Sufi Mostafizur Rahman
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman Professor, Department of Archaeology

PROFILE


SHORT BIOGRAPHY

A Professor of Archaeology at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman's outstanding work has been highly significant in the discovery and conservation of Bangladesh's heritage and history.

He was born in Kurigram in 1964 and c ompleted his Bachelor of History and Master of Archaeology degree at Jahangirnagar University.He obtained his PhD from Decan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute , Pune, India and the topic his research was " Archaeological Investigation in Bogra District". Professor Rahman completed his posdoctoral research as the Charles Wales Visiting Fellow at the institute of Archaeology, Universitry of London. He has participated in numerous national and international seminars, and has published over fifty reasearch articles in national and international publications. His first book titled " Archaeological Investigation in Bogra district" was published by the International Centre for Study of Bengal Art in 2000. In 2007, as part of the Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh published " Pratnatatvik Oitihya" and "Archaeological Heritage" which were edited by Sufi Mostafizur Rahman. He  co-authored the book " Wari-Bateshwar: Shekorer Shondhane" alongside Muhammad Habibullah Pathan, which won the Prothom Alo Best Book of the year 1418, Chitta Ranjan Shaha Awards,  Bangla Academy in 2012, and IFIC Bank Shahittya Puruskar in 2012. His book " Bangladesher Pratnatatvik Uttaradhikar" was recently published by Journeyman Books. " Bangledesher Pratnatatvik Uttaradhikar" received Shahid Munir Chowdhury Award 2017.

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman has been working relentlessly for the Archaeological exploration and excavation at Wari-Bateshwar over twenty years. He also began exploration and excavation at Vikrampur in 2010 and Dhaka Old Central Jail in 2017. Not only is he a researcher who emphasizes field-work, but he is also an activist with an aim to conserve and spread awareness about the heritage of Bangladesh. With this aim, he has established an Archaeological Research Centre named ' Oitihya Onneswan'. Under his leadership, the "Bhai Girish Chandra Sen Museum"," Buddhist Lotus Temple Site Museum" and Wari-Bateshwar Citadel Open Air Museum have been established, and the establishment of "Gangariddhi Museum" is currently underway. For his work and contribution, he has been awarded the Suvechcha Shawrak Award by Selim Al Din Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 2011, Bangladesh Tourism Foundation Award 2012, Gayanolok Puruskar by Agrashor Vikrampur Foundation in 2015 and Vocational Excellence Award 2016-2017.

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman has been designated Honorary Fellow, 2012-2016 by Bangladesh Tourism Foundation.He was secretary of International Council of Museums (Bangladesh National Committee)in 2017-2020.Currently he is the Chairperson of International Council of Museums (Bangladesh National Committee).

RESEARCH INTEREST

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JOURNAL PAPER

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Early Agricultural Systems in Bangladesh: Archaeobotanical Flotation Results from Early Historic Wari-Bateshwar and Early Medieval, Vikrampura in Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Science, 2020.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Settlement Pattern of Kotalipada Mud Rampart Area: an ethnoarchaeological analysis, Pratnatattva, 2013.

Dept. of Archaeology, Jahangirnagar University

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Bangladesher PracinItihas: Somosha, Somvabona o Uttoron, ‘Patharekha’ ‘Quarterly journal’, 2009.

Edited by Nooh-Ul-Alam Lenin

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Banglay Nagorayon (Early historic to early Medieval period), ‘Patharekha’ ‘Quarterly journal’, 2008.

Edited By Nooh-Ul-Alam Lenin

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, A Study on Terracotta Balls from Mahasthangarh Region, Journal of the Varendra Research Museum, Vol. 9, pp.57-62, 2004.

Rajshahi

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Dhamrai Oncholer Kansha-Pitol Shilpa: Ekti Jatitatvik Somiksha (in Bengali), Pratnatattva, Vol. 10, pp.33-50, 2004.

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Prachin Savar Onchole Manob Boshoti: EktiJatitatvik Somiksha (in Bengali), Pratnatattva, Vol. 10, pp.51-59, 2004.

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Wari-Bateshware Prapto Kancher Puti: Ekti Pratnatattvik Somiksha (in Bengali), Pratnatattva, Vol. 9, pp.1-10, 2003.

