Numerous characters appear and disappear in the stage of the world, some of them shine for a while and get lost but some of them engrave lasting impression on their respective arena. Some of the shining characters have influence beyond their own grounds and Professor Dr, S.M. Nazrul Islam is one such character.
Prof. Nazrul Islam is an internationally renowned energy expert and researcher who worked extensively on renewable energy field. My area of interest or expertise and Prof. Nazrul Islam’s area of expertise do not crisscross each other’s nor we are of the similar age bracket or of ideological clan, still gradually I got attracted to him. My acquaintance with Prof. SM Nazrul Islam may be broadly divided into three phases, my teacher, my boss and my colleague and boss.
My Teacher: I knew him since I was a student of Architecture at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. I entered BUET in 1976 as an undergraduate student than Prof. Nazrul Islam was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. For us at that stage he was a senior teacher and particularly for me because at that time our (architecture) head of the department was also an assistant professor.
Perhaps he took one of our classes in lieu of Prof. M.H.Khan (Former Vice Chancellor of BUET and AUST) and that was the first encounter with him. In comparison to M.H. Khan Sir at that point in our life Prof. Nazrul Islam was a messiah. His simplicity immediately caught our attention. He used to give us, as his student, patience hearing to our problems and was quite friendly. When we knew that Prof. Nazrul is the only second ‘honours’ graduating from our university, it impressed us more. Our path did not cross much since than for a long time.
My Boss: Teacher becoming a boss is not an unusual issue but in our case we are from different academic streams and professions, which is unusual. I was the founding Head of the Department of Architecture at Khulna University (KU), when in 1997 Prof. Nazrul Islam was made Vice Chancellor of Khulna University, coming from BUET, thus becoming my boss. This time encounter was more direct. In this phase I had the opportunity to see Prof. Nazrul Islam quite closely and found him focused on his responsibilities with sincerity.
Prof. Nazrul Islam had been the Vice Chancellor of the university where I was the Head of a department. At that time Khulna University was a new University, which was fast expanding. Expansion needs with scarcity of resources and systems was a problem. Therefore, as administrators we were in colliding position. Prof. Nazrul Islam, as a good administrator, wanted to distribute resources rationally and equitably, that meant, less allocation for us being older department and budgetary allocations were not sufficient for us to run the department. However, gradually he managed funds to satisfy us all (head of the departments) in a given situation. He was out and out an academic person and in administration he was very sympathetic and neutral towards teachers, officers and students alike. This even handed treatment was sometimes the cause of resentment among the teachers.
As the head of the department I had difference of opinion with the Vice Chancellor (Prof. Nazrul Islam) on many occasions which he always took gracefully and as a guardian. Prof. Nazrul Islam launched the first peer reviewed journal for Khulna University (Khulna University Studies) and also initiated a good amount of research fund as a research grant to the teachers – many teachers were benefitted by that initiative. In spite of his busy schedule at KU and elsewhere he did not leave research (his primary interest).
Ministry of Science and Technology, GoB, awarded several research grants in 1998, interestingly from Khulna University Prof. Nazrul Islam and I was among two recipients, though on different projects. In spite of my independent way of thinking, I was made Director of Students Affairs of Khulna University, considering my seniority in KU. It showed his rationality and un biasness. Lot of infrastructural and logistic developments at KU were initiated by him at that time. I was the Engineering Advisor to the Vice Chancellor (KU) until 2000 and had the opportunity to see his neutral, unbiased and honest way of awarding contracts to the massive development projects underway at KU.
On rotation I became the Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology faculty in 1998, it was a roller coaster ride, schools interest and university interest sometimes did not match – I had to act aggressively but the Vice Chancellor (Prof. Nazrul Islam) never took it personally. Though involved with many national and international organizations, simultaneously, Prof. Nazrul Islam never left his primary concern Khulna University.
My Colleague and Boss: I moved to the department of architecture, BUET in 2000 and Prof S.M. Nazrul Islam moved back to the department of mechanical engineering, BUET in 2001. In this phase we were not in direct contacts. Being in the same residential area of the campus we use to come across each other. He was always very cordial and sober. He seemed to be much cool and relaxed in this phase.
In 2010, Prof. Nazrul Islam was appointed the Vice Chancellor of BUET and he moved to VC’s residence. Since at BUET, until 2012, when I became the Head of the Department of Architecture, BUET, I was a mere spectator watching Prof. Nazrul Islam from the side lines. Again as administrators I came face to face with him, however, this time situation is different. Vice Chancellor (Prof. Nazrul Islam) seems to be lenient and more considerate in many complex matters.
Since 2012, I find Prof. Nazrul Islam more composed and calm. Interdepartmental relations and Head of the Department – Vice Chancellor relationships are smoother than when we were in KU. BUET is a long established university, having its established rules, regulations and traditions. At the moment Prof. Nazrul Islam is the custodian of those.
A person is judged by his actions and achievements-a cursory review of Professor Dr. S.M. Nazrul Islam’s achievements and contribution to academics, research and administration are quite significant. Time and again his contributions have been well recognized.
Prof. Nazrul Islam: An icon of generosity
Engr. G M Jainal Abedin Bhuiya, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Industries
Professor Nazrul Islam is a very dynamic organizer. He is not only an erudite person but also an effective organizer, social worker and community mover. While he was the Chairman of IEB Dhaka Centre, I had a rare chance to work with him as Ex- Honorary Secretary of that centre. The memories of those days still drag me with that time. I feel myself lucky I got extraordinary opportunity to be associated with such exceptional personality.
