Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzman has been appointed as the temporary vice chancellor of Dhaka University.
He was appointed by the chancellor of the university President Abdul Hamid on Monday, according to a presidential decree signed by Habibur Rahman, deputy secretary of the Education Ministry.
Prof Akhtaruzzaman has been serving as a teacher in the university's Islamic History and Culture department with an outstanding academic background
He had been serving as the pro-Vice Chancellor (admin) of the university.
Dr Akhtaruzzaman graduated as the valedictorian of his bachelor and master’s class at the Dhaka University with a concentration in Islamic History and Culture and joined in the department as a lecturer in 1990.
He completed his PhD in History from Aligarh University and was Fulbright scholar at Boston College, USA.
Prof Akhtaruzzaman also served as a British Council Visiting Scholar at University of Birmingham, UK.
The senior professor has 42 research articles published in different referred journals and edited books.
Some of his notable works include Muslim Itihastattwa (Muslim Historiography), Society and Urbanisation in Medieval Bengal
, Liberation War of Bangladesh: Background and Event, and A Quest for Islamic Learning: Essays in Memory of Professor Serajul Haque
His fields of interest are Socio-economic history of medieval India, Historiography: Muslim Historiography, minority studies, medieval urbanisation in Bengal, Bangladesh studies.
The professor served as the dean of arts faculty from 2014-16. He also chaired his department from 2008-11.
Dr Akhtaruzzaman served as the vice president of the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association in 2009 and 2011.
The professor received The Justice Ibrahim Gold Medal for extraordinary research in 2008.
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