Dr. Shahid Akhtar Hossain
Member, Governing Body
Professor Dr. Shahid Akhtar Hossain joined Eastern University as its Vice Chancellor on 01 November 2018. He has been involved in teaching and research for more than 37 years. He served as the Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka from 2012 to 2016. He was also the Dean of the Biological Sciences Faculty, University of Dhaka from 2010-2012.
Professor Dr. Hossain obtained his PhD in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1993. Earlier, he completed his BSc (Hons.) and MSc in Soil Science from the University of Dhaka in 1975 and 1976 respectively. Dr. Hossain did his post-doctoral research at the University of Aberdeen under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan from 2001 to 2002.
He has extensive experience of working in various administrative and academic capacities at public and private universities such as Senator (elected) and Syndicate Member (elected) of Dhaka University, Syndicate Member of National University Bangladesh; Provost of Amar Ekushey Hall and Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall, Dhaka University; President, Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Sciences (BAAS); Vice-President, General Secretary and Joint Secretary of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA); Member of Governing Council, Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF), GoB; Editor, Dhaka University Journal of Biological Sciences; Member, Editorial Board, Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research; Member, National Expert Committee, Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection (SRCWP) Project; and Member, Board of Trustees, Bangladesh Research & Education Network (BdREN), UGC. Dr. Hossain also participated in various seminars/workshops/conferences related to environmental and higher education issues at national and international levels.
Apart from teaching at the University of Dhaka, Dr. Hossain spearheaded the establishment of the Air Quality Monitoring Centre at CARS, University of Dhaka, with financial assistance of the World Bank. He was involved in many research studies covering a wide range of socio-economic and environmental issues, such as sustainable management strategies for strengthening food security and water supply in salt-affected coastal areas; arsenic contamination in soil and food-chain; and river pollution with textile and industrial waste.
Dr. Hossain supervised more than 20 post-graduate research students and 7 PhD students. He has more than 50 research articles published in national and international journals.