Three eminent Bangladeshi citizens were honoured with the Ranada Prasad Gold Medal 2017 on Saturday for their contributions to respective fields in the country.
The award was posthumously conferred upon martyr Dhirendranath Dutta for his contribution to the Language Movement. Aroma Dutta, the granddaughter of Dhirendranath Datta, received the award on his behalf.
Brac founder and chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed received the award over his role in the social and economic development of marginalised groups.
Meanwhile, educationist, physicist and author Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal bagged the honour in recognition of his contribution to the field of education and literature.
Organised by Kumudini Welfare Trust, the prestigious award ceremony was held at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium of Bangla Academy in Dhaka.
Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman chaired the event where while Syed Manzoorul Islam delivered a commemorative speech.
The Trust, founded back in 1947, introduced the award in 2015.
The award is meant to commemorate Ranada Prasad Saha, founder of Kumudini Hospital, Kumudini College, Debendra College, and Bharateshwari Homes. He was picked up by Pakistan occupation forces on May 7, 1971, during Bangladesh’s Liberation War. Since then, he never returned.