Shailkupa Upazila (Jhenaidha district) with an area of 373.42 sq km, is surrounded by Khoksa and Kumarkhali upazilas on the north, Jhenaidaha Sadar, Magura Sadar and Harinakunda upazilas on the south, Pangsha and Sreepur (Magura) upazilas on the east, Kushtia Sadar and Harinakunda upazilas on the west.
Main rivers are Gorai, Kumar, Dakua.
Shailkupa (Town) consists of 9 wards and 24 mahallas. The area of the town is 20.93 sq km. The town has a population of 31788; male 51.98% and female 48.02%; population density per sq km 1519. Literacy rate among the town people is 32.4%.
Administration Shailkupa thana was turned into an upazila in 1983. The upazila consists of 1 municipality, 9 wards, 14 union parishads, 181 mouzas and 258 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Shailkupa Shahi Mosque (1519-1531), Harihar Garh (Hakimpur) and Ram Gopal Mandir (Sena period).
Historical events During the War of Liberation 21 freedom fighters were killed in a direct encounter with the Pak army at a place adjacent to the Kamanna High School.
Marks of War of Liberation Mass grave at village Kamanna; two martyr memorial monuments at Kabirpur.
Population 293341; male 51.43%, female 48.57%; Muslim 85%, Hindu 13% and others 2%.
Religious institutions Mosque 312, temple 161; noted religious institutions are Shahi Mosque, Ram Gopal Mandir.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 26.3%; male 32.2% and female 20%.
Educational institutions: college 5, high school 39, junior high school 10, madrasa 36, government primary school 90, non-government primary school 66, satellite school 3 and low cost primary school 11.
Noted educational institution: Shailkupa Pilot High School (1893). Cultural organisations Rural club 45, public library 2, cinema hall 2, women's organisation 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 53.66%, agricultural labourer 16.68%, wage labourer 2.30%, commerce 12.23%, service 3.52% and others 11.61%.
Land use Total cultivable land 29730.06 hectares, fallow land 15288.45 hectares; single crop 19.18%, double crop 57.29% and treble crop land 23.53%; cultivable land under irrigation 53.12%.
Land control Among the peasants, 0.77% are landless, 21% small, 62.32% intermediate and 15.91% rich; cultivable land per head 0.12 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 12500 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, betel leaf, onion, garlic, brinjal and chilli. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Indigo, linseed, sesame, china, khesari and arahar.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, papaya, coconut. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 37, poultry 44, fishery 1, nursery 50.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 75 km, semi pucca 92 km and mud road 545 km. Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage and bullock cart (nearly extinct), and boat.
Manufactories Ice factory 46, rice mill 69, saw mill 5 and welding 22.
Cottage industries Weaving 32, bamboo and cane work 169, goldsmith 35, blacksmith 21, potteries 342, tailoring 175 and wood work 125.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 30, most noted of which are Shailkupa Bazar, Tribeni, Diknagar, Nityanandapur and Phulhari Hat; fair 1.
Main exports Onion, garlic, banana and brinjal.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, ASA, Disha, Focus. Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 14.