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Md Karimul Haque Talukdar

posted Aug 14, 2014, 7:41 PM by Advancement Alumni Affairs Office   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 3:44 AM ]

Md Karimul Haque Talukdar

Mr. Md. Karimul Haque Talukdar was born in Dinajpur (Bangladesh) on 21 December 1941. He is the eldest among the four brothers and two sisters. He received his school and college education in Dinajpur. He got his B. Sc. Engg. (Civil) Degree from the then East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology in November 1964. Further he received the Masters Degree in Water Resources Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1971. During his service with the Asian Development Bank he attended 8-weeks course on ‘Management Development Program’ at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines.

Mr. Talukdar joined East Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (EPWAPDA) in February 1965 [subsequently renamed as Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) in 1972] and served the Authority/Board in various capacities until mid June 1984. He worked mostly in planning and design departments of EPWAPDA/BWDB. Most prestigious part of his career in EPWAPDA/BWDB was his key role in establishing Flood Forecasting & Warning System in Bangladesh and in planning of the irrigation canal system of the “Teesta Barrage Project”.  He was also associated with the ‘Special Studies Project’ in connection with the Ganges Barrage Project. Mr. Talukdar also served the Government of Iraq for 2 years in late seventies in the State Department of Land Reclamation and Irrigation as a senior engineer.

Mr. Talukdar moved to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in mid June 1984, served ADB in various capacities and retired in December 2001 as Senior Project Officer. While serving in ADB, he was associated in the formulation and implementation of broad based agriculture projects covering areas of crop agriculture, water resources, livestock, fisheries, rural development and micro-credit. He prepared a number of ‘Project Completion Reports’ for information of the Board of Directors of ADB and other related agencies. During his career in ADB he received ‘Citation’ for a number of years as one of the best performing officers in ADB.

After retirement from active service Mr. Talukdar decided to engage himself in voluntary works and joined the Rotary Club of Dhaka Central in August 2002. He served the club as the Centennial Secretary and Director in 3 terms. He took over the leadership of the club as the President in July 2012. He devoted his efforts in undertaking community and social development projects. During the Rotary year under his able leadership the club successfully accomplished a number of projects such as organizing medical camps providing treatments to about 1,500 persons, eye operation for about 40 persons, providing assistance to the victims of a number of natural calamities, providing assistance to individuals, providing nutrition kits to poor mothers and newly born babies at Azimpur Maternity Hospital, undertaking educational programs for physically and mentally retarded children, working with Rotary Community Corps for school education, undertaking awareness programs on drugs and leading better civil life, etc. The most important project of the Club was sending of a girl of 8 yrs and a boy of 9 yrs to Coimbatore, India for a successful heart surgery under a “Gift of Life Project” in collaboration with Rotary Club of Coimbatore Sai City. During his Presidency, the Rotary Club of Dhaka Central won the District Governor Election for 2015-16 for Rotary International (RI) District 3281 and got Rtn SAM Showket Hossain elected as District Governor. The RI District 3281 recognized Mr. Talukdar as one of the best Presidents during 2012-13 for attaining Club goals and supporting attainment of District Goals.


Mr. Talukdar is married to Begum Nurjahan Talukdar, M.A., B.Ed., who was in teaching profession. The couple has been blessed with one son and one daughter. The son, Nazmul Kabir Talukdar, is a medical doctor graduated from Dhaka Medical College and also did his MPH and MD Degree in USA. The daughter, Sadia Afroze, graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in Civil Engineering and did her Masters in Computer Science in USA.