1. How did the Cooperative movement started in Bangladesh?
Cooperative Movement in Bangladesh started formally in 1904 during the colonial era mainly to provide agricultural loan to farmers. However the movement started to get momentum in the post colonial period when the successive governments viewed cooperative as a potent tool to bring about rural transformation. Besides, cooperative by local initiatives began to appear, especially, in the urban informal sector since early nineties with the increasing urbanization and privatization.
2. What does BCA stand for?
BCA stands for Bangladesh cooperative Academy. It is national training academy of Department of Cooperatives under Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives.
3. What is the historical background of BCA?
The Cooperative Training Institute was first established at Pubail near Dhaka, the capital of then East Pakistan in 1949. The East Pakistan Cooperative College started its activities in a hired house in Dhaka in 1960. In 1963 the college was shifted to Kotbari, Comilla. After the war of liberation the Pakistan Cooperative College was replaced by Bangladesh Cooperative College. The name of the institution was again changed as “Bangladesh Cooperative Academy” in 1998 by a gazette notification of the Government of Bangladesh.
4. What is the vision of BCA?
To invent various development theories for socio-economic development of all classes of citizen of Bangladesh, to ensure justice, good governance, accountability, gender equality, participation of people in social enterprises for betterment using information technology and to build up modern Bangladesh.
5. What are the aims and objectives of BCA?
The main objective of the academy is to impart cooperative education and training to cooperative members, officials of the Department of Cooperatives and office bearers of the cooperative societies. The academy serves as the main center for dissemination of Cooperative Education. BCA also undertakes research activities on various issues of cooperative development including cooperative training and education.
6. What are the training specific goals of BCA?
Training specific goals of BCA are:
  • To provide training to different level of officials of DoC that facilitates improvement of professional skills of the participants.
  • To provide training to cooperative societies members about leadership and management of cooperative societies.
  • To provide training about cooperative accounting procedure and formulation of budget.
  • To provide training to cooperative members about various Income Generation Activities (IGAs).
  • To train departmental officers and cooperative societies members under various projects.
7. What does CZI stand for?
CZI stands for Cooperative Zonal Institute. BCA has 10 zonal institutes under its administrative jurisdiction. To make the cooperative training facilities readily and easily available to the members, officers and other stakeholders of cooperative societies, Cooperative Zonal Institutes have been set up all over the country during last several decades. CZIs are located in following districts:
  • Muktagacha
  • Faridpur
  • Feni
  • Moulavibazar
  • Khulna
  • Kushtia
  • Naogaon
  • Rangpur
  • Barishal
  • Narshingdi
8. How can anyone contact with BCA?
Anyone can contact with BCA through following address:
Bangladesh Cooperative Academy
Kotbari, Comilla
Tel: 081 76017
Fax: 081 72681