Najma Chowdhury, the professor emeritus of Dhaka University’s Women and Gender Studies Department and a former advisor to the caretaker government, passed away while undergoing treatment for coronavirus in a city hospital on Sunday. She was 79.
She breathed her last on Sunday morning in Bangladesh Specialised Hospital. According to her family sources, she was receiving treatment in the hospital for last several days. Najma Chowdhury has made a tremendous contribution to the movement of women’s education and women’s rights in the country.
The eminent educationist taught political science at Dhaka University and she was the founder of the Department of Women and Gender Studies in the university.
In 1996, she was appointed as an adviser to the caretaker government. In 2007, she was awarded the ‘Rokeya Chair’ honour by the University Grants Commission and she received the Ekushey Padak in 2008.
Prof Najma Chowdhury was buried at the Banani Graveyard on Sunday following her namaz-e-janaza after Asr prayers. She left behind two daughters. Her husband, former chief justice of the Supreme Court Mainur Reza Chowdhury died in 2004.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Dr Kazi Shahidullah and Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Prof Najma Chowdhury.
They prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.