Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, outgoing Director General of Bangla Academy, was appointed as ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ Professor at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Tuesday.
The IU authorities have taken the decision at the 242nd syndicate meeting of the university with vice chancellor Prof Dr Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari in the chair.
SM Abdul Latif, registrar in-charge of the university, confirmed the matter to the Bangladesh Post. He said that Shamsuzzaman Khan was appointed for the post for the next two years with a view to research on ‘Bangabandhu and Bangladesh’.
Shamsuzzamn Khan was born in Manikganj district on December 29 in 1940. He completed his honours and master’s degrees from Dhaka University in 1963 and 1964 respectively. He joined Munshiganj Haraganga College as a lecturer in the department of Bangla in 1964. In the same year he joined Jagannath College as an assistant professor.
He was a faculty member of Jagannath College, Bangladesh Agricultural University (1968-73) and National University of Bangladesh (1998-2001).
On May 24 in 2009, Shamsuzzaman Khan became director general of Bangla Academy. His contract for the position was extended three times until May 23 in 2018. He also served as the director general of the Bangladesh National Museum and Bangladesh Shilpakola Academy.