He passed away in Dhaka on March 4
Dr Monowar Hossain, former chairman of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), passed away at the United Hospital in Dhaka on March 4. He was 81.
His janaza will be held on Saturday, March 7, after Zohr prayers (1:30pm), at Gulshan Azad Mosque. He will be buried at Banani graveyard.
Dr Hossain was born in Pabna in September 1938. In 1953, at age 14, he stood first in East Pakistan in his matriculation exams. He did his BA honours in statistics as a Kali Narayan Scholar in 1959, continuing to complete his masters in statistics at Dhaka University.
He went on to complete his PhD from the London School of Economics as part of the first batch of Commonwealth Scholars. After returning to Dhaka, he served as the head of the department of statistics at Dhaka University.
Dr Hossain worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC from 1970 to 1975, before returning to Bangladesh to become the chairman of BIDS from 1975 to 1983. He later set up his own consulting agency, MARC (Multi-Disciplinary Research Center).
He served on the boards of Brac, Proshika, Sonali Bank, and Dhaka University Senate, among others.
He leaves behind his son, daughter and three grandchildren.