Barisal City is an old port on the Kirtankhola on the northern shore of the Bay of Bengal in southern Bangladesh. It is now the divisional headquarter of the Barisal Division. Barisal was a semi-independent area in Mughal period because of heavy fighting between them and Hindu chiefs. In course of time, it fell under Bengal Nawabs and British India, later passed to Bangladesh.
The central city of this region is the city of Barisal. It is one of the biggest river port in Bangladesh. It is a city with nearly 0.38 million people and a divisional headquarter, medical college, Textile Engineering College, Cadet College, some pharmaceutical industries, textile industries and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's head office.
The city is also referred as the "Venice of the East" or the "Venice of Bengal".
Barisal Textile Institute was established in 1980 as a "District Textile Institute" offering 2 year certificate in textile Technology course. In 1993-94 The District Textile Institute was again upgraded to Barisal Textile Institute offering 3 year Diploma course in Textile Technology.
In order to meet the challenge of increasing demand of new sophisticated & latest technology Government decided to upgrade this institute to B.Sc. Textile Engineering College and offer 4 years Bachelor degree in textile engineering and renamed it to Shahid Abdur Rab Serniabat Textile Engineering College. Latest machineries of different laboratories and Textile related books in our library help the students to acquire knowledge of modern technology worthy.