Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development
Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) started its journey on 27 May 1959 as a Training, Research and Action Research institute in rural development. The founder director of this academy dedicated to the leadership of Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan, some researchers carried out continuous experiments with rural people and developed some model programs for rural development in this country. In the early sixties, the problems that were prevalent in rural areas were identified.
BARD is an autonomous organization under the Department of Rural Development and Cooperatives of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. The academy is located at Kotbari, 10 km from Comilla town. The campus is spread over a vast area that also hosts residences, International Hostels, bungalow, conference rooms, mosque, library, a health clinic, sports complex, and other amenities.