We mourn the passing of National Professor Rafiqul Islam
National Professor Rafiqul Islam passed away on Tuesday 30 November. He was 87 years old.
Rafiqul Islam started his career in academia at Dhaka University in 1957 and taught Bengali and linguistics.He was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) from 2007 to 2011. Inducted as a National Professor in 2018, Prof Dr Rafiqul Islam later became head of the Bangla department at Dhaka University. The government appointed him as the president of Bangla Academy in May 2021 for three years.
One of the most respected Nazrul researchers in the world, Rafiqul Islam was the first Nazrul Professor at the Bangla department of Dhaka University and the first director of the Nazrul Research Centre. The linguist actively participated in the Language Movement in 1952 and captured rare photographs of that time and portrayed the history through his writings. He has penned about 30 books, including the first book on martyred intellectuals and the first book on the centenary history of Dhaka University.
For his excellence in the field of academia and culture, Professor Rafiqul Islam has received Independence Award (2012), Ekushey Padak (2001), Bangla Academy Literary Award (1994) and International Mother Language Award.