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'Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s legacy did not end with his death'

  • Published at 12:45 am January 17th, 2020
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
Dignitaries observe a minute of silence in memory of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed at an event in Dhaka on Thursday, January 16, 2020 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

'For him, the world did not end when you buried him. For him, the world is just carrying on'

Eminent economist Professor Rehman Sobhan believes that Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s legacy did not end with his departure from this world as the next generation will take Brac forward to a place that he always envisioned.  

Professor Sobhan was speaking at a discussion on Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s contribution to education, organized by Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation at Dhaka University's Professor Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium on Thursday.

“For him, the world did not end when you buried him. For him, the world is just carrying on. It is your responsibility to take it to the level he wanted,” he said.  

While shedding light on the importance of building universities, National Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury said Sir Fazle Hasan Abed often talked about how different organizations faded into oblivion with time but universities tend to remain for centuries.

“He had a vision that Brac will last for centuries like other top universities in the world,” he said.

The first Pro Vice Chancellor of Brac University Salehuddin Ahmed said Sir Fazle Hasan Abed often initiated projects by listening to people from the grassroots level.

“One day, some women in a rural area told him that there is no point in giving them a loan if their children cannot go to school. He was so moved by their words that he later launched the Brac Education Program,” he added.

Brac Governing Body Chairperson Hossain Zillur Rahman believes Sir Fazle Hasan Abed will be relevant for many years as his ideas will never lose importance.

“When he learned that he does not have enough time, he did not think about himself. Rather, he was talking about taking Brac to 25 crore people by 2030,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, Campaign for Popular Education Executive Director Rasheda K Choudhury said Sir Fazle Hasan Abed “showed them the way of conducting research on education.”

Earlier on December 20, 2019, Brac founder and Chair Emeritus Sir Fazle Hasan Abed passed away at the age of 83 while undergoing treatment for brain tumour.