By virtue of his dedicated service for the welfare of engineering community, Dr. Nazrul was subsequently elected President of IEB along with his position as Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). At that time, days, not to mention, minutes were going by fast as we were enterprising some new jobs under his able leadership. I cannot resist myself mentioning some of his sweet memories in this context. While I was working as Executive Director, Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA), he cordially accepted our invitation to address as Chief Guest in Certificate Award Ceremony of Traffic Management and Traffic Control Training Courses. It is worth mentioning that both the courses were organized by the Accident Research Institute, BUET for the officials of DTCA. His gracious words still re-echoes many of our ears.
Each of us is an individual. Most often, we can’t get around of it. But Professor Nazrul knows it. So he accepted the challenge not to become less of an individual. He was so caring that others do not feel the less of it and he becomes a symbol of kindness in IEB community. His overarching social responsiveness makes him a highly respectful person.
Some memories fade and others smudge, but the time I spent with him will always remain intact in my mind. I shall never forget how a person can change the heart of many by showing that he loves us all. He is unique and an icon of generosity.
Professor Nazrul Islam: Hard and soft skills in his life
Dr. A B M Siddique Hossain, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering of American International University-Bangladesh and Former Professor and Dean of EEE Faculty, BUET
I am very delighted to know that a special issue will be published by The Guardian, a leading and dedicated magazine of the country, on the life and achievements of Professor Dr. Engineer S.M. Nazrul Islam, the incumbent Vice-Chancellor of BUET, who is known to me for about 50 years as my batch mate of 1969 graduates from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, popularly known as BUET.
We formed a forum of 1965 to 1969 BUET friends known as Bandhan-69, of which he is our life-long president working very sincerely and effectively to promote friendship, fellowship among our friends living at home and abroad. This forum is building a Bandhan house in BUET to accommodate visiting guests, researchers, professors and bandhan members living abroad under his leadership. He is my long time trusted friend since we joined as lecturers in BUET. We went to Nigeria and Libya in late eighties to work as visiting professors.
Completing B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (ME) in 1969 with honours and standing 2nd in merit of his batch, he joined as a lecturer in the ME Department of BUET. Later, he did his M.Sc. in ME from BUET and Ph.D. from the University of Windsor in Canada. His research fields include renewable energy, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics and fluid machineries. He has published more than 100 papers in different peer reviewed national and international journals and conference proceedings.
Professor Nazrul Islam was the Dean of Engineering of Maiduguri University, Nigeria during 1986- 87 academic years. He was a Professor at AL-Fatah University in Tripoli, Libya during 1987-89. During this time, he was actively involved to organize an international conference on energy related issues. In BUET, he was the Head of the Department, Dean of Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Hall Provost, Director of Students’ Welfare (DSW) and Director of Centre for Energy Studies and was involved in many national projects, committees before he was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of BUET on 31st August, 2010.
Professor Nazrul Islam was elected Chairman of Dhaka Centre of Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) and later, elected President of IEB. During his tenure, he tried his best to promote professionalism, the interest and image of engineers of the country. He was also appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Khulna University during the years 1999 to 2003 when notable developments and academic expansion took place in Khulna University.
During his long career, he was always a brilliant student, brilliant teacher and researcher, a very good organizer, leader, social worker, administrator, a very polite gentleman and a dedicated good Muslim performing holy hajj twice. He has achieved both hard and soft skills in his life. Hard skills include degrees, abilities, training and knowledge of specific skill sets of his subject and more importantly soft skills include patience, ability to listen well, communicate effectively, be positive, handle conflict, accept responsibility, show respect, build trust, work well with others, manage time effectively, accept criticism, work under pressure, be likable, and demonstrate good manners.
During the last 45 years, we both are involved in engineering education at home and abroad. Prof. Nazrul is a true follower of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He comes of a village very close to Bangabandhu’s ancestral home. He always mentions, without Bangabandhu’s inspiration at his early life, he would not have come to this level of achievement.
In 1973, we both were lecturers in BUET. We were offered B.Sc. Engg. degree in 1973 convocation by the then Chancellor, President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury in the presence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu in his inspiring speech for engineering graduates strongly advocated the importance of engineering education to rapidly industrialize the newly independent country. He praised BUET and its role in national development. He also emphasized the importance of agriculture education and water resources management to develop food security for the people. At his instruction the department of water resources engineering was opened in BUET.
Prof. Nazrul , since the day he joined as the VC of BUET, has been putting his best efforts wholeheartedly to move BUET forward into an excellent institution of engineering and technology education in the country to fulfil the dreams of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I wish his long life and good health.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A successful academician and researcher
Dr. Faruque A. U. Khan, Professor, Department of Architecture and Former Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, BUET
Prof. Dr. S. M. ‘Nazrul Islam is holding the position of Vice Chancellor (VC) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, (BUET). Throughout his career, he has noteworthy achievements in academic as well as in professional field. In his 43 years long academic career, he has honored with different national and international awards.
Among those, NIPA Foundation Gold Medal in 1999, HONQURS from BUET and Commonwealth Scholarship are most mentionable. In an international arena, Dr. Nazrul Islam acted as the Professor of Al-Fatech University, Libya and Maiduguri University, Nigeria. He has also served as the Dean Engineering in Maiduguri University, Nigeria and as the Secretary General in International Energy Foundation in Tripoli, Libya.
Dr. Islam’s contribution in the administration of BUET and other universities also denotes his capabilities in upholding administrative activities. He has served as the Dean, Head, Director of Centres, Director of Student Welfare, Chairman and Member of different committee’s in BUET. Moreover, his role as the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Khulna university, Dean Engineering of Maiduguri University, Nigeria and Director of MQSTI project funded by World Bank proves his excellence in managerial activities. Dr. Islam had been the honorary chairman and member of different executive committees of professional bodies and activities.
