Late Bangladesh national professor Anisuzzaman

#Dhaka: Bangladesh national professor Anisuzzaman passed away. He was under treatment in the hospital due to heart and kidney complications for quite some time. He was 83 years old at the time of death. Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed grief over the death of the professor.

This professor passed away at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital on Thursday. He had been under treatment in the hospital for some time due to heart and kidney complications. Professor Anisuzzaman took up teaching as a profession but his role was also very important for literary research writing and organizational activities.

Anisuzzaman was born on February 18, 1937 in Basirhat of North 24 Parganas district. His father’s ATM is Moazzem. He was a famous homeo physician. Although mother Syeda Khatun was a housewife, she had the habit of writing. Grandfather Sheikh Abdur Rahim was a writer and journalist. Anisuzzamans were five brothers and sisters. Anisuzzaman is the youngest of three sisters, then another brother. The elder sister also used to write poetry regularly.

Anisuzzaman started his education at Park Circus High School in Kolkata. After studying here from third to seventh standard, he moved to Bangladesh and enrolled in Khulna district school in eighth standard. After a year he moved to Dhaka with his family and enrolled in Priyanath High School (now Nawabpur Government High School). After completing secondary school from this school in 1951 and higher secondary from Jagannath College in 1953, he was admitted to the Department of Bengali in Dhaka University. He graduated from Dhaka University in 1956 and obtained his master’s degree in 1957 by securing first rank in the same subject. At the age of 22, he joined the Bengali Department of Dhaka University as a teacher. He has been awarded numerous awards including Bangla Akademi Sahitya Award-Ekushey Padak for his outstanding contribution in the field of education, art, literature and organization. He served as the president of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine ‘Jamini’ and the Bengali monthly ‘Kali O Kalam’.

Anisuzzaman was a Bangladeshi educationist, writer and national professor. He is Emeritus Professor of Bengali Language and Literature of Dhaka University. He participated in the Bhahasa Movement and the People’s Uprising of 1979 (1969) and the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Also, after the independence of Bangladesh in 1972, he was a member of the National Education Commission headed by Dr. Kudrat-e-Khuda. His research on the history of Bengali literature is particularly noteworthy.

Anisuzzaman has won several awards for his contribution to education and literature. In 1970, he received the Bangla Academy Literary Award from the Bangla Academy for his contribution to essay research. He was awarded ‘Ekushey Padak’, the second highest civilian award given by the Government of Bangladesh in 1985 for his contribution to education. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan Medal, the third highest civilian honor conferred by the Government of India, for his contribution to education and literature. In 2015, he was awarded the Freedom Award, the highest civilian honor given by the Government of Bangladesh, for his contribution to literature.

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