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Sylhet Division  area 12,298.4 sq km, located in between 23°58´ and 25°12´ north latitudes and in between 90°56´ and 92°30´ east longitudes. It is bounded by Meghalaya state of India on the north, tripura state of India on the south, assam state of India on the east, netrokona and kishoreganj districts on the west.

Population  Total  8107766; male 50.67%, female 49.33%; Muslim 81%, Hindu 17.80%, Buddhist 0.02%, Christian 0.06% and others 1.12%.

Water bodies  Main rivers: surma, kushiyara, Khoai, manu.

Administration  Sylhet Division was formed on 1 August 1995. Sylhet City Corporation was formed comprising 27 wards in 2002. 

 

Division

Area
(sq km)

City corporation

District

Upazila

Paurasabha

Union

Ward

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

Urban

Rural

12,298.4

1

4

38

19

334

171

992538

7115228

643.25

40.09

District

Name of District

Area
(sq km)

Upazila

Municipality

Ward

Mahalla

Union

Mouza

Village

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

Maulvibazar 58

2601.84

7

5

45

122

67

917

2134

1780797

625

42.66

Habiganj 36

2536.58

8

6

54

124

77

1289

2076

1757665

667

37.72

Sylhet 91

3490.40

12

4

36

170

108

1693

3225

2555566

732

45.59

Sunamganj 90

3669.58

11

4

36

138

82

1688

2782

2013738

549

34.4

Source  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

 

 

 

Religious  institutions  Mosque 7524, temple 1070, church 65, sacred place 2, pagoda 9, tomb 50.

Literacy rate and educational institutions  Average literacy 40.09%; male 43.72%, female 36.04%. Educational institutions: university 6, medical college 4, polytechnic institute 5, teachers training college 5, college 129, law college 2, sanskrit college 1, vocational training institute 2, secondary school 780, primary school 5726, community school 88, music school 8, satellite school 208, madrasa 522. Noted educational institutions: shahjalal university of science and technology, Leading University, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, MC College, Maulvibazar Government College (1956), Sreemangal Government College, Habiganj Government Bindaban College, Sunamganj Government College (1944), Sylhet Government Pilot High School, Agragami Government Girls’ High School, Maulvibazar Government High School, Kali Prasad High School (1895), Kashinath Alauddin High School (1917), Abul Fazal Chowdhury High School, BTRI High School and College, Habiganj Government High School,  Sunamganj Government Jubilee High School (1887).

Main sources of income  Agriculture 51.34%, non-agricultural labourer 8.52%, industry 1.56%, commerce 11.82%, transport and communication 2.13%, construction 1.41%, religious service 0.43%, service 5.67%, rent and remittance 5.16% and others 11.96%.

Health centres  Hospital and clinic 62, upazila health complex 36, union health and family planning centre 86, infectious diseases hospital 3, mother and child welfare centre 6, mission hospital 4, family welfare centre 42, satellite clinic 38, veterinary hospital 12.  [Sajahan Miah]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; field report of districts and upazilas of Sylhet Division 2007.

 

 

 

 

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