National Professor Rafiqul Islam dies...

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National Professor Rafiqul Islam dies

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:55 PM, 30 November 2021   Updated: 08:28 PM, 30 November 2021

National Professor Rafiqul Islam dies

National Professor Rafiqul Islam dies

National Professor Rafiqul Islam, one of the most revered researchers on Kazi Nazrul Islam, has died at the age of 87.

He breathed his last around 2.30pm on Tuesday at Dhaka's Evercare Hospital, the hospitals' Duty Manager Ashraful Karim said.

He was on life support since Thursday after being taken there four days earlier.

On October 7, the 87-year old national professor was admitted to BSMMU with abdominal pain. After the examination, the doctors confirmed that water had accumulated in his lungs, which was extracted.

He started his glorious career in academia at Dhaka University in 1957 and taught Bengali and linguistics there till 1958 and then 1961 till 2004 as Senior lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor.

Inducted as a National Professor in 2018, Prof Dr. Rafiqul Islam later became head of the Bangla department at Dhaka University. Later, he became the Vice Chancellor (2007-2011) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).