Islamic University vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur- Rashid Askari, popularly known as Rashid Askari, an eminent university academic, bilingual writer, fictionist, columnist and media personality, has been awarded with the 'Oitijjha Gold Medal' for his contribution in the fields of education and literature.
Bangldesh Folklore Research Centre, Rajshahi University awarded him with the gold medal in educationist and writer category. Rashid Askari has received the award recently at the closing ceremony of the 4th International Folklore Conference 2019 held at the Birshrestha Hamidur Rahman Auditorium of the university.
IU Folklore Studies department, Bangladesh Folklore Research Centre, Rajshahi University, Loukik, Kolkata India, Jhenaidah District Administration and Jhenaidah Pourashva have jointly organized the conference. Ex-Professor Emeritus Barun Kumar Chakravarty of Rabindra Bharati University, West Bengal, India handed the award over to Professor Rashid Askari. Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University VC AHM Mustafizur Rahman, IU pro-vice-chancellor Professor M. Shahinoor Rahman, Treasurer Professor M. Selim Toha, faculty member of Arts and History of New Maxico University, USA Demon Joseph Monteclaur, Calcutta University's Bangla department Professor Sanat Kumar Naska were, among others, present on the occasion. Askari emerged as a writer in the mid-1990s and has written seven books and numerous articles/essays which have been published at home and abroad.
His two Bengali books, Indo-English Literature and Others (Dhaka 1996) and Postmodern Literary and Critical Theory (Dhaka 2002) and two English books, The Wounded Land (Dhaka 2010), and the edited book, English Writings of Tagore, 3 vols (Dhaka 2012), deserve special mention. His short fiction collection Nineteen Seventy One and other stories (Dhaka 2011) have been translated into Hindi and French.
---Humayun Kabir Jibon, IU, Kushtia
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