Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Life Sketch of Abul Kalam Azad,
Minister for Information and Cultural Affairs
|Dhaka, 30 January :
Abul Kalam Azad comes respectable Muslim
family of Kheawarchar Ujan village of Bokshigonj Upazila in Jamalpur
district. His birth date is March 01, 1939.
He is the son of late Syedur Rahman
and Alhaj Samirunnesa. He is second among eight brothers and four sisters.
He passed Matriculation
from Rajendra Kishore High School in 1956 and H.S.C from Ananda Mohon
College in 1958. Both the institutions are situated at Mymensingh. He
passed BA (Hon’s, 1961) and MA (1963) from Political Science Department
of Dhaka University. He also obtained LLB (1972) from Dhaka Central
He started his career
as an officer of the then East Pakistan Water and Power Development
Authority (WAPDA) in 1963. When WAPDA was divided in 1969 his service
was placed under Power Development Board. In 1975 he joined as chief
liaison officer at Cholera Research Laboratory, Dhaka. He served as
Head of Personnel Management Department and Deputy Chief of Administration
till 1977. When the organization got its new shape as International
Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases and Research Bangladesh (ICDDRB) he was
posted as Head of Personnel Management Department, Public Relations
and Information Officer. He took voluntary retirement from ICDDRB on
12 January 1991.
The root of his political
career originated as a student of Dhaka University since 1954. As appreciation
of active participation in politics with fame and dignity he became
the President of renowned Salimullah Muslim Hall unit of Bangladesh
Chhatra League in 959-1960. At DUCSU he was elected as representative
of Salimullah Muslim Hall Students Union in 1961-1962 and performed
his duties as Drama and Entertainment Secretary. He was put under imprisonment
in 1962 for active participation in the movement against Hamidur Rahman
Education Committee Report. He was also elected as General Secretary
of Salimullah Muslim Hall Students Union in 1963.
Abul Kalam Azad became Member of Parliament for
the first time in 1991 on Awami League ticket. For the second time he
was elected M.P. in 1996. At that time he was elected as Chairman of
the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Information, Member
of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Member of
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Institutions.Apart from this
he worked with important responsibilities as Panel Speaker of Jatiya
Sangsad. He also successfully participated in programme of internationally
reputed organizations as World Public Relations Congress, Mumbai India
in 1982, 9th World Public Relations Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands
1985, International Relations Congress in Australia in 1988,International
Parliamentary Seminar organized by National Democratic Institute in
Cambodia in 1993.
He visited the United States as an
observer of US Presidential Election and role of US Congress under the
International Visitors Programme of US Information Agency in 1996. He
also attended the meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts
at the SAARC Summit in India in 1997.
Abul Kalam Azad is an
associate member of the Jatiya Press Club since 1970 and member of Dhaka
Club since 1980. He was General Secretary of Bangladesh Public Relations
Association from 1984-85 and 1986-87. He was former President of the
ICDDRB Staffs Welfare Association, General Secretary of Water and Power
Development Board Officers Association and National Coordinator of International
Public Relations Association. He visited USA, UK, Australia, Cambodia,
France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago, Nepal,
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Macao, Bahrain, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and
Abul Kalam Azad likes
is fond of games and sports. His favorite games are cricket and football.
He has made a great contribution to the overall development of his locality,
including construction of roads, bridges, culverts, hospitals, schools,
colleges and similar social organizations.
His wife Mrs. Anowara
was born in a distinguished and respectable family on 03 December 1965
in Doudkandi under Comilla district.
Abul Kalam Azad was elected Member
of Parliament from 'Dewangonj and Bokshigonj constituency (No 138 Jamalpur-1)
in the ninth parliamentary election. He was appointed Minister for Ministry
of Information and Ministry of Cultural Affairs of People's Republic
of Bangladesh on January 06, 2009.