National professor Dr Anisuzzaman dies
Published : 14 May 2020, 19:06
National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman passed away on Thursday ( 14 May ) at a hospital in the capital at the age of 83.
He breathed his last at 4:55 pm on Thursday at Combined Military Hospital in the capital, said sources at the Prime Minister’s Office.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and condolence at his demise.
Earlier on April 27, Professor Anisuzzaman was admitted to Universal Medical College Hospital with heart problems and old age complications.
Later, he was shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital from Universal Medical College Hospital on Saturday (May 9) afternoon.
Born in 1937 in Calcutta, Professor Anisuzzaman was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago (1964-65), a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at the University of London (1974-75), and was associated with research projects of the United Nations University (1978-83).
Dr Anisuzzaman was an eminent educator, writer and Emeritus Professor of Bangla language and literature department at the Universities of Dhaka (1959-69 and 1985-2003). He also taught Bengali literature at Chittagong University (1969-85).
Dr Anisuzzaman participated in the Language Movement, the 1969 Mass Upsurge and the Liberation War. After the independence, he became a member of the National Education Commission with Kudrat-E-Khuda as its chief.
He had conducted outstanding research on the history of Bengali literature and received the Bangla Academy Literary Award, the Independence Award and the Ekushey Padak. He also won many international awards for his contributions to literature.
The books such as ‘Muslim Manash O Bangla Sahitya’, ‘Swaruper Sandhane’, ‘Purono Bangla Gadya’, ‘Bangali Nari: Sahitye O Samaje’, ‘Kal Nirabadhi’, and ‘Ihajagatikata O Anyanya’ by Prof Dr Anuisuzzman are considered seminal works by academics working on Bangla literature and language.
Prof Anisuzzaman was a visiting fellow at the University of Paris (1994) and the North Carolina State University (1995) and a visiting professor at the Viswa Bharati (2008-09). He has been a recipient of the Bangla Academy award for research (1970) and the Ekushey Padak, an award given by the state, for his contribution to education (1983). The Rabindra Bharati conferred an honorary D.Lit (2005) on him and the University of Calcutta the Sarojini Basu Medal (2008).
He was a member of the Planning Commission to the Government of Bangladesh during the liberation war and the President of the Bangla Academy afterwards. He was elected a fellow of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
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