DHAKA, Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal has taken office as the 29th Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University following the expiration of outgoing VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman's tenure.
Prof Maksud Kamal took the charges today from the outgoing VC Dr Akhtaruzzaman at a function attended by Pro-VC (Administration) Dr Mohammad Samad, DU Teachers Association president Dr Nizamul Hoque Bhuiyan and General Secretary Dr Zinat Huda.
After joining the office, the newly elected Vice Chancellor paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32.
On October 15, President Mohammed Shahabuddin, also the chancellor of the university, appointed Dr Maksud Kamal as the VC of the university temporarily.
Dr Kamal, a professor of Disaster Science and Climate Resilience Department, has been serving Dhaka University as the pro-VC (education) since June 2020.
Last year Dr Kamal also got appointed as a visiting professor at the UK's prestigious University College London (UCL) with a tenure of five years-- April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2027.
Maksud Kamal commenced his career as a lecturer at the Geology Department of Dhaka University in March 2000 and was promoted as professor in the same department in 2010.
Before joining the university, he served as a scientific officer at the Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (SPARSO) for nearly six years.
Maksud Kamal, a recognised expert in the fields of earthquake, tsunami studies and urban disaster management, served as the president of the Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) for four terms and as its general secretary for three terms.
Besides, he is the president of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association and served as secretary general of the organisation earlier.
ASM Maksud Kamal was also the convener of Blue Panel, an Awami League-backed teachers' organisation at the university. He was a member of the senate and syndicate of the University. He also served as the provost of Masterda Surja Sen Hall for two terms.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha