Veteran teacher and academic Dr Dr Nurul Islam has passed away at the age of 78.
He had been suffering from several health issues, including Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which he fought with courage and determination. Dr Nurul Islam died due to multiple organ failure in Dhaka on November 22, 2017.
Dr Islam was the founding Chairperson of the Department of English and later the Dean of Arts and Humanities at Jahangirnagar University, where he taught from the early 1970s til the mid 1990s. During his decades as an educator, he also taught at Chittagong University, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and Michigan State University (as a Fulbright Scholar) in the USA, as well as other educational institutions. He had also served as the Vice Chancellor of Eastern University.
In pursuit of his passion for literature and pedagogical excellence, Dr Islam obtained his PhD from the University of Ulster, UK, following his studies at the University of Dhaka and University of Leeds. His dissertation focused on the work of Graham Greene, which was later published as 'Graham Greene, An Inverted Humanist.'
His other publications include an English textbook for Classes 9-10 students, academic books and papers, and numerous articles on topics ranging from literature to travel.
Dr Islam grew up with his eight siblings in Waruk village in Shahrasti, Chandpur. He was the son of Shah Golam Kader, long-serving Union Chairman and Sharifatunessa.
He was lain to rest at his family graveyard in Waruk, following a janaaza at Jahangirnagar University and a second janaaza at his childhood home.
He is survived by his wife, Dr Sauda Akhter, who is also an accomplished academic of Bengali literature, two sons, a daughter and three grandchildren, as well as other relatives, friends and well-wishers.
Over the course of his long academic career, Dr Islam touched many lives through his teaching and mentoring. He was deeply loved and respected by students and peers alike.