The Graduate Training Institute is the first institute of BAU, established in 1976. GTI was established with the financial assistance of FAO/UNDP to train officers working in agriculture and rural development. GTI performs the third function of the university: extension and community service. The motive behind establishing GTI in BAU campus was to make links between teaching, research and extension. Through GTI, the BAU teachers get an opportunity to interact with field-level officers working throughout the country. More than 500 teachers working in BAU are the trainers of GTI.
The institute has a 60-bed dormitory, suitable for running two residential training courses simultaneously. It offers non-residential training to postgraduate students, officers, employees and teachers. GTI has two modern PC labs for organizing IT-related training courses. The capacity of the infrastructure is above 3,000, but about 350 users are using the facility in its initial phase. The institute runs about 50-60 short training courses per year.
GTI was awarded the President Gold Medal in 1981.
In 2007 the institute introduced Foundation Training for Public University Teachers with the University Grants Commission providing financial support. The 14th course on Foundation Training for University Teachers was completed in June 2014; 318 young teachers from 25 public universities have attended the courses. The course includes the history of tertiary education, education psychology, research methodology, statistical methods for research, scientific report writing, office management, global and local development issues, teaching quality and teacher ethics, learning assessment,IT skills, and co-curricular activities.
GTI has organized a Foundation Training course for newly recruited officers of public universities in Bangladesh. The institute conducted two such courses for 56 participants from 15 universities up to June 2010.