Some of his significant involvements in the professional activities are as the President of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (2009-2010); President of Bio-medical Engineering Association (1993-1995); President of Teacher’s Association, BUET, (1995); Member of Public Administration Reforms Commission, Govt. of Bangladesh (1997-2000); Syndicate Member of Shahjalal, Khulna and Dhaka university of Engineering and Technology; Member of National encyclopedia Committee (1997-2001); Member of National Education Committee (1990-1994) and Member of the National Committee setup by the Government of Bangladesh to investigate the Automobile industry in 1982.
In the academic life, Prof. Dr. Islam has proved himself as the successful academician and researcher through a range of national and international journal publications and fundamental research works in the field of science and technology. He had been the supervisors of Ph.D, M.Sc and M. Engineering postgraduate research between the years of 1982 to 2005. Professionally Dr. Nazrul Islam is also active as the consultant of various works in mechanical engineering fields of Bangladesh since 1976 to date.
Prof. Islam has traveled many countries like Canada, UK, Italy, Australia, Nigeria, Libya, Singapore and India to dissipate his knowledge and experience in the relevant field.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A man of several virtues
Engr. Mohammad Ali, Managing Director, Citizen Group
Professor S M Nazrul Islam and I are known to each other for about half a century as we are friend and batch-mate in BUET. He is a simple and clean minded personality. He is very honest and devoted to his work. He leads a very simple life. His mood of behaviour is very simple. He is blessed with several virtues.
One of his best virtues is that he never becomes angry with anybody. If anybody commits a mistake or does any wrong, he never gets angry and behaves rude with him but behaves simply as usual. He tries his best to correct that person. He always tries how he will keep a friendly relationship with him. Another important virtue I have noticed is that he is a skilled organizer. The engineers who have passed out engineering education from BUET in 1969 have formed an organization, named ‘Bandhan’ of the 69th Batch. Professor S M Nazrul Islam maintains the overall activities of this organization.
The engineers of the 69th batch have spread at home and aboard. But Nazrul Islam has held us together in a single platform. In this connection, all credit goes to him. Not only that, he regularly communicates with the engineers of the 69th batch and inquires about their health, family members and other affairs. He not only inquires about the various problems in their family life but also tries to solve those problems.
Nazrul Islam is a renowned professor of mechanical engineering. As a successful educationist, he has various successes at home and abroad. For example, he became Head of the Department and Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of BUET. He also served as a professor at Al-Fateh University in Libya. He has also served as a professor in a university in Nigeria. Here is not the end. He has also worked in Windsor University in Canada.
He was a skilled president of IEB. I have seen that during his performing responsibility at BUET, education related activities got widened. While he was president of IEB, he took some measures to ensure its development. Side by side, he relentlessly worked for this. As a result, the two-year period of his presidency is regarded as Golden Time for IEB. He was also chairman of IEB of Dhaka Centre.
Dr. Nazrul Islam is also an icon of engineering and technology education in Bangladesh. Currently, he has serving as Vice-Chancellor of BUET. He has also undertaken plans for its development so that the institution can maintain its educational activities smoothly. He has taken initiatives to widen research activities, construct girls’ hostel and widen digital programme. He has also taken some realistic steps to solve the problems, regarding the land of BUET. But he was politically trapped. As a result, the endeavour faded away. But we are always with him and would keep our efforts with him and to protect him from any bad situation.
Professor Nazrul Islam: An inspiration for building ways of our life
Engr. Md. Nuruzzaman, Chief Engineer, Department of Public Health Engineering
Professor Dr. S.M. Nazrul Islam was born in a respectable Muslim family at Hiron of Gopalganj. Aristocracy of his paternal and maternal families can be found in his body and mind. I came in close touch with him while he was serving as a leader of various professional engineering bodies like IEB and others. He is at present Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The present government has rightly chosen him for this dignified position. He has had a long experience and dedication to teaching and research in engineering, especially in Mechanical Engineering. He is a very worthy educationist, worthy engineer and a worthy researcher.
Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam is also kind and liberal minded person. I had very close association with various social and cultural activities at IEB. Though I had personal relation with him, due to the difference of age and status between him and me, I was never ignored by him. To listen to others or give attention to others is his simple nature. He has been an icon of Mechanical Engineering by dint of his genius, dedication, work and contribution to teaching, research and development in professional advancement.
To see him from a close distance, I developed much respect to him and he also became very affectionate to me. As a conscious person, now and then he played a vital role by associating himself with different professional-based organizations. Greed and boasting could never touch him. So, he is very simple but is a man with morality, nobility and working for rebuilding the society and the country.
I do not know why Professor Nazrul Islam loved me much and why he became very affectionate to me. While working for engineering, especially at IEB, he made me associate with this organization. Even, he put much importance to my thoughts and ideas. Side by side, he becomes very happy at the good news of any man or any group. This is why, he lives in our hearts.
Life goes away and leaves behind deeds. Life is temporary but deeds remain permanent. Consequently, his fruitful thoughts, mindful acts and generosity for humanity remain to be a symbol of beauty of life for us. Professor Nazrul Islam is an inspiration for building ways of our life.
Professor Nazrul Islam: Always sincere and punctual in his work
Professor Dr. Md. Delwer Hossain, Director, Directorate of Students’ Welfare, BUET
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) is one of the most famous educational institutions in the field of technical, engineering, science and technology education. The engineers, architects, plan-makers as well as scientists passed from this famous institution earn high appreciation and praise in their respective work place as well as in their higher education.
