Head of Office:  Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman
Designation:  Vice Chancellor
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Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman

Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman is a Bangladeshi academic, currently the 28th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka. Prior to this position, he served in different academic, administrative and co-curricular development activities at the University of Dhaka including the Pro-Vice Chancellor (administration), Dean (Faculty of Arts), Chairman, Department of Islamic History & Culture, and Provost of the Kabi Jashim Uddin Hall, University of Dhaka.

 

Early life and education

Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, the 2nd son of Mrs. Eron Banu & Mr. Abul Hashem Khan (the freedom fighters of Bangladesh in 1971), was born in Kalipur of Patharghata in Barguna. He earned Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in History from the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University in 1997. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Boston College, United States of America (USA) where he researched “Religions in American Public Life”. As a British Council Scholar at the Center for Christian Muslim Relations, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, England, Dr. Akhtaruzzaman studied “Muslim Communities in United Kingdom”. Dr. Akhtaruzzaman has a post-graduate diploma in Persian language, and completed Bachelor of Arts (honours) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic History & Culture (IHC) from the University of Dhaka, securing first position in both the academic programs.

 

Career

Dr. Akhtaruzzaman joined as a lecturer at the Department of Islamic History & Culture (IHC) of the University of Dhaka in 1990 and went on to become Professor in 2004. Prior to become the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, Professor Akhtaruzzaman was the Pro-Vice Chancellor—Administration-, (June 2016 – September 05, 2017); Dean, Faculty of Arts (2014-2016); Chairman, Department of Islamic History & Culture (2008-2011), Chairman, Department of Arabic (2015-2016), and Provost, Kabi Jashimuddin Hall (2007-2013) of the University of Dhaka.

 

Leadership and academic positions:

Since 1990, he has provided leadership in different academic, administrative and co-curricular development activities at the University and National level, including: 

  • Vice Chancellor (September 06, 2017–Present), University of Dhaka
  • Professor (2004--Present), Department of Islamic History & Culture, University of Dhaka
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor-Administration, (June 2016 – September 05, 2017), University of Dhaka
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts (2014-2016), University of Dhaka
  • Provost, Kabi Jasimuddin Hall (2007-2013), University of Dhaka
  • Chairman, Department of Islamic History & Culture (2008-2011), University of Dhaka
  • Chairman, Department of Arabic (2015-2016), University of Dhaka
  • General Secretary (2004, 2005 & 2006), Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA)
  • Vice President (2009 & 2011), Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA);
  • Elected member for different period in the Dhaka University Senate, Syndicate and Academic Council.
  • Nominated member in several public and private University Senate, Syndicate & Academic Council for different tenure;
  • Member, (2012 – Present) Trustee Board, Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust), Government of Bangladesh
  • Editor, Bangladesh Itihas Parishad Journal Itihas (2009-2014)
  • Council Member (2006-2009), Asiatic Society of Bangladesh;
  • General Secretary (2005-2009) and Vice President (2016- Present), Bangladesh Itihas Parishad
  • Presidium-member, Bangladesh Peshajibi Somonnoy Parishad (2013- Present)
  • Presidium-member, Bangladesh-Russia Moitry Samity (2017- Present)
  • General Secretary, Aligarh Old Boys’ Association of Bangladesh (2007-2009)
  • Besides, associated with different professional and socio-cultural bodies including Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Association for American Studies, Bangladesh Association for Fulbright Scholars, and Indian History Congress.

 

Quality Education Advancement

Dr. Akhtaruzzaman led the National Committee for Textbook Crisis Resolution formed by the Government of Bangladesh in 2009 as convener. This committee recommended for free distribution of textbooks for students up to class ten (10), and suggested reforms in printing and supplying textbooks. As a member of the National Curriculum Co-ordination Committee (NCCC), Professor Aktaruzzaman made significant contributions in advancing quality education in Bangladesh especially in the curriculum development and moderation of the school textbooks.

  • Convener, Textbook Crisis Resolution National Committee (2008), Government of Bangladesh
  • Convener, Textbook Printing and Distribution Oversee and Advisory Committee (2009 & 2010), Government of Bangladesh
  • Member, National Education Policy 2010 Implementation Committee, Government of Bangladesh
  • Member, National Curriculum Coordination Committee (NCCC); Government of Bangladesh

 

Social Activism

Dr. Akhtaruzzaman was elected general secretary of the Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) for three consecutive terms (2004-2006), and vice-president in 2009-2011. During the tenure as general secretary of the Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA), he played a pivotal role in protesting and organizing movements against several sensational target killings (e.g. killings of Professor Humayan Azad (February 27, 2004), Shah AMS Kibria (January 27, 2005), and Professor Mohammad Yunus (December 24, 2004); rise of extremist and their countrywide bomb-explosion; barbaric attack on Baisakhi festival at the Ramnabotmul; and the heinous grenade and bomb attack at the Bangladesh Awami League’s public meeting on 21st August, 2004 that claimed many lives and injuries. 

Professor Akhtaruzaman took active role in forming public opinion against the military-backed government in 2007-2008 specially when the state of emergency was imposed; teachers from the Universities were arrested; and when students were assaulted at the Dhaka University playground. He was also active in protesting military regime in his student life in 1980s.

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Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor :
11. (1) The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor for a period of four years from a panel of three persons to be nominated by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Chancellor, and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of four years.
(2) Where are temporary vacancy in the office of the Vice-Chancellor occurs by reason of leave, illness, resignation or any other cause, the Chancellor shall make such arrangement for carrying on duties of the office of the Vice-Chancellor as he may think fit.

Power and duties of the Vice-Chancellor:
12. (1) The Vice-Chancellor shall be whole time principal executive and academic officer of the University and shall be Chairman of the Senate, the Syndicate and the Academic Council. He shall be entitled to be present and to speak at any meeting of any authority but, shall not be entitled to vote thereat unless he is a member of the authority concerned.

(2) The Vice-Chancellor shall convene meetings of the Senate, the Syndicate and the Academic Council and shall preside over them.

(3) Notwithstanding any provision contained in this Order or in any law for the time being in force, the Vice-Chancellor may, in any emergency which, in his opinion, required immediate action, take such action as he deems necessary, and shall within seven days thereafter report his action to the officer or authority who or which, in the ordinary course, would have dealt with the matter.

(4) The Vice-Chancellor shall, if he does not agree with the resolution of any authority of the University, have the power to withhold implementation of the resolution and refer it back to the authority concerned, with his opinion thereon, for reconsideration in its next regular meeting. If in the process of reconsideration the authority concerned does not agree with the Vice-Chancellor, the decision of the Syndicate shall be final.

(5) The Vice-Chancellor shall give effect to the orders of the Syndicate regarding the appointment, dismissal and suspension of the officers and teachers of the University, and shall exercise general control over the members of the University, and shall be responsible for the discipline of the University in accordance with this Order, the Statutes and University Ordinances.

(6) The Vice-Chancellor shall have the power to appoint on a purely temporary basis, ordinarily for a period of not more than six months, officers (excepting the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the Treasurer), teachers and administrative and subordinate staff and report such action to the Syndicate:

Provided that, if a temporary appointment cannot be regularized within the period for which it was made, such period may be extended, with the prior approval of the Syndicate, for a further period of three months on the expiry of which the temporary appointment shall stand terminated.

(7) The Vice-Chancellor may, with the approval of the Syndicate, delegate such of his powers and functions as he may consider necessary to such officer of the University as he may deem fit.

(8) The Vice-Chancellor shall exercise such other powers as may be prescribed by the Statutes and the University Ordinances.