People pass by, but their love and care stays with us forever. Today we honor and commemorate Muhammad Ayubur Rahman Bhuyan, former Professor of Economics at the University of Dhaka who passed away on May 10, 2021.
Dr. Bhuyan was an economist, academic, scholar, researcher, author, and a noble soul. He has faced many twists and turns in this profession over the years.
He was Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka from May 1983 to September 1987 and is remembered by his students who took away much from his eloquent teaching style.
Since the beginning of his career, Bhuyan has been passionate about research and has published articles in many reputable journals.
In 1979, in his book review Economic Integration in South Asia: An Exploratory Study, was credited with analyzing the economic results of a conceivable customs union among South Asian countries such as India , Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He had a vast knowledge of international trade.
His nephew Mohammad Ashraful Islam Khan said: “I have a lot of memories with him. Mum had a huge influence on our upbringing and our lives. I was brought up in my village and saw that mum was treated with much respect by He was always honored as a guest of honor in all cultural programs, sports events, etc. He did his best to help people, and his loved ones were indebted to him for his generosity.
He was an advisor to the Wadud bhuyan Scolaship trust, of which his nephew is one of the trustees. Wadud Bhuyan Scholarship Trust, Kaliganj was founded in 2009 with the vision of fostering and supporting the field of formal education. All the trustees were grateful to him. The way he has guided and advised many cases has helped us move forward in the activities of the trust. He was almost always a presenter at the board meeting.
“I have spoken to some of his students about his teaching, his behavior, his morality, his punctuality etc. and all I have received are overwhelmingly positive responses from all of them. His students are now in different parts of the world. One student shared his experience with me: he fell in love with economics, thanks to Bhuyan’s deep knowledge and compassionate teaching style,” added his nephew.
Bhuyan was very accessible and always took care of the students.
Indeed, Dr. Bhuyan was one of the few eminent economists in post-independence Bangladesh who had admirable mastery, a persistent thirst for research and perfection in his teachings. Dr. Bhuiyan was not a fan of the media or publicity, so we didn’t see him make much media appearances.
“After retiring from the University of Dhaka, Mama stayed at home most of the time. He liked to write on his desktop computer with a big screen. After his retirement, he received offers to teach in private universities, but he didn’t join anywhere. He doubted the quality of education in some private universities,” said Mohammad Ashraful.
“Mom encouraged me and helped me practice reading books like children’s literature and detective books. He had a huge collection of books at home, almost like a mini library. are still at home today. He also donated many books to different libraries,” he added.
Dr. Bhuyan was a practicing Muslim. He used to recite the Quran. He was of moderate religious beliefs. He has never been involved in any political activity. On December 14, 1971, he lost some of his friends and colleagues. On the day Albadar grabbed scholars from the University Club, he was fortunately able to save himself.
He is remembered by his wife, daughter and two sons and countless well-wishers who mourn him. He prayed for the eternal salvation of the spirit of the deceased and expressed his sympathy to the bereaved family.