Dr. Naser Chair

“We are doing this for the great teacher he was and the great personality he possessed. Above all, this is for the great human being that he was.” This is how Dr. M. Serajul Islam explained the inception of the Dr. Naser Chair.  The person whose name encircles this chair was one of the pioneers who contributed to the establishment, development and expansion of Chemical Engineering education in Bangladesh. He spent a lifetime dedicated to his work and it is because of his vision for the future that the importance of Chemical Engineering is now so well recognized in Bangladesh. And the person who set up the pillars of the Department of Chemical Engineering in BUET was Professor Emeritus Dr. Mohammad Abu Naser.


Dr. Mohammad Abu Naser

Born on April 2, 1921 in Damla of Srinagaar Upzila in greater Dhaka district, Professor Naser passed the Matriculation examination with distinction and obtained B.Sc. (honors) in Chemistry in 1942 and M.Sc. in Chemistry in 1943 from Dhaka University. In 1946, he went to the John Hopkins University, USA and obtained M.S.E. in Chemical Engineering in 1948. He was a Nuffield Fellow at the University College London for the years 1955-56. He obtained PhD from Texas A&M University, USA in 1966.

 Dr. Naser was appointed the Dean of Engineering at the then Ahsanullah Engineering College (now known as Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET) in 1967. He was the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department and the Second Vice Chancellor of BUET during the challenging years 1970 to 1975. He then joined the University Grants Commission (UGC) and retired as the Chairman of the Commission in 1981. He returned as a Professor Emeritus to the department he had built and remained dedicated to teaching till his death on May 12, 2004. Professor Naser was awarded Bangladesh National Award “Ekushey Padak” for his contribution to education.

 Dr. Naser left a lasting legacy in the minds of his students with his well prepared class lectures, step by step presentation, neatness and clarity, beautiful handwriting, grace and personality. He never neglected any student and endeared learning with them. He behaved well with his colleagues and always took the initiative to discuss about the future of chemical and allied industries in the country and the professional development of the chemical engineering graduates.

 In recognition of the contribution Dr. Naser made to the chemical engineering education in Bangladesh, the Chemical Engineering Alumni Association (ChEAA) of BUET proposed to establish on May 24, 2004 the Dr. Naser Chair in the Chemical Engineering Department.

The vision of Dr. Naser Chair is to enhance excellence in Chemical Engineering teaching and to promote greater interaction between the university and industry. It is to be an active and teaching oriented chair. This would be realized by appointing suitable experts having experience in academia and industry. The appointees shall offer courses in the department to strengthen the department’s academic programs. Short-term appointees are expected to offer professional development courses or advance courses in the emerging areas to enable the university and industry to interact. The appointee will have the freedom to guide research or demonstrate practical applications by building experimental rigs or to expand laboratory facilities. The position of the appointees will be outside the regular positions of the university and will be funded from an annual income generated from the Dr. Naser Chair Trust Fund, established with the contributions from Alumni, Corporations and Enterprises. Each appointment will be of short or medium term duration varying from three to twelve months depending on the availability of the candidates. It is expected that responses from alumni at both home and abroad will be forthcoming. For appointees from abroad, this will provide an opportunity to establish links between BUET and overseas universities.

 The fund has been set up with a target of raising Taka 80 million. So far, fund raised for the Dr. Naser Chair Fund has amounted to Taka 60 million. Through the Dr. Naser Chair Fund, it is hoped that the vision for Chemical Engineering education that Dr. Naser worked to establish will be continued long after him. Through this Chair, both university and industry in Bangladesh will be benefited and Dr. Naser’s name will be imprinted in everyone’s mind for the good person that he always was.

 Anyone interested to contribute to Dr. Naser Chair Fund can send contributions by crossed cheque/bank draft/wire transfer in favor of “Dr. Naser Chair Fund”, A/C 12721080002150, Prime Bank Ltd., Sat Masjid Road Branch, Dhaka. Contributions in the form of bank cheque or bank draft can also be sent to the Head, Chemical Engineering Department, BUET, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.

 

 

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Halim, S.Z., Dr. Naser Chair, ChE Thoughts 2 (2), 30-31, 2011.

 

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