M.A. Raqib

Prof-RaqibProfessor M.A. Raqib was born in Bangladesh in 1930. He received his M.Sc. in Physics from Dhaka University and later joined the university as a physics lecturer. He then moved to the UK, where he received his C.C.Ae. from College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, and spent some time in the education core of the Royal Air Force. He has served as a faculty member at Rajshahi University, Imperial College, and Exeter University, and also attained his PhD during his time in London. In 1971 he joined Jahangirnagor University as a professor and department head. Professor Raqib was appointed as Vice Chancellor of Rajshahi University in 1982. After completing his term as V.C., he was appointed as a member of the Public Service Commission of Bangladesh.

Upon retiring from government service in 1992, he took on the project of establishing a Computer Science and Electronics department at the newly established Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. He then joined Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) as Director of the School of Communication and organized a new department out of the existing department of Computer Science and Dept. of Media and Communication. He was appointed coordinator to establish the Chittagong Branch of IUB and ran it for 3 years, retiring from IUB in 2003. Over the course of his career he acted as chairman of several societies and organizations, including the Physics Society of Bangladesh, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science. He represented Bangladesh in UNESCO Seminars on Innovation in Higher Education in 1981, in a seminar on Regional Cooperative Programme in Higher Education for Development in 1983 (as Vice-President), at the general conference of UNESCO in Paris in 1983 (as Vice-President) and many others.

Professor Raqib is a pioneer in promoting science and technology in Bangladesh. In addition to these fields, Professor Raqib has always been passionate about making education available to all, particularly the underprivileged. He is now retired and a works as a full time volunteer to promote the welfare of Bangladesh’s neediest children as the Chief Advisor of DCI Bangladesh.

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