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 Emeritus Professor Dr. M. Afzal Hossain:

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Dr. M. Afzal Hossain, Advisor of the Board of Trustees and Emeritus Professor of Pundra University of Science and Technology, an apex seat of higher education in the Northern region of the country, has earned remarkable achievements as a dynamic academic executive, a devoted teacher and a distinguished scientist of international repute. As an ardent teacher and researcher in the field of biological sciences, he made brilliant contributions to the promotion of biochemical practices related to food and nutrition in Bangladesh. In parallel to it, he kept his endeavor unabated for uplifting our higher education to the world-standard with reflection in it the needs of the hour properly, and thus, to unleash the boundless potentials of youth-power by propagating the system rooted to life and livelihood.

 

Dr. M. Afzal Hossain, son of Late Sabder Rahman and Late Jamila Khatoon, was born on 30 November 1952 in a noble Muslim family of village Majbari under Sariakandi Upazilla of Bogura district. Having completed his SSC examination in 1968, he got himself enrolled as an undergraduate student of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and subsequently obtained BSc AH (Hons) degree with first class and MSc (AH) in Biochemistry with first class in the years 1974 and 1976 respectively. In 1977, he joined the Department of Biochemistry of BAU as Research Associate and was appointed as Lecturer in the same Department the following year. He was promoted to the posts of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor in the same Department in the years 1980, 1986 and 1992 respectively. Meanwhile in 1984, he obtained PhD degree from the National Dairy Research Institute, Hariyana, India. In 1987, he performed his post-doctoral research in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Hawaii, USA under USAID Fellowship program.

 

Dr. Hossain has got to his credit slightly over 75 fundamental research papers published in various national and international peer-reviewed standard journals, and hence, had been awarded FAOB fellowship for participation in the 7th FAOB conference held in Malaysia in 1988. He also had to complete a research work at the Institute of Cellular & Molecular Pathology, Brussels, under the EEC post-doctoral fellowship program in 1991. With JNCASR-COSTED Fellowship support in 1997, he served as a Visiting Scientist at the Central Food Technological Research Institute, India. The following year he served as a Visiting Scientist at Hokkaido University, Japan under JSPS Invitation Fellowship program. Sponsored by JSPS Bridge Fellowship in 2016 he also served as a Visiting Scholar at Iwate University of Japan. Dr. Hossain had undertaken around 70 foreign academic tours in various universities all over the world since 1980 till date, and also took part in more than 50 international conferences and symposia held at different times in various countries of Europe, USA and Asia.

 

Professor M. Afzal Hossain had been a very popular teacher in the Department of Biochemistry at BAU and a good number of graduate students received their Masters and PhD degrees under his supervision. He had been the Head of the Department of Biochemistry twice, and also the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, BAU for a period of two years during 2015-2016. He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), Dinajpur for a period of four years during 2008-2012. He was also the Vice-Chancellor (In-charge) of BAU during August-September, 2015. He also served as the Vice-Chancellor (Designate) of Pundra University of Science and Technology, Bogura during January-September 2017. The Honorable President of the Republic and Chancellor of the Universities has been pleased to nominate him either as the expert member of selection committees or the member of syndicate in a number of public universities of Bangladesh. Dr Hossain was involved in framing the Rules for the appointment of Emeritus Professor of BAU and extended his expert service as one of the four members of selection committee for appointment of its first Emeritus Professor. Very recently he has been elected as the Fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Agriculture.

 

Professor M. Afzal Hossain is affiliated with a number of professional, socio-cultural and humanitarian bodies. He has life-membership in BAAS, BBS, BNS and ARCC of India. Besides, he had/has been engaged with a number of social welfare bodies like BSGP, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangladesh JSPS Alumni Association, Karim Memorial Trust, HOPES, ARMA welfare society and many others in various capacities. He also extends his expert service as Member of Editorial Boards of the following scientific journals: BD J. of Env. & Agril. Chem. (BAU), BD J. of Biochem. & Molecular Biol. (DU), Molecular Biol. & Biotech. J. (BAU) and Farm House. During his 42-year-long teaching career, he successfully completed 10 (ten) research projects sponsored by various national and international agencies.

Dr. Hossain has authored a series of popular articles published in various national magazines dwelling on the spirit and ideals of the Great War of Liberation and those of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. All these great ideals are, in fact, easily discernible in all his deeds and words.

 

Professor Hossain enjoys a happy married life with his wife and two children, a son and a daughter. His wife Dr. Jahan Ara Khatun retired as CSO and Director of Scientific Information Division of BAEC, Dhaka. His son Ibtihajj M. Nakib obtained BSc in Electronic & Telecom Engineering degree from NSU and now serving in a multinational company; and his daughter Dr. Nowshin Taslima Hossain, after passing FCPS Part I in radiation oncology is now pursuing MD on the same subject at the National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital, Dhaka.

 

 

Dr. Md. Afzal Hossain
Tel.       :  + 88 091 67430, +88 091 67401-06/Ext.2400
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