Biography of Honorable Chancellor of Trust University, Barishal
His highness, Honorable President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid is our Honorable Chancellor of Trust University Barishal. He was sworn in as President on April 24, 2013. Prior to that, he served as Speaker of the National Assembly from January 2009 to April 2013.
On 1st January, 1944, Md. Abdul Hamid was born in Mithamoin Upazila under Kishoreganj District. His father’s name is Haji Mohammad Tayeb Uddin and mother’s name is Tomiza Khatun. Abdul Hameed completed his Matriculation from Nikli GC High School and passed both IA and BA at Gurudoyal College of Khishoreganj. He holds a law degree from Central Law College, Dhaka University. After that, he began his career as a lawyer. Further, he completed his LLB from Central Law College that was under University of Dhaka. He later became a practicing lawyer in the Kishoreganj court. He has been appointed Chairman of the Kishoreganj Bar on several occasions.
In 1959, Mr. Abdul Hamid joined the Chatra League, as vice president of Gurudoyal Government College. From 1966-67, he was elected Vice-President of the Chatra League of Mymensingh district. He joined the Awami League in 1969 prior to the ’11th Point Movement’ stated by ‘Shorbodolio Chatra Sangshad Porishad’. In the 1970 general elections in Pakistan, Mr. Hamid took participation from Awami League and he was elected as an MP for the Kishoreganj-5 constituency. He is the youngest person ever elected of that time and created history. In the general elections of 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2009, he was elected Member of Parliament as the Awami League candidate for Kishoreganj-5. He was Deputy Speaker of the Bangladesh National Parliament from 1996 to 2001 when the Awami League government was in power. He was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the opposition party at the National Assembly, replacing Shashi Kumar Gupta, in 2001. On January 25, 2009, he became Speaker of the National Parliament. He was awarded the Independence Day Award in 2013 for his contribution to the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
Mr. Abdul Hamid is connected with numerous social & cultural activities and organizations as well. From 1997 to 2000, Hamid was a member of the Committee on Sustainable Development of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and from 2011 to 2013 a member of the Executive Committee of the IPU. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) twice from 1999 to 2001 and from 2009 to 2012. He is a lifetime member of Kishoreganj District Public Library, District Shilpakala Academy, Red Crescent Society and Kishoreganj Rifles Association respectively. He is also an honorary member of the Kishoreganj Press Club and is associated with many other philanthropic organizations. Mr. Abdul Hamid is both directly and indirectly connected with so many Educational Institutes all across the country. He built a great numbers of schools, colleges, madrashas and some of them are listed here: Mithamoin Tomiza Khatun Girls’ High School, Mithamoin Hazi Tayeb Uddin Boys’ High School, Mithamoin College, Astogram College, Alongzuri High School, Itna Girls’ High School, Baribari High School, Abdullahpur High School, Abdul Wadud High School, Kishoregonj Girls’ High School, Dhonpur High School, Shohid Smrity High School, Mohantala High School and Ghagra Abdul Goni High School and many other junior level Schools & Madrashas.
Mr. Abdul Hamid is a true appreciator and patron of our education system. His contribution and guidance in this sector lead us dreaming a ‘Digital Bangladesh’.