The Ministry of Education is the ministry responsible for secondary, vocational and tertiary education
in Bangladesh. Primary education and mass literacy is the responsibility of the Ministry of Primary and
Mass Education (MoPME).
Dr. Atiur Rahman
Governor Bangladesh Bank
Dr. Rahman is a renowned economist of Bangladesh in his varied roles as a University
Professor, researcher, banker and a leader in pro-poor, environment-friendly and gender-sensitive
development paradigm. Prior to his assumption of the office of the Governor, he was a Professor of
Economics in the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, and Chairman of the Board
of Trustees of Shamunnay, a center for excellence in development research in Bangladesh. He also
served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unnayan Shamannay, a non-profit organization
for research, development and cultural learning. His previous roles also include Director of
Sonali Bank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Janata Bank and a long tenure as a Senior
Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and as the General
Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association
However, Dr. Atiur graduated from the Department of Economics of the
University of Dhaka in Economics. He achieved his Ph.D. in Economics from the School of Oriental
and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Subsequently, he was awarded a Commonwealth
Development Fellowship at the University of Manitoba in Canada, and a Visiting Research Fellowship,
at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies, Singapore.
He has been awarded various prestigious prizes as recognition to his contributions like
-Central Bank Governor of the Year- Asia Pacific, 2015
-Gusi Peace Prize International 2014
-Regulator with Human Face
-Bangla Academy Honorary Fellowship
-World No Tobacco Day Award 2012
-Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award 2012
-Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque 2011
His published books total 45 as of 2009 of which 16 are in English and
29 are in Bangla including People’s Report 2004-2005 Bangladesh Environment (Editor),
Unnayan Shamannay, MOEF an UNDP, 2006, People’s Report on Bangladesh Environment 2002 –
2 Volumes (Principal Editor), Unnayan Shamannay, MOEF an UNDP, 2004, Budget and Participation:
Voices from the Grassroot IDPAA, PROSHIKA, UPL, Forthcoming 2003 ( With M. Abul Quasem, MM.
Shafiqur Rahman, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali and Md. Arifur Rahman)
Professor Dr. A A M S Arefin
Professor Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka
Professor Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 23, 1953. He annexed his MA degree
in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka in 1975 and topped the list in his batch.
He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1985 from the ‘University of Mysore’, India. Dr. Arefin Siddique was taught and
trained at the universities of Manila, Minnesota and Cornell at U.S.A. His academic career at the University of
Dhaka spans over 35 years.
Before assuming the position of the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Siddique was in the Dhaka University Senate and Syndicate
for many years as an elected member of the teaching faculty. He was also President and General Secretary of the
Dhaka University Teachers’ Association for several terms. Dr. Siddique has served on many national committees
concerned with education, broadcasting and culture. He has been Chairman of the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha
(a national news agency of Bangladesh), Member of the Bangladesh Press Institute, Chairman of the Department
Mass Communication & Journalism and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Dhaka.
He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, U.S.A.
He participated in many national and international seminars and workshops dealing with communication and
media issues. Dr. Siddique is involved with many socio-cultural organizations of diverse nature and regularly
lectures on various aspects of national life. He relentlessly fights for democracy, rule of law, peoples’ right
to information and education through his inspirational speeches and writings.
His areas of concentrations are interpersonal communication and instructional communication.