Our university is not lagging behind in its curricular activities either. In different national, regional and international competitions like project display, computer programming, robot making, debate, Math Olympiad, games and sports even in cultural affairs, we are earning prestige as well as prizes at times. Reputation and tradition of this university is working behind this impulsion.
Professor Nazrul Islam joined Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology as Vice-Chancellor in 2010. I worked with him from the year 1986 to 1987. Then I was an Assistant Provost of Nazrul Hall and Sir was the Provost. While working with him, I found him always sincere and punctual in his work. He always thought how the students could develop. He kept their news and wanted to know if they had any problem. He also thought how the condition of the officials and workers could be improved.
Now I am already the Director of Directorate of the Students’ Welfare of BUET for one year. Whenever I have gone to Nazrul Islam sir, he has always extended his helping hands and gave me valuable advice. Even in these types of activities, I also found him sincere and punctual.
But unfortunately, some conspired against him. As a result, there was some dissatisfaction among the teachers, staffs and students. Sir was not involved in such activities. As he was the chief of the institution, he became victim of the conspiracy. He also filled a case against some of those conspirators. Because of this, some of the teachers had some dissatisfaction. But now the overall condition including discipline of BUET is very good. Sir has been running BUET very smoothly.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A multidimensional personality
Engr. Mohammad Hossain, Director General, Power Cell
Professor Nazrul Islam is one of my respectable teachers. He is a person with diversified quality unlike other academicians. He was the President of IEB and the Chairman of Dhaka Centre, IEB. I had the opportunity to work with him as the Honorary Secretary of IEB, Dhaka Centre.
Not only that, he was the convener of Peshajibi Sammanay Parishad. He was also the convener of Bangabondhu Prakaushali Parishad. As an active member of these organizations I had the opportunity to closely work with him and found him as a very accommodative person. He has a very distinct academic qualification. As a teacher, he is very kind and caring for his students. Prof Nazrul never considers his students as simply students; rather he takes care of his students as a guardian and guide.
Nazrul Sir maintains a good relationship with us. He behaved with us as a friendly and fatherly. As a good professional, one needs patience which I have found in him. He is very sacrifice minded. Besides these virtues, he has other virtues. One important thing in his character is that he never becomes angry with anyone. He can take decision with much patience. He is not only a teacher but also a guide, a guardian and a mentor.
As a high profile educationist, researcher and engineer, Dr. Nazrul Islam is a multidimensional personality and truly an icon in engineering profession in our country. He is able to accomplish any difficult task quite easily. I wish his success, good health and long life.
Professor Nazrul Islam: Contribution to education, research and professional development
Engr. Md. Mujibur Rahman, Managing Director, Teletalk Bangladesh Limited
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is a worldwide famous university and the oldest leading institution in the arena of engineering and technology in Bangladesh. For years, it has demonstrated its excellence and brilliance in teaching and research of engineering and Architecture. The esteemed educationists are committed to developing knowledge for paving the path of the national development beyond normal boundaries.
Dr. S. M. Nazrul Islam, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, BUET was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University for the next four years on 31st August, 2010. To the best of my knowledge and as an acquaintance of him, Dr. S. M. Nazrul Islam is a renowned Engineer and a progressive figure from his student life. Despite being a faculty of BUET, he took part in the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. During that time, the country needed valiant freedom fighters and like many others Mr. Islam served the nation in the war field.
Upon completing his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1969, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Lecturer. Then he completed his M.Sc. Engg. from BUET. Prof Islam was one of the very few educationists who were awarded Commonwealth Scholarship during post liberation period and earned his Ph.D. from University of Windsor in Canada in 1979. With a bright educational background, he achieved commendable reputation during his teaching career and showed exceptional professional and management skill in running the engineering schools and divisions efficiently.
Dr. S. M. Nazrul Islam conducted research in various fields like renewable energy, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics and fluid mechanics. He played the instrumental role in the advancement of Mechanical Engineering department of BUET, specifically in the field of innovating green technology to combat global warming and exploring sustainable energy sources.
He has published more than 100 research papers in different national and international journals. Researchers celebrate many of his publications in applied fields. He is one of the forerunners who have established the name and fame of Bangladesh through engineering skills after the post liberation era. Prof Islam is the former vice-chancellor of Khulna University during 1997-2001 period. He was the Dean of Engineering of Maiduguria University, Nigeria. Mr. Islam was a Professor of Al-Fateh University, Libya and served as the Head and Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering there. He was also Director of the Directorate of Students Welfare (DSW), BUET and Director of the Centre for Energy Studies, BUET.
As a teacher of exceptionally high calibre, Prof. Islam also served in a number of engineering institutions home and abroad in addition and showed commendable professional excellence in relevant fields. Being one of the senior professors of BUET, Dr. Nazrul Islam was the elected president of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in 2010. As an administrator he worked in many execetive committees of professional bodies for the development of engineering profession in Bangladesh. He was a member of Public Administra-tion Reforms Commission and still now is a member of the steering committee of Renewable Energy Conferences. He has enjoyed membership of syndicate of different universities and governed many national and international forums during his office at BUET, IEB, Khulna University and RUET.
Mr. Islam arranged many seminers, workshops as well as training programmes for graduate engineers to enhance their professional knowledge and skill and worked hard to negotiate the interests of engineering profession with government authority.
He visited many countries and helped to tie up IEB with other engineering communities in broad national and international spectrum. To create more engineering job opportunity for Bangladeshi engineers, his dedication is praiseworthy. He is an active proponent for industrial safety and a vocal to claim the recognition of the contributions of engineers towards the development of the nation. Professor Dr. S. M. Nazrul Islam is also involved in many other social, economic and cultural organizations where he is still now delivering his best.
