Emajuddin Ahamed

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Emajuddin Ahamed
এমাজউদ্দীন আহমদ
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Ahamed in December 2008
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka
In office
1 November 1992 – 31 August 1996
Preceded byMohammad Moniruzzaman Miah
Succeeded byAbul Kalam Azad Chowdhury
Vice-Chancellor of University of Development Alternative
In office
Succeeded byRafiqul Islam Sharif
President of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
In office
Preceded byAbdul Momin Chowdhury
Succeeded bySirajul Islam
Personal details
Born(1933-12-15)15 December 1933
Malda district, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died17 July 2020(2020-07-17) (aged 86)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
SpouseBegum Selima Ahamed
Alma mater
Awardsfull list

Emajuddin Ahamed (15 December 1933 – 17 July 2020)[1] was a Bangladeshi political scientist, author and educationist. He served as the 21st vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka during 1992–1996.[2] He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1992 by the Government of Bangladesh in the education category.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ahamed was born in Malda district in West Bengal in the then British India. He later moved to the Chapai Nawabganj District in Bangladesh with his family. Ahamed received his early education in Rajshahi. He got his bachelor's degree from Rajshahi College. He then joined the civil service as a lecturer of government college. He became the principal of the college. In the mid-1970s, he was granted a scholarship by the Queen's University in Ontario, Canada when he earned a PhD degree for his research in political science.[2]


Upon returning to Bangladesh, Ahamed joined the University of Dhaka as a senior lecturer in the department of political science. He later became a professor. He started writing about his research and reviews of the general politics of the nation. He wrote numerous books on national politics.

Ahamed served two terms as the pro-vice chancellor before becoming the vice chancellor of Dhaka University in 1992. He retired in 1996. He became the vice-chancellor of the University of Development Alternative in 2002.[4] He also worked with the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.[5]

Ahamed was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1992 for his contribution to education.

Personal life[edit]

Emajuddin Ahamed was married to Begum Selima Ahamed. The couple had five children, three daughters and two sons, and eleven grandchildren. Their youngest daughter died in 1997.[6] He is the father of Dil Rowshan Zinnat Ara Nazneen, Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Tanwir Iqbal Ibn Ahamed, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine and grandfather of Tarnima Warda Andalib, Post Doctoral Researcher at University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.[7][8][9]


Ahamed received several academic awards. The most specific ones are: Ekushey Padak in 1992. Mahakal Krishti Chinta Shangha Gold Medal, Jatiya Shahitya Sangshad Gold Medal, Zia Sangskritik Gold Medal, Michael Madhushudan Datta Gold Medal, Dhaka Shamajik ebong Shangskritik Gold Medal, Bangladesh Jubok Front Gold Medal, Rajshahi Forum Unnoyon Gold Medal.[citation needed]


Ahamed died on 17 July 2020 aged 86 at Lab Aid Hospital in Dhaka due to cardiac arrest.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b "DU former VC Prof Emajuddin Ahmed passes away". The Daily Star. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  2. ^ a b "Office of the Vice Chancellor". University of Dhaka. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ "List of 'Ekushey Padak' owners". Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Bangladesh National Portal. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  4. ^ "UODA accolades Prof Dr Rahmatullah". banglanews24.com. 13 March 2014. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Banglapedia-CD". United News of Bangladesh (UNB). 11 February 2004 – via Infotrac Newsstand. President of the [Asian] Society [of Bangladesh] Prof Emajuddin Ahamed will inaugurate the show
  6. ^ a b "Former DU VC Emajuddin Ahmed passes away". Dhaka Tribune. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  7. ^ "Professor Dr. Emajuddin Ahamed". google scholar. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  8. ^ "Dil Rowshan Zinnat Ara Nazneen". google scholar. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  9. ^ "Tarnima Warda Andalib". google scholar. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-07-17.

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