MA Kashem, an eminent industrialist and patron of education, philanthropist, a dynamic social worker and one of the promoters and founder members of North South University (NSU), has been elected unanimously as the chairman of Board of Trustees (BOT) of North South University recently.
Kashem dreamt of a true knowledge-bearing higher educational institute in the country and brought up the idea of private higher education system in Bangladesh.
He served the NSU BOT thrice as its chairman before this present assignment, according to a press release.
Besides, he has also served as the chairman of the Endowment Committee of the NSU Foundation several times since its inception.
Kashem served as the syndicate member of Jahangirnagar University and Bangladesh Open University both for two consecutive terms. He was also the former chairman of the Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh.
Kashem is a successful former president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI). He was elected for one year but for his contribution, the then government extended his term to two years. As FBCCI President and NSU Founder Trustee, he led a number of delegations to various countries of the world.
He is also the founder chairman and director of Southeast Bank Ltd.
He is also associated with various social and philanthropic activities. He is the founder chairman of M Kashem Trust, which is aimed at fostering education through providing scholarships and stipends to underprivileged students. He founded a modern non-profit hospital named "Tareque Memorial-Ibrahim General Hospital" in Chhagalniaupazila, Feni, with an aim to provide all kinds of medical facilities to the people of the locality he hails from.
He made remarkable contributions to the export sector and for that he was awarded "President Export Trophy" twice.
He was also honoured with Long Term and High Tax Payer-2011 award by NBR.
In 2019, Kashem received the "Abu Rushd Memorial Award" for his outstanding contribution in higher education in Bangladesh. He was awarded the "CR Das Gold Medal" in recognition for his notable contribution to the industrial sector.