Professor Nazrul Islam: His contribution to nation-building activities laudable
Engr. Tamal Chakraborty, Member (Company Affairs), Bangladesh Power Development Board
I got myself admitted into the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 1973 and passed out in 1977. I was a student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor SM Nazrul Islam Sir is my teacher. He taught us fluid mechanics with dedication. Sir was cordial and affectionate to us all. He asked the students whether they could follow his lecture well or whether they had any problem to understand his course.
Realizing the application of engineering course, he did not fix his students only on particular text books. He stressed on both the theoretical and practical aspects of the course and helped his students learn in both the ways. I can tell it with pride that those of us who took mechanical engineering degrees from BUET, we all of course achieved quality education in engineering. It was possible because of the great educationists like Professor SM Nazrul Islam Sir.
Currently, he is Vice-Chancellor of BUET. To improve the overall academic facilities and environment in BUET he along with other BUET teachers is working heart and soul. By this time he has undertaken a number of development initiatives for amelioration and expansion of facilities in BUET. Off late, he faced some unexpected problems due to misunderstanding, created by some group of teachers that led the students to create trouble in the BUET campus. By dint of his farsightedness and able leadership and capacity, he has been able to manage the situation. So, we can expect that he would be able to do something much better for the development and expansion of BUET.
There is no denial of the fact that Professor SM Nazrul Islam Sir is a very successful teacher and a great personality in our country. Due to his capacity, he became chairman of IEB Dhaka Centre and later, became president of IEB. This is not all. He is actively involved with different academic, social and professional organizations and bodies in Bangladesh. His contribution to mechanical issue of any industry in our country is highly mentionable. His suggestion is urged to solve the problem of different issues of challenges and developments in our mechanical sector.
Sir is also involved with the different technical committees of the government and other organizations concerned with mechanical engineering in Bangladesh. His contributions to the national-building activities of Bangladesh are laudable. His students are also playing important roles, in the field of mechanical engineering, at home and abroad. His contribution to the education and professional development of Mechanical Engineering in Bangladesh makes him an icon of mechanical engineering today. As his student, I feel me fortunate and also feel very proud of him.
Prof. Nazrul Islam: A visionary personality behind curtains
Dr. M. Mahfuzul Islam, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, BUET
Prof. Dr. S. M. Nazrul Islam, the honorable Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), is the name of a successful personality in engineering domains. In his colorful life, he served the Department of Mechanical Engineering in BUET almost three decades, served as a Vice-Chancellor of Khulna University and as a president of Institute of Engineers Bangladesh. All of these represent a person in front of curtains from where everybody can see the celebrity. Real personality remains behind which makes him great. Prof. Islam bears such a humanity dedicated for the well doing for human being, a restless personality to promote an organization, an explorative brain that can find fairway in presence of obstacles. Very few celebrities dare to go against the group pressure which is going in wrong direction. Prof. Islam is one of them. I feel proud having the opportunity to highlight a very few of my observations among many about him who is dedicated his life for mankind, has fought against bad conventions and has presented his cry for neglected people.
BUET is the top-talent hunting university in Bangladesh. Due to the rules of the university and teachers’ sincerity, top-talented students study engineering in Bangladesh- exceptional to the scenarios of many countries. Unfortunately, when Prof. Islam took leadership to run BUET as a Vice-Chancellor, it took on average of nine to eleven month to complete a semester which had scheduled to be completed within six months. This gave him severe pain in his soul and he took all efforts to keep back the academic curriculum on right track. He could successfully complete a semester within six months tenure breaking all the past conventions. “The task is not easy” known to every person related with BUET. He was successful because of the efforts coming from his eternal cry for BUET and BUET students.
BUET did intake 500 students per year a decade ago. This figure has now come into 1000, but the residential accommodation remains the same. Number of Female students in BUET has increased from 5% to 20% within a decade but still BUET is accommodating this eight times increase in number of female students in one hall. New students coming to BUET has to start their student life in an unhealthy environment. They cannot study well in this environment. Prof. Islam noticed this issue seriously and often expressed his deep feeling for them. He took initiatives to build students halls vertically due to space limitation. He took initiatives to build a new ladies hall in BUET. To accommodate required number of laboratories, he completed the design of a 20-storied academic building and started fund mobilizations.
He realized that it is not possible for Government only to provide high stream required supports to all the universities in Bangladesh. He tried to organize BUET Alumni into a framework so that they can unite to build BUET into a world-class university. He communicated all the Alumni and did seek their technical and financial supports. He tried to make Alumni as a part of the university. He gave life to the BUET Alumni Federation which was established in 1954 and became dead in 1976. He successfully organized BUET Alumni who started to provide supports for their beloved university.
Visions and missions of Prof. Islam cannot be ended in this short history. I have seen his evergreen mind. I have seen a sleepless old man in midnight many days working for BUET. However, a wind blew up all of his dreams for BUET into smoke. A strike by teachers mashed away his visionary mind and made BUET to stay away in the same position as it was making this visionary person inactive.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A successful educationist
Engr. Md. Abdus Sabur, Vice-President (Service & Welfare), The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh and Director, Agrani Bank Limited
Professor S M Nazrul Islam Sir was the Provost of Nazrul Islam Hall of BUET. I was a resident of this hall. Though I was a student of Civil Engineering Department, I saw Sir first in my BUET life through hall activities. This gave me a scope to know about Professor SM Nazrul Islam Sir. Later, in professional life I gradually came close to Sir. He is a very kind, cooperative, amiable and helpful person.
