Bangladesh lost a legend of education world – Jamilur Reza Choudhury passes away

Jamilur Reza Choudhury (2nd from Left)
Jamilur Reza Choudhury (2nd from Left)
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Jamilur Reza Choudhury Sir is no more this is a piece of news not less than a legend loss for Bangladesh education world. My personal interaction with Sir was in many occasions while I was setting up the IT education along with my colleges in Dhaka and other places in Bangladesh as a young IT professional from India. His advice and suggestion about education and students of Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world was life changing session for me. This loss is not at all going to be replaced any time soon.

His love for education and development of education of Bangladesh was core of his feeling and BUET students specially can feel this. He departed this world in the Holy month of Ramdan and we pray Jannat for this great person of education world.

Some information from Wikipedia will show light on his illustrated life.

He was born on 15 November 1943 Sylhet, Assam Province in British India now in Bangladesh and passed away 28 April 2020 (aged 76) at Square Hospital,Dhaka

Jamilur Reza Choudhury began school in 1950 (age 6) at the Mymensingh Zilla School. After his family moved to Dhaka from Mymensingh in 1952, he transferred to Nawabpur Government High School and transferred once more to a private Catholic school, St Gregory’s High School, in 1953. He passed the entrance examination from Sylhet Government Pilot High School. Jamilur attended Dhaka College from 1957–1959 and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree (Civil Engineering) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1963. Upon graduation from BUET (First Class First with Honours), he became a lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department that same year. He earned a Masters of Science in Engineering Degree (advanced structural engineering) in 1965 and a Ph.D. in structural engineering in 1968, both at the University of Southampton.

Jamilur Reza Choudhury was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) by Manchester University on 20 October 2010 – the first person of Bangladeshi origin to receive this honor from a British Universit

Immediately after the publication of results of BSC Engineering, he joined as a faculty member of the former East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology (EPUET) pending formal appointment. In November 1963, he formally joined as a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering and began his long teaching career. In September 1964 he was awarded a scholarship by Burmashell to pursue MS in structural engineering. His thesis was on “Cracks in Concrete Beam using Computer-Aided Design”. In 1968, he was conferred a Ph.D. degree on the topic of “Shear Wall & Structural Analysis of High rise Building”. After completing a Ph.D. he returned to former East Pakistan in 1968 and joined the former East Pakistan University of Engineering & Technology as an assistant professor until the demise of East Pakistan and the birth of a new nation, Bangladesh.

In 1973 he was promoted to associate professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) and in 1976 a full professor. In 1975, he was offered a Nuffield scholarship to pursue a post-doctoral Fellowship at Surrey University in the UK. Until 2001 he was working as a Professor at BUET. He was also entrusted with developing a “Computer Center” at BUET and was appointed the director for about 10 years. He served as vice-chancellor of BRAC University between 2001 and 2010. Choudhury was appointed the chairman of the task force for developing Software Export & IT Infrastructure in Bangladesh from 1997 to 2000 under the Ministry of Commerce. He was a ranking member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on developing Digital Bangladesh. Besides he was involved with several local and international organizations. He was working as the vice-chancellor of the University of Asia Pacific (UAP). Under his intellectual leadership, the University of Asia Pacific is now regarded as one of the most respected universities in Bangladesh. He was the Technical Adviser of Padma bridge. He was the president of the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee.

Md Alamgir Bhuiyan with Jamilur Reza Choudhury Shaheb
Md Alamgir Bhuiyan with Jamilur Reza Choudhury Shaheb

In a Facebook Condolence message from Dhaka, Bangladesh one of my student Md Alamgir Bhuiyan (Muna) expressed his feelings also shared few photos.

CONDOLENCE With a heavy heart would like to inform you that The Chief Patron of Gregorian Alumni Club Ltd National Professor Grn Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury has passed away today around Sheri time due to cardiac arrest, Innalilhe Wa Inna Elahe Rajeun. Let’s pray May Allah SWT to bestow him Jannatul Ferdous.We lost our Gregorian guardian and one of the most iconic persons of Bangladesh!! We deeply saddened, You will be in our heart !! Certainly, this is one of the saddest days for ST GREGORY HIGH SCHOOL and for all the Gregorians too!!

Md Alamgir Bhuiyan

Gregorian 92 Dated : 28.04.20



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