Noted educationalist and former Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
The Ministry of Information issued a gazette notification in this regard on Wednesday and said that the appointment was effective from the date of gazette issuance.
Other members of the board are –managing director and editor-in-chief of the BSS AbulKalam Azad, joint secretary (press) of the information ministry, a delegate (official with the rank of at least joint secretary) from Finance Division, a delegate from Public Security Division, a delegate from the foreign ministry, chief information officer of information ministry, editor of Dainik Janakantha AtiqUllah Khan Masud, editor of Dainik Sangbad Altamash Kabir, editor of Dainik Azadi of Chattogram MA Maleque, managing director of Ekattor Media Limited (71 TV)MozammelHaque, a delegate from the ICT Division, and city editor of BSS Madhu Sudan Mondol.
The board was formed for the next three years with a view to smoothly conducting administrative activities and overall management of the national news agency added the notification.
Arefin Siddique served as the 27th vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka from 2009 to 2017.
After completing his tenure as VC, he re-joined the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism and resumed his academic duties.
The noted academic also served as president of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association for three consecutive terms and was convener of the Awami League backed faction of DU teachers.
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