September 21, 2023

Vice-Chancellor Office

Vice-Chancellor | Bangladesh Open University

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Professor Dr. Syed Humayun Akhter

Bangladesh Open University

Professor Dr. Syed Humayun Akhter is a Bangladeshi academic and geoscientist, currently the 8th Vice-Chancellor of the Bangladesh Open University (BOU). Before joining BOU to this position, he served in different academic, administrative and co-curricular development activities at the University of Dhaka including the Provost and House Tutor of the Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah Hall; Dhaka University Senate Member; Chairman, Department of Geology; Director, Delta Study Center; Student Advisor of Geology Department, Faculty Advisors of Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) Dhaka University Chapter and Society of Petroleum Exploration (SPE) Dhaka University Chapter.

Dr. Syed Humayun Akhter was born on 26th February 1955 in Kushtia, Bangladesh. He is the eldest son and 2nd child of Mrs Shahana Khatun and Dr. Syed Abu Akhter Fazley Rob (a renowned medical practitioner; President of BMA Kushtia; local organizer of the Bangladesh Liberation War and provided medical services to wounded freedom fighters of Bangladesh in 1971). In his personal life, he is married to Khondokar Junnatul Ferdous and has two daughters.

Dr. Humayun Akhter passed the SSC examination from Mohinimohan Vidhyapith School, Kushtia in 1970 and the HSC examination from Kushtia Govt. College in 1972. He obtained his BSc (1975) and MSc (1976) degrees in Geology from Dhaka University. He was awarded Indian Government Scholarship in 1980 for post graduate study and earned a Ph.D (1986) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Dr. Humayun Akhter started his career as a geologist in Prakausali Sangsad Ltd. in 1979 and also worked in the National Museum of Bangladesh and Petrobangla. In 1987, he joined Dhaka University as a Lecturer in the Department of Geology and in 2002 became a Professor in the same department. Professor Humayun Akhter specialized in Earthquake Geology, Geodetic GPS, Structure and Tectonics, Thermoluminescence Age Dating, Field Geology, Remote Sensing and Photogeology, Engineering Geology, and Natural Hazards.

Dr. Humayun Akhter has a long track record of research collaboration with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University in the city of New York, USA, and other universities of USA, UK, Germany, Singapore & India. He is a visiting scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory since 2003. He has significant experiences in the field of geotectonic, earthquake geology, geodetic GPS, and natural hazards. He carried out fieldworks with the BanglaPIRE (NSF PIRE project) research team in the tectonically active regions of the Himalayan and Burmese deformation front. Dr. Humayun Akhter has established the Dhaka University Earth Observatory (DUEO) and run the network of 6 permanent seismic stations, 54 portable seismographs, and 30 continuous geodetic GPS stations. Dr. Humayun Akhter was one of the six grant recipients of the NSF-USAID Pilot Program PEER (Partnership for Enhanced Education in Research) grant. He was invited to the official launching ceremony of PEER Science in the NSF Office, Washington DC for his contribution to the project. He was an active partner and one of the three members of the Directorate of the NSF PIRE Project, Grant OISE 09-68354.

Professor Humayun Akhter has published numerous research articles (>50 full articles & >80 abstracts) in peer-reviewed national and international geoscientific journals and presented research findings in many international conferences, workshops, and seminars. He is a regular contributor in the national and international print and electronic media on earthquakes and natural hazards in Bangladesh. Dr. Humayun Akhter established ‘Sediment Sample Repository and Data Bank’, the first of its kind in the country. He has organized and conducted training on earthquake geology, earthquake networking, paleoseismology, earthquake hazard analysis, multichannel seismic data processing & interpretation. Dr. Humayun Akhter developed the infrastructure of the “Seismic and Geodesy Lab” at the Geology Department, DU with modern facilities for training and advance research on earthquake and seismic hazards. He has been working on crustal dynamics, Indo-Burma Subduction Zone tectonics, seismicity & subsidence in Bangladesh, a project of joint research collaboration between Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia University, and Dhaka University Earth Observatory (DUEO) under financial support from NSF, USA. He writes popular articles and gives TV talks on earthquakes and natural hazards and has been known for his stand in creating public awareness against natural hazards particularly earthquake hazards in Bangladesh.

Professor Syed Humayun Akhter is a lifetime member of Geological Society of Bangladesh & National Oceanographic and Maritime Institute (NOAMI), affiliated member of American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America (GSA), Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), Bangladesh Society of Geoinformatics (BSGI) and foreign affiliated member of Incorporated Research Institution for Seismology (IRIS), USA, University NAVSTAR Consortium (UNAVCO), USA. Dr. Humayun Akhter is also the General Secretary of Geohazard Research Advancement for Bangladesh (GRAB).

Officer’s List:

NameDesignationPhone/ E-mail
Professor Dr. Syed Humayun AkhterVice-Chancellor 9291100, 8615221,
Fax: Gazipur-9291122
Fax: Dhaka-8615750
Mohammad HabibuzzamanPrivate Secretary to Vice-Chancellor
9291125, 09666730730/600
9661517 (Dhaka office), 9139301 (Res.)
Md. Abu KaisarAPS to Vice-Chancellor
& Assistant Director 
Md. Badrul IslamAssistant Chief Campus Supervisor 
Audit Cell (Under Vice-Chancellor’s Office)
Dr. A.H. M. Anisur Rahman AkhandDirector (SSS) & in-charge Audit Cell 
Mohammad AslamJoint Director (Audit)09666730730/601
Mia Md. ManiruzzamanJoint Director09666730730/602
Md. Mozibur Rahman Mooral 
Assistant Director09666730730/807
Mohammad Ahsan MollahAssistant Director09666730730/809
Md. Rakib HossainAssistant Director09666730730/810
Md. Wazed AliAssistant Director09666730730/811
Md. Manir Hossain 
Audit Officer 
Md. Ziaul Kabir Manik 
Audit Officer 
S M Mizanur Rahman 
Audit Officer