I also realized to attend his academic lecture sometimes that among many of his human qualities, the rare quality of Nazrul Islam Sir is that when he taught students, he did not finish his job just by delivering lecture. Rather, he became very careful about whether his students could truly understand his lecture and understood the subject in real sense.
Professor Nazrul Islam Sir tried time and again to make the students understand the real meaning of the subject. The reason he felt, I realized, is that engineering is a very practical and realistic subject and his students must learn it practically and truly so that they can apply it properly in their professional life. This is really inevitable for engineering students.
Besides, I have been involved with IEB for a long time. I worked with Sir very intimately when he was Chairman of IEB Dhaka Centre and later he became President of IEB. We learnt many things from his multi-dimensional experiences of home and abroad.
Professor Nazrul Islam Sir worked with different national and international academic and professional institutions and organizations at home and abroad. He achieved huge name and fame for his outstanding contribution to education, research and professional activities. In IEB, I got huge opportunity to work together with Sir and exchanged views with him. He listened to everyone very cordially and also gave value to others’ ideas and opinions.
Nazrul Islam Sir is a successful educationist and a successful engineer. He is also involved with social activities and professional reforms activities. A genius person, by his unstrings efforts and contributions to improving the condition of academic and professional fields, Professor Nazrul Islam Sir today has became an icon of mechanical engineering in our country.
Professor Nazrul Islam: An educationist of international repute
Sk. Nurul Absar, Member (Engineering), Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board
In Bangladesh, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, abbreviated as BUET, is the oldest leading institution in the area of engineering and technology with more then 60 years of international reputation. This university is playing an inspiring role in the advancement of engineering and technology among the developed and developing countries through its students working across the globe.
It is a pride for Bangladesh that in spite of its being a developing country, the country’s BUET students by their merits, intellects, wisdom, invention and creative power are playing a leading role to keep pace with the latest trend of development across the world. For this, the BUET has already achieved the top position among the universities of the country. This is, of course, an achievement and honour brought by BUET students for Bangladesh. Present Vice-Chancellor of BUET, Professor S. M. Nazrul Islam is one of those genius students of BUET who have brightened the name and fame of Bangladesh at home and abroad.
The brilliant son of the soil has been able to establish himself as one of the most respected persons in both the intellectual arena and the engineering field at home and abroad. Completing B.Sc. Engineering and M.Sc. Engineering degrees from BUET, Prof. Nazrul Islam did his Ph.D. from the University of Windsor in Canada. He became a teacher of BUET, currently the Vice-Chancellor of BUET. He was the President of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) and the Chairman of Dhaka Centre, IEB. His research fields include renewable energy, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics and fluid machinery.
He has published more than 100 papers in different national and international journals. He was the Dean of Engineering of Maiduguria University, Nigeria and once he was a Professor of Al-Fateh University, Libya. He was the Head and Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Director, Directorate of Students’ Welfare (DSW) and Director, Centre for Energy Studies, BUET.
In addition to teaching profession, he is involved with national and international organizations. He is an educationist of international repute. He played an instrumental role in the advancement of Mechanical Engineering Department of BUET, especially in the field of innovating green technology to combat global warming and exploring sustainable energy sources. As Vice-Chancellor of DUET, Professor S. M. Nazrul Islam appears to have been successful in making radical changes towards improving the overall performance of BUET.
I wish him every success in life, good health and long life.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A rare personality of his time
Engr. Md. Golam Mostafa, Director, RAJUK
Professor Nazrul Islam teacher of BUET. I have got him as my direct teacher and I am proud of him. As a teacher, he was extraordinary quality. Though he was our teacher, he had a friendly relationship with us. He had much care for us. Here is not the end. His teaching method is very tactful. One remarkable thing in his teaching system is that he would ask the lesson in the class, so that the student can learn their lesson in class room. He clearly write on the blackboard, on whatever the subject he delivered lecture in class. This was very helpful for us to understand the critical points of the topic. As a result, we could complete the lesson quite easily and make notes on the topic.
Sir his making system in exam is good. Rare number of student failed in his subject he has been the Vice Chancellor of BUET, he is trying his best Level to improve the quality of education in engineering field and in different aspects of BUET.
Professor Nazrul Islam is a renowned educationist. He has contributed a lot to the development of engineering education, research and profession in Bangladesh. There is no denying of the fact that he has played a vital role in developing our country.
As a man, as a teacher and as an engineer, Sir is a rare personality of his time in our country. He is truly an icon of mechanical engineering in Bangladesh. I wish him good health and long life.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A great educationist in Bangladesh
Dr. Engr. Md. Amirul Momin, Managing Director, National Tubes Ltd, Bangladesh Steel Engineering Corporation
It’s my great pleasure to write something about Professor Dr. Nazrul Islam, Vice-Chancellor, BUET. At the same time it is very tough for me to describe such a nice personality. To improve the overall academic facilities and environment in BUET he along with his colleagues is working heart and soul. By this time he has undertaken a number of development programmes for amelioration and expansion of facilities in BUET.
I can still recall, that almost 35 years ago, we saw Sir every day, in front of the old academic building, near the full Lab. We used to walk to our class during our first year, when we still didn’t choose our departments. We still didn’t know his name and our relation was limited to only sharing greetings. In my second year I chose to study metallurgical engineering. I didn’t have any business with Fuel Lab, but one day with Dr. Nazrul Islam’s permission, I went to visit that and Sir explained the details of the lab very explicitly to me. His modesty influenced me a lot.
Later, I got the opportunity to know him closely when he became the Chairman of the IEB Dhaka Centre and then President of IEB. Before that Sir already carried out his responsibility as the Vice-Chancellor of KUET. After completing all his tasks sincerely, he could still manage time for IEB and we used to carry out his every instruction very happily.