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Wari-Bateshwar: Bangladesher Bishmoykor Gourobmoy Oitihya (in Bengali), Itihas: Somokalin Oitiha shikde rKolome...,, Vol. 1, pp.159-168, 2003.

 Department of History, Jagannath University College, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), A Note on Ritual-Artifacts from Wari-Bateshwar, Pratnatattva, Vol. 9, pp.49-55, 2003.

 Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), A Preliminary Excavation Report on Palashbari and Govinda Bhita, Pratnatattva, Vol. 6, pp.33-38, 2000.

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, A Study on Glazed Ware from Mahasthan Citadel: An Implication for External Contacts, Journal of Bengal Art, pp.189-194, 2000.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Recent Discovery of Rouletted Ware in the Mahasthan Region of Bangladesh: an Archaeological Perspective, Indian Museum Bulletin, Vol. XXXIV, 1999.

Published in 2001

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Recent Discovery of Glass Beads in Mahasthan Region in Bogra District of Bangladesh: an Archaeological Perspective, Journal of Bengal Art, Vol. 4, 1999.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Semi-precious Stone Beads from Wari and Bateshwar, Journal of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Vol. 2, 1998.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Recent Discovery of Northern Black Polished Ware in the Mahasthan Region of Bangladesh: an Archaeological Perspective, Journal of Bengal Art, Vol. 3, 1998.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, The Semi-precious Stone Beads from Mahasthangarh: A Preliminary Study, Journal of Bengal Art, Vol. 2, 1997.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Pre-Muslim Settlement and Chronology of Savar Region, Pratnatattva, Vol. 3, 1996.

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Pratnatattvar Udvava o Bikash Prashanga: Ekti Anushandhani Protibedan (Origin and growth of Archaeology: An investigation into the matter), Pratnatattva, Vol. 3, 1996.

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Bangladesher Pratnatattvic Charcha: Ekti Shamiksha (In Bengali) (Archaeological studies in Bangladesh: An Analysis, Pratnatattva, Vol. 1, 1994.

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka


BOOK CHAPTER

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Bihar Dhap (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Satyapir Bhita (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Salvan Rajar Bari and Kachari, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Ramshahar, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Pendants and Amulets, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Skander Dhap, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Vikrampur (in English & Bengali), 2018.

History of Bangladesh Vol 1, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Wari-Bateshwar (in English & Bengali), 2018.

History of Bangladesh Vol 1, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Recent Discoveries, pp.274-283, 2015.

Bulbul Ahmed edited Buddhist Heritage of Bangladesh, Nymphiea Publication, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, ‘Janapada Punch-marked Coins from Wari-Bateshwar, Narsingdi, Bangladesh, pp.1-9, 2015.

K. Krishna Naik and E. Siva Nagi Reddy edited Cultural Contour of History and Archaeology, vol. IV, pp. 1-9, B. R. Publishing Corporation, Delhi

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Wari-Bateshwar, pp.681-689, 2014.

History of Ancient India Vol. III, The Texts, Political History and Administration till c.200 BC ( Dilip K. Chakrabarti & Makkhan Lal Ed.) Vivekananda International Foundation & Aryan Books International, New Delhi, 

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Mahasthangarh, pp.566-573, 2014.

History of Ancient India, Vol III, The Texts, Political History and Administration till c.200 BC ( Dilip K. Chakrabart i& Makkhan Lal ED.) Vivekananda International Foundation & Aryan Books International, New Delhi

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Human Settlement: Chalcolithic Human-Settlement (in English and Bengali),, 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Human Settlement: Iron Age Human-Settlement (in English and Bengali),, 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Human Settlement: Historic Human-Settlement (in English and Bengali),, 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka                

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Tools & Arms, (in English & Bengali), 2007.

 Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka                

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Beads, Amulets and Pendants , (in English & Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka                

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Coins and Currency System from Early Historic to Pre-Medieval Period (in English and Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Pottery, (in English & Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Entertainment, (in English & Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Transport & Communication (in English & Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Costumes, Ornaments and Cosmetics (in English and Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Architecture (in English and Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Urbanization: from Early Historic to Pre-Medieval Period (in English and Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Artifacts Miscellaneous (in English and Bengali), 2007.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, Editor, Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, A Preliminary Study on Amulets and Pendants found at Wari-Bateshwar, Bangladesh, in Kalhar Studies in Art, Iconography, Architecture and Archaeology of India and Bangladesh (Professor Enamul Haque Felicitation Volume), 2007.

