Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury laid to eternal rest
28 Apr 2020
National Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury passed away in Dhaka early today.
He was 77. He had a heart attack at home around sehri time, according to family sources. Dr Choudhury was declared dead at Square Hospitals around 4:00 am. A renowned civil engineer and educationist, Dr Choudhury was the Ex-President of The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) and vice-chancellor of the University of Asia Pacific. He had been the president of Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee since 2003.
In 2017, he was awarded Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh in the category of science and technology.
Dr Choudhury had authored about 70 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He had acted as consultant to many national and international agencies. He was a Member of Panel of Experts (advising the Government, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and OECF, Japan) for the Bangabandhu (Jamuna) Bridge; he headed the International Panel of Experts for Padma Bridge. He was the Team Leader for the Multipurpose Cyclone Shelter Programme and prepared the Master Plan for Cyclone Shelters in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. He was a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Bangladesh) and was its president in 1992-93. He was also a Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers (UK). He was the Chairman of the Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education, Bangladesh. He was appointed adviser to the caretaker government in April, 1996 and was in charge of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Ministry of Water Resources. He received numerous awards during his illustrious career.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep shock at the death of Dr. Choudhury and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul. Meanwhile, The Central Council of IEB, IEB President Engr. Md. Abdus Sabur and Honorary General Secretary Engr. Khandker Manjur Morshed expressed deep grief and sorrow. In a condolence message, IEB President Engr. Md. Abdus Sabur and Honorary General Secretary Engr. Khandker Manjur Morshed said, "After independence, all the major physical infrastructures have been developed in the country. Dr. Choudhury was involved. He has also lead an expert panel on various development projects in the country, including being the head of the expert panel on the Padma Bridge project. Professor Dr. Choudhury was a bright star of the Engineers of Bangladesh. The IEB and the engineering community are deeply saddened by his death. On behalf of the Central Council of IEB, I seek the forgiveness of the departed soul and extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
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