Eminent agriculture scientist Professor Dr. MA Rahim has won ‘Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah Gold Medal 2015’ for his invaluable contribution to agriculture research as well as development. Dr. Rahim received the award at a ceremony at Dr. MH Khan Auditorium at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) in the capital on Saturday. The award included a gold medal, a crest, a cheque of Tk. one lakh and others.
Dr. Rahim, is a teacher of Horticulture Department of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), and project director of the country’s largest fruit museum.
He has been engaged in research on fruits and forest trees, tree conservation and invention for the last 32 years. The Germplasm Centre of fruit-bearing trees, established by him in 1991, has now become the country’s largest and the second largest museum of fruit-bearing trees in the world.
He has invented different species of 90 fruits, vegetables and spices, which have been unveiled by National Seed Board. Baukul-1 is one of his inventions, which has brought a revolution in our agriculture. Hence, Dr. Rahim called as ‘fruit magician”.
The award has been introduced since 1986 after the name of Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, eminent educationist and founder of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), a NGO of Consultative status with UNESCO. With the latest award, a total of 24 eminent persons have been awarded for their significant contributions at the national level.
Justice Syed Mohammad Dastagir Hossain of the Supreme Court attended the function as the chief guest. AUST Treasurer Dr. Kazi Shariful Alam read out citation and gave a brief description about the life history of Dr. Rahim. Chaired by DAM President Kazi Rafiqul Alam, Prof. Dr. M Shamsher Ali, founder vice chancellor of Bangladesh Open University, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Sultan Uddin Bhuiyan, a teacher of BAU, Dr. M Ehsanur Rahman, executive director of DAM, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Speaking at the function, the speakers called upon all to provide services to mankind for building a better society following the example of Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah. “Many of our problems will be solved if we, from our respective positions, can contribute to the country’s development”, they said.