Editors: G. Bhattacharya, Gerd Mevissen, Mollar Mitra and Sutapa Sinha, New Delhi

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Archaeological Investigation in Bogra District, Bangladesh, Gurudakshina: Facets of Indian Archaeology (Essays presented to Prof. V. N. Misra), 2005.

 Edited by Alok Kumar Kanungo, BAR International Series 1433

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Architecture (in English and Bengali), 2004.

Archaeological Heritage, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Pottery of Bengal, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Beads of Bengle, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Patharghata, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, SitakotVihara, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Vasu Vihara, (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Kanai Dhap(in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Balai Dhap (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Wari-Bateshwar (in English & Bengali), 2003.

Banglapedia, National encyclopaedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh


EDITED BOOK

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Pratnatattik Oitihya (in Bengali), Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, 2007.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Archaeological Heritage, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-1, 2007.

BOOK

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Bangladesher Pratnatatvik Uttaradhikar, Journeyman Books, Dhaka, 2017.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman (Co-Author), Wari-Bateshwar: Shekorer Shondhane, Prothoma Prokashon, Dhaka, 2012.
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Archaeological Investigation in Bogra District (From Early Historic to Early Mediaeval Period), Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2000.

SEMINAR

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, The Early Historic and Early Medieval Archaeology of Bogra District, 2002.

Archaeology of Eastern India New Perspectives (Gautam Sengupta and Sheena Panja Eds.), Kolkata: Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, Eastern India

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Archaeology of Wari-Bateshwar Region, Bangladesh, 2002.

 The 17th Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Beads of Bangladesh, 2001.

Bead Study Trust, News Letter No. 37. London, U. K.

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Glass Beads from Wari-Bateshwar, Bangladesh: a Preliminary Archaeological Analysis, Journal of Bengal Art, Vol. 6, pp.201-209,
Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, A Preliminary Report on Wari-Bateshwar Trial Excavation, pp.505-516, 2001.

By ICSBA in South Asian Archaeology: Historical Archaeology and Art History (Volume II). Edited by Jarrige C. and Lefevre V. 


WORKSHOP

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, Neolithic Culture in Bangladesh, Vol- 3, 2020.

 Amsadong Site Research Series,  Edited by Kidong  Bae, National Museum of Korea, Seoul. 


Academic Info

Institute: Jahangirnagar University
Period: 1986

B.A. (Honours) in History, First Class First

Institute: Jahangirnagar University
Period: 1987

M.A. in Archaeology, First Class First

Institute: Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India
Period: 1999

Ph.D.  Thesis: Archaeological Investigation in Bogra District, Bangladesh (From Early Historic to Early Mediaeval Period)

Institute: University College London, University of London
Period: 2001

Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow

Experience

Organization: Jahangirnagar University
Position: Professor/Chairperson/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor/Lecturer
Period: 1992- Current

Professor since 2004

Organization: Oitihya Onneswan
Position: Project Director and Chief Researcher
Period: 2015-2016

Project Title: Vai Girish Chandra Sen’s Residence Conservation and Museum, Client: OitihyaOnneswan, Fund: High Commission of India, Dhaka

Organization: Oitihya Onneswan
Position: Team Leader and Lead Archaeologist
Period: 2019 to till Date

Project Title: Cultural Asset/Historical Importance/Archaeological Survey of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Mrt Line-1). Fund: NKDOS Consortium

Organization: Oitihya Onneswan
Position: Executive Director
Period: 2006- Current

 Founder of Oitihya Onneswan (archaeological research centre)

Organization: Oitihya Onneswan
Position: Research Director and Chief Researcher
Period: 2000 till date

Project Title: Excavation and archaeological research in Vikrampura Region.Client: Agrasor Vikrampur Foundation. Fund: Ministry of Cultural Affairs, GoB.

Organization: Agrasor Vikrampur Foundation
Position: Research Director and Chief Researcher
Period: 2009 till date

Project Title: Excavation and archaeological research in Vikrampura Region, Client: Agrasor Vikrampur Foundation. Fund: Ministry of Cultural Affairs, GoB.

