Bangladesh Cooperative Academy (BCA)


Bangladesh Cooperative Academy (BCA) is the only national level training academy of the Department of Cooperatives (DOC). The Department of Cooperatives (DOC) is an attached department of Rural Development and Cooperatives Division under the Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives. It is located at Kotbari about 10 kilometers away from the southwest of Comilla town and in the same campus with Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD). Kotbari is a place of historical importance. It is here that Shalban Bihar – a famous Buddhist Center of learning thrived around the 8th century A.D. After about eleven to twelve hundred years, the place has again become a centre of learning and teaching of knowledge. So it is true that the Bangladesh Cooperative Academy is here at Kotbari- a place steeped in historical tradition, as a center of learning. BCA is imparting its services to the cooperative sector since 1960.

To achieve its vision and mission BCA has set certain objectives and functions. Besides all other activities, imparting training is the most important service provided by BCA. To make the cooperative training facilities readily and easily available to the members, officers and members of the co-operatives ten Cooperative Zonal Institute (CZIs) have been set up all over the country during last few decades.

BCA provides different types of facilities to the participants. It is a residential training institution. There are two three-storied hostels for the trainees. In total two hostels have a capacity of around 100 seats. The Academy has a rich library with a collection of around 10 thousand books and bound Journals from home and abroad. Books about Cooperative, Economics, Accounting, Development, Bangladesh history, Liberation war, Culture and Industry are available at BCA library. The latest publications on various issues are also available in the library.

Different types of training are arranged at BCA considering the interest of the various stakeholders. Conventionally BCA proposes the planned training calendar and after proper scrutiny and modification DOC approves the training calendar. For proper time management, BCA follows the training calendar strictly. BCA believes that training is successful, when it is disciplined. For this reason a set of rules and code of conduct is maintained in all administrative and training activities.

For different types of training, different course management is formed. It is the duty of the course management to develop a course guideline for the particular course. A set of specific and general objectives are set there in. Course guideline is a way of communication between BCA administration and participants. It contains message regarding rules of the academy as well as the expectations of the academy. Participants can get a details idea about curriculum and mechanism of the operation of course from the course guideline. Training starts with a pre-training test and at the end, it closes with a post evaluation test. Participants are assessed through various tests, oral presentations and take-home exercises. The Academy awards a unique prestigious crest “Performance Award” to the participant securing the topmost position in the course.

Likewise the participants also assess the lecturers/resource persons after each course. Training is very important for cooperative members as well as departmental officers to bring dynamism in the activities of cooperative sector. Cooperation from respected authorities and trainees are highly appreciated in this regard.