’. The term ‘Division’ implies to the Bengali connotation ‘Bivag’.

There exist eight divisional territories in Bangladesh and they are as followed:

  • Dhaka Division. (possessing the capital city of Bangladesh)
  • Chittagong Division. (possessing the economic/Business capital and the largest seaport of Bangladesh).
  • Barisal Division. ( possessing the second-largest sea beach of the country and the birth land of greats like Sher-e-Bangla, Jibananda etc.)
  • Sylhet division (the only division sharing borders with three different provincial states of the neighbouring country India).
  • Rajshahi division (the varendra, the land of red soil and the mango capital).
  • Rangpur division (The 7th division and the split part of greater Rajshahi division)
  • Khulna division (The division of peace).
  • Mymensingh division (The most recently appearing division for the sake of reducing administrative loads and the split part of greater Dhaka division).

Following the victory snatched from Pakistan, especially in the early post-war period, Bangladesh made an initial appearance with four administrative divisions (that existed even in the pre-war period). They are given below:

  • Chittagong Division. [found it’s existence in 1984 as division, settled in 1340 as a district(the existing divisional district), given city status on 1863]
  • Khulna Division. [formed in 1960]
  • Rajshahi Division.[formed in 1953], the divisional district found the existence in 1772.
  • Dhaka Division. [formed in 1829]

 

To follow the Bengali utterance of the word ‘Dacca’ more neatly, the concerned word was replaced with ‘Dhaka’ in 1983. As a consequence, the spelling changed the pronunciation as well.

Exactly after 10 years later, in 1983, Barisal division, a split portion of greater Khulna division came into being. And Rangpur division found it’s existence being split from Rajshahi division.

Later in 2015, Mymensingh division was approved by the erstwhile prime minister Sheikh Hasina to lessen the administrative workload.

A Divisional commissioner works as the head as well as the responsible person of a division.  And in every division, one Divisional commissioner works as the chief of the division and maintains all the core values of an administrative organization and all the head of other organizations fall in place smoothly to assist the divisional chief.

As the population is ameliorating day by day prolifically, there appears the necessity of more split and the segregation of territories, in brief, the necessity of more divisions to lessen the workload. And it’s happening. The origination of two new divisions incorporating Faridpur division and Comilla division have already been proposed and on the process and the verge of appearing soon.

Divisions of Bangladesh

Divisions of Bangladesh by Alphabetical Order

Division No. of District Division No. of District
Barisal Division 6 Chittagong Division 11
Dhaka Division 13 Khulna Division 10
Mymensingh Division 4 Rajshahi Division 8
Rangpur Division 8 Sylhet Division 4

Division with Area, Population and founding year

Division
Divisions Area(km2) Population

(2011)

Established
Barisal Division 13225.20 8325666

 

1993
Chittagong Division 33908.55 29145000

 

1829
Dhaka Division 20593.74 36433505

 

1829
Khulna Division 22284.22 15687759

 

1960
Mymensingh Division 10584.06 11370000

 

2015
Rajshahi Division 18153.08 18485858

 

1829
Rangpur Division 16184.99 15787758

 

2010
Sylhet Division 12635.22 9807000

 

1995
=Total= 147571.00 146968041  

Divisions of Bangladesh by District List

Barisal Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Barguna 1939.39 892,781 1984
Barisal 2784.52 24,87,012 1797
Bhola 3737.21 1703117 1984
Jhalokathi 2784.52 6,82,669 1984
Patuakhali 3221.31 1535854 1969
Pirojpur 1307.61 11,13,256 1984

 

Chittagong Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Bandarban 4,479.01 388,335 1981
Brahmanbaria 1,881 2,840,498 1984
Chandpur 1,740.6 2,416,018 1984
Chittagong 5,282.92 7,616,352 1666
Comilla 3,087.33 296,010 1960
Cox’s Bazar 2,491.85 2,289,990 1984
Feni 928.34 1,437,371 1984
Khagrachari 2,749.16 613,917 1983
Lakshmipur 1,440.39 1,729,188 1984
Noakhali 1,643.70 1,907,497 1984
Rangamati 6,116.11 595,979 1983

 

Dhaka Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Dhaka 1,463.6 12,043,977 1772
Faridpur 2,072.72 1,912,969 1786
Gazipur 1,741.53 3,403,912 1984
Gopalgonj 1,468.74 1,172,415 1984
Kishoreganj 2688.59 30,28,706 1984
Madaripur 1,144.96 1,212,198 1984
Manikganj 1,383.66 1,671,985 1984
Munshiganj 954.96 1,445,660 1984
Narayanganj 683.14 2,948,217 1984
Narsingdi 1140.76 1895984 1984
Rajbari 1,118.8 912,969 1984
Shariatpur 1181.53 1,155,824 1984
Tangail 3,414.28 3,749,085 1969

 

Khulna Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Bagerhat 5882.18 1,476,090 1984
Chuadanga 1174.10 1129015 1984
Jessore 2,606.94 2,764,547 1781
Jhenaidah 1964.77 1771304 1984
Khulna 4,389.11 2,318,527 1882
Kushtia 1608.80 2366811 1947
Magura 1048.61 918,419 1984
Meherpur 716.08 655392 1984
Narail 990.23 721,668 1984
Satkhira 3,858.33 2,079,884 1984

 

Mymensingh Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Jamalpur 2031.98 2,292,674 1978
Mymensingh 4363.48 5,210,272 1787
Netrokona 2,794.28 2,229,642 1984
Sherpur 1363.76 15,42.610 1984

 

Rajshahi Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Bogra 2920 29,88,567 1821
Chapainawabganj 1702.56 16,47,521 1984
Joypurhat 965.44 9,50,441 1984
Naogaon 3,435.67 26,00,157 1984
Natore 1896.05 17,06,673 1984
Pabna 2371.50 22,60,540 1828
Rajshahi 2407.01 23,77,314 1772
Sirajganj 2497.92 16,13,173 1984

 

Rangpur Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Dinajpur 3,444.30 2,990,128 1786
Gaibandha 2,179.27 2,430,627 1984
Kurigram 2,245.04 2,069,273 1984
Lalmonirhat 1,247.371 1,256,099 1984
Nilphamari 1,643.70 1,907,497 1984
Panchagarh 1,404.62 987,644 1984
Rangpur 2,400.56 2,996,336 1984
Thakurgaon 1,809.52 1,390,042 1984

 

Sylhet Division
District Area(km2) Population Established
Habiganj 2,636.58 2,089,001 1984
Moulvibazar 2,799.38 1,919,062 1984
Sunamganj 3,669.58 2,467,968 1984
Sylhet 3,452.07 3,957,000 1782

 

Divisions by Establishment

Year Division Splitted  /Created From
1829 Dhaka

(1829)

Firstly Declared Division in Bangladesh Province by British Reign.
1829 Chittagong

(1829)

Firstly Declared Division in Bangladesh Province by British Reign.
1829 Rajshahi

(1829)

Firstly Declared Division in Bangladesh Province by British Reign.
1960

Dhaka(Greater Barsal)

Rajshahi (Greater Khulna, Jessore, kushtia)

Khulna

(1960)

Dhaka Division

Rajshahi Division

1929-1960 under Dhaka Division

1960-1992 Khulna Div Division

1 January 1993 Barisal Division

Barisal

(1993)

Khulna Division
1 August 1995 Sylhet Chittagong Division
25 January 2010 Rangpur Rajshahi Division
14 September 2015 Mymensingh Dhaka Division

 

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