National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam died at a hospital in the capital on Tuesday afternoon. He was 87.
He breathed his last at Evercare Hospital around 2:30pm while undergoing treatment.
Duty officer of the hospital Dr Abhijit confirmed the matter.
Dr Rafiqul Islam was suffering from various old age complications. On October 7, the National Professor was admitted to BSMMU with abdominal pain.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have express deep shock at his death.
Inducted as a National Professor in 2018, Prof Dr Rafiqul Islam later became head of the Bangla department at Dhaka University. Later, he became the Vice-Chancellor (2007-2011) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).
Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam received Independence Award (2012), Ekushey Padak (2001), Bangla Academy Literary Award (1994) and International Mother Language Award.
BDST: 1601 HRS, NOV 30, 2021