National Professor Rafiqul Islam dies
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National Professor Rafiqul Islam
National Professor Rafiqul Islam has passed away.
He breathed his last around 2.30pm on Tuesday at Evercare Hospital in the city.
Hospital’s Duty Officer Dr. Ovijit confirmed this to media.
He was 87 years old.
On October 7, he was admitted to BSMMU Hospital with abdominal pain. After the examination, the doctors confirmed that water had accumulated in his lungs, which was extracted.
Inducted as a National Professor in 2018, Prof Dr Rafiqul Islam later became head of the Bangla Department at Dhaka University.
One of the most respected Nazrul researchers in the world, Rafiqul Islam was the first Nazrul Professor at the Bangla department of Dhaka University and the first director of the Nazrul Research Centre.
He has penned about 30 books, including the first book on martyred intellectuals and the first book on the centenary history of Dhaka University.
For his excellence in the field of academia and culture, Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam has received Independence Award (2012), Ekushey Padak (2001), Bangla Academy Literary Award (1994) and International Mother Language Award.