Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) of Dhaka University Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal has been appointed as the 29th Vice-Chancellor of DU as current tenure of VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman will expire on Nov 2 next. President Mohammed Shahabuddin, also the Chancellor of the university, on Sunday (Oct 15) appointed him as the VC of the university temporarily, said a gazatte of the education ministry.
The order will be effective from Nov 4 when the tenure of incumbent VC Dr Akhtaruzzaman is over, said the release, adding: "The newly appointed VC will be serving as full time chief executive officer of the university along with getting all the facilities against the position."
Dr Kamal, a professor of Disaster Science and Climate Resilience Department, has been serving Dhaka University as the Pro-VC (education) since June 2020. Last year Dr Kamal also got appointed as a visiting professor at the UK's prestigious University College London (UCL) with a tenure of five years – Apr 1, 2022 to Mar 31, 2027.
Maksud Kamal commenced his career as a lecturer at the Geology Department of Dhaka University in March 2000 and was promoted as professor in the same department in 2010.
Before joining the university, he served as a scientific officer at the Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (SPARSO) for nearly six years.
Maksud Kamal, a recognised expert in the fields of earthquake, tsunami studies and urban disaster management, served as the president of the Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) for four terms and as its general secretary for three terms.
Besides, he is the president of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association and served as secretary general of the organisation earlier.
ASM Maksud Kamal was also the convener of Blue Panel, an Awami League-backed teacher organisation at the university. He was a member of the senate and syndicate of the University. He also served as the provost of Masterda Surja Sen Hall for two terms.