Graphic Arts Institute only one Government Printing & Graphic Design Institute in Bangladesh which is established in the capital city of Dhaka in 1967, It provides us four years duration technical courses named Diploma- in- Engineering in printing. Mr. Azam Khan, Governor of the East Pakistan and Dr. Wakar Ahmed, Director General of the then Technical Education Directorate were the main initiators. Dr. RK Mollah was appointed as its founder principal of Graphic Arts Institute (1967-1972). He was sent to the South Dakota University of the USA for higher training on printing technology. Training was also given to other instructors of the institute at the Central Government Printing Press. The institute started with 25 seats.
But at present, this institute has over 1148 hundred students in two shift (Morning and Evening). There are three departments as Graphic design, Printing technology and Computer technology. Every year about 400 students are admitted in this institute.
At present, the Graphic Arts Institute has become a complete media based institute, which is equipped with different types of printing devices and machineries like movable type, letter press, gallery type and Digital Camera, offset machine, gravure printing machine, screen printing machine (8 color),UV dryer, Glue binding machine, Folding Machine, Hydraulic cutting machine, CTP, Auto plate processor, litho film, panchromatic film etc. In order to cope with the other printing presses of the country as well as modern printing technology of the world, the computer graphic course has been incorporated with the new curriculum began from 1995-96 session. In the institute both the Apple Macintosh and IBM computers together with image setter, drum scanner, laser printer, inkjet printer etc are available.
It has technically experts' teachers who are our confidence. It has one three storied building, one academic building, one auditorium, big size workshop, digital photography lab, screen printing lab, science lab, indoor game room, common room, rich library, reading room, design lab, DTP Lab etc. It has also own accommodation management in a silent zone.
Since 1967, the institute approved a three years diploma (with six semesters) degree in printing technology, usually offers by the Technical Education Board. However the course is rearranged from the session (2001-2002) with four year diploma (eight semesters).
The institute is consisting of 18 Teachers (male 14 female 4) and academic staff 29 (male 22 female 7). At the moment it can absorb 400 students out of which 10% is preserved for the women and 5% for the tribal.