Blackhole Astronomy - Sultana N. Nahar

 Department of Physics, UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh


  • Founder of Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid Recognition program: Dr. Sultana N. Nahar
  • Sponsors (listed in the MOA guidelines): Twenty eight expatriate students of Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid at Dhaka University and Dr. Charles Clark of NIST, USA
  • Established: August 30, 2023

    Prof. A. M. Harun-ar-Rashid was one most well known Physicist of Bangladesh. He worked with Nobel laureate Abdus Salam for his Master's thesis and served in the Nobel prize committee a few times. His research publications covered largely in high energy physics and nuclear physics. He mentored highly talented students of the Department of Physics of University of Dhaka. He published a number of textbooks that are used in Bangladesh universities. Middle picture: Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid and Sultana at an evaluation meeting in ProVC office of University of Dhaka, 2014, Right picture: Handover of Endowment for Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid awards to VC Prof. Akhtaruzzaman, 2023
    He passed away in 2021. Here is his eulogy in the Department of Physics of University of Dhaka: "Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid: A devoted researcher, teacher, colleague, loving human being: Statements of his students and colleagues", compiled by Sultana N. Nahar of the Ohio State University.

  • Prof. Abu K. Mostofa Sarwar of The University of New Orleans, USA called for doing something for Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid. It was followed by Prof. Sultana N. Nahar to develop a recognition program in Physics at University of Dhaka honoring the legacy of Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid as an excellent researcher and mentor. Sultana's campaign for it brought considerable fund to institute three prizes under the recognition program - i) Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid Lectureship award, ii) Outstanding Research Supervisor award, iii) best Ph.D./M.Sc. thesis award.
  • On August 30, 2023 Vice Chancllor Prof. Akhtaruzzam of University of Dhaka accepted an endowment of Tk.11.4 lac and the MOA of guidelines for the three awards, and a new trust was formed for the awards (see the middle news of "Latest News" of DU).



    There are three annul awards in Physics honoring lecacy of Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid.:

  • 3. BEST PhD. THESIS AWARD or BEST MASTER'S THESIS IF NO PH.D. graduating student is available.

    Each award will consist of i) a certificate of excellence, ii) a shield with monogram of University Dhaka and logo of FOP on the front and a short biography with a picture of Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid on the back, and iii) an honorarium. The certificates will be signed by the Vice Chancellor or Academic Pro Vice Chancellor of the university or the Dean of Faculty of Science and the Chair of the Department of Physics.


    In May 2023, Prof. Tahmina Rashid, two news of Sultana - Ahsan Uddin Ahmed and Hasmat Shaista Ghani, along with Prof. Dastegir of Physics and Prof. Zia of BUET met with VC Prof. Akhtaruzzaman regarding the recognition program.

  • To recognize and inspire i) researchers in Physics for their outstanding contributions to science, ii) research mentorship of students and iii) Ph.D. research to honor the legacy of a most well-noted physicist Professor A.M. Harun-ar-Rashid of University of Dhaka, Bangladesh who made outstanding scientific contributions and was an excellent research advisor.


    August 30, 2023: Endowment hand over event at the Conference room of the VC where 17 people attended - VC, Treasurer, Dean of Sciences, Registrar, Deputy Registrar, University officials, Mrs. Harun-ar-Rashid, Physcs Chair Prof. Supriya Saha, sponsoring alumni members Drs. Khurshid Hussain, Monowar Hussain, S.M. Mujibur Rahman, helping family members of Sultana - Ahsan, Hashmat and Nina.

  • August 30, 2023: "Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid trust" was established.


    1. Vice Chancellor or ProVC
    2. Dean of Faculty of Science
    3. Chair of the Physics Department
    4. Prof. Tahmina Rashid (daughter of Prof. Harun-ar-Rashid)
    5. Dr. Charles Clark of NIST
    6. Dr. Sultana N. Nahar

  • Trust and Guidelines, -endowment
    -DU receipt -DU deposit endowment fund in a bank

  • The sponsors group:

    1. Dr. Iftekhar Rahman, DU Alumnus, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff - Verizon Communications, USA
    2. Dr. Charles Clark, Co-Founder of FOP, NIST, Gaithersburg, USA
    3. Prof. Shaikh M Mujibur Rahman, DU Alumnus, Dhaka University and Sultana Qaboos University, Oman
    4. Prof. Abu K. Mostofa Sarwar, DU alumnus, Past Chair of Geophysics and Assoc Provost, The University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
    5. Dr. Matior K Rahman, DU alumnus, Massachusetts, USA
    6. Nasreen Gul Ferdous, DU Aluma, College Professor in Dhaka, USA
    7. and 8. Prof. Khandker A Muttalib, DU alumnus and Member of FOP, and Dr. Jaha Hamida, DU alumna, University of Florida, Gainsville, USA
    9. and 10. Dr. Murshed Hossain, DU alumnus, Lead radiation Physicist, Unity Point Health Trinity Cancer Center Moline, IL and Sufia Khatun, DU alumna, M.S., Substitute teacher, Four School Districts of Rock Island County, IL, USA
    11. Prof. Swapan K. Gayen, DU alumnus, The City College of New York, USA
    12. and 13. Dr. Monowar Hussain, DU alumnus and Dr. Khurshid Hossain, DU alumna, Bell Lab, New Jersey, USA
    14. Prof. Sultana N. Nahar, DU alumna and Co-founder of FOP, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
    15. Dr. Fahmida Hossain, DU alumna, Director of Materials Engineering, Massachusetts Materials Research, West Boylston, MA, USA
    16. Prof. Sajjad Zahir, DU Alumnus, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
    17. Dr. Tariq Manzur, DU alumnus, Lead Scientist Submarine, Naval Underwater Warfare Center, Newport, RI, USA
    18. Prof. Dilruba Sultana, DU alumna, Columbus State Community College, Ohio, USA
    19. Muhammad Rahman, DU Alumnus, Banker, New York, USA
    20. Dr. Shamsul Huq, DU Alumnus, Lead Economist, Dominion Energy, Inc, Richmond, Virginia
    21. Muhammad Abdur Raquib, DU alumnus, FCA, Chartered Accountant, Easex, England
    22. Dr. Abunasar Shahidain, DU Alumnus, USA
    23. Ferdousi Islam, DU Alumna, Telecommunications Analyst of Govt. of Alberta, Canada
    24. Jolly Rahman, DU Alumna, Portland, Oregon, USA
    25. Prof. M. Azadul Islam, DU Alumnus, State University of New York at Potsdam, NY, USA
    26. Mozharul Haque, DU alumnus, Retired officer of the Government of USA
    27. Muhammad Ferdausi Firoz, DU Alumnus, California, USA
    28. and 29. Dr. Quazi Islam, DU Alumnus, Research Scientist, Altria, and Prof. Shaheen Islam, DU Alumna, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA, USA


  • Dhaka University news, August 30, 2023: News headline New trust fund established at DU (middle one) and the - detailed news

  • Bangladeshpost Net, August 31.2023: "New trust fund established at DU"


  • Annual awards


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