I was selected as a member of the faculty recruitment committee of MME and Glass and Ceramics Department and got a chance to observe him more closely. His simplicity and firm personality impressed me and his leadership quality taught me the features of a good leader. I tried to absorb these qualities and applied in my professional life. His modesty regarding his view about MME and Glass and Ceramics Department amazed me. Often people used to ignore these two departments as it teaches limited number of students. But Sir always expressed his appreciation about these two departments boldly.
One of the best qualities that Dr. Nazrul Islam posses is that he prays five times at mosque. Even when his fellow colleagues were against him due to some misunderstanding, and boycotted him, still then he used to pray with them. At that time I saw him closely, I saw him worried about the culture and legacy of BUET, but he never made a negative comment about anyone. He always used to stay concerned about the fact that students were carrying out the movement based on wrong information. By dint of his capacity and sincerity, he has been able to manage that. So, we hope he would do something better for BUET.
Professor S M Nazrul Islam is involved with different organizations and agencies in Bangladesh. When any difficult problem rises to mechanical issue of any industry in our country, his suggestion is sought to solve the problem. Sir is also involved with the different technical committees concerned with mechanical engineering in Bangladesh and making contributions to the nation-building activities of Bangladesh.
Today, many of his students are also playing important roles, staying at top positions in public and private sectors, at home and abroad. In view of his overall contribution to the education and professional development of Mechanical Engineering in Bangladesh, he is now an icon of mechanical engineering in our country. As his student, I feel very grateful to Almighty that I got a mentor like him. And, in the end I would say that undoubtedly, Professor SM Nazrul Islam Sir is a successful teacher and a great educationist in our country.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A teacher I always revere
Engr. Inam Ahmed, General Manager, Bangladesh Edible Oil Limited
It has been 21 long years since I came out from BUET. But if I am to talk about some of the highly admired and loved mentors, who not only taught us engineering but also guided us like a family guardian to develop ourselves for future leadership, it would be ‘Nazrul Islam Sir’. Professor Nazrul Islam was one of those unconventional engineering teachers who was extremely humble yet resolute. In his class presentations and deliberations, he took personal care of the students to grasp a problem or to understand a complex equation easily.
Even today, whenever I get on to a flight for travelling and have a look at the wings through the window, I can recall the famous Bernoulli’s principle (which makes an airplane fly), that was so beautifully taught by him. Today, I am happy to see Professor Islam at the helm of BUET, which is, needless to say, not only the best university of Bangladesh, but also one of the most reputed technical institutes of the world. I firmly believe that this is a well-deserved reward for his long dedication to the development of technical education of the country.
I have no doubt in my mind that his students—spread all over the world, either in teaching at the world’s top universities or engaged in high-level technical projects–will remain grateful to this great person, who paved the way for being what they are today.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A man and an icon of engineering and technology education in Bangladesh
Engr. Abdur Rezzaque, Director, University Grand Commission of Bangladesh
Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam, a former student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) as well as a former leader and best organizer of EUCSU, was born in a respectable Muslim family at Kutalipara under Gopalgong district on 10 February 1948. Many renowned guests from home and abroad would receive hospitality at his residence.
From his early life, Professor Nazrul Islam took teaching as his dream and profession . In 1967 after completing his B.Sc. Engineering Mechanical from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), he got the Commonwealth scholarship. In 1970, he joined Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), as a lecturer. In 1984 he became Professor of Mechanical engineering department, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He became Head of the Department and Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He served as a professor at Al-Fateh University in Libya. He has also served as a Dean and professor in Maiduguri University Nigeria. Here is not the end. He has also worked in Windsor University in Canada.
Professor S.M Nazrul Islam is blessed with two sons and one daughter. His elder son is an Engineer and presently living in Canada. His only daughter is a MBA and presently living in Canada and his youngest son is also an Engineer and living in U.S.A.
He was President, BUET Teachers Association, Provost, Nazrul Islam Hall, BUET, Director, Students Welfare, BUET, and Director Energy Centre, BUET. He was Secretary General, International Energy Foundation, Tripoli. He was Chairman, BOG, Rajshahi BIT (RUET), and BOG, Member, Khulna BIT (KUET). He was Member, Public Administra-tion Reforms Commission, GOB, National Education Commission, and National Encyclopedia Committee. He was Member, Syndicate and Development Committee, Shahjalal Science and Technology University, He was Member, Site Selection and ordinance Committee, UGC 12 Science and Technology Universities. He was Member, Association of Universities, Bangladesh. He was Member, BIM Board. He was Member Academic Council, IUT. He was Member Council of Former BIT’s. He was Member ENERGEX -89, Tripoli, and He was Member, SREC, UK.
He received Napa Foundation Gold Medal. He was commonwealth Scholar and SEATO Scholar. He was the President, Mosque & Madrasha committee. Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam is a torchbearer and also true lover of Kutalipara. Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam is a devoted educationist and a thoughtful and perfect man. Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam is an ideal teacher and a dignified personality.
Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam is a real organizer and a great patron of freedom fighters. He was president of IEB. He took some measures to ensure its development. Side by side, he relentlessly worked for this. As a result, the two-year period of his presidency is regarded as Golden time for IEB. IEB has 16 Centers and 41 sub centers Dhaka Centre is the Head quarter Centre of IEB. He was also chairman of IEB, Dhaka centre. For his out standing contribution of IEB, he received IEB Gold Medel -2012.
Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam was a Vice-Chancellor of Khulna University. Currently, he has serving as Vice-Chancellor of BUET. He has also undertaken plans for its development so that the University can maintain its educational activities smoothly. He has taken initiatives to widen research activities, construct girl’s hostel and widen digital programme. He has also taken some realistic steps to solve the various problems, regarding the BUET. But he was politically trapped . As a result, the Endeavour faded away. But we are always with him and would keep our efforts with him and to protect him from any bad situation.
Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam is an ICON of Engineering and Technology Education in Bangladesh.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A researcher
and educationist of world-repute
Engr. M. G. Mostafa, Project Director (Deputy Secretary),Construction of Multistoried Warehouse at Santahar Grain Silo Premises, Directorate General of Food
Today there are a good number of public and private universities in Bangladesh. These universities are providing general and technical education. Among all those, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) is playing leading role in providing engineering and technology education. BUET is also playing an inspiring role in the advancement of engineering and technology among the developed and developing countries through its quality graduates working across the world.
BUET has made Bangladesh proud, because in spite of its being a developing country, BUET graduates by their merits, capacity, skill and quality are playing a leading role to keep Bangladesh at par with the latest trend of developments of the developed and developing countries of the world. For this, BUET has already attracted the world and achieved the topmost position among the universities of our country. This is, of course, a pride and dignity brought by BUET graduates for Bangladesh. Present Vice-Chancellor of BUET Professor S M Nazrul Islam Sir is one of those brilliant students and academicians of BUET who have heigtened the name and fame of Bangladesh at home and abroad.
Once Professor S M Nazrul Islam Sir was a student of BUET and later, became a teacher of BUET, currently became the Vice-Chancellor of BUET. Once he worked in different world-class organizations and academic institutions abroad. Everywhere he had been proved his genius and achieved reputation. Side by side teaching profession, he is involved with huge national and international organizations. He is a researcher and educationist of world-repute. In the development of engineering education and profession, especially in the advancement of mechanical engineering education and profession, his role is unparallel. There is no denial of the fact that he is an icon of mechanical engineering in Bangladesh.
Dr. S M Nazrul Islam conducted huge research in various fields like renewable energy, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics and fluid mechanics. He played the instrumental role in the advancement of Mechanical Engineering Department of BUET, especially in the field of innovating green technology to combat global warming and exploring sustainable energy sources. He is a soft-spoken and mile-mannered person. Whoever comes to him, he gives him a patient hearing and always tries to help him. Tolerance, patience and cooperation for others are his big qualities. We have many things to learn from him, his works and contributions.
Dr. S M Nazrul Islam is also a successful social organizer among the engineers community. He was the President of Institutions of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) and Chairman of IEBhaka Centre. During his tenure he played vital role to organize engineers and engineering profession.
Professor Nazrul Islam: A great human being
Engr. Md. Mostafa Kamal, Director (Inspection and Testing), Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board
Though I was not a student of Mechanical Engineering Depar-tment, but I had the opportunity to attend the lecture of Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam Sir. I was a student of EEE Department. We had some non-departmental subjects, one on Mechanical Engineering. Sir took this class. This gave us an opportunity to attend his lecture. I was also a resident student of Ahsanullah Hall. Sir was the Provost of this hall. In different ways of my BUET life I saw Sir very closely.
I discovered him as a great human being. During our hall life, Sir looked after the well-being of every student. His office was with the dinning room of the hall. He often came to see what food we ate and the quality and sufficiency of food for everyone. If he was not satisfied with the service and quality of food, he took up necessary action for improving the overall condition. He also helped the poor students, by arranging private tuitions and relevant supportive assistance. This is not all; he also maintained his communications with them whether they were alright or getting any problem and how he could help them more. Now-a-days, a great teacher as well as great man like him is very rare.
Why Sir became such an outstanding and unprecedented exceptional man, of course there remains a background. He belongs to such a family heritage that teaches him to be a man like this from his early life. He was born in a remote village of Bangladesh, a far way from the capital. He was grown-up in a strong family ties. His forefathers and parents all were respected persons in their locality. Tradition of his paternal and maternal families could be found in his behaviour and attitude. He is very soft and helpful. Since as a first year student of BUET in 1977 till today, I have been observing Sir this way. I obtained Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1982 and later joined the professional life. Since 1982 I have learnt many things other than academic lessons from him.
Sir is a role-model of ideal teachers. He saw us not simply as his students, rather he took care of every students like father or elder brother. He always enquired of our advantage and disadvantage and helped us to overcome those, even if it were personal. Today, what we see is that teachers take teaching as means of simply service or livelihood. But, we understand that teaching does not mean that simply. Teaching is a noble profession and teachers should get special respect from all in society. Teachers like Nazrul Islam Sir are the kind of those teachers.
Side by side teaching, Sir has been serving as a leader of various professional engineering bodies like IEB and others. He is at present Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. He has achieved a long experience and dedication to teaching and research in engineering, especially in Mechanical Engineering for over four decades. He is a very committed educationist, a committed engineer and researcher.
Nazrul Islam Sir is very simple and clement person. As a BUET student and engineer, I have always interactions with Sir in various social and cultural activities. Though I am not his direct student, I was never neglected by him. He is such kind and liberal person by his nature; he always listens to others and gives attention to others whoever he or she is.
Today, he has become an icon of Mechanical Engineering by dint of his genius, dedication, work and contribution to teaching, research and professional development in Bangladesh. Of course, if any one becomes close to Sir, he must discover what Professor Nazrul Islam is. I developed much respect to him and he also became very affectionate to me. As a man he is also very pious. Greed never touches him. So, he is a man of high personality, morality, nobility and working for rebuilding the country. This is why; he draws our hearts and minds. While concluding, I pray may Allah grant him long life and good health.