Kotchandpur Upazila (Jhenaidaha district) with an area of 165.66 sq km, is surrounded by Jhenaidaha Sadar upazila on the north, Maheshpur and Chuadanga upazilas on the south, Kaliganj (Jhenaidaha) upazila on the east, Chuadanga and Jibannagar upazilas on the west.
Main rivers are Chitra and kobadak; Buror Beel and Baluhar Baor are notable.
Kotchandpur (Town) Kotchandpur municipality was establised in 1883. It consists of 9 wards and 43 mahallas. The area of the town is 17.85 sq km. The town has a population of 32217; male 51.41%, female 48.49%. Literacy rate among the town people is 41.5%.
Administration Kotchandpur thana was established in 1883 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. The upazila consists of one municipality, 5 union parishads, 114 mouzas and 79 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Chand Khan Mazar (1656), Shivabari Mandir (1680), Rathkhola (seventeenth century), Mohila College Building (1805), Jami Mosque (1884) at village Nagda, Jami Mosque (1885) at Barabamandaha, Ikhra Mandir, Gambuj Mandir (Jalalpur), Two-storied Building of Tarin Datta and Nibaran Chanda (Kotchandpur Bazar); brass made throne preserved at Shiva Mandir and three statues (Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra) preserved at Jagannath Mandir.
Population 107193; male 51.4%, female 48.6%; Muslim 88.29%, Hindu 11.70% and others 0.01%.
Religious institutions Mosque 252, temple 20 and tomb 3. Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 26.9%; male 33.4% and female 19.9%.
Educational institutions: college 3, high school 9, junior high school 2, madrasa 11, government primary school 37, non-government primary school 29, kindergarten school 2.
Noted educational institutions: Kotchandpur Pilot High School (1899), Kotchandpur Degree College (1969).
Locally published newspapers and periodicals Extinct: Unmesh (1975), Swadinata Amar Swadhinata (1981), Khanakal (1980), Kingshuk (1980), Kotchandpur Sahitya (1982), Agnishikha (1984), Dinamide (1984), Ma (1980), Gitanga (1998), Sotomoni (1991).
Cultural organisations Club 23, public library 1, community centre 5, press club 2, cooperative society 171, business society 1 and welfare society 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 42.59%, agricultural labourer 25.20%, wage labourer 3.02%, commerce 11.97%, service 4.95% and others 12.27%.
Land use Total cultivable land 17734 hectares; khas land 62.81 hectares, fallow land 28.33 hectares; single crop 34.32%, double crop 56.27% and treble crop 9.41%, cultivable land under irrigation 63%.
Land control Among the peasants 30% are landless, 33% small, 27% intermediate and 10% rich; cultivable land per head 0.10 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 6500 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, sugarcane and vegetables. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Indigo, linseed, sesame, china, mesta, tobacco, kaun.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, black berry, palm, guava, and amra. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 15, poultry 12, fishery 867, hatchery 30 and artificial cattle breeding centre 1.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 73 km, mud road 474 km; railways 15.82 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage and bullock cart (nearly extinct), boat. Manufactories Rice mill 14, saw mill 10, welding 9 and candy factory 2.
Cottage industries Potteries 10, goldsmith 32, wood work 30, tailoring 154, brass work 2 and wheel making (bullock cart) 2.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 17, most noted of which are Kotchandpur, Safdarpur, Elangi, Talsar, Gurpara, Jalalpur, Kushna Hat; fairs 8, most noted of which are Baishaki Mela, Kalitala Mela, Chaitra Samkranti Mela.
Main exports Paddy, jute, sugarcane, mango, vegetables and date molasses.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, ASA, Grameen Bank and RICO.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family welfare centre 2, maternity and child welfare centre 3, private clinic 1 and veterinary hospital 1.