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Information minister wants to continue teaching

  • Published at 09:12 pm January 17th, 2019
Dr Hasan Mahmud, information minister, takes a class on climate change at Jahangirnagar University on January 17, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune

The minister will be paid Tk1,000 per class as honorarium

Dr Hasan Mahmud, the government information minister and Awami League publicity and publications secretary, has expressed his desire to continue bearing another reputable mantle, that of teaching.

The minister, who has been a teacher after finishing his studies, has been teaching at Jahangirnagar University for some time.

On Thursday, Dr Hasan took a post-graduate class, his final class of the semester, at Jahangirnagar University. He has been teaching climate change since September 2018. Due to the election and other political commitment, one class was delayed, which he took on Thursday.

This was the first time a serving minister has taken a class at Jahangirnagar University.

When asked how he feels about teaching, Dr Hasan said: "I would like to continue teaching. I do not know if any other incumbent minister in Bangladesh has taken classes. I do not know whether it is feasible, but I would very much like to do so. "

His students expressed ardent admiration for the environment scientist-turned-minister. One of his students, Sumaiya, said: "Dr Hasan's classes were very informative. He has a lot of experience in the field about the environment and climate change. His classes lasted over two hours. His lessons were always context-based, in light of his experience on the global stage."

Prof Amir Hossain Bhuiyan, head of the environmental science department at JU, said: "We had requested Dr Hasan Mahmud to take a class last year as a guest lecturer. Due to the exceptional reception from students, we asked him to join as a part-time teacher."

The university pays part-time teachers Tk1,000 per class as honorarium.

Dr Hasan Mahmud has previously taught Environmental Science at East West University and Bangladesh Studies at North South University. He graduated from Chittagong University in chemistry, and obtained master's degrees on Human Ecology from the Vrije University of Brussels and International Politics from and University of Limburg. He completed his PhD from the latter as well. Following his education, Dr Hasan joined the European Institute for Strategic Studies as a visiting fellow and a member of the academic board.