Organization: UGC
Position: Sub-Project Manager (Team Leader)
Period: August 2014- July 2017 (3 Years)

Project Title: Improvement of Research Capabilities for Postgraduate Programs of the Department of Archaeology, Jahagirnagar University through Archaeological Survey, Excavation, Conservation and Tourism in Wari-Bateshwar, Narshingdi under the HEQEP project 3rd phase UGC Academic Innovation Fund : ADB 

Organization: Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation
Position: Team Leader and Lead Archaeologist
Period: March 2014- March 2015 (13 months)

Project Title: Fostering Community Participation in Cultural Heritage Management and Tourism (Mahasthangarh, Paharpur, Mosque City Bagerhat, Kantajeew Temple). Under South Asia Tourism Infrastructural Development Project (SATIDP) (Bangladesh Portion) Loan No. 2580 BAN-SF Contract No: BPC/SATIDP/S-2, Client: Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Fund: ADB

Organization: University Grants Commission of Bangladesh.
Position: Deputy Sub-Project Manager (Assistant Team Leader)
Period: 2011 to 2014. 3 (three) years

Project Title: Education Quality Enhancement Program- Enhancement of Research Capabilities of the Department of Archaeology, Jahangirnagar University through Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Investigation in Ancient Vanga and Varendra Region of Bangladesh. Client: University Grants Commission of Bangladesh. Fund: World Bank.

Organization: Department of Archaeology (DoA)
Position: National Heritage Management Consultant
Period: May 2012 to Oct 2012. 06 (six) months

Project Title: Training and Capacity Building for Long-Term Management and Best Practice Conservation for The Preservation of Cultural Heritage Sites and World Heritage Properties in Bangladesh

Client: UNESCO, Dhaka in collaboration with Directorate of Archaeology (DoA).

Organization: Moulana Bhasani Hall, Jahangirnagar University
Position: Assistant House Tutor, House Tutor and Warden
Period: 1992-2006
Organization: Bangladesh National Museum
Position: Assistant Keeper
Period: 1990-1992

Department of Ethnography and Decorative Art

Organization: Flood Action Programme
Position: Archaeologist
Period: Feb 1991

Project Title: Archaeological Survey in Gaibandha region,  Client: Flood Action Programme, Fund: World Bank 

Activity

Organization: ICOM Bangladesh National Committee
Position: Chairman
Period: 2020-2023

(ICOM: International Council of Museums)

Organization: ICOM Bangladesh National Committee
Position: Secretary
Period: 2014-2020

ICOM: International Council of Museums

Organization: Jahangir Nagar University
Position: Member of Teachers Association
Period: 2017
Organization: Jahangirnagar University
Position: Senate Member
Period: 2015- current
Organization: Agrasar Vikrampur Foundation
Position: Vice President
Period:
Organization: Itihash Academy
Position: Vice President
Period:
Organization: Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies
Position: Life Member
Period:
Organization: Bangladesh History Association
Position: Life Member
Period:
Organization: Bangladesh History Association
Position: Executive Member
Period:
Organization: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
Position: Life Member
Period:
Organization: Bangla Academy
Position: Life Member
Period:
Organization: Journal of Bengal Art
Position: Member
Period:

Editorial Board

Organization: Inquiry Committee, Panam City Restoration and Conservation
Position: Member
Period:

 Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh

Organization: Bangladesh World Heritage Committee
Position: Member
Period: 2005-2008

Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh

Organization: Inquiry Committee, Paharpur Buddhist Vihara and Bagerhat Satgambuj Mosque World Heritage Site Restoration and Conservation
Position: Member
Period:

 Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh

Organization: Inquiry Committee, Khaserpana Sculpture Identification
Position: Member
Period:

Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh

Organization: Inquiry Committee, Artefacts from Bangladesh to Guimet Exhibition, Paris, France
Position: Member
Period:
Organization: Fact Finding Committee in connection with the damage caused to the Historically, Anthropologically and Archaeologically Mahasthangarh
Position: Member
Period:

Committee formed by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Organization: Antiquity Purchase Committee, Bangladesh National Museum
Position: Member
Period:
Organization: Selection Board, Dept. of Archaeology, Cumilla University
Position: Member
Period:
Organization: Pratnatattva Vols. 9 & 10, Journal of the Dept. of Archaeology
Position: Editor
Period:

Jahangirnagar University

Contact

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman

Professor
Department of Archaeology
Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh.
Email: sufirahman1964@juniv.edu