Khan Sarwar Murshid

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Khan Sarwar Murshid
খান সারওয়ার মুরশিদ
Khan Sarwar Murshid photograph.jpg
Born (1924-07-01)1 July 1924[1]
Nobinogor, Brahmanbaria District, East Bengal
Died 8 December 2012(2012-12-08) (aged 88)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Resting place
Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard, Dhaka
Nationality Bangladeshi
Education PhD
Alma mater
Occupation Educationist, diplomat, educator
Spouse(s) Nurjahan Begum (m. 1948–2003; widower)
  • Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid
  • Sharmeen Murshid
  • Tazeen Murshid
  • Ahmed Nuyaid Murshid[1]
Parents Ali Ahmed Khan[1]

Khan Sarwar Murshid (Bengali: খান সারওয়ার মুরশিদ; 1 July 1924 – 8 December 2012) was a Bangladeshi educationist, diplomat and intellectual.

Education and career[edit]

Murshid was born in Comilla town, and raised largely in Brahmanbaria. His father Ali Ahmed Khan was an advocate. Murshid was educated at University of Dhaka and University of Nottingham. From 1948 onward, he was a faculty member of the English Department at Dhaka University, becoming a full professor in 1970. During the 1971 liberation war, he was a member of the planning commission of the Mujibnagar government-in-exile. He served as Vice Chancellor of Rajshahi University during 1972-74.[2] As a diplomat, he served as the Bangladeshi high commissioner to Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, and he was appointed Assistant Secretary General of the Commonwealth in 1977.[2] He was the first chairman of the Bangladeshi branch of Transparency International, an anti-corruption body, and was a trustee until his death.[3]

Between 1949 and 1965, Murshid edited a literary journal called New Values.[4] Among his students at Dhaka University were future Bengali intellectuals such as Shamsur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Syed and Zillur Rahman Siddiqui. He was a Fellow of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and a recipient of the Bangla Academy Award.[2] He was offered the Ekushey Award in 2010, which he declined. Amongst other distinctions of note that he received was the UN Citizen of the Year Award of the Bangladesh Chapter in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Murshid married Nurjahan Begum on 14 August 1948. Murshid's eldest son, Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid, is an economist and research director at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. He is also the Executive Director of Shabab Murshid Development Foundation (SMDF). Murshid's daughter Tazeen Murshid is a professor at BRAC University.[1]


Murshid died on 8 December 2012 from a heart attack after a massive stroke on 29 November.[5] He was given the guard of honor at Central Shaheed Minar for his contribution to the liberation war of Bangladesh as a freedom-fighter[6] and buried at the Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "বরেণ্য শিক্ষাবিদ খান সারওয়ার মুরশিদ আর নেই" (in Bengali). The Daily Janakantha. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "A Quarterly newsletter". Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. June 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Prof Murshid passes away". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ Journeys of a renaissance man
  5. ^ "Educationist Prof Murshid dead". 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Prof Sarwar Murshid laid to rest". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Retrieved 2012-12-089. 
  7. ^ "Khan Murshid to be buried". bdnews.