President's Life Sketch
Prof. Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed
People's Republic of Bangladesh
Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed the 17th
President of Bangladesh was born in a respectable Muslim
family of the village Nayagaon under Munshiganj district
on February 1, 1931.
Son of Late Moulvi Muhammad Ibrahim, he was
always a brilliant student with his Matriculation
from Munshiganj High School in 1948, I Sc from Munshiganj
Haraganga College in 1950 and B Sc as well as M Sc
from Dhaka University in 1952 and 1954 getting remarkable
credits in each examination.
After obtaining his M. S. and Ph D degrees
from the Wisconsin University of the United States
in 1958 and 1962, Dr, Iajuddin Ahmed joined Dhaka
University as an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Soil Science in 1963. He became Associate Professor
in 1964 and Professor in 1973. He was the provost
of Salimullah Muslim Hall of DU from 1975 to 1983.
Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed was chairman of the Department
of Soil Science for two terms from 1968 to 1969 and
1976 to 1979. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Biological
Science of DU also for two terms from 1989 to 1990
and 1990 to 1991. He was also a member of the senate,
syndicate, academic council and board of advance studies
of Dhaka University.
His professional career
was distinguished with extraordinary credentials as
being an Adviser of the caretaker government in 1991
as well as Chairman of the Public Service Commission
(1991-93) and the University Grants Commission (1995-
99). Before being declared as the country's next president,
he was the vice-chancellor of a private university
named State University of Bangladesh.
Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed was a visiting professor
of Cornell University in the United States in 1983
and the German Technical University in Berlin, Research
Centre in Bunteif and Gatinzens University in Germany
He has to his credit as many as 125 research
papers published in different newspapers and journals
at home and abroad. Of them, 48 research papers were
published in foreign newspapers. He conducted a research
on the process of salinity on paddy plants and also
identified its impact on the soil side by side with
scrutinizing the high yielding paddy in the coastal
belt of Bangladesh.
Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed also invented a process
of preserving nutrients into the soil for long and
supplying them as per the demands of trees. This invention
has brought for him much laurel in the United States.
He was also engaged in various organizational
activities as being member of the Federation of University
Teachers Associations, president of Dhaka University
Teachers Association and covenor of Combined Teachers
He got various awards including Ibrahim Memorial
Gold Medal in 1987- 88, Sri Gjyan Atish Dipanker Gold
Medal in 1990, Crest (Adafs) in 1991 and Ekushey Award
for Education in 1995. He is a member of the International
Soil Science Association, Indian Soil Science Association,
Bangladesh Soil Science Association and the Asiatic
Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed as a member of Bangladesh
delegation attended the 49th regular session of the
UN General Assembly in 1994 and spoke on the Palestinian
refugees as well as the Global trade and development.
He is actively involved as life-member with
various educational and social welfare organizations.
Besides, he is widely respected as a hero of the 1952
historic Language Movement, an ideal educationist
and a researcher.
His wife Dr. Anwara Begum is a professor of
Zoology Department in Dhaka University. She was chairman
of this department and provost of Shamsunnahar Hall.
Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed and Dr. Anwara Begum are
blessed with three children- daughter Sujan Ahmad
and two sons-Adam Ahmad and Imtiayz Ahmad. Sujan Ahmad
is married and now studying Ph D in the United States.
Eldest son Adam Ahmad also married is doing a job
in the United States while the second son unmarried
Imtiyaz Ahmad is studying in Montreal, Canada.